Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors
Fiction and nonfiction, with emphasis on novels: mystery/crime, romance, fantasy, spec fiction, historical, adventure, young adult, hybrid (cross-category)
CAROLINE T. has been editing popular fiction for 20 years and has 200+ 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.
Caroline came to editing by way of corporate publishing: creating business documents through word processing then typesetting, during which she became the go-to girl for grammar and spelling and overall tone. Eventually she learned that refining text was an occupation unto itself, so she studied to qualify for editorial work in the book publishing industry, and proceeded to build a new career.
The zigzag path took her through many enterprises, creating a broad background from which she draws as an editor. Today, while she handles both fiction and nonfiction, she focuses on novels, working with not only traditional publishers but also independent authors.
A former in-house editor at Pocket Books—a division of Simon & Schuster, the premiere 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 historical and contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and Andrea Kane—three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors—had books edited by Caroline. She also specializes in suspense thrillers, crime fiction, amateur sleuths, sagas, inspirational romance, westerns, urban fantasy and African-American popular fiction. She holds workshops on the writer's conference circuit and speaks at numerous venues to help advance the cause of popular fiction for women.
Known for her accessibility, Caroline is available to answer any questions a client may have; from a simple inquiry regarding point of view switching, to a larger issue regarding career path. She is a hands-on editor, likes to put her blue pen to work, and enjoys brainstorming with writers. She is a mentor, a guide and a source of vast knowledge on the subject of popular fiction.
Caroline specializes in copyediting—the t-crossing and i-dotting needed by every book—emphasizing mechanics more than content revision. She does this on completed manuscripts to prepare them for submission or layout.
For authors who want deeper help on works in process, Caroline offers line or substantive editing, in which a manuscript is evaluated and fine-tuned at the sentence level beyond the mechanical details of copyediting. This includes addressing character growth and point of view, story arc, plot pacing and credibility, theme, and genre conventions; as well as author pet words or patterns, phrasing that creates unintentional effects or reader distraction, and anything else that may crop up.
In either case, her guideline for editing is to let the story emerge unhindered, in the author’s genuine voice.
LIST OF FICTION TITLES EDITED/PUBLISHED:
Neggers, Carla: NY Times Bestseller (romantic suspense). NIGHT SCENTS /97, JUST BEFORE SUNRISE.
Kane, Andrea: NY Times Bestseller (suspense thrillers and historical romance); RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 11/00, NO WAY OUT 11/01, WAIT UNTIL DARK anthology 5/01, SCENT OF DANGER 2/03, I'LL BE WATCHING YOU 1/06, WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME 3/07, DARK ROOM 3/08. MY HEART'S DESIRE 10/91, SAMANTHA, THE GOLD COIN, THE SILVER COIN, THE MUSIC BOX, THE THEFT, THE BLACK DIAMOND, THE LEGACY OF THE DIAMOND, WISHES IN THE WIND, THE EMERALD GARDEN, ECHOES IN THE MIST, THE LAST DUKE 6/95, MASQUE OF BETRAYAL, DREAM CASTLE, A GIFT OF LOVE anthology 11/96.
Robards, Karen: NY Times Bestseller (romantic suspense/historical romance). TO TRUST A STRANGER, PARADISE COUNTY, WHISPERS AT MIGNIGHT, IRRESISTABLE, SHATTERED, SHAMELESS, SCANDALOUS.
Ross, JoAnn: NY Times Bestseller (contemporary women's fiction). FAIRHAVEN 8/00, LEGENDS LAKE 7/01, HOMEPLACE 4/ , FAR HARBOR, BLUE BAYOU 4/02, RIVER ROAD 11/02, MAGNOLIA MOON 1/03, NO OTHER LOVE 05/12
Hurd, Jerrie; MISS ELLIE'S PURPLE SAGE SALOON, THE LADY PINKERTON GETS HER MAN, KATE BURKE SHOOTS THE OLD WEST.
Scott, Michele: A MURDER UNCORKED ‘05
Wilson, Susan: HAWKE'S COVE, FORTUNE TELLERS DAUGHTER, CAMEO LAKE
Barber, Brenda Hiatt: TAMING TESSA ‘04
Bingham, Lisa: SILKEN DREAMS ‘91, EDEN CREEK, DISTANT THUNDER, TEMPTATION'S KISS, THE BENGAL RUBIES, SILKEN PROMISES, SWEET DALLIANCE, SWEET DEFIANCE, SWEET DECADENCE '96.
Dawson, Geralyn: USA TODAY bestseller: THE KISSING STARS 1/99, THE BAD LUCK WEDDING CAKE 1/98, UNDER THE BOARDWALK anthology 7/99, BAD LUCK WEDDING NIGHT 4/01, SIMMER ALL NIGHT 1/99, SIZZLE ALL DAY 8/00, THE WEDDING RAFFLE 8/98, THE WEDDING RANSOM 2/98, THE PINK MAGNOLIA CLUB 8/02, A SEASON IN THE HIGHLANDS anthology 11/00.
