Rosanna Chiofalo Aponte

Rosanna Chiofalo Aponte - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Freelance Editor, Proofreader, Writer, Published Author with 25+ years of NYC book publishing experience.

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Overview

I have 25+ years of book publishing experience, having worked both in-house and freelanced for Hachette Books, Harlequin Books, HarperCollins Publishing, Kensington Publishing, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin's Press. Whether you're looking to have your book edited, line edited, and/or proofread, need help writing and/or editing your online retailer book description and/or book jacket copy, I can help you achieve your goals.

When it comes to editing and writing for my clients, one of my favorite experiences is the collaboration work as I help my clients develop and foster the vision they have for their books and other writing projects. The genres I specialize in are women's fiction and romance, but I have also worked on fiction, mysteries, suspense thrillers, memoirs, and general non-fiction. I am also a published author of six women's fiction novels, one of which was an e-book New York Times bestseller and a print USA Today bestseller.

As an author, I understand the challenges that writers encounter with maintaining even story flow, building character development, adding a sense of intrigue and suspense so that readers will continue turning the pages, and ensuring that facts and details are consistent throughout the book. I can help you every step of the way. Furthermore, if you would like help with your online retailer book descriptions or book jacket copy, I have extensive experience in writing creative, fun, eye-catching copy that will immediately hook readers and make them want to buy your book NOW!

Here's a little of what you can expect working with me. First, I will review your work, giving it a thorough read. I will then go through your manuscript and suggest necessary line edits to make your writing even stronger and improve your overall storytelling while ensuring I stay true to your written voice. I will also correct grammatical and punctuation errors. I will point out and query any inconsistencies, repetitions, or other details you might have missed. Once I'm done, I will provide a summary of my suggested edits. I will then send my edits to you for your review. Lastly, if you would like me to write your jacket copy or online book retailer description, I can provide two drafts of copy and we can work together on any revisions you'd like with the copy. Throughout the process, I encourage you to ask any questions or talk to me about any concerns you might have.

I hope you will join me on the exciting journey of taking your writing to the next level!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor, Proofreader, Copywriter

Self Employed
August, 1997 – Present (about 23 years)

Senior Copy Manager, Copywriter

HarperCollins Publishing
May, 2014 – December, 2019 (over 5 years)

Marketing Manager

Kensington Publishing
March, 2010 – February, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Freelance Editor, Proofreader, Copywriter

Self Employed
August, 2008 – March, 2010 (over 1 year)

Copy Director

Kensington Publishing
February, 2006 – August, 2008 (over 2 years)

Copy Director

St. Martin's Press
August, 2000 – February, 2006 (over 5 years)

Senior Copywriter

Kensington Publishing
April, 1997 – August, 2000 (over 3 years)

Copywriter

Penguin USA
October, 1992 – April, 1997 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Killer Cocktail (Molly Forrester Novels)

Sheryl J. Anderson

Advice columnist Molly Forrester needs a much-needed break from her job at Zeitgeist, a Manhattan glossy. The opportunity for some R-n-R arrives when her best friends, Tricia and Cassady, invite her to the Hamptons for a weekend of hard-earned fun to celebrate Tricia's brother's engagement. But Molly's plans of sipping margaritas by the poolside and working on nothing more than her tan are sid... read more

Advice columnist Molly Forrester needs a much-needed break from her job at Zeitgeist, a Manhattan glossy. The opportunity for some R-n-R arrives when her best friends, Tricia and Cassady, invite her to the Hamptons for a weekend of hard-earned fun to celebrate Tricia's brother's engagement. But Molly's plans of sipping margaritas by the poolside and working on nothing more than her tan are sid... read more

Popping the Question

Cheryl Anne Porter

Business as Baltimore's unique marriage-proposal service, "Popping the Question," is bustling. Owner Dianna West happily designs exciting scenarios to aid romance-challenged bachelors in winning the big "Yes!" from their sweethearts.Chris is everything Dianna wants, but he's committed to another woman. What's a girl to do? Risk her business to win him? Risk her heart, only to lose him? And wha... read more

