Meet our core editorial team (we have over twenty editors on staff). Each editor has been carefully chosen and vetted. At The Artful Editor, we only want the best editors to work on your manuscript.

How we work: When you send us your manuscript, we'll advise you on the service it needs, then assign it to an editor.* If your manuscript would benefit from several rounds of editing, each round would be done by a different editor. We've learned from our years of experience in publishing that this "team approach" ensures the highest quality story possible.

*If there's a particular editor you'd like to work with, let us know and we'll try to arrange it.


Sara & Chris Ensey

copyeditors, copywriters

Sara and Chris are a husband-and-wife copyediting team. They have degrees in English and writing, and have copyedited hundreds of manuscripts for indie authors and book publishers, including Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Picador, St. Martin's Press, and Tor Publishing, among others. They also edit website content and create promotional and book jacket copy. They live in Vermont with their family of rescued pets and are passionate about sustainable living and responsible guardianship of the natural world.

GENRES: short stories, literary fiction, thriller and crime, contemporary/realism, mystery and suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/the weird, historical, women's fiction, humor, westerns, graphic novels/comics, memoir, biography, self-help, essay collections, science, philosophy and religion, history, medicine, business/entrepreneurship, spiritual/new age, politics and current events, scholarly books, travel, art and film, music, cookbooks



nonfiction editor, proposal editor, book coach

Jill has more than twenty-five years’ writing and editing experience. She is the author of the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines, plus two poetry collections, Revolutions We’d Hoped We’d Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of a Nautilus Book Award. She serves as series editor for the University of Nebraska Gender Programs "Being What Makes You" anthology series, and teaches writing at Skagit Valley College in the San Juan Islands. Jill holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

GENRES: memoir, biography, essay collections, nature writing, poetry


Katie McCoach

developmental & line editor, agent query editor

Katie is a book doctor who works with authors of all levels. In the past, she worked at a publishing house and apprenticed at Folio Literary Management, a literary agency, where she evaluated agent queries. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and judged the 2015 Golden Heart Awards and the 2014 Stiletto Contest. Her essays have been published in TrainWrite and Kalliope, and she is currently working on a contemporary romance novel. She lives in Los Angeles.

GENRES: young adult, new adult, romance, women's fiction, contemporary/realism, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, biography, self-help


Todd Summar

developmental & line editor

Todd writes essays and fiction and serves as an editor for publishers and individuals. His work has appeared in PANK, Literary Hub, Joyland, and Punctuate, among others. He is the founding editor of Goreyesque, an online literary journal that featured fabulist fiction, poetry, and artwork, and he also edits short stories for The Masters Review. He has taught at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned an MFA in creative writing.

GENRES: short stories, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, contemporary/realism, thriller and crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/the weird, historical, women's fiction, humor, memoir, biography, essay collections, literary criticism, art, music, film


SUSAN Hughes

developmental & line editor, book coach

Susan is an award-winning author of more than thirty books, including children's picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, YA novels, and nonfiction. She has spent many years working for educational and trade publishers to develop books for children. As an editor and story coach, she brings a discerning eye and a passion for good writing to every manuscript she critiques and edits. She has juried several children's writing competitions and mentored authors in Liberia and Sierra Leone. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

GENRES: children's picture books, chapter books, children's nonfiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, literary fiction, contemporary/realism, women's fiction, short stories, humor, graphic novels/comics, poetry (adult and children's)



developmental & line editor, proposal editor, book coach

Rachel is the author of the memoir The Lost Night. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Houghflin Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2019. For the past ten years, she's been teaching courses on memoir writing at Stanford Continuing Studies and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and has done stints as Visiting Writer at the St. Mary's College MFA program and Interim Director of Undergraduate Writing at Warren Wilson, where she got her MFA. As an editor, she has helped several authors land agents and sell books. She lives in northern California.

GENRES: memoir, essay collections, literary criticism, craft books, spiritual/New Age, Christian, art, music, film, short stories, literary fiction, contemporary/realism, spiritual fiction


Jonathan Starke

developmental & line editor, agent query editor

Jonathan has been editing professionally for over ten years. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. His short stories and essays have been published in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, and North American Review, among others. Jonathan used to body-build, box, and vagabond travel; and pro wrestling is still his guilty pleasure after twenty-five years. He's currently based in Oregon.

GENRES: short stories, young adult and middle grade fiction, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, contemporary/realism, thriller and crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/the weird, romance, erotica, historical, women's fiction, humor, westerns, memoir, essay collections, travel, art, music, film


Christina Palaia

line editor, copyeditor, proofreader, indexer

Christina has been a professional editor for eighteen years and has edited more than three hundred books, ranging from the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s memoir to a handbook on forensic medicine. She has contributed articles to The New Encyclopedia of American Scandal and The Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence and coauthored a midsized technical manual for Paraglyph Press. Her specialties range from quirky nonfiction to scholarly writing to novels that seize the imagination. Christina lives on a farm in New Jersey.