George, Melanie: THE ART OF SEDUCTION, A VERY GOTHIC CHRISTMAS anthology.
Guhrke, Laura Lee: BREATHLESS '99, THE CHARADE.
Sutcliffe, Katherine: FEVER 6/01, OBSESSION ‘02.
Medieval Historical Romance:
Rogers, Marylyle: WARY HEARTS '88, THE DRAGON'S FIRE, HIDDEN HEARTS, PROUD HEARTS, CHANTING THE DAWN, THE KEEPSAKE, CHANTING THE STORM, TWILIGHT SECRETS '94.
Anderson, Linda: THE SECRETS OF SADIE MAYNARD ‘99, WHEN NIGHT FALLS '00.
Green, Marti: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Scottish Historical Romance:
Lamb, Arnette: HIGHLAND ROGUE ‘91, BORDER LORD, BETRAYED, MAIDEN OF INVERNESS, BORDER BRIDE 1/93, TRUE HEART, BEGUILED 5/96, CHIEFTAIN 1/94, THREADS OF DESTINY, BETROTHAL.
Urban Fantasy/Women's Fiction:
Estep, Jennifer: KARMA GIRL ‘07
Urban Women's Fiction/Suspense:
Low, Gennita: FACING FEAR ‘04
Miller, Dawn: THE JOURNAL OF CALLIE WADE, LETTERS TO CALLIE.
Western Historical Romance:
Holm, Stef Ann: HEARTS 11/01, HONEY 2/00, HOOKED 1/99, PORTRAITS 1/96, CROSSINGS 1/96, FORGET ME NOT 5/97, WEEPING ANGEL 11/98, SEASONS OF GOLD 1/92, UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR anthology 11/98, THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS 1/02.
Freelance Book Editor
The editorial service attracts both unpublished writers as well as established and newly published authors. Strictly word-of-mouth; no advertising. Largest percent of clients have written general fiction (commercial and literary). Some non-fiction and young adult projects. Authors send complete manuscripts which are then thoroughly edited for content, character development, pacing, marketability and story. In addition, clients are offered consultations on career tracking, market conditions and how to get representation.
Bookspan/Direct Brands,Division of Bertelsman Freelance Reader
Read and provide written evaluations of manuscripts from assorted publishers for Book Club editorial panel (Book-of-The-Month-Club, The Literary Guild, Mystery Book Club, Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club). Write opinions and plot summary. Emphasis on hardcover and trade paperback women's fiction. 3-5 titles per month.
Avon Books, HarperCollins Publishers Freelance Editing:
Editorial jobs were given to me by various in-house editors. Complete manuscripts were forwarded for full and complete edit; both content and line edit. Projects predominantly African-American fiction, mysteries and some historical romance. Provided written commentary to authors via in-house editors.
Pocket Books, Division of Simon & Schuster
Extensive contact and interaction with agents and substantial negotiation work on multi-book and multi-faceted contracts. Relationships with agents solidified from fifteen years in book publishing. Contact list extensive.
Worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as scouted new talent and lured potential authors from other publishing houses. Included were all aspects of editorial work starting with story development and ending with final pages; short and long term goals; career planning and scheduling; growth from paperback to hardcover.
Knowledge of and participation in publicity, sales, marketing, subsidiary rights, audio, promotion, distribution and art direction involved with all levels of book publishing.
Assisted Editorial Director in overseeing junior staff; ie. wrote performance reviews, attended staff meetings, oversaw projects, coordinated special projects. Multi-tasking and keen organization and time management, key components.
Continued all previous job responsibilities.
Contributed to development and launch of Sonnet Historial Romance line in 1999 to expand Pocket Books' paperback program.
Worked with New York Times bestselling authors, including travel to sales meetings, tours.
Increased Hardcover acquisitions. Focused primarily on fiction, but some non-fiction experience at this level.
Extensive travel and presentation work at writer's conferences and retreats.
Attended editorial meetings, sales conferences, art meetings, marketing meetings.
Continued with all previous job responsibilities.
Expanded into acquisitions of contemporary fiction as well as continuing with Historical fiction, sagas, suspense.
Continued all editorial work with personal stable of authors.
Expanded into negotiating bigger contracts, larger selling authors.
Continued with all previous responsibilities.
Supervised Editorial Assistant.
Computer skills; Word.
Focus on historical romance originals
Discovered authors; negotiated with agents.
Handled all aspects of manuscript editing and evaluation from conception to finished book.
Attended weekly editorial meetings.
Gave presentations at writers' conferences.
Doubleday Book and Music Clubs
Assisted editor-in-chief in evaluating manuscripts, completing reader reports, obtaining publishing rights and permissions.
