Penina Lopez

Penina Lopez - Editor Tick

Salem, CT, USA

I'm a meticulous copyeditor with 20 years of publishing experience and a former production editor at Warner Books.

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I'm a freelance copyeditor with 20+ years of publishing experience. I have copyedited hundreds of books for many different publishing houses, including Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. I also work with independent authors who are planning to self-publish and those looking to polish their manuscript before submitting it to an agent. I've worked on books by a number of bestselling authors, including Melissa Foster, Jill Shalvis, Lisa McMann, and Stuart Gibbs.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA in English, Creative Writing, SUNY Albany

Work experience

Copyeditor

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (almost 12 years)

Production Editor

Hachette Book Group
May, 2001 – December, 2006 (over 5 years)

Production Editor

Kensington Publishing
March, 1999 – April, 2001 (about 2 years)

John Wiley and Sons

Production Assistant
July, 1997 – February, 1999 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (30 selected works)

The Second Girl (Frank Marr)

David Swinson

He's a good detective...with a bad habit.One of the best crime novels of 2016! - The New York Times Book Review, BooklistFrank Marr knows crime in Washington, DC. A decorated former police detective, he retired early and now ekes a living as a private eye for a defense attorney. Frank Marr may be the best investigator the city has ever known, but the city doesn't know his dirty secret.A long-f... read more

He's a good detective...with a bad habit.One of the best crime novels of 2016! - The New York Times Book Review, BooklistFrank Marr knows crime in Washington, DC. A decorated former police detective, he retired early and now ekes a living as a private eye for a defense attorney. Frank Marr may be the best investigator the city has ever known, but the city doesn't know his dirty secret.A long-f... read more

Sandpiper Shore (Harmony Harbor)

Debbie Mason

"Heartfelt and delightful!"- RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author Wedding Planner Rule #1: Never, ever fall for the groomThere's nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That's why being a wedding planner is her dream job - until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She's had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks dow... read more

"Heartfelt and delightful!"- RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author Wedding Planner Rule #1: Never, ever fall for the groomThere's nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That's why being a wedding planner is her dream job - until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She's had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks dow... read more

Rock King (Nothing but Trouble)

Tara Leigh

Fans of Kristen Callihan, L.J. Shen, and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance! I'm not who you think I am.Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't escape, even... read more

Fans of Kristen Callihan, L.J. Shen, and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance! I'm not who you think I am.Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't escape, even... read more

Summer Bird Blue

Akemi Dawn Bowman

A mixed race teen struggles to find her way back to her love of music in the wake of her sister’s tragic death in this incisive, lyrical novel that’s perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, by the author of William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there i... read more

A mixed race teen struggles to find her way back to her love of music in the wake of her sister’s tragic death in this incisive, lyrical novel that’s perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, by the author of William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there i... read more

The Bride Next Door (Chapel of Love)

Hope Ramsay

USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay proves that love arrives when we least expect it.Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she's almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn't it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She's not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along--after... read more

USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay proves that love arrives when we least expect it.Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she's almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn't it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She's not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along--after... read more

The Gristmill Playhouse: A Nightmare in Three Acts

Don Winston

He brought you S’WANEE: A PARANOID THRILLER and THE UNION CLUB: A SUBVERSIVE THRILLER. Now the curtain rises on Don Winston’s most fiendish tale yet… Betty Rose Milenski dreams of Broadway. Talented, ambitious, and obsessed, she was the biggest fish in college. But New York is a harsh wake-up. Unemployed and ignored, she faces a career as cocktail waitress instead of on the stage. And the cloc... read more

He brought you S’WANEE: A PARANOID THRILLER and THE UNION CLUB: A SUBVERSIVE THRILLER. Now the curtain rises on Don Winston’s most fiendish tale yet… Betty Rose Milenski dreams of Broadway. Talented, ambitious, and obsessed, she was the biggest fish in college. But New York is a harsh wake-up. Unemployed and ignored, she faces a career as cocktail waitress instead of on the stage. And the cloc... read more

The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year (Chloe Snow's Diary)

Emma Chastain

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Mean Girls as lovably flawed high school student Chloe Snow chronicles another year in her life while she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated. Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year... read more

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Mean Girls as lovably flawed high school student Chloe Snow chronicles another year in her life while she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated. Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year... read more

Siege of Shadows (The Effigies)

Sarah Raughley

The Effigies seek out the true origins of the Phantoms that terrorize their world in this thrilling follow-up to Fate of Flames, which Elise Chapman calls “an immersive and monstrously fun read.”There’s nowhere to hide. Not when you’re an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can’t escape the eyes of the press—especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to ... read more

The Effigies seek out the true origins of the Phantoms that terrorize their world in this thrilling follow-up to Fate of Flames, which Elise Chapman calls “an immersive and monstrously fun read.”There’s nowhere to hide. Not when you’re an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can’t escape the eyes of the press—especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to ... read more

