Meet Our Staff

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
Specializes in developmental and line editing for fiction and narrative nonfiction
Ross Browne
President/Director of Author Services
Oversees client services, editor assignment, new programs and service development
Jonathan Balcombe
Associate Editor
Specializes in developmental and line editing of narrative nonfiction, book proposals, and select fiction genres
Marcia Ford
Associate Editor & Ghostwriter
Specializes in editing and ghostwriting CBA books, memoirs, and some genres of secular fiction
Karinya Funsett-Topping
Editor & Publishing Consultant
Specializes in synopsis and query letters, submissions support, and developmental editing of fiction and narrative nonfiction
Peter Gelfan
Associate Editor
Specializes in fiction technique coaching, craft teaching, and developmental editing for most genres of fiction and nonfiction
Lindsay Guzzardo
Associate Editor
Specializes in romance, women's fiction, and memoir
John Robert Marlow
Editor & Screenplay Consultant
Specializes in screenplay adaptations and development, also editing for authors of commercial fiction
Julie Miller
Associate Editor
Specializes in narrative nonfiction, natural history and ecology, and contemporary and literary fiction
Brian Preston
Associate Editor
Specializes in New Age, humor, journalism, outdoor/travel, and some categories of narrative nonfiction
Shannon Roberts
Associate Editor
Specializes in YA, speculative, and contemporary adult fiction
Diane Stockwell
Literary Agent, Editor, Publishing Consultant

Specializes in book proposal development, book planning, line editing, and developmental editing 

Doug Wagner
Associate Editor
Specializes in line editing, copy editing, and nonfiction book collaboration
Robert Blake Whitehill
Writer, Screenplay Adaptation Consultant
Specializes in screenplay adaptation, ghostwriting, and collaboration

“Don’t dread. Do.”   

Janet Burroway