Business as Baltimore's unique marriage-proposal service, "Popping the Question," is bustling. Owner Dianna West happily designs exciting scenarios to aid romance-challenged bachelors in winning the big "Yes!" from their sweethearts.Chris is everything Dianna wants, but he's committed to another woman. What's a girl to do? Risk her business to win him? Risk her heart, only to lose him? And wha... read more

How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush: A Novel

Emmy Abrahamson

The international bestsellerFor readers of quirky Scandinavian fiction comes this charming and witty debut novel by Emmy Abrahamson—perfect for fans of Jonas Jonasson.Love stinks. Or maybe it just needs a shower . . . Vienna: famous for Mozart, waltzes, and pastry; less famous for Julia, a Swedish transplant who spends her days teaching English to unemployed Austrians and her evenings watching... read more

The international bestsellerFor readers of quirky Scandinavian fiction comes this charming and witty debut novel by Emmy Abrahamson—perfect for fans of Jonas Jonasson.Love stinks. Or maybe it just needs a shower . . . Vienna: famous for Mozart, waltzes, and pastry; less famous for Julia, a Swedish transplant who spends her days teaching English to unemployed Austrians and her evenings watching... read more

The Runaway Midwife: A Novel

Patricia Harman

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel.Say “goodbye” to your old life, and “hello” to the life you’ve been waiting for…Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients…calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children…ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.But when C... read more

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel.Say “goodbye” to your old life, and “hello” to the life you’ve been waiting for…Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients…calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children…ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.But when C... read more

The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles)

Santa Montefiore

Previously published in the United Kingdom as DAUGHTERS OF CASTLE DEVERILLIreland. 1925. The war is over. But life will never be the same..."Everything Santa Montefiore writes, she writes from the heart,” says JOJO MOYES. See why in this unforgettable story of love, loss, and life, perfect for fans of DOWNTON ABBEY and KATE MORTON.In the green hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has b... read more

Previously published in the United Kingdom as DAUGHTERS OF CASTLE DEVERILLIreland. 1925. The war is over. But life will never be the same..."Everything Santa Montefiore writes, she writes from the heart,” says JOJO MOYES. See why in this unforgettable story of love, loss, and life, perfect for fans of DOWNTON ABBEY and KATE MORTON.In the green hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has b... read more

When the Snow Falls

Fern Michaels, Nancy Bush, Rosanna Chiofalo, Lin Stepp

Something's in the air this holiday season, and it could be the beginning of a wonderful Christmas romance. . ."Candy Canes and Cupid" by Fern MichaelsAll private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colorado ski trip, she has little choice—but what she finds on her arrival could melt the c... read more

Something's in the air this holiday season, and it could be the beginning of a wonderful Christmas romance. . ."Candy Canes and Cupid" by Fern MichaelsAll private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colorado ski trip, she has little choice—but what she finds on her arrival could melt the c... read more

Bella Fortuna

Rosanna Chiofalo

“Sometimes tough, sometimes tender, always heartfelt and honest, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely-stitched tale of life and love, family and friendship, and a zest for cose Italiane!” —Peter Pezzelli, author of Home to Italy Valentina DeLuca has made hundreds of brides’ dreams come true. At Sposa Rosa, the Astoria, New York, boutique where she, her sisters, and their mother design and sew cou... read more

“Sometimes tough, sometimes tender, always heartfelt and honest, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely-stitched tale of life and love, family and friendship, and a zest for cose Italiane!” —Peter Pezzelli, author of Home to Italy Valentina DeLuca has made hundreds of brides’ dreams come true. At Sposa Rosa, the Astoria, New York, boutique where she, her sisters, and their mother design and sew cou... read more