The Last Magician

Lisa Maxwell

An instant New York Times bestseller! “Will keep you guessing until the last page.” —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell’s “splendid series opener” (Kirkus Reviews).Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future. In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remainin... read more

An instant New York Times bestseller! “Will keep you guessing until the last page.” —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell’s “splendid series opener” (Kirkus Reviews).Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future. In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remainin... read more

Solace Island (Solace Island Series)

Meg Tilly

A contemporary novel with a strong suspense element from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly set on a peaceful island village in the Pacific Northwest.Dumped on the eve of her wedding and looking for a quiet place to lick her emotional wounds, Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island, where she hopes to recover from the stunning betrayal. At first, Maggie resists Eve's impassioned argumen... read more

A contemporary novel with a strong suspense element from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly set on a peaceful island village in the Pacific Northwest.Dumped on the eve of her wedding and looking for a quiet place to lick her emotional wounds, Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island, where she hopes to recover from the stunning betrayal. At first, Maggie resists Eve's impassioned argumen... read more

An Unkindness of Magicians

Kat Howard

"A remarkable writer." -Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods An Alex Award Winner There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city's magicians' power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard. In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney-a ne... read more

"A remarkable writer." -Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods An Alex Award Winner There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city's magicians' power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard. In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney-a ne... read more

Winter of Ice and Iron

Rachel Neumeier

In this gorgeous, dark fantasy in the spirit of Jacqueline Carey, a princess and a duke must protect the people of their nations when a terrible threat leaves everyone in danger.With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, ... read more

In this gorgeous, dark fantasy in the spirit of Jacqueline Carey, a princess and a duke must protect the people of their nations when a terrible threat leaves everyone in danger.With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, ... read more

Starfish

Akemi Dawn Bowman

A William C. Morris Award Finalist A New York Public Library 2017 Best Book for Teens “Dazzling.” —Bustle “One of the most compelling reads of the year.” —Paste Magazine “This book is a gem.” —BookRiot A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.Kiko Him... read more

A William C. Morris Award Finalist A New York Public Library 2017 Best Book for Teens “Dazzling.” —Bustle “One of the most compelling reads of the year.” —Paste Magazine “This book is a gem.” —BookRiot A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.Kiko Him... read more

Radio Girls (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)

Sarah-Jane Stratford

"The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio...and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC. London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio--still new, stra... read more

"The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio...and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC. London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio--still new, stra... read more

The Unexpected Everything

Morgan Matson

A New York Times bestseller! From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Co... read more

A New York Times bestseller! From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Co... read more

The End of Olympus (Pegasus)

Kate O'Hearn

Emily and Pegasus face their greatest challenge yet when they venture back to Earth to save a friend in this sixth and final book of an exciting series that puts a modern thrill into ancient mythology.After the events in Hawaii, Emily is contending with diminished powers, a new body, and the fact that she has to teach the Titan Lorin how to use her own powers. To make matters worse, Joel has b... read more

Emily and Pegasus face their greatest challenge yet when they venture back to Earth to save a friend in this sixth and final book of an exciting series that puts a modern thrill into ancient mythology.After the events in Hawaii, Emily is contending with diminished powers, a new body, and the fact that she has to teach the Titan Lorin how to use her own powers. To make matters worse, Joel has b... read more

Dragon Captives (The Unwanteds Quests)

Lisa McMann

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother... read more

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother... read more

Spy School Secret Service

Stuart Gibbs

Ben goes undercover in the White House to take on a SPYDER operative determined to assassinate the president in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has had a lot of field success despite only just beginning his second year at Spy School, something graduates rarely experience. But he’d never have survived without the help from ex... read more

Ben goes undercover in the White House to take on a SPYDER operative determined to assassinate the president in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has had a lot of field success despite only just beginning his second year at Spy School, something graduates rarely experience. But he’d never have survived without the help from ex... read more

Murder among the Stars: A Lulu Kelly Mystery (Lulu Kelly Mysteries)

Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan

A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel to acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan’s Girl About Town.After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there i... read more

A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel to acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan’s Girl About Town.After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there i... read more

Rescued by Love: Jake Ryder (Love in Bloom: The Ryders Book 4)

Melissa Foster

The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. RESCUED BY LOVE is a USA Today BestsellerIn RESCUED BY LOVE...Addison Dahl is excited to return to Elpitha Island for her best friend Gabriella’s wedding. A weekend of sun and fun is just what she needs before setting out on her newest adventure—roughing it in the wilderness. Ad... read more

The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. RESCUED BY LOVE is a USA Today BestsellerIn RESCUED BY LOVE...Addison Dahl is excited to return to Elpitha Island for her best friend Gabriella’s wedding. A weekend of sun and fun is just what she needs before setting out on her newest adventure—roughing it in the wilderness. Ad... read more

The Lovers' Tango

Mark Rubinstein

Everything in Bill Shaw's life changed the moment he met the beautiful actress Nora Reyes. But as a writer, he feared their love story would have a tragic ending. Fifteen years after that fateful encounter, Bill is in the DA s crosshairs: his research for a novel has eerie parallels to the circumstances surrounding Nora s death. In a harrowing progression of events, a murder trial ensues. What... read more

