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Shelly Stinchcomb

Shelly Stinchcomb - Editor

Charlottesville, VA, United States

Dedicated, compassionate, honest writing coach who has polished manuscripts for both new and best-selling authors. I make your work shine!

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I am a passionate fan of the written word!

As a Developmental Editor with over 8 years of experience, I take the approach of a writing coach. My expertise, strength, and value is in working closely with you on areas such as language, story flow, narrative tension, plot and character development, consistency, and pace. Understanding how intrusive editing can feel, I take great pride in providing an honest review and thoughtful suggestions, often with explanation, so not only does your current manuscript improve, your overall writing for future projects does as well. My focus is all in the details to help you polish your manuscripts and make them shine.

I create an environment of open communication where projects are discussed freely and without judgment. My end goal is to work collaboratively to build a trusting, long-term relationship with each of my clients.

I edit for both fiction and narrative nonfiction authors across a variety of genres, with clients such as Barnes & Noble Best Seller Holly Kammier and Amazon Multiple Best Seller Caroline Mitchell.
It would be my pleasure to hear from you and see if my style is right for you!

~Shelly






Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Humor & Comedy Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Content/Development Editor

Content/Development Editor at Self-Employed
August, 2009 – Present (about 8 years)

I am a passionate fan of the written word!

As a Development/Content Editor, I take the approach of a writing coach. I work closely with authors on areas such as language, story flow, character development, consistency, plot and pace. A writer myself, I understand how intrusive editing can feel. I take great pride in providing an honest review and thoughtful suggestions, often with explanation, so not only does the author’s current manuscript improve, their overall writing for future projects does as well. My focus is all in the details to help authors polish their manuscripts and make them shine.

I work with both fiction and narrative nonfiction authors across a variety of genres, with clients such as Amazon Best Sellers Holly Kammier and Caroline Mitchell.

Outside of the book world, I can be found enjoying the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Charlottesville indie music scene, or sampling wines from one of our many local vineyards.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Paranormal Intruder: The Terrifying True Story of a Family in Fear

Caroline Mitchell

The terrifying true story of a family in fearAn innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen ... read more

The terrifying true story of a family in fearAn innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen ... read more

Shadows of Shame

Bruce Ashkenas

Harold Apple is a Jewish reporter willing to do anything for a story. When he's asked to risk his life to infiltrate the Nazi Bund in late 1930's New York, he jumps at the chance, Leaving behind his fiancée and the safety of his home, Apple goes undercover in search of the real story. Before the world knew enough to fear them, the hate-filled paramilitary mob know as the German American Bund t... read more

Harold Apple is a Jewish reporter willing to do anything for a story. When he's asked to risk his life to infiltrate the Nazi Bund in late 1930's New York, he jumps at the chance, Leaving behind his fiancée and the safety of his home, Apple goes undercover in search of the real story. Before the world knew enough to fear them, the hate-filled paramilitary mob know as the German American Bund t... read more

GATHERING DARKNESS

STEPHANIE BODDY

When their dream holiday in LA comes to an end, Mandy has too many thoughts running through her mind to worry about her husband, Peter’s, fear of flying. Whether her marriage would last the thirteen-hour journey home was one of them. But she is left with little time to contemplate when their flight is interrupted by a severe bout of turbulence and an unexplainable horror is unleashed upon the ... read more

When their dream holiday in LA comes to an end, Mandy has too many thoughts running through her mind to worry about her husband, Peter’s, fear of flying. Whether her marriage would last the thirteen-hour journey home was one of them. But she is left with little time to contemplate when their flight is interrupted by a severe bout of turbulence and an unexplainable horror is unleashed upon the ... read more

The Moorigad Dragon: (An Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Series) (Age of the Hybrid Book 1)

Debra Kristi

To be a dragon-shifter in a world that has written your existence off as a legend is hard enough. To be a hybrid dragon-shifter is everything fire and ice wrapped up in dragonet angst....While hiding from her family and struggling with a life changing decision, runaway and hybrid dragon-shifter, Kyra the Moorigad finds herself falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. A man for... read more

To be a dragon-shifter in a world that has written your existence off as a legend is hard enough. To be a hybrid dragon-shifter is everything fire and ice wrapped up in dragonet angst....While hiding from her family and struggling with a life changing decision, runaway and hybrid dragon-shifter, Kyra the Moorigad finds herself falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. A man for... read more

Forbidden Quest (Hypnotic Journey Book 1)

