Victoria Curran

Victoria Curran – Editor

Award-winning editor, 14 years at Harlequin. Want all the feels? I specialize in contemporary romance: developmental and line edits.

Overview

Once upon a time I was a senior editor at Harlequin/HarperCollins (action/adventure, dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi, clean romances and sexy reads)...


As an editor and writer with extensive experience in books and magazines, I believe good editing is about recognizing patterns–intentional and unintentional–and helping to focus the highest-impact page-turner of a story possible.


Can't wait to knock the cats off my keyboard and dig into an edit!

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Contemporary Romance Historical Romance Paranormal Romance Post-Apocalyptic Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Holt Medallion Award of Merit for Best Book: Editor, The Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara
  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and Golden Quill Award: Acquisitions Editor, Wish Me Tomorrow, Karen Rock
  • Best Contemporary Series Romance, RITA award: Editor, A Not So Perfect Past by Beth Andrews
  • Best Long Contemporary, Colorado Romance Writers: Editor, No Place Like Home by Margaret Watson
  • Australia's Romantic Book of the Year (long) and Clendon Readers' Choice Award: Editor, Mr. Imperfect by Karina Bliss
  • Golden Quill Award: Editor, His Hometown Girl by Margaret Watson
Certifications
  • Certificate of Magazine Publishing, Toronto Metropolitan U (formerly Ryerson)
  • BA: English, min. Social Studies/Creative Writing, York U
  • Robert McKee’s Story Seminar
  • Screenwriters’ Summit (Syd Field, John Truby, Linda Seger, Michael Hauge)

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2017 — Present

It's such a rewarding experience to work directly with authors on the books that are dear to their hearts, from contemporary romance to dystopian zombie adventures, and a whole lot in between.

Harlequin

Oct, 2011 — Aug, 2017 (almost 6 years)

Managed a phenomenal editorial staff of eight, working with a team of art directors and marketing, to publish more than 90 new books a year, print and digital.
*Books included contemporary romance, action/adventure and post-apocalyptic dystopian (Gold Eagle imprint).
*Launch senior editor of Harlequin Heartwarming, all the romance, none of the sex!

Harlequin

Oct, 2003 — Oct, 2011 (about 8 years)

Acquired, mentored and edited new and existing authors for Harlequin Superromance, contemporary romance; guest editor for Love Inspired, inspirational romance.

Portfolio

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Nefertiti

Michelle Moran

Fast-paced and historically accurate, Nefertiti is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, hav... read more
Developmental Editing
Save Me

Stacey Kennedy

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a captivating romance set in the exclusive world of the Phoenix club, where sizzling fantasies become reality...Reporter Hazel Rose has a... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
TIME WARPED Ryan Cawdor and his six companions struggle to survive postnuclear America, a grim new world where hope for the future is lost amid the devastation. APOCALYPSE REDUX In pursuit of ... read more
Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
Jul!

Metz, Katy

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
A Cowboy This Christmas: A Sweet Romance Anthology

Roxy Boroughs, Victoria Chatham, Amy Jo Fleming, Raine Hughes, Lawna Mackie, Shawna Mumert, Jan O'Hara, AM Westerling

At Christmas, even the loneliest cowboy can find true love, whether it arrives with the subtle fragrance of evergreen or the kick of a wild stallion. Celebrate the holiday season with these ni... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
A Very Merry Match

Melinda Curtis

The holidays are served up with some spice in this small-town romance featuring a woman who must maintain a secret identity and the man who begins falling for her.This Christmas, all Mayor Kev... read more
Developmental Editing
Are you tired of throwing money at marketing that doesn’t work? Or are you confused about where to start with your marketing?Marketing Launchpad is a must-have for any women who wants to transform her business from struggling to thriving through the power of s... read more
SEEDS OF A CALLING IS A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PRICE YOU PAY WHEN YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR TRUTHFrom the outside looking in, Kate's life appears perfect. In her mid-thirties, she holds a highly paid senior management position in a corporate engineering co... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
During a hospital stay, curator Arsinoë Nelson hears a conversation about Earth's destruction. Believing this was a one time hallucination, she returns to work at Neo-Classica, an ancient worl... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
A Perfect Catch (Shepherdsville)

Brooks, Shawna Lynn

Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
Her Amish Summer

Daniel, Julianne

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Heart of Cole

Burrows, Kate

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Kate

Smith, Thom

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
Love in a Time of War: An Army Nurse's Coming of Age Story

Amthor Spinelli, Leslyn

Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Charlie Tree

Recio, Gianna

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Editorial Assessment
Made with Reedsy
The Rains on Tan Son Nhat: No One Is Wiser Than Destiny

McCain-Nguyen, Christopher

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
The King's Bargain (Arsyn Morgan Book 2)

Stowe, J.A.

