Detective and Crime Novel Editors

Lauren Brenzy

Lauren Brenzy

Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance LGBTQ+, Crime, Detective, Academic Nonfiction, Film Scripts, Media Books

LAUREN BRENZY has copy edited hundreds of novels, short stories, and nonfiction titles, including books by bestselling authors Jane Yolen, May McGoldrick, Paul Cornell, and Alyssa Palombo. She regularly works with large and small publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Prometheus Books, Bella Books, Entangled Publishing, and Cobblestone Press.

She loves working with both first-time authors and established writers, from people looking for that final check to those who want involved editing and collaboration. She’s a writer herself, with a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she learned the art of constructive criticism, pacing, plot structure, and dialogue.

Carly Cantor

Carly Cantor

Developmental Editing, Manuscript Evaluations and Critiques, Manuscript Assessment Services, Ghostwriting

200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

CARLY CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture. She is currently a meticulous, hands-on independent editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. Her extensive experience includes critiquing and development editing of fiction and nonfiction projects.

Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan

Award-Winning Book Editor, Author, and Ghostwriter

Former literary agent and advertising copywriter, published author, editor and ghostwriter of several bestsellers, Stacey Donovan helps guide her clients’ books to successful publication, whether traditional, niche, or independent.

STACEY DONOVAN has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim and awards. Among them: New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); International Thrillers Awards (Thriller); Florida Book Awards (Thriller); Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal Award (Memoir); Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir); Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies (Memoir); Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction); Chanticleer International Book Awards (Thriller)

As a professional editor and ghostwriter, Donovan is experienced in many genres: Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction; Mystery; Crime; Suspense; Psychological Thriller; Literary Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Young Adult; Erotic Romance; Erotica; GLBTQ; Memoir.

Donovan is also a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. Dive, her first, critically acclaimed novel was published in 1995 (Penguin) and reissued in 2015 (Open Road Media). The Art of Loneliness, a sexy novella, is available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries is also available.

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

Developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a background in criminal law and academics.

Karin Graham has a BA in comparative literature, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and a certificate in editing from the University of California Berkeley. If your novel has fight scenes or involves police procedures, forensics, CSI, or the law, Karin is your specialist.

Karin is a trained martial artist, with a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and years of training in hapkido. Karin is uniquely able to evaluate the realism of your fight scenes. She has accompanied police on search warrants, observed autopsies, and been to countless crime scenes. She has training in arson prosecution and investigations and has given lectures to investigators on the subject of search and seizure law and to college students about the insanity defense. She can help add realism to your writing.

She has listened to the words and voices of people from all walks of life, so she can assist you in making sure that your characters sound believable. This is important for fiction and for history. For the big picture, she edits nonfiction documents and crime novels for accuracy, coherence and effective storytelling. As a copy editor and proofreader, she’ll make sure that your manuscript is polished and professional, with correct and consistent spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation.

Published Writer: (selected titles)

“Guarding the Gates: Expert Witness Testimony after Daubert.” Ed. Kitaeff, J. Malingering, Lies and Junk Science in the Courtroom. Cambria Press (2007).
“The Way to Brady is Through Sony; Procedures to more effectively utilize informant assistance,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 39, No. 3 (May/June 2005) 18.
“Vincent Bugliosi Speaks Out About Prosecuting Cases,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 6 (November/December 2004) 22.
“Using the Elliot Ness Strategy against International Terrorists,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 5 (September/October 2004) 13.
“Creative Prosecution: Turn Losing Cases into Winners,”The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 3 (May/June 2004) 22.
“The CSI Effect: Fake TV and Its Impact on Jurors in Criminal Cases,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 2 (March/April 2004) 9.
“Serial Killers, Hidden Murders: The Prosecution of Health Care Professionals Who Kill Patients,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 1 (January/February 2004) 18.
“Footprints in the Snow: The Prosecution of Arson Crimes,” in The Prosecutor’s Deskbook, 3rd Ed., Ed. John E. Brigham. Virginia: American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (2001).


“She has an eye for detail to fix the typos and errors, but it was her professionalism, reliability, and honest feedback about my manuscript that I appreciated the most.”

“Karin is brilliant. I’m talking about her ability to pick out those little issues – a word, a plot point, all those things that are definitely ‘working’ but aren’t. Karin has a vast amount of knowledge to share and I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

“Karin’s vast knowledge and expertise was invaluable. Her work was punctual and thorough. I’m completely confident she made my manuscript the best it could be.”

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