Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen – Editor

Seasoned editor specializing in Christian romance genres working with all kinds of authors, newbie to NYT bestsellers.

Overview

I have edited both fiction and nonfiction for five years. I specialize in Christian fiction, but I've also worked on devotionals, self-help books, memoir, and more. Having worked with both traditional and indie publishers, I have a good understanding of reader expectations within different genres.

I tend to be a heavy editor, suggesting changes to improve the rhythm, cadence, and clarity of the prose even if those changes aren't necessary, per se. Also, I use every edit as an opportunity to teach and love nothing more than to see my clients grow in their writing abilities through the process of the edit.

WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE SAID:

“...a writing coach who professionally invests in and personally cares about my writing and me.”

“Her eye for both detail and the big picture makes her one of the best in the business.”

"My dreams of becoming published wouldn’t have been achieved so quickly without her expertise.”

“Teaming with Robin is one of the best things I did to develop my writing skill. Her ability to spot bigger issues in my story, as well as her solid command of grammar and craft, have made her editing services invaluable to me."

“Robin is much more than a proofreader or grammarian. She truly cared about the words I wrote and helped me make them better. I could not have accomplished the feat of editing my son’s story without Robin. I owe her my heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation. I recommend Robin to any writer, amateur or professional, who wants to make the words of their heart the best that they can be.” -
Services
Fiction
Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Inspirational
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Smitten line

Jan, 2017 — Present

General editor for LPC's Smitten Line of Christian historical romance.

Serenade Press

Jan, 2014 — Present

Copyeditor for Serenade Press, a Christian romance line.

Self-employed

Jan, 2014 — Present

Provides developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, critiquing, and mentoring services to authors who range in experience level from newbies to bestsellers.

