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.

If you have questions about our process or one of our editors, please email us at hello@saltandsagebooks.com!

Meet the Editors

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
 
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  Romcom 
Avoids
Dark Horror  Heavy Sci-Fi  Erotica 
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
Young adult  regency  middle grade  fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica 
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
Fantasy  YA fantasy  regency romance  mythology-based stories  magical realism  paranormal romance  travel-based stories 
Avoids
Erotica 
Stefanie Molina

Stefanie Molina

Stefanie Molina is a book coach who helps writers work through their mindset blocks and complete the novels of their dreams. At Salt & Sage, she’s a sensitivity reader who’s obsessed with learning and sharing knowledge, and often finds herself on mental tangents without any idea how she arrived there… Read More

Prefers
Fantasy  Historical fantasy  Historical Fiction  Cozy Mysteries  Romcoms  Middle Grade  YA  Urban fantasy  Romance  Thriller  Mystery  Mythology  Contemporary 
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!
Mandy Ballard

Mandy Ballard

Mandy is a developmental and line editor who has worked with indie and traditional bestsellers alike. Her cozy approach comes through in every edit; if you’re looking for an editor who is 100% on your team, Mandy is the editor for you!

Mandy reads, writes, and does yoga in the cracks between all that drives life on a tiny, wanna-be homestead in Southern Utah. She has a knack for getting to the heart of a manuscript’s needs, drawing on a well-honed approach to character, story, and world development. Whether it’s surface cracks or deep gorges, she’s itching to help you fill them!

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Prefers
YA contemporary  YA Speculative  YA Fantasy  YA Sci-Fi  Dystopian  Magical Realism  Alternate History  Post-Apocalyptic  Steampunk  Contemporary Romance  Romcom  Middle Grade  Adult  Literary  Women's Fiction  Inspirational Non-Fiction 
Avoids
Slasher horror  Erotica  Regency Romance 
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
Science fiction  fantasy  young adult  romance  drama  comics 
Avoids
None!
Thais Carreira Afonso

Thais Carreira Afonso

Thais is passionate about delivering editorial clarity, cultural perspective, and constructive editorial advice to her clients. She has over six years of editorial experience and has helped dozens of authors develop stories. More recently, she interned at Writers House, where she honed her editorial skills while supporting the desks of Amy Berkower and Johanna Castillo. Read More

Prefers
Erotica  Literary Fiction  Queer Romance  Romance  fantasy  women's fiction  upmarket  contemporary 
Avoids
Horror 
Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega is a sensitivity reader and copyeditor who has worked with bestselling authors and novice writers. Her experience as a freelancer has led her to work with major publishing houses like Penguin Random House, Tor, and Bloomsbury Press in various genres, including Young Adult, Romance, Literary Fiction, and YA. Read More

Prefers
Literary Fiction  Women’s Fiction  Young Adult  Mystery  Paranormal  Science Fiction 
Avoids
None!
Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor is a copy editor and proofreader. She reads for all genres, with a special interest in short fiction, autobiography/memoir, history, and scholarly nonfiction. She is Native American (Iñupiaq/Alaskan Native) on her mother’s side and settler on her father’s. She was born and raised in the beautiful unceded territories of First Nations in British Columbia, Canada, and currently lives in Stz’uminus territory on Vancouver Island. Read More

Prefers
Scholarly nonfiction  science  history  philosophy  pulp fiction  true crime  science fiction  literary criticism  essays  short stories  memoir  autobiography 
Avoids
None!
Erin Olds

Erin Olds

Erin (she/her) is an experienced developmental and line editor with two secret skills: decreasing word count while retaining voice, and figuring out the one thing that needs to shift in order to make a story truly excellent. She loves working with beginner writers on craft and with experienced authors on in-depth skills like objective correlatives, theme, misbeliefs, and character arcs. Read More

Prefers
Fantasy  Historical  Middle Grade  YA  Magical Realism  Cozy  Paranormal  Mystery 
Avoids
Slasher Horror 
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


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