Everything in Bill Shaw's life changed the moment he met the beautiful actress Nora Reyes. But as a writer, he feared their love story would have a tragic ending. Fifteen years after that fateful encounter, Bill is in the DA s crosshairs: his research for a novel has eerie parallels to the circumstances surrounding Nora s death. In a harrowing progression of events, a murder trial ensues. What... read more

Kings of America

R. J. Ellory

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Crushing on Love (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, Book 4) (Volume 4)

Melissa Foster

HEARTS COLLIDE when a feisty city girl steps into Steve "Grizz" Johnson's rural mountain retreat. The Bradens are a series of stand-alone novels that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series. USA Today Bestseller In CRUSHING ON LOVE... Steve Johnson is living his life's passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended wh... read more

HEARTS COLLIDE when a feisty city girl steps into Steve "Grizz" Johnson's rural mountain retreat. The Bradens are a series of stand-alone novels that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series. USA Today Bestseller In CRUSHING ON LOVE... Steve Johnson is living his life's passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended wh... read more

A Frying Shame (A Deep Fried Mystery)

Linda Reilly

A cooking contest becomes a fry to the finish in the new Deep Fried Mystery from the author of Out of the Dying Pan. Fry another day. The town of Wrensdale is abuzz with excitement when Steeltop Foods sponsors a cooking contest to promote its new product, the Flavor Dial. With a $25,000 prize at stake, all the contestants are on edge, including Talia Marby, owner of Fry Me A Sliver. She hopes ... read more

A cooking contest becomes a fry to the finish in the new Deep Fried Mystery from the author of Out of the Dying Pan. Fry another day. The town of Wrensdale is abuzz with excitement when Steeltop Foods sponsors a cooking contest to promote its new product, the Flavor Dial. With a $25,000 prize at stake, all the contestants are on edge, including Talia Marby, owner of Fry Me A Sliver. She hopes ... read more

Folly Cove

Holly Robinson

An emotionally rich novel about family and secrets from the acclaimed author of Chance Harbor. The Bradford sisters are famous in Rockport, Massachusetts: for their beauty, their singing voices, their legendary ancestors, and their elegant mother, Sarah, who has run the historic Folly Cove Inn alone ever since her husband disappeared. The two youngest sisters, Anne and Elly, fled Folly Cove as... read more

An emotionally rich novel about family and secrets from the acclaimed author of Chance Harbor. The Bradford sisters are famous in Rockport, Massachusetts: for their beauty, their singing voices, their legendary ancestors, and their elegant mother, Sarah, who has run the historic Folly Cove Inn alone ever since her husband disappeared. The two youngest sisters, Anne and Elly, fled Folly Cove as... read more

Winterlong: A Carter Blake Thriller (Carter Blake)

Mason Cross

A deadly game of cat and mouse filled with high stakes tension, Winterlong is the must-read new thriller for fans of Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and Jason Bourne. It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone. But news that one of B... read more

A deadly game of cat and mouse filled with high stakes tension, Winterlong is the must-read new thriller for fans of Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and Jason Bourne. It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone. But news that one of B... read more

The Bourbon Kings

J.R. Ward

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal.... For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has aff... read more

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal.... For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has aff... read more

The Plea: A Novel

Steve Cavanagh

“The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast.” ―John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker novels“Rip-roaring legal thriller…Twisty, bloody, and convincing.” ―Ian RankinAn innocent client. A wife in jeopardy. A locked room mystery. Who will take The Plea?Billionaire David Child swears he didn’t murder his girlfriend, Clara. But the evi... read more

“The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast.” ―John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker novels“Rip-roaring legal thriller…Twisty, bloody, and convincing.” ―Ian RankinAn innocent client. A wife in jeopardy. A locked room mystery. Who will take The Plea?Billionaire David Child swears he didn’t murder his girlfriend, Clara. But the evi... read more

Rip Tides

Toby Neal

Surfing in Hawaii can be fame, talent and... murder. Poised to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing, Maui surf star Makoa Simmons washes up tragically dead. Detective Lei Texeira plunges into a high-profile case whose dark and tangled motives reach deep into the elite world of professional surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. Lei must follow her instincts into new territory even as husba... read more

Surfing in Hawaii can be fame, talent and... murder. Poised to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing, Maui surf star Makoa Simmons washes up tragically dead. Detective Lei Texeira plunges into a high-profile case whose dark and tangled motives reach deep into the elite world of professional surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. Lei must follow her instincts into new territory even as husba... read more

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Zack Berger

I absolutely loved working with Penina! She is a master editor! Her skills certainly substantiate her rate. As an author, I feel like an artist. My words are my paint. Your mind is my tapestry. Penina is the kind of collaborator that takes the time to learn your style of paint. How you mixed your words. How you apply them to create an image in the readers mind. I feel like she dialed into my ar...

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Zack Berger, September 2018

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