Line edits are an essential style edit. Some editors refer to these as copy edits. Line edits primarily focus on your word choice, word usage, flow, pacing, and structure of your sentences. If you said the word tepid twice in three paragraphs, a line edit will catch it.

Changes are made in-text via Word’s Track Changes. Please send your manuscript as a Word or Google Doc, 12 pt, Times New Roman, 1” margins, double spaced.

Meet the Editors

Kim VanderHorst

Kim VanderHorst

Kim is an experienced and kind developmental editor—maybe because she’s a mom, or maybe because she’s Canadian. But she has a knack

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Prefers
Fantasy  Contemporary  Romance  Science Fiction  Mystery  Dystopian  Horror  Humor  Dark  Quirky  Middle Grade  Picture Books  Young Adult  Adult 
Avoids
 
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 
Margaret Kingsbury

Margaret Kingsbury

Margaret Kingsbury is a freelance writer, editor, and book coach with a passion for helping people. She gushes about books monthly at Book Riot, Think Inclusive, Baby Librarians, BuzzFeed Books and more, but she still can’t stop talking about books. You’ve been warned.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Al Ross

Al Ross

Al Ross is a writer and story editor from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia who jumped into story-telling early as a teenage Dungeon Master and never looked back. When not editing, writing, pitching or producing you can find Al at home weaving, listening to podcasts or watching reality TV with their fluffy grey cat Duchess and hamster Frisbee.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Any kind of romance/erotica with dubious or lack of consent
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!
Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson is a writer and freelance editor with experience as an Editorial Assistant at Utne Reader and The Antioch Review. She loves working with writers to make their novel, comic, video game dialogue, poetry, or personal essay the best version of itself that it can be.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh is a copy editor with several years of experience. She is super quick and super accurate. Her fiction placed first in the LDStorymakers

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Erotica 
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!
Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle is an editor who enjoys stories in any medium, from novels to video games to fine art. She’s worked on the editorial teams of several magazines, compiling sci-fi/fantasy short stories with Leading Edge and nonfiction travel articles with Stowaway.

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Prefers
Fantasy  Science Fiction  Young Adult  Nonfiction 
Avoids
 
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 
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  Women's Fiction  Sweet Romance  YA Contemporary 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Melo Pienkowski is a freelance editor and sensitivity reader, as well as the assistant publisher of Dottir Press. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Simmons University and a Master’s in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. As the queer daughter of Brazilian and Polish immigrants,

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Prefers
Young adult  literary fiction  memoir  narrative nonfiction  romance/erotica  anything LGBTQ+  middle-grade  coming-of-age stories  horror in the vein of Carmen Maria Machado  magical realism  social justice essay collections  books on beauty and aesthetics 
Avoids
Military  Slasher horror  Fantasy  Sci-Fi 
Candice Roma

Candice Roma

Candice has dedicated her life to words. Initially she had dreams of going to medical school, but when she was faced with the choice of Inorganic Chemistry or taking a Creative Writing class, she ran screaming from the science lab and into the amazing world of creative fiction.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Erotica  Christian 
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 
Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias is an associate developmental editor at book packager Dovetail Fiction. She was also an associate fiction editor for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, a 2018 Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, and a 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow.

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