Staci Frenes

Staci Frenes – Editor

Versatile editor, published author with 10+ years experience including NYT bestselling authors. Memoir, spirituality/religion, romance.


"Staci is a gift to work with. She is both professional and kind, and her editorial skills are superb, adding value and clarity to the story." - Juli Boit (author, James Morgan Publishing)

"I hired Staci for an editorial assessment of my memoir-in-progress. Her thorough feedback was the exact roadmap I needed to guide my revisions!" - Marianne Richmond (author, Sourcebooks)

"Staci helped me distill the truth of my story in a way that even I could understand it more clearly!" - Ingrid Clayton, PhD (author, independent)


I’m an editor and published author with ten years of experience and a degree in English from UC Berkeley. I love helping writers craft extraordinary stories and am especially drawn to memoirs of personal transformation and growth.

Having gone through the rigorous publishing process myself as an author, I bring invaluable experience to the various stages of editing with an eye on the end result. From an initial assessment of your early draft to a comprehensive developmental edit, I'll work closely with you to get your book in the best shape possible for publication.

My editing experience includes working collaboratively with in-house editing teams from traditional publishers (e.g. Broadleaf Books), but I especially love working directly with independent authors to craft original, moving stories that range from personal memoir to contemporary romance.

Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Contemporary Romance
English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2014 — Present

I offer a suite of services for published and independent authors, including developmental editing, copy editing, and manuscript evaluation.

Broadleaf Books

Feb, 2021 — Mar, 2023 (about 2 years)

Books edited include “Breath Prayers” by Christine Valters Paintner, "Be the Brave One" by Ann Kansfield, and "Death is a Day Worth Living" by Ana Quintana.


Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Death Is a Day Worth Living

Quintana Arantes, Ana Claudia

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Editorial Assessment
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Evie Interrupted

Bailey, Alison G.

Copy Editing
Don't Give Up

Lopez, Josh

Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Mud Vein

Tarryn Fisher

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is le... read more
Copy Editing
In the Fields

Willow Aster

Caroline has loved Isaiah for as long as she can remember…even though nothing about him is acceptable, according to her family, her town, and everyone in it. All she has ever wanted is a simpl... read more
Copy Editing
Flourish is a conversational, inspiring collection of stories and insights about how to cultivate a life in which our unique gifts and talents find their full expression. It contains stories of people from all along the creative spectrum—from homemakers to pro... read more

Staci has 2 reviews





Oracle M.

Oracle M.

Mar, 2024

Staci did a good job editing my prayer book, and she did it quickly. She kept me in the loop and was also pleasant to work with. am happy to recommend Staci to anyone looking for a Copy Editor. :)
John D.

John D.

Nov, 2023

Staci’s developmental edit on my manuscript was insightful. Staci clearly articulated to me the strengths of my work, but more importantly she highlighted to me the areas that needed to be thought through again. Staci mentioned that the type of constructive feedback she gave me can be discouraging to writers because of the work involved in doing a rewrite. But I found her critique to be invig...
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Staci F.
Thanks, John! It was an honor to work on your book and I'm delighted you found my feedback helpful. All the best as you move forward in the publishing process!

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