Caroline HileyCAROLINE HILEY specializes in copyediting novels and works of nonfiction. She works with both traditional publishers and independent authors.

Her focus in all editing is consistency, accuracy, and clarity, so that authors can successfully connect with their readers. Because she writes fiction and nonfiction herself, she knows the creative process from both sides and understands how editing can help or hinder.

No matter what genre, Caroline thoroughly grooms a manuscript, checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, and style; tracking character traits and story timeline; confirming proper names, dates, places, and other technical or historical elements; flagging any spots that may raise a question in the reader’s mind. Authors then accept or reject the revisions, and move on to the next stage in their novel’s progression.

Editing Services


CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.

From decades of experience as an editor and compositor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also collateral documents, such as queries and synopses.

  • Copyediting—the t-crossing and i-dotting needed by every book. Focuses on mechanics more than content revision. Performed on completed manuscripts to prepare them for submission to publishers or production for self-publishing.
  • Line editing—a deep edit on completed manuscripts that expands on copyediting to address character growth and point of view, story arc, pacing and plausibility, theme, and genre conventions, as well as author pet words or patterns, and phrasing that creates unintentional effects or reader distraction.
  • Manuscript evaluation—a critique that involves no editing, just analyzes a work’s strengths and weaknesses to guide an author in developing or revising a work in process.

Books Edited



Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
  • Alvin Baylor Lives! A 21st Century Pulp, by Maximilian Gray. Science fiction adventure (Peculiar Ephemera 2018).
  • Jintao, by Jack Hall. Science fiction techno thriller (Amazon Publishing Services 2018).
  • Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth, by Alexander Edlund. Book 2 of The Keelic Travers Chronicles science fiction series (Landstrider Press 2018).
  • Last of the Lost Boys, by N. D. Wilson. Book 3 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2018).
  • Fire Borne, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 3 of The Book of Banea fantasy series (scheduled for 2018).
  • Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas. Fantasy (HarperTeen 2017).
  • Spirit Hunters, by Ellen Oh. Fantasy (HarperCollins 2017).
  • Swing Low: The Hangman of the Woods, by B. C. Crow. Fantasy (Blue House Publishing 2017).
  • The Lords of Oblivion: A San Francisco Fantasy, by Peter Blaisdell. Contemporary fantasy (Blaisdell Literary Enterprises 2017).
  • The Song of Glory and Ghost, by N. D. Wilson. Book 2 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2017).
  • Burning Glass, by Kathryn Purdie. Book 1 in the Burning Glass fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2016).
  • Come the Wind, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 2 of The Book of Banea fantasy series (Smashwords 2016).
  • The Legend of Sam Miracle, by N. D. Wilson. Book 1 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2016).
  • The Well of Destiny, by Eric Brodin. Book 2 in the Endangered Norse Gods fantasy series (CreateSpace 2016).
  • Keelic and the Space Pirates, by Alexander Edlund. Book 1 of The Keelic Travers Chronicles science fiction series (Smashwords 2015).
  • Majesty: Discovery, by Roger B. Burt. Book 1 of the Gaia’s Majesty spec fiction trilogy (CreateSpace 2015).
  • Stasis, by Steve Simpson. Science fiction novelette (Amazon Publishing Services 2015).
  • The Girl Whom the Dragon Tattooed, by Steve Simpson. Science fiction novelette (Amazon Publishing Services 2015).
  • The Lost Sons of Asgaard, by Eric Brodin. Book 1 in the Endangered Norse Gods fantasy series (CreateSpace 2015).
  • The Nephilim DeviceThe Nephilim Effect, and The Nephilim Conspiracy, by B. C. Crow. Books 1–3 of The Nephilim science fiction trilogy (Blue House Publishing 2015).
  • Za’nar: Impossibility, by Zachary Storch. Fantasy (Amazon Digital Services 2015).
  • Bite-Sized Magic, by Kathryn Littlewood. Book 3 in the Bliss Family Bakery fantasy series (HarperTeen 2014).
  • The Child Revealed, by A. R. Winterstaar. Book 1 in The World of Evendaar fantasy series (Evendaar Publishing 2014).
  • The Magic Thief: Home, by Sarah Prineas. Book 4 in the Magic Thief fantasy series (Harper 2014).
  • Wanderers, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan. Book 2 in the Wasteland dystopia series (HarperTeen 2014).
  • A Woman Warrior-Born, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 1 of The Book of Banea fantasy series(Smashwords 2013).
  • Temporary Monsters, by Craig Shaw Gardner. Book 1 in the Temporary Magic fantasy series (Penguin/InterMix 2013).
  • The Havoc Machine, by Steven Harper. Book 4 in the Clockwork Empire steampunk series (NAL/Roc 2013).

     Temporary Monsters by Craig Shaw Gardner    The Nephilim Effect by B. C. Crow Wanderers Za'Nar by Zachary Storch Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh 

Mystery, Detective
  • Old Fashioned: A Jack Daniels/Sojourning Souls Story, by Kevin Hallock. Crime novelette (Kindle Worlds 2017).
  • Facing Death, by Catyana Skory Falsetti. Book 1 in the Julia Rawson mystery series (Falsetti Publishing 2016).
  • Folded Dreams, by Michael Kent. Book 1 of the Lieutenant Beaudry detective series (Mezzo Publications 2014).
  • Tempest in a Teapot, by Amanda Cooper. Book 1 in the Teapot Collector mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2014).
  • Chili Con Carnage, by Kylie Logan. Book 1 in the Chili Cook-Off mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Idolmaker, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 3 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2013).
  • Malled to Death, by Laura DiSilverio. Book 3 in the Mall Cop mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Safe From Harm, by Stephanie Jaye Evans. Book 2 in the Sugar Land mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Fallen Angel, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 1 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2012/2013).
  • Nightshade, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 2 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2012/2013).

