Romance & Women’s Fiction Editors
Writing a romance novel?
The story centers on the emotional conflicts between two people who become romantically involved; any other plot or external conflict is secondary.
A romance is a human story of connection showcasing one of our most basic needs—the need for companionship.
Far from the “bodice-rippers” of the past, the romance genre now features people with careers, independent natures, and life goals they must rearrange to allow this great love into their lives. Readers will find a story they connect with and people they understand while exploring the bloom of new love, or the rekindling of a love gone sour.
The romance genre has the widest variety of all genres, and is the highest-selling genre of fiction. All other genres can be found within the blanket of romance—mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, horror (gothic and modern), history (recent and ancient past as well as Regency and Scottish Highlands), Christian or spiritual, and every age group from YA to New Adult to Adult—and explicitness levels from light flirting and kisses to the edge of erotica. Editors may be generalists across the romance and women’s fiction spectrum, or may specialize in certain subgenre categories.
An experienced romance novel editor will be able to show you whether your emotional conflict keeps the lovers apart to the end, or if you’ve allowed them to unite prematurely, relying on external conflict to finish out the plot. Romance editors have seen it all—an author needn’t worry about the presentation of love scenes. An experienced romance book editor can analyze the presentation of human courtship and help you see where it follows natural patterns (believable) or where it goes out of order (not believable) so your reader falls in love alongside your characters.
Our Romance Editors
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.
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.
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).
Fiction Editor and Proofreader
CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.
From decades of experience as an editor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also book submission documents, such as queries and synopses.
Book Editor and Author of Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Fiction, Memoirs, Historical Fiction
Ana specializes in fiction and offers a unique editorial perspective as the author of eight novels. Her books include contemporary and historical children’s, young adult, and adult literature. She has worked with both small independent publishers, such as Roberts Rinehart and Brown Barn Books, and large publishing houses, such as Penguin Putnam and American Girl.
She has seen one of her novels made into film and has won numerous literary awards.
She believes that even in today’s tough publishing climate, it is still possible for new writers to enter the business and succeed. Second to writing her own novels, she loves to mentor others to help them achieve their goals. She knows firsthand how writers benefit from the help and support of others writers and/or editors.
Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena
Kelly Lynne is the proud "auntie" to over 150 published novels, novellas and short stories, which have sold to Kensington Publishing, Carina Press, Cerridwen Press, Awe-Struck Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Wings ePress, Bradley Publishing, Damnation Books, and The Wild Rose Press as well as author self-published titles. These books have gone on to earn high praise from reviewers and readers, as well as multiple awards and contest wins. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy. Outside of romance, her fiction fortes include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, and stories of psychic or supernatural phenomena.
Empathic about the "feel" of a story, Kelly provides suggestions so that authors may revise with their own style in mind, preserving the individual voice, while alerting authors to current trends in publishable styles. Developmental fiction editing requires an emotional investment in the work—an investment of time and effort that Kelly is happy to make.
Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, four short stories, and two novels. She knows the hoops authors are expected to jump through and helps authors polish their submission packets. Query letters, synopses and professional quality formatting are as important as a well-polished manuscript.
Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors
Caroline T. has been editing popular fiction for over 20 years and has 400+ novels under her belt. Her ability to see the big picture, combined with an in-depth knowledge of today’s publishing market, makes her an invaluable partner in the editing and publishing process.
A former in-house editor at Pocket Books-a division of Simon & Schuster, the premier New York City publisher of commercial and trade fiction-an outside editor for Harper Collins/Avon, and a reader for The Literary Guild and The Rhapsody Book Club, Caroline’s particular expertise is fiction for women: she edits all sub-genres of Romance (including NA Romance), as well as Suspense, Thrillers, Mysteries and general Womens Fiction. Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and Andrea Kane-three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors-had books edited by Caroline.