Alaina Stanford

An intense Fantasy Adventure Series!Roleplay at its best...sure, it's all fun and games until someone gets their arm cut off.Wouldn't it be cool to suddenly have the battle skills of a seasoned warrior? What if the battles felt real, but there was no physical risk to you? That would be perfect, except for one thing. The hypnotist in charge of your session is insanely evil, and is using you as ... read more

An intense Fantasy Adventure Series!Roleplay at its best...sure, it's all fun and games until someone gets their arm cut off.Wouldn't it be cool to suddenly have the battle skills of a seasoned warrior? What if the battles felt real, but there was no physical risk to you? That would be perfect, except for one thing. The hypnotist in charge of your session is insanely evil, and is using you as ... read more

Reap Not the Dragon: (An Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Series) (Age of the Hybrid Book 2)

Debra Kristi

"Loving the lengths that Sebastian will go to save Kyra." -- Amazon CustomerSebastian is an unwilling Reaper, a youth trapped beneath his father's rule, forced to learn the family trade. At his father's side is the last place he wants to be. The woman he loves needs him, even though she doesn't know she's in need. Kyra lost her memory, forgetting her life at the carnival and her relationship w... read more

"Loving the lengths that Sebastian will go to save Kyra." -- Amazon CustomerSebastian is an unwilling Reaper, a youth trapped beneath his father's rule, forced to learn the family trade. At his father's side is the last place he wants to be. The woman he loves needs him, even though she doesn't know she's in need. Kyra lost her memory, forgetting her life at the carnival and her relationship w... read more

Plight of the Dragon: (An Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Series) (Age of the Hybrid Book 3)

Debra Kristi

"...a marvelous coming of age tale featuring Sebastian and Kyra, two 'hybrids' whose search for their identity requires courage, sacrifice, and a questor's tenacity. ...a marvelous read, and it's most highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite (starred review)Kyra and Sebastian have again reunited, but their future remains as foggy as the mist around Mystic's Carnival―uncertain a... read more

"...a marvelous coming of age tale featuring Sebastian and Kyra, two 'hybrids' whose search for their identity requires courage, sacrifice, and a questor's tenacity. ...a marvelous read, and it's most highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite (starred review)Kyra and Sebastian have again reunited, but their future remains as foggy as the mist around Mystic's Carnival―uncertain a... read more

Becoming: The Balance Bringer (The Balance Bringer Chronicles Book 1)

Debra Kristi

(¯`•´¯)..........★ Recently Updated with New Content!Ana still blames herself for her boyfriend's death two years prior. Now, what she thought were mere dreams are starting to enter her waking life.As Eerie shadows hunt Ana, strange new abilities develop. Her dream guy becomes reality, and Ana is becoming something...other.Ana feels like she's becoming something beyond human, or maybe she's ju... read more

(¯`•´¯)..........★ Recently Updated with New Content!Ana still blames herself for her boyfriend's death two years prior. Now, what she thought were mere dreams are starting to enter her waking life.As Eerie shadows hunt Ana, strange new abilities develop. Her dream guy becomes reality, and Ana is becoming something...other.Ana feels like she's becoming something beyond human, or maybe she's ju... read more

El Awake

Jordan Sala Tenna

In the year 2115, Eleutherius (El) is struggling to find meaning in a city where most are strangely submissive and unquestioning towards the absolute rule of the merciless authorities. But after discovering the dark truth behind the white city, El ventures on a fast paced and thrilling journey to fight for the freedom of a people he once resented. Guided by his now-deceased grandfather's poems... read more

In the year 2115, Eleutherius (El) is struggling to find meaning in a city where most are strangely submissive and unquestioning towards the absolute rule of the merciless authorities. But after discovering the dark truth behind the white city, El ventures on a fast paced and thrilling journey to fight for the freedom of a people he once resented. Guided by his now-deceased grandfather's poems... read more

Kingston Court

Holly Kammier

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-at-home moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfec... read more

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-at-home moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfec... read more

Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)

Jessica Therrien

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's... read more

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's... read more

Uprising (Children of the Gods Book 2)

Jessica Therrien

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy t... read more

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy t... read more

Don't Turn Around: A dark, thrilling, page-turner of a crime novel (Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

Caroline Mitchell

You don’t know him. But he knows you.Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. W... read more

You don’t know him. But he knows you.Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. W... read more

Eomix Galaxy Books: Illusion (Book 1 of 2)

