Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff - Editor

Minneapolis, MN, USA

I am a developmental editor specializing in crime fiction and women's lit. I also have interest/experience in LGBTQIA+ and YA.

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I’m a developmental editor with over ten years of experience specializing in crime fiction, LGBTQIA+, and women’s lit. Occasionally I do YA and query letters. I have been an acquiring editor for over ten years. At my previous position, I acquired and developmentally edited between 36 and 40 book per year. Before I entered publishing, I owned a mystery bookstore for five years and had over ten years working in bookstores.

In a developmental edit, I will point out problems with the plot, pace, character motivation and give you guidance how to beef up or cut the fat. I look for word choice, repeated phrases, and sentence structure. I work electronically, and will make track changes and comments in the document as well as an overview letter explaining what you need to work on and what is working well. While I don’t do a line edit, I will point out grammatical issues along the way.

In a manuscript evaluation, I look for major structural and content issues. This is not as intensive as a developmental edit. Consider it as a last look before submitting to agents and editors.

I can usually turn projects around in 1-2 weeks.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Acquiring Editor

Midnight Ink
September, 2009 – January, 2019 (over 9 years)

As an acquiring editor, I read and selected submissions for publication. After acquiring a title, I did developmental edits with the author to make their work stronger and in line with the market. I was responsible for acquiring 36-40 books per year.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

House. Tree. Person.: A Novel of Suspense

Catriona McPherson

"An unnerving and suspenseful novel, House. Tree. Person. is McPherson's best yet."—Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern's life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he's in danger, too. But her new ... read more

"An unnerving and suspenseful novel, House. Tree. Person. is McPherson's best yet."—Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern's life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he's in danger, too. But her new ... read more

Hollywood Homicide (A Detective by Day Mystery Book 1)

Kellye Garrett

Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title The Surprise Hit of the Season! Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. ... read more

Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title The Surprise Hit of the Season! Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. ... read more

The Consultant

Tj O'Connor

Terrorism hits Main Street AmericaWhen a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken—until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of ho... read more

Terrorism hits Main Street AmericaWhen a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken—until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of ho... read more

Pride, Prejudice and Poison: A Jane Austen Society Mystery

Elizabeth Blake

Perfect for fans of Laura Levine and Stephanie Barron, Elizabeth Blake’s Jane Austen Society mystery debut is a mirthfully morbid merger of manners and murder.In this Austen-tatious debut, antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society.Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yor... read more

Perfect for fans of Laura Levine and Stephanie Barron, Elizabeth Blake’s Jane Austen Society mystery debut is a mirthfully morbid merger of manners and murder.In this Austen-tatious debut, antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society.Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yor... read more

Salem's Cipher (A Salem's Cipher Novel Book 1)

Jess Lourey

A troubled codebreaker faces an epic plot reaching back through centuries of America's secret historySalem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since her quantum computing breakthrough. She's also an agoraphobe shackled to a narrow routine since her father's suicide. When her intelligence work unexpectedly exposes a sinister plot to assassinate the ... read more

A troubled codebreaker faces an epic plot reaching back through centuries of America's secret historySalem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since her quantum computing breakthrough. She's also an agoraphobe shackled to a narrow routine since her father's suicide. When her intelligence work unexpectedly exposes a sinister plot to assassinate the ... read more

The Question of the Dead Mistress (An Asperger's Mystery Book 5)

E. J. Copperman, Jeff Cohen

"Readers will delight in watching Copperman's literal-minded hero grapple not only with unpredictable and nuanced human thinking, but with logic from beyond the grave."—Kirkus Reviews "Is my husband having an affair with a dead woman?" For Samuel Hoenig, the proprietor of a unique agency called Questions Answered, the answer to this most recent question is simple. Since there's absolutely no e... read more

"Readers will delight in watching Copperman's literal-minded hero grapple not only with unpredictable and nuanced human thinking, but with logic from beyond the grave."—Kirkus Reviews "Is my husband having an affair with a dead woman?" For Samuel Hoenig, the proprietor of a unique agency called Questions Answered, the answer to this most recent question is simple. Since there's absolutely no e... read more

Murderabilia

Carl Vonderau

When you're the son of a serial killer, you can never escape your past. William MacNary was eight years old when his father went to prison. Since then, he's carefully built a life as a family man and a private banker for the wealthy. He tries to forget that his father dismembered and photographed thirteen women. And he tries to forget those exquisitely composed photos of severed hands, heads, ... read more

When you're the son of a serial killer, you can never escape your past. William MacNary was eight years old when his father went to prison. Since then, he's carefully built a life as a family man and a private banker for the wealthy. He tries to forget that his father dismembered and photographed thirteen women. And he tries to forget those exquisitely composed photos of severed hands, heads, ... read more

A Cold Day in Hell (A Cold Case Investigation Book 1)

Lissa Marie Redmond

Lauren's job as a cold case homicide detective is her life. And life just got complicated. Lauren Riley is an accomplished detective who has always been on the opposite side of the courtroom from slick defense attorney Frank Violanti. But now he's begging to hire her as a private investigator to help clear his client of murder. At first Lauren refuses, wanting nothing to do with the media circ... read more

Lauren's job as a cold case homicide detective is her life. And life just got complicated. Lauren Riley is an accomplished detective who has always been on the opposite side of the courtroom from slick defense attorney Frank Violanti. But now he's begging to hire her as a private investigator to help clear his client of murder. At first Lauren refuses, wanting nothing to do with the media circ... read more

The Third Mrs. Durst

Ann Aguirre

Some people just need killing. Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power. To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena... read more

Some people just need killing. Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power. To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena... read more

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Carol Miller
Terri Bischoff provided valuable, constructive feedback from an obviously informed perspective. All of the edits and comments were helpful. Fiction writing is very new to me, and Terri's insightful suggestions will surely assist my efforts to write a more compelling story for the right audience.

Carol Miller, September 2019

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