Carissima

Rosanna Chiofalo

From Rosanna Chiofalo comes a sumptuous novel that sweeps readers from the Italian-American enclave of Astoria, New York, to the stunning vistas of Rome, and introduces two very different women--in a story of friendship, love, and destiny. . . In college, Pia Santore dreamed of going to New York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead, Pia has arrived in Astori... read more

From Rosanna Chiofalo comes a sumptuous novel that sweeps readers from the Italian-American enclave of Astoria, New York, to the stunning vistas of Rome, and introduces two very different women--in a story of friendship, love, and destiny. . . In college, Pia Santore dreamed of going to New York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead, Pia has arrived in Astori... read more

Stella Mia

Rosanna Chiofalo

Rosanna Chiofalo's poignant, beautifully written novel evokes the stunning scenery of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and tells of mothers and daughters, love and sacrifice--and the choices that resound across continents and through generations. Julia Parlatone doesn't have much to remember her Italian mother by. A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia's childh... read more

Rosanna Chiofalo's poignant, beautifully written novel evokes the stunning scenery of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and tells of mothers and daughters, love and sacrifice--and the choices that resound across continents and through generations. Julia Parlatone doesn't have much to remember her Italian mother by. A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia's childh... read more

Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Rosanna Chiofalo

In Rosanna Chiofalo’s touching novel, a unique pastry shop features mouthwatering creations that have the power to change one woman’s life… Food writer Claudia Lombardo has sampled exquisite dishes by the world’s greatest chefs. But when she hears about the remarkable desserts that are created in a pastry shop operated out of a convent in the sleepy Italian hillside town of Santa Lucia del Mel... read more

In Rosanna Chiofalo’s touching novel, a unique pastry shop features mouthwatering creations that have the power to change one woman’s life… Food writer Claudia Lombardo has sampled exquisite dishes by the world’s greatest chefs. But when she hears about the remarkable desserts that are created in a pastry shop operated out of a convent in the sleepy Italian hillside town of Santa Lucia del Mel... read more

The Sunflower Girl

Rosanna Chiofalo

Rosanna Chiofalo returns with another evocative, beautifully written novel set against the stunning vistas of Tuscany . . . In the fields around Tuscany in summertime, sunflowers grow in profusion—wave upon wave of gold and green standing tall against the Italian sky. But for Signora Maria Ferraro, the bright yellow blooms carry only bitter memories. Though she loved them as a child, sunflower... read more

Rosanna Chiofalo returns with another evocative, beautifully written novel set against the stunning vistas of Tuscany . . . In the fields around Tuscany in summertime, sunflowers grow in profusion—wave upon wave of gold and green standing tall against the Italian sky. But for Signora Maria Ferraro, the bright yellow blooms carry only bitter memories. Though she loved them as a child, sunflower... read more

Maggody in Manhattan (Arly Hanks Mystery)

Joan Hess

In Manhattan to investigate her friend Ruby Bee's involvement in a murder, Chief of Police Arly Hanks goes behind the scenes at the KoKo-Nut Cooking Contest in order to find a killer. Reprint.

In Manhattan to investigate her friend Ruby Bee's involvement in a murder, Chief of Police Arly Hanks goes behind the scenes at the KoKo-Nut Cooking Contest in order to find a killer. Reprint.

The Man Who Couldn't Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery (Stewart Hoag Mysteries)

David Handler

“He's one of my very favorites: a novelist whose champagne-fizzy mysteries—as winning as the madcap adventures of Carl Hiaasen, as hilarious as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series—tickle the brain, heart, and funny bone in equal measure.” –A.J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of Woman in the WindowIn the next novel in David Handler’s Edgar award-winning series, Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag... read more

“He's one of my very favorites: a novelist whose champagne-fizzy mysteries—as winning as the madcap adventures of Carl Hiaasen, as hilarious as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series—tickle the brain, heart, and funny bone in equal measure.” –A.J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of Woman in the WindowIn the next novel in David Handler’s Edgar award-winning series, Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag... read more

