Meet Our Editors

Working with The Editorial Department means having access to a wide range of tastes, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. We have editors specializing in many genres of fiction, including mystery/suspense, thrillers, crime novels, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary, mainstream, historical, short stories, and more. We have specialists in a wide range of nonfiction categories, including memoir, travel, religion, self-help, health, history, nature, ecology, wellness, and others.

Many of our editors have experience as literary agents or in-house acquisitions editors and bring an insider’s perspective on the standards and demands of the traditional publishing marketplace. Several are experienced writing teachers who specialize in helping writers develop a better command of basic and advanced writing techniques. Some of our editors are also professional authors or screenwriters and are available for ghostwriting, collaboration, or screenplay adaptation projects.

Full bios are available below, and if you have questions about which editor might be best for you, contact Ross Browne in the Tucson office. You’re welcome to request a specific editor or have us recommend one for you after a no-cost, no-obligation preliminary review of your materials. Our editor recommendations are typically based on your genre or subject matter, what kind of editing is needed, and whatever specific knowledge or skillset may be required. But there are other factors as well, and we take great care with editor assignments.

Renni Browne
Founder

Coauthor of Self Editing for Fiction Writers with over 50 years’ experience editing books.  Specializes in manuscript critique, developmental editing, and line editing for fiction and nonfiction. Favorite genres include southern fiction, mystery/suspense, literary fiction, and books about music.

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Ross Browne
President/Director of Author Services

Editor, blogger, and author coaching specialist.  Manages our editorial staff and client-services operations. Ross is the main point of contact for new clients and provides quotes, service recommendations, editor assignments, and oversight of all scheduling and staffing matters.  

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Jonathan Balcombe
Editor and Book Planning Specialist

New York Times bestselling author and editor whose specialties include developmental editing, line editing, and book proposal development for a wide range of nonfiction subjects. Favorite categories include popular science, animal welfare, self-help, nature, history, and philosophy.

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Marcia Ford
Editor and Ghostwriter

Author, editor, and professional ghostwriter whose specialties include manuscript critique, developmental editing, and line editing for CBA books, memoirs, and some genres of secular fiction. Favorite genres include literary fiction, multicultural fiction, theology, religion, and spirituality.

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Karinya Funsett-Topping
Editor and Publishing Consultant

Editor specializing in manuscript critique, developmental editing, and traditional publishing support for most categories of fiction and nonfiction. Favorite genres include romance, contemporary women’s fiction, literary fiction, magic realism, short stories, and creative nonfiction.  

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Peter Gelfan
Editor and Writing Coach

Published author and editor specializing in manuscript critique, developmental editing, and author coaching for most categories of fiction and narrative nonfiction. Favorite genres include historical fiction, humor/satire, mystery/suspense, short stories, literary fiction, science fiction, and fantasy.

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Lindsay Guzzardo
Editor

Editor with “big-five” acquisitions experience specializing in manuscript critique and developmental editing of romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Favorite other genres include literary fiction, historical fiction, magic realism, memoir, and romantic mystery/suspense.

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John Robert Marlow
Editor and Adaptation Specialist

Published author, editor, and screenwriter specializing in manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, ghostwriting, screenplay adaptations, and independent publishing support.  Favorite genres include YA fiction, MG fiction, and most genres of commercial fiction for adults.

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Julie Miller
Editor

Editor specializing in developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading for fiction, nonfiction, essays, academic texts, and scholarly works. Favorite genres include literary fiction, psychological thrillers, memoir, psychology, and nonfiction works dealing with the natural world.

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Brian Preston
Editor

UK bestselling author and editor specializing in manuscript critique and developmental editing for new age, humor, travel, and journalistic nonfiction on a wide range of topics. Other preferred categories include biography/autobiography, entertainment, current events, history, and sports.  

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Shannon Roberts
Editor

Editor specializing in manuscript critique, developmental editing and line editing for fiction and narrative nonfiction. Favorite genres include YA fiction, fantasy, science fiction, crime fiction, LGBTQ fiction, mystery/suspense, women’s issues, criminal justice, and social science.  

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Diane Stockwell
Editor and Publishing Consultant

Editor and literary agent with “big five” acquisitions experience specializing in line editing and traditional publishing support for nonfiction and select genres of fiction. Favorite subject areas include true crime, memoir, history, women’s issues, travel, health, current, events, and parenting.

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Doug Wagner
Editor and Ghostwriter

Editor, collaborator, and ghostwriter specializing in line editing,  copy editing, and proofreading for all genres and developmental editing for most nonfiction. Favorite genres include biographical fiction, mainstream fiction, biography, cooking, food, wine, science, and popular science.

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Robert Blake Whitehill
Screenplay Consultant

Published action series author, television writer, screenplay editor, and adaptation consultant. Specializes in the adaptation of commercial fiction and story-based nonfiction and editorial consultation with aspiring screenwriters to improve the quality and salability of screenplays and treatments.

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“In publishing, a novel by an unknown writer is a difficult thing to sell. The only thing more difficult is a novel by a writer who had some slight success and then, through failure to produce, has become a has-been.”

Elizabeth Nowell, Literary Agent