Chili Con Carnage Facing Death Folded Dreams  Malled to Death Nightshade   Safe From Harm Tempest in a Teapot 

  • The Big Sugarbush, by Ana B. Good. Lesbian romantic comedy (Hot Pants Press 2016).
  • The Waking Dream, by Sage Steadman. Coming-of-age novella (Mmhmm Books 2016).
  • The Strawberry Field, by Barbara Jean Ruther. Contemporary romance (Torrid Books/Whiskey Creek Press 2016).
  • The Boy, by Lara Santoro. Literary romance (Little, Brown 2013).
  • The Christmas Spirit, by Elisabeth Fairchild. Regency romance (Penguin/InterMix 2012).

The Big Sugarbush by Ana B. Good Christmas Spirit The Strawberry Field by Barbara Jean Ruther The Waking Dream

Thriller, Suspense
  • The Pretty Boy Gun Club, by Theo Baker. Psychological suspense (CreateSpace 2017).
  • FAIR: First American Internet Revolution, by Skipper Weese. Allegory (Smashwords 2016).
  • Willowgrove, by Kathleen Peacock. Book 3 in the Hemlock paranormal suspense series (Katherine Tegen Books 2015).
  • Article V, by Richard Rudomanski. Political suspense (CreateSpace 2014).
  • Defiant, by P. J. O’Dwyer. Book 2 in the Fallon Sisters romantic suspense trilogy (Black Siren Books 2013).
  • Relentless, by P. J. O’Dwyer. Book 1 in the Fallon Sisters romantic suspense trilogy (Black Siren Books 2011).

Article V Defiant Relentless Willowgrove FAIR First American Internet Revolution by Skipper Weese Pretty Boy Gun Club

Historical Fiction

  • Fists of God, by Richard Puz. Middle Ages novelette (scheduled for 2018).
  • Gates of Greed, by Richard Puz. Middle Ages novelette (Smashwords 2018).
  • American Frontier 1800’s: Vol. 1, by Richard Puz. Western short stories (Smashwords 2017).
  • Night at the Belvedere, by Stephen Berberich. Historical suspense, turn-of-the-century Baltimore (Amazon Digital Services 2017).
  • The Ball Crossing, by J. E. Lindberg. Historical suspense, post-Civil War Vermont (John Eric Lindberg 2013).
  • Solomon’s Temple, by Leo Braginsky. Historical suspense, WWII (BookBaby 2012).

Solomons Temple Ball Crossing American Frontier Gates of Greed


  • Call Dr. Treat: Three Generations of Veterinary Practice in Vermont, by Robert Treat (Northshire Bookstore 2017).
  • Tour de Vermont 251, by Dave Quesnel. Volume 2 of GrandPAW’s Memoirs (Northshire Bookstore 2017).
  • Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service, by Kate Braestrup (Little, Brown 2015).
  • Growing Up on a Dirt Road, by Dave Quesnel. Volume 1 of GrandPAW’s Memoirs (ShiresPress 2015).
  • Sweet Baby Lover: A True Story of Love, Death, and Hope, by Jule Kucera (Poppyseed House 2014).
  • An Unconventional Childhood: Growing Up in the Catskill Mountains During the 1950s and 1960s, by Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn (BookBaby 2013).
  • Home is the Sailor: With the Nyes Aboard the Three Carinas, by Richard Nye (Bruce Farr Creative Publishing 2011).
  • Dancing in Bomb Shelters: My Diary of Holland in World War II, by Johanna Wycoff (iUniverse 2010).

An Unconventional Childhood Dancing Bomb Shelters Home Is the Sailor Sweet Baby Lover Call Dr. Treat  Tour De Vermont

Book Editor Reviews

“Caroline was a delight to work with. I initially auditioned several editors and selected a person for development then went back to Caroline for copyediting. I wish I had chosen her for both! She provided a thorough copy edit without overstepping into ghost writing territory and showed an appreciation and understanding for the story I wrote. Her comments have been salient and helpful both within the manuscript and in general correspondence. I felt very well supported and I look forward to working with her again.” Max Gray

“I was thrilled to work with her! Caroline is great to work with. She offers feedbacks with professionalism and empathy. She helped me expand my knowledge in copyediting and diction.” E. Cruz

“I found Caroline to be wonderfully professional and very easy to work with. She delivered my manuscript on time and her edit went deeper than I expected. Her work helped to make my book everything I wanted it to be.” Alexandra Clausen

“Caroline improved my work far beyond my expectations.” Craig Millard

“Caroline was responsive, timely and open. I found her to be insightful and extremely helpful in pointing out what the reader needs to know or how they may feel. When making suggestions she was completely open about her own bias (as to her preferred genre/subject matter) and that others might not see the issue the same way. She was simply a delight to work with.”  Michael May

“I made the novice error of using friends as line editors for [my first book]. Big mistake. I have since had it re-edited and re-published. For [the next books], I hired a professional copy editor. If someone doesn’t like the story, I can live with that; reading is subjective. But to have had bad reviews because of the editing, well, that’s inexecusable, and, unfortunately, it was part of a painful learning curve. Caroline was, from the initial contact, prompt, professional and awesome. Her editing of my manuscript exceeded my expectations and produced a clean polished finished product. I would not hesitate to use her services again, in fact, she is my editor for life.”  Richard Rudomanski, Author of Article V, The Note, and Sealed Correspondence

“Caroline is a superior editor. She did a remarkable job pointing out difficulties with dialog and narrative flow. I especially like her focus on detail. Whether my novel is published soon or later, I will have Hiley’s documents to trust going forward.”  Stephen

“Caroline was great. I learned a lot from her comments and edits. She’s very professional and thorough.”  Brent Lindstrom