Literary Fiction

Writing Literary Fiction

Popular fiction comes in many genres. Historical fiction, romance, and science fiction are a few examples of subtypes of fiction. Literary fiction does not encompass these terms, but stretches to include classics like Sherlock Holmes, which many would consider part of the detective or crime genres.

In literary fiction, the character is more prominent than the plot. Sometimes considered “serious fiction” that allows a slower pace, the modern reader wants a page-turning story as well as characters that play out the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the human condition. The line between literary and genre can blur, and often it’s a matter of who you ask.

Our Literary Fiction Editors

When you hire a literary fiction editor through the Book Editing Associates network, you are working with an experienced book editing professional with excellent credentials, verifiable references, and 100% positive feedback.

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Beth Bruno

Beth Bruno

Developmental Content Editing, Writing Assistance, Query Letters, Book Proposals, Submissions to Literary Agents and Publishers

Fiction and nonfiction: adventure, children’s books, contemporary, education, humor, memoir/biography, mystery, romance and women’s fiction, historical, creative nonfiction, literary fiction

Beth has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them now award winners. Her favorite genres are: women’s fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction, and general nonfiction.

Beth also offers reading critiques, which are less costly than line-by-line editing, and include: reading of the complete manuscript, plus written comments about structure, character development, plot, pace, reader engagement, tone, voice, clarity and richness of language, and overall marketability.

Theodora Bryant

Theodora Bryant

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Romance

THEODORA BRYANT has been editing professionally since 1994, ten of those with her fiction-only, award-winning publishing company. She has been a member of the Book Editing Associates network since 2001. During that time her authors have garnered “Book of the Year” in science fiction, and “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance and mystery works. Her authors often receive outstanding reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

She's reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years; her work has received the highest marks from her authors for the amount of extra effort she puts into helping them achieve the best results with crafting and perfecting their novels. Combining that with her many years studying the world Amazon/Amazon Kindle created for authors, how to make sure her authors know how to get on the “Top 100 Paid on Kindle,” and her knowledge of how agents and editors work in the traditional market, makes her one of the best “edges” you can have for success.

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 Ghostwriter, Author and Book Editor

Co-Author of the Red Shoe Diaries series — Erotic Romance

STACEY DONOVAN is a ten-time published book 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 currently available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s RED SHOE DIARIES is also available.

Donovan has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim: Two became New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); another won International Thrillers Awards First Novel Finalist (Thriller); another won Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2017 Silver Medal Award (Memoir), Foreword Reviews 2017 INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir), and Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies 2016; another won Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2017 Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction).

Marlo Garner

Marlo Garner

Children’s Book Writer, Editor, and Illustrator

(Marlo is unavailable until September 2019)

MARLO GARNER has been editing books and teaching writing since the late 1990s. She teaches Writing for Children’s Books (picture books), Writing Chapter Books for Children, and various other writing and revision workshops.

She also works in an editorial advisory capacity, and a copyeditor and illustrator for a number of independent or educational publishers.

Her chapter book series—which contains numerous poems and rhyming verse—was released in 2010, and she is the author and/or illustrator of a number of other published books for children, including a picture book for Internet security giant AVG.

Marlo received first place in the ‘published’ division of the New England SCBWI 2013 illustration awards.

She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) .

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

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

Karin specializes in apocalyptic fiction, autobiography, memoir, literary fiction, police procedural, narrative nonfiction, science fiction, thrillers, and true crime.

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 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.

Andrea Robb

Andrea Robb

New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Book Editor

Fiction and Nonfiction: Literary, Historical, Mystery, Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Erotica, Humor, New Age, Spirituality

Andrea Robb spent over a decade as an acquiring editor at Penguin Random House, working on key titles for Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, Vintage and Anchor Books. Prior to that, she was on the editorial team at The Book of the Month Club, where she evaluated hundreds of titles for club inclusion.