GENRES: literary fiction, contemporary/realism, thriller and crime, fantasy, historical, biography, self-help, science, history, medicine, politics and current events, travel


Jennifer Zaczek

copyeditor, proofreader

Jennifer has over six years of in-house publishing experience and a bachelor's degree in creative writing. She has worked in an editorial capacity for two publishing companies, two newspapers, a literary journal (The Florida Review), and a university writing center. She copyedits and proofreads both fiction and nonfiction and loves the variety in her work. Jennifer grew up in South Florida but has traded the heat and humidity for adventures in the mossy and soggy city of Portland, Oregon.

GENRES: short stories, young adult and middle grade fiction, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, thriller and crime, horror, romance, women's fiction, westerns, memoir, history, tech/computer manuals, business/entrepreneurship, scholarly books, travel, craft books

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Mollie Traver

developmental editor, line editor, & agent query editor

Mollie Traver is a developmental and copyeditor with nearly ten years of professional experience. Before venturing out on her own, she was an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she specialized in young adult fiction. Mollie loves working closely with writers and has had the great pleasure of shepherding an array of bestselling and award-winning books through publication. When not at her desk, she can be found teaching workshops on diverse topics in writing and publishing, or out running and hiking in beautiful Southern California. 

GENRES: young adult and middle grade fiction, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, thriller and crime, fantasy, women's fiction, romance, memoir


TRACEY Baptiste

developmental editor

Tracey is the author of The Jumbies, a creepy middle-grade novel published by Algonquin Young Readers. She has also published a young-adult novel, Angel's Grace, and several biographies on YA authors, including Madeleine L'Engle, Jerry Spinelli, and Sharon Creech. She edits for major publishers and has degrees from Oxford University and New York University. She lives in New Jersey and edits in a cozy office filled with toys.

GENRES: young adult and middle grade fiction, children's picture books, children's nonfiction, biography


John W.W. Zeiser

developmental & line editor

John is a published poet, critic, and research assistant. He has written book reviews for The Asian Review of BooksThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Rumpus, and Rain Taxi. He's also a contributing writer to The Picture Professional and has published poetry in Salt Hill Journal and Sonora Review. John specializes in editing general nonfiction in the humanities and social sciences as well as poetry manuscripts at any stage of the process. When not behind the computer, he's either gardening or apprenticing at a small coffee roastery in Los Angeles.

GENRES: literary fiction, poetry, contemporary/realism, science fiction, graphic novels/comics, essay collections, science, philosophy and religion, history, literary criticism, politics and current events, scholarly books, travel, art, music, film, cookbooks


Tammy Salyer

developmental editor, copyeditor, & proofreader

Over the past twelve years, Tammy has written and edited everything from novels and short stories to private content and blogs and has worked with several best-selling authors. Also a novelist, Tammy has a number of published books, including the science fiction novel Contract of Defiance. She is as dedicated to words as a hobbit to breakfast.

GENRES: contemporary/realism, mystery and suspense, thriller and crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/the weird, memoir, biography, self-help, essay collections, philosophy and religion, history, literary criticism, spiritual/new age, politics and current events, travel, art, music, film


Ashley Henshaw

developmental editor, line editor, & copywriter

Ashley has been a contributing writer for a number of online publications, including The Huffington Post, USA Today, and AOL City's Best. She has a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago and previously worked for a publishing house. She is an avid fiction reader and loves to edit fiction and nonfiction alike. If she could, she'd spend every spare minute on the beaches of Lake Michigan, but Chicago's weather has proven uncooperative.

GENRES: short stories, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, contemporary/realism, thriller and crime, romance, christian fiction, historical, women's fiction, humor, graphic novels/comics, children's nonfiction, memoir, biography, self-help, essay collections, science, history, literary criticism, politics and current events, travel, art, music, film, cookbooks


Matthew Patin

developmental editor & line editor

Matthew has more than a decade of editing experience with New York publishing houses, small presses, and independent authors. He’s edited novelists, cognitive scientists, chefs, and business and marketing pros and has worked extensively with first-time and self-published authors. He’s a committee co-chair at the Texas Book Festival, and is on the planning committee for Lit Crawl Austin. His book reviews and author profiles have been published in the Austin Chronicle and Gelf. Binge-watching TV series on Netflix is his biggest vice.

GENRES: literary fiction, contemporary/realism, mystery and suspense, thriller and crime, horror, science fiction, historical, humor, westerns, memoir, biography, self-help, essay collections, science, history, literary criticism, politics and current events, travel, art and film, music, business/entrepreneurship

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