professional book editing services

Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Proofreading and Copy Editing Services


CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles short-form fiction (novellas and short stories) and memoir.

From decades of experience as an editor and compositor, along with her personal experience as a published novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to production. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for the real world, including help not only with storycraft but also collateral documents, such as queries and synopses, and grooming files for submission to publishers and self-publishing.

Editing Services

  • Copyediting—the t-crossing and i-dotting needed by every book. Focuses on mechanics more than content revision. Performed on completed manuscripts to prepare them for submission to publishers or production for self-publishing.
  • Line editing/substantive editing—a deep edit on completed manuscripts that expands on copyediting to address character growth and point of view, story arc, pacing and plausibility, theme, and genre conventions, as well as author pet words or patterns, and phrasing that creates unintentional effects or reader distraction.
  • Manuscript evaluation—a critique that involves no editing, just analyzes a work's strengths and weaknesses to guide an author in developing or revising a work in process.

Books Edited


Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
  • Bite-Sized Magic, by Kathryn Littlewood. Book 3 in the Bliss Family Bakery fantasy series (HarperTeen 2014).
  • Burning Glass, by Kathryn Purdie. Book 1 in the Burning Glass fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2016).
  • Endangered Norse Gods fantasy series, by Eric Brodin. Book 1, The Lost Sons of Asgaard (CreateSpace 2015); Book 2, The Well of Destiny (CreateSpace 2016); Book 3 in process.
  • Gaia's Majesty spec fiction trilogy, by Roger B. Burt. Book 1,  Majesty: Discovery (CreateSpace 2015); Books 2 and 3, Majesty: Presence and Majesty: Transformation, in process.
  • Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas. Fantasy (HarperTeen 2017).
  • Outlaws of Time fantasy series, by N. D. Wilson. Book 1, The Legend of Sam Miracle (Katherine Tegen Books 2016); Book 2, The Song of Glory and Ghost (Katherine Tegen Books 2017).
  • Spirit Hunters, by Ellen Oh. Fantasy (HarperCollins 2017).
  • Stasis and The Girl Whom the Dragon Tattooed, by Steve Simpson. Science fiction novelettes (Amazon Publishing Services 2015).
  • Swing Low: The Hangman of the Woods, by B. C. Crow. Fantasy (scheduled for 2017).
  • Temporary Monsters, by Craig Shaw Gardner. Book 1 in the Temporary Magic fantasy series (Penguin/InterMix 2013).
  • The Book of Banea fantasy series, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 1, A Woman Warrior-Born (Smashwords 2013); Volume 2, Come the Wind (Smashwords 2016); Volume 3, Fire Borne (scheduled for 2017).
  • The Child Revealed, by A. R. Winterstaar. Book 1 in The World of Evendaar fantasy series (Evendaar Publishing 2014)
    The Havoc Machine, by Steven Harper. Book 4 in the Clockwork Empire steampunk series (NAL/Roc 2013).
  • The Keelic Travers Chronicles science fiction series, by Alexander Edlund. Book 1, Keelic and the Space Pirates (Smashwords 2015); Book 2, Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth (scheduled for 2017).
  • The Magic Thief: Home, by Sarah Prineas. Book 4 in the Magic Thief fantasy series (Harper 2014).
  • The Nephilim science fiction trilogy, by B. C. Crow. Book 1, The Nephilim Device; Book 2, The Nephilim Effect; Book 3, The Nephilim Conspiracy (Blue House Publishing 2015).
  • Wanderers, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan. Book 2 in the Wasteland dystopia series (HarperTeen 2014).
  • Za'nar: Impossibility, by Zachary Storch. Fantasy (Amazon Digital Services 2015).

Bite-Sized Magic by Kathryn LittlewoodBurning Glass by Kathryn Purdie The Lost Sons of Asgaard by Eric Brodin The Well of Destiny by Eric Brodin Majesty: Discoveryby Roger B. Burt Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson The Song of Glory and Ghost by N.D. Wilson Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh science fiction novelette editingThe Girl Whom the Dragon Tattooed by Steve Simpson Swing Low: The Hangman of the Woods by B. C. Crow Temporary Monsters by Craig Shaw GardnerA Woman Warrior Born by Alexander Edlund Come the Wind by Alexander Edlund The Child Revealed by A. R. Winterstaar steampunk editor Keelic and the Space Pirates by Alexander Edlund The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas The Nephilim Device by B. C. Crow The Nephilim Effect by B. C. Crow The Nephilim Conspiracy by B. C. Crow The Wanderers by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan Za'Nar by Zachary Storch

Mystery, Detective
  • Chili Con Carnage, by Kylie Logan. Book 1 in the Chili Cook-Off mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Facing Death, by Catyana Skory Falsetti. Book 1 in the Julia Rawson mystery series (Falsetti Publishing 2016).
  • Folded Dreams, by Michael Kent. Book 1 of the Lieutenant Beaudry detective series (Mezzo Publications 2014).
  • Malled to Death, by Laura DiSilverio. Book 3 in the Mall Cop mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Only in Tokyo mystery series, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 1, Fallen Angel; Book 2, Nightshade; Book 3, Idolmaker (Penguin/InterMix 2012/2013).
  • Safe From Harm, by Stephanie Jaye Evans. Book 2 in the Sugar Land mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Tempest in a Teapot, by Amanda Cooper. Book 1 in the Teapot Collector mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2014).

