Meet the Editors

Kim VanderHorst

Kim VanderHorst

Kim is an experienced and kind developmental editor. Maybe because she’s a mom. Maybe because she’s Canadian. But she has a knack

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Prefers
Fantasy (All Kinds)  Science Fiction  Dystopian  Horror  Humor  Dark  Quirky  Middle Grade  Young Adult  Adult   
Avoids
Historical  Military  Nonfiction   
Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen

Amy loves to dive into characters and find out what makes them tick. She catches developmental flaws and inconsistencies

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant is an editor who wants to see every writer succeed. He has experience editing creative works, professional reports, and academic writing.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Manuela Velasco

Manuela Velasco

Manuela is an avid reader and a kind editor. She has a unique perspective thanks to her degree in Sustainability & the Environment

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief holds an MA in English Literature from and is a PhD researcher at the University of Toronto. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now teaches college classes in children’s literature, gender studies, and historical thought.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Fatin Marini

Fatin Marini

Fatin Marini is a developmental and line editor. Her attention to detail and the overall narrative allow her to help authors

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Prefers
Young Adult  Contemporary  Historical Romance  Romance  Fantasy  Middle Grade  Memoir 
Avoids
Erotica  Sci-Fi 
C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies is a published author who has studied structure and character for ten years. She’s taught structure

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Prefers
Suspense  Urban Fantasy  Romance  Young Adult 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Akelah Adams

Akelah Adams

Akelah has an English degree and she would love to put it to use helping you write your story!

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Prefers
Young adult fiction/fantasy  contemporary romance  middle grade  humor  fantasy  children’s books   
Avoids
None!
April Jones

April Jones

April Jones has read, written, or edited her way through dozens of fictional worlds. When she’s not working as a teacher or freelance editor, she spends her time pretending to practice Korean by binge watching Korean dramas. She received her bachelors in English and her M.F.A. in creative writing.

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Prefers
Everything!
Avoids
Erotica 
Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias is Associate Fiction Editor for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, a freelance editor, and a 2018 Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient.

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Prefers
YA  Middle Grade  Fantasy  Contemporary  Light Sci-Fi  Thriller/Suspense   
Avoids
Horror  Historical   
Sachiko Burton

Sachiko Burton

Sachiko is a Japanese-American with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. She understands character motivation on a deep level and

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Prefers
Fantasy  Sci-Fi   
Avoids
None!
Julia Allen

Julia Allen

Julia has nearly 20 years of editing experience, with strengths in character arcs and story structure. She’s also talented at

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Prefers
Historical  Regency  Contemporary   
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is the author of four published books. She has been freelance editing for several years and enjoys helping

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Prefers
Children's  Middle Grade  Contemporary Romance  Science Fiction  Nonfiction  Contemporary Fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica  Slasher Horror   
Erin Olds

Erin Olds

As a former English teacher and current writer of 15+ years, Erin can help you with anything from story structure to emotional payoffs.

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Prefers
 
Avoids
Slasher Horror 
Carrie Jacks

Carrie Jacks

Carrie loves the entire process of publishing a novel—from developing that brand new, exciting idea to formatting the words to look perfect on the page.She is sometimes intimidated by editing her own words, but she loves to read other writers’ works in progress to help make them the best they can be. Read More

Prefers
Young Adult  Fantasy  Dystopian 
Avoids
Dark Horror  Heavy Sci-Fi  Erotica 
Mandy Ballard

Mandy Ballard

Mandy reads, writes, leads writers’ education groups, and does yoga in the cracks between all that drives life on a tiny

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Prefers
Young Adult  Fantasy  Dystopian  Contemporary Romance 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Lydia Suen

Lydia Suen

Lydia studied novel writing at Stanford University. She is the daughter of a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong. When she’s not writing or editing, Lydia enjoys hiking, recurve archery and making dumplings from scratch. She is easily excitable when listing her favorite things about a manuscript and rolls up her sleeves to dive deep into problem areas and plot inconsistencies. Read More

Prefers
Young adult  Adult 
Avoids
None!
Nicole Hawken

Nicole Hawken

Nicole is a passionate storyteller and consumer of stories. She particularly loves building complex worlds and developing compelling characters.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Sara Olds

Sara Olds

Writer, mother—grandmother now too!, teacher, traveler and equestrian—Sara believes in making the most of the great loves in her life.

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Prefers
Romance  Action Adventure  Murder Mysteries  Fantasy  Historical  Science Fiction  Military  Young Adult  Childrens 
Avoids
Horror  Dark  Erotica 
Alisha Anderson

Alisha Anderson

Hello friend, my name is Alisha Anderson. I am an Editor, Sensitivity Reader, Mentor, and general enthusiast…

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Prefers
Sci-Fi 
Avoids
None!
Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega is a writer and Freelance Editor who also works with Riptide publishing as an Editorial Assistant.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Johanie Martinez-Cools

Johanie Martinez-Cools

Equipped with a degree, experience, and a love for books, Johanie is a developmental and line editor who won’t rest until every story she touches is the best it can possibly be. She’s on your team

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Prefers
YA Romance  YA Fantasy/Sci-fi  Romance  Biographies  YA Murder Mysteries  Thrillers  Erotica  Funny middle-grade books 
Avoids
Historical  Slasher Horror 
Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle Burnside is a developmental and line editor who works by day as a content marketer, writing ad copy and non-fiction articles. She is also an avid writer of fanfiction,

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Prefers
Fantasy  Science Fiction  Young Adult  Nonfiction 
Avoids