KELLY LYNNE is a professional writer and editor with over 10 years’ experience in fiction manuscript critique and over 50 published titles edited. Her fortes in Young Adult and Middle Grade novels include adventure, fantasy, mystery, romance, sci-fi, and stories of psychic or supernatural phenomena.
Empathic about the “feel” of a story, Kelly encourages authors to learn craft techniques they may not yet have tried to bring forward goal, motivation and conflict in the characters and draw young readers into the emotions on the page, all while maintaining the author’s voice. Whether in a critique or a full edit, developmental fiction editing requires an emotional investment in the work—an investment of time and effort that Kelly is happy to make.
- Style-sheet to track continuity, character traits, and plot aspects
- Critique of story plot, character believability and setting
- Verifying readability with Flesch-Kincaid mapping to keep Middle Grade stories in the 8-12-yr-old expected reading range for vocabulary and sentence complexity
Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, two short stories, and a novel. She knows the hoops authors are expected to jump through and helps authors polish their submission packets (query letters, synopses) for traditional publishing or will assist with sales copy and formatting for self-publishers.
"Kelly Lynne has a great attitude and was easy to communicate with." - Christine Heckart
"Kelly was very astute in what needed to be done with my manuscript. She was professional and courteous. She always had time for my many questions and I value her opinion immensely." (On file with Network Coordinator)
"Kelly Lynne was great! She pointed out things that I was blind to and was able to put me on a path to figuring out where my book is really going." - Kathleen Weldon
“After reading all of the editor’s bios, I knew just who I wanted to edit my book. Kelly Lynne was quick to respond, professional but approachable, and her price was more than fair. Her critique of my novel was very insightful; I’d put the book through four beta readers, but Kelly pointed out several areas that still needed clarification. As a bonus, I discovered she is also a writer, and I was delighted to find that I loved her book. In short, being able to choose among the many talented and qualified editors on Book Editing Associates gave me the opportunity to find the right editor for my book.“ - Elizabeth Maria Naranjo
“I am a first time author of a young adult paranormal romance novel…Kelly was familiar with the genre of my manuscript and we totally connected. Her comments about my manuscript were insightful, well thought out, well researched and she has a firm grasp of the market and what it takes to get a manuscript noticed. Kelly’s email responses were timely and her answers to my questions were thorough and voluminous...If you’re writing a paranormal romance, she’s definitely the editor to choose for your critique! She’s worth every penny!" - Cris L. P. Olsen, author of Pure Blood
My story, Black Armor and the Maiden’s Noose, is written in a unique format using clever turns of phrase and rhyme. Kelly was able to assimilate to my style and apply useful suggestions accordingly, while still allowing my words to tell the story in the particular delivery and manner I intended. Kelly also helped me to rein in my propensity towards verbose sentence structure, and her advice on a key storyline issue led me to create one of my more favorite passages in the story, a critical event that previously I had merely glossed over. Her suggestions for clarification in the plot were also useful in enhancing the reading experience of the story. I now have a tight and concisely written story. That is what I wanted and that is what I got. How often can you say that these days? - Tyler M. Thomas
As a new author I was anxious about finding a freelance editor online. After reading her positive reviews, I hired Kelly Lynne to critique my young adult paranormal mystery novel. I am so lucky to have found Kelly! Besides being a complete professional, her insights into my novel were spot on. From eliminating weak verb use, filler words and quantifiers, to her style sheet with plot, setting and character summaries, Kelly’s input helped turn my work into a much stronger novel. I would absolutely use her services again. - Gwen Gardner, author, Givin’ Up the Ghost