Renee DeCamillis

Renee DeCamillis – Editor

Passionate editor of award-winning indie novels, with a specialty in adult dark fiction, spec. fic., horror, and psychological thrillers.


With over four years of experience working with independent dark fiction publishers and a keen eye for what makes a story sing, I'm excited to help you polish your work and attract more readers!

My specialties are adult horror, dark fiction, and psychological thrillers, with a particular love for unique narrative voices and character-driven stories. I'm drawn to stories that blur the line between psychological phenomena and the supernatural, as well as stories that blend genres. I love cosmic horror, witches, magic, folk horror, dark crime thrillers, ecological horror, as well as well-grounded speculative fiction.


"As founder & CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing, a multi-award-winning Dark Fiction/Horror press based in South Africa, I would gladly recommend Renee for any editing or proofreading needs you may have. I’ve worked with Renee on several projects over the last few years, and she’s always prompt and professional when we call on her. She has never missed a deadline or let any personal setbacks affect her work. I’m happy to say that she has been involved in several of our best-selling titles to date and that we will continue working with her and recommending her to other authors and publishers."

~Joe Mynhardt

"Renee is unfailingly responsible and professional. She is an excellent editor, proofreader, and freelance writer. She meets deadlines, and her work always exceeds expectations in terms of professional quality, originality, and coherence. Personally, she’s a delight to work with—responsible, intelligent, with a great sense of humor and an enviable ability to empathize with those she works with. I recommend her without reservation."

~Elizabeth Hand

"Renee gently guides authors toward realizing the vision they have for their work. She has wonderful communication skills and a natural warmth and empathy that other writers responded to. She displayed professionalism, drive, and talent, and dedication. She consistently went above and beyond. She has my endorsement, and I know great things lie ahead for those fortunate enough to work with her."

~Nancy Holder

“Working with Renee not only elevated my work, but she made me a better writer. Whether it’s proofreading, line editing, or story suggestions, she does it all at a professional level while remaining accessible throughout the process. The biggest compliment I get about my novel, The Exorcist’s House, is regarding the final scene. If it weren’t for Renee demanding that extra scene, I don’t know that my book would’ve been as successful as it was. When I finished my next manuscript, she was the first editor I called. Highly recommended!”

~Nick Roberts

"Working with Renee on The Mobius Door was an excellent experience. Her editing work always stayed on point, striking a strong balance between accounting for intentional decisions of voice/presentation and language clarity and mechanics. Her input and assistance made the book a clearly better book. In addition, her communication during the process was effective and friendly, always offering fast responses to questions. I would wholeheartedly recommend working with her, and I would absolutely work with her again."

~Andrew Najberg

Coming of Age Horror Magical Realism Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Poetry Post-Apocalyptic Psychological Thriller
English (US)
  • MFA, Creative Writing

Work experience


Oct, 2022 — Present

*This is an indie horror publisher I often edit for.
Horror novel editor, copyeditor: content editing and line editing


Nov, 2021 — Present

Horror novel editor, copyeditor: content editing and line editing

Crystal Lake Publishing

May, 2019 — Feb, 2022 (almost 3 years)

Dark fiction editor and proofreader, social media book promotions, submissions reader/editor

Oct, 2013 — Oct, 2016 (about 3 years)

Apr, 2012 — Oct, 2016 (over 4 years)

Sebago Education Alliance

Oct, 2011 — Jun, 2012 (8 months)


Made with Reedsy
BLINDSIGHTED: The Stronger Will Survive

Hilliam, J. L.

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The Mobius Door

Najberg, Andrew

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The Broken Places

Daigle, Blaine

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Every Foul Spirit

Gorman, William

Copy Editing
Belle Vue

Alleyne, C S

Copy Editing
The Wind In My Heart

Wynne, Douglas

Copy Editing

Renee has 4 reviews





Gail M.

Gail M.

May, 2024

I am enthusiastically impressed with Renee's results in copyediting my manuscript. Her work was extremely thorough. Her inline comments were insightful, helpfully critical, and encouragingly positive. She was very conscientious in maintaining the author’s voice by providing feedback that provided suggestions to allow me to make changes using my own words. She was responsive throughout the proce...
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Danielle L.

Danielle L.

Mar, 2024

I recently had the privilege of working with Renee D. on my debut novel, "The Garden of Wives," and I cannot recommend her highly enough. From the outset, Renee brought not just her expert eye for detail to the project, but also a genuine passion for the story and its potential to connect with readers. Her insightful feedback and encouragement played a crucial role in refining the final manuscr...
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Josh W.

Josh W.

Mar, 2024

Renee was a true pleasure to work with. It was clear she took her time with my manuscript and offered edits and suggestions throughout that didn’t just improve the story but made me a better writer. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.
Leslie H.

Leslie H.

Dec, 2023

Renee, I can't thank you enough for taking the initiative to leave comments. I appreciate the work you've done to help me get my manuscript ready. Some suggestions you made I declined (only because I keep reading conflicting statements about not using the word "said" too much) I used your suggestions/corrections more often than naught. I'm still trying to figure this out, but I guess it's simpl...
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