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Resurrection

Swanson, Denise

Copy Editing
A Mother's Claim

Janice Kay Johnson

A Mother's Claim by Janice Kay Johnson released on Dec 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.
Developmental Editing
He wants to take her child out of Africa… The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr.... read more
Developmental Editing
Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And ... read more
Developmental Editing
They've both got their eye on the prize Sports agent Samantha Baker needs an epic comeback after the disaster that destroyed her career. Just one client, and she'll prove she can do this thing... read more
Developmental Editing
Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward. Knows he served time in prison. Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs. But that doesn't stop her from renting him a p... read more
Developmental Editing
"You and me are a bad idea, Hollywood." She's a former beauty queen, former reality TV star and the former wife of a former Sexiest Man Alive. And now Bree Mathews has been forced into hiding ... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Gypsy Bride

Mackie, Lawna

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Her design scheme didn't include him! Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coas... read more
Developmental Editing
Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.Millionaire... read more
Developmental Editing
If he stays, she's in danger. But if he leaves… All Mike Ryan can tell her is his name. Revealing any more to this beautiful stranger would put her in danger. And he's not willing to jeopardiz... read more
Developmental Editing
But guests are expecting a Christmas Eve wedding…! What could be more romantic than a Christmas wedding at a ski lodge in Lake Placid? Well, if there actually was a wedding, for one thing! Thr... read more
Developmental Editing
You can't say no to a mistletoe kiss, no matter who's under it!Since leaving Brookhollow and her fiancé, Luke Dawson, twelve years earlier, Victoria Mason hasn't looked back. She's traded the ... read more
Developmental Editing
Turning bachelors into Casanovas, one cowboy at a time Meg Ripley may run the local diner, but she has never been one to get involved in the small-town craziness of Willing, Montana. Now sudde... read more
Developmental Editing
His Secret Past by Ellen Hartman released on May 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.
Developmental Editing
The Brother Returns by Jeannie Watt released on Feb 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.
Developmental Editing
She can’t have the man she loves…if it means losing her child!Alexi Docker’s a widow trying to adopt the child she and her husband had taken in. Except her new rental home turns out to be a di... read more
Developmental Editing

Victoria has 34 reviews

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Jordan W.

Jordan W.

May, 2024

Victoria's insight has been invaluable and saved my story. I knew it needed saving, but didn't know how, and she got me on the right track. If you're writing romance and looking for an editor who can take your story to the next, most professional level, I highly recommend Victoria.
robert S.

robert S.

Feb, 2024

This was my first collaboration with Victoria. She has been extraordinarily patient with me throughout the process and has added tremendous value to my project. Her insight and attention to detail have made the process fun, rather than an ordeal or chore. Having only just recieved her assessment I have much to unpack and study before I can be more specific or detailed but, at this point I have ...
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Bailey H.

Bailey H.

Jan, 2024

A thorough and helpful edit! Thank you.
Paj G.

Paj G.

Dec, 2023

Victoria is professional, responsive, and thorough! I'm a new writer who struggles with confidence, and she never made me feel bad. Editors are like teachers, and she most definitely taught me a lot without shaming me for what I don't know. She was flexible and helpful in every way. I appreciated her sharp eye for detail. She asked questions and offered feedback that has helped to add depth to ...
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Sharon C.

Sharon C.

Dec, 2023

I can't say enough good things about Victoria. She was professional, yet approachable. She was funny and kind and she took my book to a whole new level with her suggestions. Her recommendations were spot on. She was perfect for my cozy mystery/romance and I will definitely be using her for future books.

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