Chili Con Carnage by Kylie LoganFacing Death by Catyana Skory FalsettiFolded Dreams by Michael KentMalled to Death by Laura DiSilverioFallen Angel by Jonelle Patrick

Nightshade by Jonelle Patrickmystery editorSafe From Harm by Stephanie Jaye EvansTempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper

  • The Big Sugarbush, by Ana B. Good. Lesbian romantic comedy (Hot Pants Press 2016).
  • The Boy, by Lara Santoro. Literary romance (Little, Brown 2013).
  • The Christmas Spirit, by Elisabeth Fairchild. Regency romance (Penguin/InterMix 2012).
  • The Strawberry Field, by Barbara Jean Ruther. Contemporary romance (Torrid Books/Whiskey Creek Press 2016).

The Big Sugarbush by Ana B. GoodThe Boy by Lara SantoroThe Christmas Spirit by Elisabeth FairchildThe Strawberry Field by Barbara Jean Ruther

Thriller, Suspense
  • Article V, by Richard Rudomanski. Political suspense. (CreateSpace 2014).
  • Relentless and Defiant, by P.J. O'Dwyer. Books 1 and 2 in the Falon Sisters romantic suspense trilogy (Black Siren Books, 2011/2013).
  • Solomon's Temple, by Leo Braginsky. Historical suspense, WWII (BookBaby 2012).
  • The Ball Crossing, by J.E. Lindberg. Historical suspense, post-Civil War Vermont (John Eric Lindberg 2013)
  • Willowgrove, by Kathleen Peacock. Book 3 in the Hemlock paranormal suspense series (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins 2015).
  • FAIR: First American Internet Revolution, by Skipper Weese. Allegory (Smashwords 2016).

Article V by Richard RudomanskiDefiant by P. J. O'DwyerRelentless by P. J. O'DwyerSolomon's Temple by Leo Braginsky

The Ball Crossing by J. E. LindbergWillowgrove by Kathleen PeacockFAIR: First American Internet Revolution by Skipper Weese


  • An Unconventional Childhood: Growing Up in the Catskill Mountains During the 1950s and 1960s, by Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn. Memoir (BookBaby, 2013).
  • Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service, by Kate Braestrup. Memoir (Little, Brown 2015).
  • Dancing in Bomb Shelters: My Diary of Holland in World War II, by Johanna Wycoff. Memoir (iUniverse 2010).
  • GrandPAW's Memoirs: Growing Up on a Dirt Road, by Dave Quesnel. Memoir (ShiresPress 2015).
  • Home is the Sailor: With the Nyes Aboard the Three Carinas, by Richard Nye. Memoir (Bruce Farr Creative Publishing 2011).
  • Sweet Baby Lover: A True Story of Love, Death, and Hope, by Julie Kucera, Memoir (Poppyseed House 2014).

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Feedback / Testimonials

"I was thrilled to work with her! Caroline is great to work with. She offers feedbacks with professionalism and empathy. She helped me expand my knowledge in copyediting and diction." - E. Cruz

"I found Caroline to be wonderfully professional and very easy to work with. She delivered my manuscript on time and her edit went deeper than I expected. Her work helped to make my book everything I wanted it to be." - Alexandra Clausen

"Caroline improved my work far beyond my expectations." - Craig Millard

"Caroline was responsive, timely and open. I found her to be insightful and extremely helpful in pointing out what the reader needs to know or how they may feel.  When making suggestions she was completely open about her own bias (as to her preferred genre – subject matter) and that others might not see the issue the same way.  She was simply a delight to work with." - Michael May

"Caroline was great. I learned a lot from her comments and edits. She's very professional and thorough." - Brent Lindstrom

"Caroline is a superior editor. She did a remarkable job pointing out difficulties with dialog and narrative flow. I especially like her focus on detail. Whether my novel is published soon or later, I will have Hiley’s documents to trust going forward." - Stephen

"Caroline was, from the initial contact, prompt, professional and awesome. Her editing of my manuscript exceeded my expectations and produced a clean polished finished product. I would not hesitate to use her services again, in fact, she is my editor for life." - Richard Rudomanski author of Article V