Attended weekly editorial and art direction meetings.
Assisted with production of monthly mailing to club members.
"Caroline is a master at clear and constructive criticism that doesn’t sting while it honestly reveals what readers demand. I highly recommend her." - Paul Markun
"Caroline's attention to detail and candid comments improved my writing skills ten fold. She's a seasoned veteran who knows technique in and out. Her ability to provide patient, thoughtful guidance and motivation kept me going through sticky times. I'm lucky to have her as an editor." (On file with network coordinator)
"Caroline is superb at her job. I could not have asked for more in a consultant. Not only did she offer technical/content help, she is very approachable, answers emails quickly, and is very honest. Her directness about my work was handled in a manner that made me want to do better. I have asked Caroline to continue working with me already on the next phase of the project. Her intelligence and ability to see items in my work that needed to be addressed was beyond my expectations." (On file with network coordinator)
"Book evaluation and developmental editing: “Caroline is an amazing coach, teacher, and editor. I feel fortunate to have found her through your website. I hired her initially to evaluate the first half of my manuscript. She did an amazing job, and through her recommendations, the main characters and primary plot are finally coming to life. She has been extremely supportive and encouraging, especially on the days when I am frustrated with my writing. Thanks to her, I’m still in the game. I highly recommend her!” - Elizabeth Martin
“Caroline was exactly the editor I needed. Someone who could see all the little pieces that needed to connect to push my work into the next exciting level.” (On file with network coordinator.)
“As soon as I heard Caroline was editing free-lance, I scrambled to contact her with a request to edit my first book in a new series. Her extensive (and need I say ‘impressive’?) background and list of successful authors is proof she knows what she’s doing. She’s a dream to communicate with—fast and honest—and I always felt she was on my level. As a published author of 16 books, I was honored to have her in my camp.” - Frankie Astuto, The Spyglass Project (Book One, Secret Six series)"Caroline did a great job of helping me see where my novel needed work, and she was prompt in her feedback. I was looking for an experienced editor who could explain where the book’s deficiencies were, without any sugarcoating, and that’s what she did.
As a first time author, her valuable assistance helped to give my book needed direction." (On file with network coordinator)
"Before I became a client of Caroline, I was concerned that such a highly qualified editor would be so far out of my league that I wouldn't be able to benefit from her great experience, or that she would be impatient dealing with a writer at my level. Fortunately, I was wrong on both counts. She triggered something in me through her thoughtful analysis and insightful suggestions that I know has helped me improve my writing to a very large degree. I am thoroughly pleased to be working with her. She has my highest recommendation." - C. J. Hoffman
“Caroline was great. I’m very new to the world of writing, and she held my hand each step of the way. She gave me great advice which will hopefully lead to a great book!” - Tommie Bennett
"Caroline was exactly what I needed. She is awesome! There is no substitute for a professional editorial eye. Her experience is gold." (Contact info on request)
"Caroline was very prompt and helpful re: the feedback on the manuscript, as well as on the submission letter. She is currently helping me find an agent, for which I am grateful." (On file with network coordinator.)
"Caroline was very helpful and had great ideas about improving. She gave me the real scoop in a professional and ssensitive manner though I have more work to do. It will be a better product in the end." -Bill Sanders
"I was in need of an experienced developmental editor to take my book to the next level. Caroline's feedback was spot-on and exactly what I was looking for. I had originally planned on spending much less on an editor and was nervous about paying so much money, but what I got was worth the cost. She didn't try to re-write anything, for which I was grateful, she just pointed out how I could get more out of my characters and scenes. I think my future writing projects will also be better because of this process.