Christa Yelich-Koth

"One strength is the depth of the abilities you’ve created for Daith. Everything in your book is SO well thought out … I can just feel the anticipation!” —From Jessica Therrien, Barnes & Noble best-selling author of the Children of the Gods series.Daith's father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy's peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it. But Daith knows nothing of... read more

"One strength is the depth of the abilities you’ve created for Daith. Everything in your book is SO well thought out … I can just feel the anticipation!” —From Jessica Therrien, Barnes & Noble best-selling author of the Children of the Gods series.Daith's father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy's peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it. But Daith knows nothing of... read more

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will

Lele Iturrioz

Revised version uploaded on: April 16, 2017Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the l... read more

Revised version uploaded on: April 16, 2017Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the l... read more

The Academy: Making of a Ruler (The Eagle King's Academy Book 1)

C.C. Monö

“I want you to remember something, Mr Hallman,” she whispered. “At the Academy you’re always evaluated. Even when you least expect it.”Very little is known about the Eagle King’s Academy, but when 22 year-old Axel is admitted, he’s catapulted into a world filled with luxury, gruelling trainings, and dark secrets. In this world built on lies, ambition and pride, he’s primed to become one of the... read more

“I want you to remember something, Mr Hallman,” she whispered. “At the Academy you’re always evaluated. Even when you least expect it.”Very little is known about the Eagle King’s Academy, but when 22 year-old Axel is admitted, he’s catapulted into a world filled with luxury, gruelling trainings, and dark secrets. In this world built on lies, ambition and pride, he’s primed to become one of the... read more

Till Death: A Novella

G. W. Boileau

With her laid back partner, Todd Vaughan, Detective Nasrin Farhi is called out to a carbon monoxide poisoning in the suburbs, there to confirm it’s another in a long string of suicides. Except this one is different. This one Nasrin thinks might be something more sinister.Despite her partner’s skepticism, she investigates, taking her to a place she doesn’t want to go, and to a memory she though... read more

With her laid back partner, Todd Vaughan, Detective Nasrin Farhi is called out to a carbon monoxide poisoning in the suburbs, there to confirm it’s another in a long string of suicides. Except this one is different. This one Nasrin thinks might be something more sinister.Despite her partner’s skepticism, she investigates, taking her to a place she doesn’t want to go, and to a memory she though... read more

The Timefarer

Harrison Becket

JACK IS A YOUNG, recently separated man living in the city of Chicago. The year is 1997 and for some time now he has felt a growing sense of alienation for the era in which he lives and with the culture and people that surround him. One morning, on the way into the office, he is involved in a violent bus crash and suffers a blow to the head.The injury somehow unlocks an innate ability within J... read more

JACK IS A YOUNG, recently separated man living in the city of Chicago. The year is 1997 and for some time now he has felt a growing sense of alienation for the era in which he lives and with the culture and people that surround him. One morning, on the way into the office, he is involved in a violent bus crash and suffers a blow to the head.The injury somehow unlocks an innate ability within J... read more

Shelly has 10 reviews

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Laura Fuller

Shelly has been amazing to work with. She explains everything and more to help you improve your writing, characters, twists and plots. Between editing she will often message with her thoughts on bits that need tweeking. She offers the best way for you to get everything you need from working with her. I love learning and Shelly sure does fill you with lots of enthusiasm to learn and become th...

, July 2017


Amity Grays

Shelly's a delight to work with--professional, clear, and reliable. She was able to take my work and make it shine, finding inconsistencies and errors others had missed. I also appreciate greatly that she didn't try and change my voice. Instead, she became familiar with it and then coached me on how to make it really pop. I hope to work with her again in the future.

, June 2017


Colleen Herrera

Shelly is a joy to work with on every level. She communicates well and at the right frequency. Her editing feedback is excellent and educational. I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

, March 2017


Lele Iturrioz

Shelly recently finished editing our second book together, and all I can say is, “Woww! I adore her work .” English isn’t my first language, so on top of standard Developmental Editing (which she's incredible at), Shelly spends extra time cleaning up the minor errors in my word choices and odd sentence structure. During the editing of my second book, she discovered the reviewers of my first boo...

, February 2017


Chris Monö

Working with Shelly was a true pleasure. She’s an exceptional editor. Her comments, thoughts and ideas will not change your voice but rather enhance it. In addition to identifying areas that need improvement, she will also clarify what she likes and why. That’s an important but often neglected part of constructive criticism, which proves that Shelly takes on a very professional and holistic app...

, January 2017

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