Portfolio

Even with shorter hair and with fourteen years added to her age, Emily looked as beautiful as ever standing there in the faded evening. A man didn’t forget some things, no matter how far he ran.Linda Goodnight is a RITA award-winning, New York Times and Publis... read more
Heart of Excellence finalist - Selah Awards FinalistWhen a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat, it's anything but smooth sailing.With her days chock full—designing jewelry for the shop she co-owns with her ... read more
"A mix of fear and happiness skittered through her. Garrett held her gaze, telegraphing some unspoken emotion with his velvet eyes. He moved toward her, slowly, cautiously, in the way he’d approach a skittish horse. His strong, cowboy hands cupped the sides of... read more
Linda Goodnight is a RITA award-winning, New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than 3 million books sold.About A BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY:He’s desperate for redemption. Rancher Ace Caldwell can’t change the past, but he can try to make a... read more
Leaving Oxford: Christian Fiction~Faith, Humor, Romance, Southern StyleEscaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeCla... read more
A Christian Historical Romance Novel The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, he stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His prot... read more
A Christian Historical Romance Novel Miriam Bryant has always dreamed of leaving the never-ending work of her family's remote mountain ranch to travel abroad as a genteel lady. She's thrilled when the opportunity finally arises, but a gruesome hunting accident... read more
A Christian Historical Romance Novel Claire Sullivan has a soft spot for helping those in need. So when her widowed grandmother becomes blind, Claire is determined to travel to the Montana Territory to care for her. But she never imagined the country would be ... read more
A Christian Historical Romance Stripped of the family so important to his Viking heritage, Matthias Bjork is now on the hunt for his sister. Despite combing the entire Wyoming Territory, he hasn’t found any substantial leads regarding his sister’s whereabouts,... read more
From a USA Today bestselling author comes Book 4 in the Cowboy Fairytales seriesHer scars frighten everyone away…Crown Princess Eloise is used to tabloid headlines calling her a monster and touting her fiery temper. The headlines are true, after all. Although ... read more
"He hesitated, so minutely she might've imagined it, then bent his head and brushed his lips over hers. His kiss was as gentle and sure as the man himself, and she clutched his shoulders, wishing he never had to let her go."Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestsel... read more
"What are we doing?" she whispered. She wasn't even sure he could hear her over the noise of voices and music from the carnival games and shouting vendors, but he answered, voice low too, as if the intimacy of their conversation demanded it. "We're holding han... read more
Stranded! Bear Creek sheriff's deputy Matt White is used to being the rescuer, not the rescued. But now the hurt lawman's marooned on Catherine Poole's remote homestead. The little girl he'd known briefly as a child is all grown up—and tugging at his heart. Is... read more
Book 2 in the Cowboy Fairytales series: a reverse-Cinderella storyIf the boot fits…There’s nothing glamorous about Ethan Townsend’s life. At twenty-five, he’s given up his college education and pretty much everything else to run the family dairy farm in north ... read more
"Everyone knows a rancher in possession of a large spread needs a wife."Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.About Cowboy Pride:First impressions count.Liza Bennett has two missions in lif... read more
Then he tipped her chin up, used the pad of his thumb to catch the tears she'd missed. And kissed her.Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.Only one thing could've forced Haley Carsten to r... read more
What do you feel? Too much. He wasn't good enough for her. If he made any advances toward her, she would find out soon enough. He wasn't brave like she was, chasing after her dream. He was a coward, and so he stayed silent, just holding her. Because this momen... read more
His hands came to rest gently on her hips. She held up her arm to fend him off, lips parted to protest, and that's when he did it. Kissed her. Right there in public.Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fair... read more
Sixteen-year-old Scottlyn Rich survives a horrifying experience only to discover she’s pregnant. When she refuses to abort her unborn baby, her father kicks her out. She has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead, she only knows that giving her daughter, Me... read more
Scottlyn Rich has overcome tragedy--and moved on. She's now a confident college student and about to celebrate her daughter's first birthday when she receives news that the young man who set her life on its unexpected course has died in prison.Grieving mother ... read more
Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through th... read more
She can’t escape the mistakes of her past…Callie Stillman has done everything she can to bury the memories of a tiny, baby-sized coffin. She lives life one day at a time, basking in the love of a good man and doting on her grandchildren. Until she crosses path... read more
Tragedy tore her world apart… Karla Black had everything she ever wanted until one night stole her husband and her identity. Twelve months later, she is a shadow of the woman she used to be, struggling through her grief, living with bankrupt emotions, and resi... read more
She’s sworn off marriage…Twice widowed, Kate Archer believes she’s better off alone. She’s not sure she could survive the heartache of losing another husband. Instead of romance she pours herself into a project close to her heart: establishing a foundation to ... read more
She’s turned her life around… Four years ago, Samantha Evans was easy prey for con man Louis Cantrell, who left her broke and pregnant. Now, surrounded by a loving family, her life seems to be headed in the right direction as she cares for her young daughter, ... read more
She was blindsided once…Four years ago, Pam’s divorce devastated her. The cruelty of her ex-husband crushed her spirit. After battling personal demons, she’s finally made a life for herself. Now remarried, raising her kids, working at a job she loves, the scar... read more
Nine historical romances revive the brief era of the Pony Express. Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in ju... read more
A single cop and a childless woman team up to keep an abusive father from stealing his little girl.Annie Mac’s estranged husband vows that nothing will stop him from getting his baby girl. Not Annie Mac and certainly not that boy of hers.Only four blocks away,... read more
“There were regular men and then there were real men. Nate Caldwell was the latter.” Linda Goodnight is a RITA award-winning, New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than 3 million books sold.About TWINS FOR THE COWBOY:Her daughters ar... read more
When love storms in…Wealth manager Sam Conrad is accustomed to his domineering father ordering him around, especially at the bank where they both work. But when his father demands that Sam manage the inheritance of his bossy ex-fiancée, Sam has finally had eno... read more
Two lives. One hour. A lifetime consequence. I believe in choice, not fate. I chose to nurse a broken heart at the kitschy country bar that night. I chose to let Isaac Cordova buy me a drink. I chose to spend one hour with a near stranger in an attempt to soot... read more
She’s always longed for more…Running a thriving daycare keeps Terri Hayes busy. Add a new foster daughter to the mix and Terri shouldn’t have time to want more—but she does. At twenty-nine, her biological clock is ticking away. When a busted pipe floods her ho... read more
A Christian Historical Romance NovelThe wild Montana mountains are no place for an aging widow to live alone with dementia. And when Cathleen Donaghue discovers the poor woman’s condition, there’s no way she’ll walk away without helping. After all, she left he... read more
“What do you want to get your mama for Christmas?”“A husband.”Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.There’s a little matchmaker on the loose…Cowboy Trey Markson might have quit his job as a... read more
He breathed her name—her real name. It was the first time she’d heard it since she’d been on the ranch. And then, as if he couldn’t help himself, he bent his head and kissed her.Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy an... read more

Robin has 20 reviews

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Shakur B.

Shakur B.

Sep, 2021

She is awesome.
Robin P.
Aw, thanks, Shakur. You were great to work with.
Pam T.

Pam T.

May, 2021

She was extremely helpful, encouraging and didn't hold back on her ideas and corrections.
Bruce W.

Bruce W.

Nov, 2020

Robin was masterful. Great bedside manner. On point feedback. Simply a great collaborator.
Marti B.

Marti B.

Oct, 2020

I truly enjoyed working with Robin, and feel she did an excellent job giving an Editorial Assessment. It was my first true edit, so I was nervous, but she was kind, which was important to me. She pointed out all of the things I needed to work on, and explained those things to me. I would gladly use her services again.
Robin P.
So glad you found the edit helpful, Marti. God bless you and your writing career.
Malory F.

Malory F.

Sep, 2020

Robin will absolutely make your story better. She is brilliant.