2017 Editors

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Sione Aeschliman (pronounced see-OWN ASH-lemon) is an editor and writing coach with a Master's degree in English and over fourteen years of editing experience. Since becoming a full-time freelance editor in 2012, she’s had the honor of working with authors from several countries on a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction projects. Last year she was an editor in the Pitch to Publication Twitter contest and faculty at the inaugural The Work Conference in New York City. This year she’s a #RevPit editor, creator of the ShoreIndie contest, co-editor of an anthology of floating-inspired prose and poetry for Coincidence Control Publishing, and teacher of genre fiction writing at the Show:Tell Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists. ...Read More

Elizabeth Buege is a Midwestern girl with a lifelong love of words. She graduated from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul with a B.A. in English writing and internship experience in nonprofit writing and book editing. She now teaches secondary writing classes for homeschool students through a local co-op, where her job is to help teens fall in love with words and learn to express critical thought clearly. Elizabeth also loves helping authors become better writers, so she offers book critiques and editing services at elizabethbuege.com, where she blogs writing tips and related topics to help authors grow in their craft. When she’s not editing books or grading research papers, she’s probably reading, writing, or enjoying the world around her. ...Read More

Jeni Chappelle is a freelance editor with eight years of editing experience and a lifetime of word nerdiness. She has worked on #P2P16, #RevPit, and now #ShoreIndie.

Jeni and her husband used to own and run a little bookstore. Part of the plan for the store was to give local and self-published authors (much less common in those early days of Kindle!) a venue for their work. In 2009, one of their self-pub authors asked if Jeni could look over her new manuscript and give her opinion about its marketability with the bookstore’s customers. The feedback was extensive, the author was impressed, and Jeni was hooked! ...Read More

Carly Hayward is a developmental editor specializing in genre-fiction, including but not limited to romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, erotica, and YA. Carly will help you find your voice and bring your vision to the reader. She will be your book’s best friend.

She has worked in the publishing industry for 9 years, including at a big 5 publishing house, a literary agency, and an indie publishing house that helps self-publishing authors. Carly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Chicago Women in Publishing. Carly was a panelist at Book Expo America 2016 and an editor for #RevPit and #P2P16. ...Read More

Rebecca Faith Heyman started editing in 2007, while completing her Masters in English & American Literature at NYU. Her no-nonsense editing style is precise, spacious, honest, and compassionate, and has fostered countless collaborations with indie and traditionally published authors alike. Rebecca serves as an advisor to the board of Reedsy, a curated marketplace for book industry professionals and winner of the 2015 Futurebook award for BookTech Company of the Year, and is the founder/director of The Work Conference, an annual writers’ event in NYC. Notable releases (2017): The Alchemists of Loom (Kova, Silver Wing Press); Queer, There and Everywhere (Prager, HarperCollins); Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over (Bleuel, HarperCollins); Welcome to the Slipstream (Burian, Merit/Simon&Schuster); Hot Mess (Belden, Graydon House/Harlequin). ...Read More

Cynthia T. Luna has been editing and reviewing people's writing for more than 10 years. She has helped several new and seasoned writers structure their books to be better calling cards for their businesses and advised indie authors on ways to develop their stories. In fiction, Cynthia most recently completed edits for a couple of young adult romance novels. In non-fiction, she rounded the corners of an upcoming book for indie authors on writing better villains. In 2016, Cynthia wrote and self-published The Aspiring Author's Guide: Write Your Marketing Strategy geared towards indie authors. She contributes semi-regularly to her own blog, LivinginCyn.com. ...Read More

Katie McCoach is a developmental editor working with authors of all levels. Her motto is, “Let’s create your best story!” Her specialties are romance, young adult, new adult, sci-fi, fantasy, and memoir. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, and Los Angeles Romance Writers. She’s a featured editor for Revise & Resub (#RevPit contest) and #ShoreIndie contest (2017). Katie was also a participating editor in Pitch to Publication (2015, 2016), and has judged the 2016 & 2015 Golden Hearts Awards and 2014 Stiletto Contest. She is based in Los Angeles. ...Read More

Kyra Nelson is a YA author and freelance editor. She earned her BA in English language and Editing from Brigham Young University before completing her MA there in linguistics. She is now pursuing a degree in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University. Before becoming a freelance editor, Kyra spent several years interning at a literary agency and working in house for various publications. She has also taught university courses in composition, grammar, and editing.

Kyra is a recurring character on the YA WordNerds vlog. She likes keeping busy whether she's reading, writing, baking, hiking, playing violin, or just goofing off with friends. Kyra loves adventure, even if it's a small adventure like roasting Starbursts over the open flame of her stove top. ...Read More

Julia Alexandra Weber is a Germany-based literary agent-turned-editor who realized that she finds helping authors make their work shine way more rewarding than having to send out rejections on a daily basis. She is extremely passionate about well-crafted stories, compelling characters, and engaging writing, and specializes in editing commercial Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, and Women’s Fiction as well as Suspense and Psychological Thrillers—in both German and English.

Julia holds Masters of Arts in Communication Studies, Creative Writing, and Publishing, and her years as a very hands-on and editorial literary agent have helped her develop an eye for detail as well as the skill to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript. She knows how to get your manuscript in shape without compromising your voice. ...Read More

Kisa Whipkey is a dark fantasy author, a martial arts demo team expert, and a complete sucker for Cadbury Mini-eggs. She's also the Acquisitions & Editorial Director for YA/NA publisher, REUTS Publications. She developed a passion for storytelling at a young age and has pursued that love through animation, writing, video game design and demo teams until finally finding her home in editing. She believes in good storytelling, regardless of medium, and applauds anything featuring a snarky lead character, a complicated narrative structure, and brilliant/uncommon analogies. Currently, she lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her husband and plethora of electronics. ...Read More