Notable fiction projects that Andrea has edited have included Jennifer McMahon's NY Times bestselling novels The Winter People, The Night Sister, and Burntown; the NY Times bestselling Veronica Mars mystery series; the Harvard Lampoon's NY Times bestselling parody Nightlight; the translations of Paulo Coelho's internationally bestselling novels The Spy, Adultery, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Aleph; Whiting Award-winner Melanie Sumner's How to Write a Novel; and Latifah Salom's debut suspense novel, The Cake House.

Nonfiction projects include blogger and comedian Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life; Vela magazine founder Sarah Menkedick's debut essay collection Homing Instincts; multiple anthologies in the bestselling Foxfire series on Appalachian history and culture; the political travel guide The Nation Guide to the Nation; and new editions of Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey's Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction.

SJ Sutton

SJ Sutton

Book Editor, Script and Screenplay Story Consultant

Publishing Consultant, Television and Film Industry Veteran

DreamWorks, Disney, Showtime, Lifetime, HBO

S.J. Sutton has worked in the book publishing and the film industries for thirty years-on the front lines and behind the scenes-finding projects to publish and/or produce, and developing and editing them, seeing them through to completion on the page or screen. In the book publishing industry, she was a developmental editor, copy editor, and proofreader for large publishers. In the film industry she worked as a story analyst and development consultant on feature film and television projects for DreamWorks, Disney, Showtime, Lifetime, among others, and worked on the development of films such as L.A. Confidential (Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published), Get On Up, Enigma, HBO’s Vinyl, and countless others. She assisted writer/director Albert Brooks on Defending Your Life.

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editing and Proofreading Services

Fiction: Short Stories, Literary, Commercial, Mainstream, Young Adult and Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Detective/Mystery, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Erotic, LGBTQIA

Nonfiction: Memoir, Biography, Self-Help, How-To, Religion, Spirituality, New Age, Business, Technical

As an editor, Marie is vigorous yet hands-off: she will find errors and inconsistencies with a sharp eye but lets the work stand for itself. She won’t change anyone’s work into her own. She finds each author’s unique qualities and makes those resonate. Besides offering an objective critique, Marie provides advice on presentation. This can involve discussions on formatting the manuscript as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.

  • Manuscript Evaluations
  • Copyediting and Proofreading
  • Query & Synopsis Development
  • Structural Editing
  • Permissions Assistance
  • Formatting

Marie has passed the rigorous proofreading test of this editing network, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. Marie knows how to identify inconsistencies in structure as well as style and spelling of key terms. She is fluent in Chicago Manual of Style as well as AP Style. She will adapt to your project’s own particular style and make sure it is consistent.

Elena Vaya

Elena Vaya

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Elena Vaya has more than 25 years’ experience as an editor, working with big publishing houses including Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, smaller boutique firms including Post Hill Press, and individual clients who self-publish. A former copy chief at San Francisco magazine and Yoga Journal, she has copyedited or proofread more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books in a wide variety of genres, and is skilled in Chicago and A.P. styles.

Elena is honored to have copyedited books by TV and radio personalities such as Spencer Christian, Jeffrey Lord, and Anthony Cumia; Hollywood insiders such as actress Marla Frees and manager-producer Norman Aladjem; political figures such as former president of Mexico Vicente Fox; renowned physician Erika Schwartz; and New York Times bestselling author Craig Hall.

An award-winning self-published author herself using a nom de plume, Elena can offer guidance and insight on the often confusing self-publishing and distribution process for both printed books and ebooks. She specializes in copyediting and proofreading books in the areas of business, biography and memoir, politics and government, self-help, and fiction but can work adeptly in any category.

Don White

Don White

Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

Developmental Editing, Ghostwriting, Copyediting, Proofreading
Fiction – literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries
Nonfiction – memoir, biography, general nonfiction

Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

Don White is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years’  of publishing experience. Among the notable writers he’s edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.

He’s equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he’s freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.

Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he's authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He's also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.

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