As for the network, it was great. Fast, efficient, and it put me in touch with the right people. I got responses from two editors within the day and was able to chose the one who fit my needs best." -- Isabel Morin
"Mired in a thick plot, I sought Caroline's assistance. Understanding what I wanted to accomplish, she skillfully guided me through a demanding revise. As a result of our partnership, I now have the novel I envisioned. Caroline has remarkable insight into character development and the intricacies of plotting. She simply knows story structure. Suggesting rather than insisting, available after the last page has left her hand, Caroline T. is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her services."—Alex Austin
"My writing was winning and finaling in many, if not most of the prestigious publishing industry contests (a partial list of my contest track record is available on my website www.tinaradcliffe.com) but I could not sell. I hired Caroline T. to show me how to take my novels to the next level. Thanks to her reccomendations on a particular manuscript, that story was then reviewed by a NY Times best-selling author who was so impressed she referred me to her agent. At that point I became agented and sold my first novel. There is no doubt in my mind that this was due to Caroline's guidance, which advanced my skills." Tina Radcliffe
"I hired Caroline T to edit one of my first manuscripts, and cannot overstate the value of the service she provided. What I appreciated most about Ms. T was she did not tell me what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to hear to mature as a writer. Her comments and suggestions strengthened not only the manuscript she edited, but those I have written since. In addition, Ms. T did not simply hand my manuscript back with her comments, but continued to answer questions and provide valuable input months after the edited manuscript was returned to me. I highly recommend Caroline T for any editorial project." - Kirsten Arnold
"Caroline T. is an excellent editor whose professional evaluation and feedback not only improved the manuscript she edited, but also improved my writing and self-editing overall. She has a great talent for understanding the story and showing a writer how to bring out the best in any project. A first-class professional with industry knowledge. Highly recommended!" MaryLee Woods
"Caroline is an exceptional editor. She is fast, wonderful to work with, and has an incredible talent for bringing out the best in a writer. She is adept at all sorts of writing. And like a great orchestra conductor, Caroline can help a writer see what needs more emphasis and where a character or plot needs to be revised." - Jill Shure
"For earlier versions of both of my novels (FOOD AND WORRY and SIX WORDS), I benefited from Caroline T's critiquing and copy-editing. In addition, she was generous with advice and suggestions as I navigated my literary agent search. I wholeheartedly recommend her. Caroline helps writers to make book projects less scary, and most importantly, she has integrity, good intuition, and a sense of humor." - Becky Wolsk
"Caroline T is a seasoned editor who takes the care and time to evaluate the work. After I incorporated her suggested changes to my work, she re-read it at no extra cost to me. (If I could've checked four boxes above, I'd have also checked "good value.") I consider Caroline's input and suggestions invaluable!" - Ann Roth
" was in need of an experienced developmental editor to take my book to the next level. Caroline's feedback was spot-on and exactly what I was looking for. I had originally planned on spending much less on an editor and was nervous about paying so much money, but what I got was worth the cost. She didn't try to re-write anything, for which I was grateful, she just pointed out how I could get more out of my characters and scenes. I think my future writing projects will also be better because of this process." Tara Gorvine
"Caroline is a professional editor whose evaluation is geared to turn a manuscript into a best-selling novel. She's focused and easy to work with. If you want the best, contact Caroline T" - Joyce Brennan
"Caroline gave me quick, professional, New-York level editing on a book I needed assessed to see if it was worthy of publication. Her feedback is invaluable and well worth the cost. While working in New York, she had a reputation at her publisher for being part of the reason so many writers became NYT bestsellers." - Theresa Meyers
"I hired Caroline T on two projects to see if I was going in the right direction. Her comments that I was as well as her input on what I might do differently, have made a significant impact not only in my writing but in my confidence as a writer. Too often people think they hire a book editor simply to fix things. I hired Caroline because of her background in the industry and I wanted to make sure my books were ready to submit. Fortunately, she said that was the case. Money well spent." - Donnell Bell
"Caroline's editing skills were first-rate. She was very professional in her critique and her comments were very helpful." - Alan Behr (Network Client)
"A good editor is counselor, advocate, guide, parent, friend, and teacher. Caroline was my editor at Atria Books, a division of Pocket Books. With her determined guidance, I published three novels that were well-received, and of which I am still very proud. Writing isn't done in a vacuum. Good writing is dependent upon the close relationship of an author with a professional editor. Caroline helped me to hone my writing skills - where I might have thought the story was being told well, she pointed out where it wasn't. When I went off the rails, she set me back on track. When it was good, she was a cheerleader. Caroline held me to a high standard; and, in exchange, she shepherded my books through the publication process and out into the world. Any writer who is serious about his or her work would be lucky to have Caroline as an editor. She is professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to working with writers to achieve their goals. I count myself incredibly blessed to have been one of Caroline's authors." Susan Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of One Good Dog
"Working with Caroline on my first two books was the finest gift a new
author could ever receive! Her passion, drive and eye for detail has
made her a buzz word in the industry. She's a delight to work with, a
"must have" for writers who want to see their work truly shine."
- Dawn Miller, author of The Journal of Callie Wade and Letters to Callie
"Caroline T. and I worked together as an author/editor team for a dozen years. She is, by far, the finest editorial partner I've ever had the good fortune to work with-- a partner in the truest sense. Her commitment extends beyond the novels to the authors themselves. Her instincts about how to make the book the best it can be are dead-on, and her willingness and abilities to achieve that end (without making the author feel that the book is no longer his/her own) are amazing. She has experience in a broad range of genres, and she puts that experience to work whole-heartedly. There is no one I would more strongly recommend to you if you want to make your book the best it can be, and if you want the best chances of becoming published or further published!" -- NY Times bestselling author, Andrea Kane
Having Caroline T. as an editor was a pleasure, and I'm a better writer because of our work together. Caroline has the rare ability to get inside a writer's vision, always with an eye toward improving the book. She's straightforward, she listens and she loves books -- all pluses in an editor!" New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers
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