Every Move You Make

Jill Jones

Newly divorced Regan McKinney couldn't have chosen a worse time to make a fresh start in San Francisco--the Bay Area is being terrorized by a cunning serial killer. Although chilled by the headlines, Megan is determined to get on with her life, landing a promising job and finding new confidence with a handsome, compassionate dance instructor.She'd vowed never to trust a man again. Now Regan fi... read more

Newly divorced Regan McKinney couldn't have chosen a worse time to make a fresh start in San Francisco--the Bay Area is being terrorized by a cunning serial killer. Although chilled by the headlines, Megan is determined to get on with her life, landing a promising job and finding new confidence with a handsome, compassionate dance instructor.She'd vowed never to trust a man again. Now Regan fi... read more

Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story by Wendy Leigh (1994-06-01)

Wendy Leigh

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Merda!: The Real Italian You Were Never Taught in School

Roland Delicio

At last, a humorous, uncensored language guide to the colorful slang and rude colloquialisms that are so essential to a true understanding of everyday Italian. For the first time, all those words and phrases that were deemed off-color for the classroom are included in one volume.

At last, a humorous, uncensored language guide to the colorful slang and rude colloquialisms that are so essential to a true understanding of everyday Italian. For the first time, all those words and phrases that were deemed off-color for the classroom are included in one volume.

Herotica 3: A Collection of Women's Erotic Fiction

Various

The third installment in the groundbreaking Herotica series of sensual stories by, for, and about women promises vitally exciting erotic writing. By helping ladies "claim the erotic frontier," Susie Bright explores a territory where sexuality is limited only by the imagination. This passionate mosaic of sexual reality and fantasy encompasses a spectrum of experience—black, white, Asian, Latina... read more

The third installment in the groundbreaking Herotica series of sensual stories by, for, and about women promises vitally exciting erotic writing. By helping ladies "claim the erotic frontier," Susie Bright explores a territory where sexuality is limited only by the imagination. This passionate mosaic of sexual reality and fantasy encompasses a spectrum of experience—black, white, Asian, Latina... read more

Greed: The Twisted Games We Play

Commodity , B., Joseph Editorial Services

Many A Sudden Change

Zacher, Tricia Hopper

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Richard Harrison
Outstanding. Rosanna's work far exceeded my expectations. She presented me with a very detailed and comprehensive edit of my book, having conducted a tremendous amount of research. This is the first time I have worked with Rosanna (I hope to again) having only discovered the Reedsy website a few weeks ago. Sometimes you just get lucky. 11 out of 10.

Richard Harrison, August 2020


Nicole Rossi
I'm so glad I decided to get an editor before querying my book. I did a lot of research and decided to go with Rosanna, and I definitely made the right choice! I recommend getting an editorial assessment along with copyediting. I knew something was missing from the beginning of my book, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it. Rosanna's suggestions were spot on! I know it will help my book to...
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Nicole Rossi, July 2020


Paz Ellis
This is the second book that Rosanna has edited for me, and it will not be the last! She is so thorough and intuitive. I love working with this editor! I highly recommend Rosanna!

Paz Ellis, July 2020


Kiara Thurmond
This was my first book so you could imagine how afraid I was of the editing phase because someone new would have the opportunity to read and critique my work. It was scary. However, Rosanna exceeded any expectations I could think of during this process. She was very prompt with communication from the recruitment stage which I loved. She did everything she said she was going to do and was always...
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Kiara Thurmond, June 2020


Mike G
If you're ready to take your writing to the next step and are serious about your craft you need Rosanna. She has extensive experience and knowledge in the publishing world. Thank you, Rosanna, for putting my book under a microscope. You saw things I would've never seen. You are kind and thorough and a true professional. I write for the love of the art and not for fame or fortune, but it's good ...
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Mike G, June 2020

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