Literary Fiction Book Editors

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett

Writing and Editing Experience

Linda has provided developmental editing, APA editing, substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading services to clients around the world:

  • More than 50 dissertations for Ph.D. candidates
  • More than 200 master’s theses and academic submissions for grad students
  • Fiction and nonfiction for published authors, including novels, short stories, poetry, religion, and philosophy
  • Business and marketing collateral for Fortune 500 companies
  • More than 100 peer-reviewed articles for academic and scientific journals
  • More than 35 IT books published by Sybex, Ventana, Macmillan, and Sage
  • Research reports and surveys for government organizations
  • Website content, business plans, corporate overviews, and case studies
  • An efficient, versatile, award-winning editor, Linda is an expert in APA and Chicago Manual styles, is experienced with MLA and AP styles, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
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.

Theodora Bryant

Theodora Bryant

Book Editor - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror Novels

Editing and Publishing Experience

  • Owner, award-winning publishing company, 1994-2001
  • Freelance developmental editor (with the Book Editing Associates network only) since 2002
  • Critiqued and edited hundreds of manuscripts
  • Dozens of authors now happily selling their books

Book Editing Specialties
 

  • Detailed written critique/evaluation of your manuscript that asks questions, points out conflicts, confused timelines, characterization difficulties, etc., in the manuscript itself so the guide is always there for you to follow as you rework it.
  • Mentor you with creative ideas, and guide you through the whole gamut of what’s what in the publishing industry (i.e.: whether traditional or self-publishing is best for you).
  • Hands on content edit (aka copy-edit, aka line edit), structural/stylistic edit of your manuscript, doing everything to get your manuscript ready for a traditional agent, a traditional editor, a self-publishing company, or ready for submission to an e-publisher.
  • Work with you on a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication, should you want that.
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.

Michael Carr

Michael Carr

Book Editor for Award-Winning and New York Times Best-Selling Authors

Literary fiction, journalism, how-to, psychology, self-help, crime fiction, young adult, science fiction and fantasy, true crime, current affairs, nature and science, military history, forensic science, travel and adventure.

Michael Carr is an editor, writer, and translator with some 400 book title credits, working for authors and major publishers including Time Warner Books, Penguin Putnam, Little, Brown and Co., Hachette Book Group, Palgrave Macmillan, United States Institute of Peace Press, and many others.

Michael has edited a dozen New York Times best sellers and another dozen Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, international, and Amazon best sellers.

Please Note: Michael only accepts manuscripts that have agent representation and are being considered by traditional publishing houses.

Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan

Author, Ghostwriter, Editor

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 edits children’s books and teaches writing for children. She offers clients free query letter writing as part of her children’s book editing services.

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. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and received first place in the ‘published’ division of the New England SCBWI 2013 illustration awards.

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

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

Karin specializes in apocalyptic fiction, autobiography/memoir, literary, police procedural, 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.

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editing and Proofreading Services

Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

With nearly twenty years of book editing proofreading experience, Marie helps writers prepare their manuscripts for submission to publishers or in preparation for self-publishing. In fiction writing, Marie can see where characterization needs rounding out or where the plot thins. She will spot inconsistencies in setting or spelling of key terms. She 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. As a bonus to her clients, Marie helps with formatting as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.

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

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.