Carol Reed

Carol Reed – Editor

Three decades as a top US nonfiction copy/line editor on business, management, leadership, tech, and design at HarperCollins and more.


I'm a skilled, seasoned New York-area line editor, copy editor, proofreader and journalist with substantial experience. The mission: Get readers into your text quickly and keep them reading with compelling words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters that sing. They'll come back for more and that's good for you. For websites, I can handle any part of the writing or editing you require. Fluent in editing with InDesign.


I've edited best-selling nonfiction books for HarperCollins, Intellectual Ventures and other major publishing houses on themes as diverse as business, technology, design, environment, travel, food and art. In the realm of websites, I've edited, written and produced style guides for top New York-based consumer websites.

I'm there for you to polish language, banish wordiness, restructure text, change spellings and idioms from British to US style, check facts, or cast a fine-tooth look at style, tone, pace, grammar, punctuation and all the other little details of elegant prose. My services include: developmental editing, editorial assessments, copyediting and proofreading. I also handle rewriting and line editing, which is in-depth editing that involves, if need be, restructuring sentences and paragraphs.


1. DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING (See the Reedsy definition here:

2. EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT (See the Reedsy definition here:

3. COPYEDITING (See the Reedsy definition of US copyediting here: The UK definition varies from the US, where copyediting is the highly detailed intermediary step between broad-brush developmental editing and speedier proofreading. Copyediting is not the same as proofreading.

4. PROOFREADING (See the Reedsy definition of US proofreading here: Proofreading is not the same as copyediting, which is much more detailed and time-consuming. To be clear, proofreading is a final, detailed read to make sure nothing was missed during copyediting.


Any writing and/or editing services required, including checking HTML coding.

Architecture Art Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Design Technology
English (US)
  • B.A in French Literature
  • M.A. in International Journalism, specialty in urban planning and architectural history
  • Certificate in French culinary technique, French Culinary Institute, NYC
  • Diplôme, Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), Paris


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Carol has 14 reviews





Jack R.

Jack R.

Apr, 2024

Working with Carol was an outstanding experience! As a new author, I appreciated how she met me at my level and used her elite expertise to elevate my work far beyond my initial capabilities. Carol maintains the highest standards and expectations for her work, which reflects profoundly in the quality of the edits she provided. Her ability to enhance my writing while preserving my voice was trul...
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Keith F.

Keith F.

Apr, 2024

Honestly, Carol was a challenge to work with on my project. She is obviously a very experienced editor and she definitely put in the time on my manuscript, making hundreds of changes and dozens of comments. I do think she made my writing seem crisper and more professional. But be sure you have a thick skin if you employ her. She was rude, condescending and disparaging in her comments and ema...
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Carol R.
There were many reasons for my irritation with Keith's performance, approach, and manner. I found him a challenge, too. That's all I will say.
Stephen B.

Stephen B.

Mar, 2024

Extremely detailed and fast, with deep knowledge of CMOS. Surprised us by going above and beyond the brief (proofreading), with many excellent and constructive suggestions. Allow time for reviewing Carol's work in your process-- she isn't just dotting i's and crossing t's (and she would probably frown on both those apostrophes!)
Kevin D.

Kevin D.

Feb, 2024

Carol was detailed and very professional. She asked a lot of questions and dove into each section of the book to make sure she understood what I was trying to accomplish. I am not a writer and without her help, the book would have been a disaster. If you want someone professional, hire her.
Dalmo C.

Dalmo C.

Jun, 2023

Carol brings decades of experience to the table and is thorough in all steps of the process. Her contributions had a positive impact in the quality of the book.

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