We know part of finding the right publisher for your book is knowing the people who might be helping to shape and polish your words. At Carina Press, we utilize a skilled team of experienced freelance editors. Between them, these editors enjoy a wide range of genre fiction, spanning genres and subgenres from romance and women’s fiction, to thrillers and mysteries, to science fiction and fantasy. Below we’ve included a short bio of each freelance editor to help you get to know them and what they might be looking for. When you’re ready to submit, visit the submissions page at Carina Press and follow the guidelines there. You’re welcome to address your submission to one of these editors, or to let us choose the best fit for you!
The most recent call for submissions from individual editors can be found here.
The Editorial Team
Angela James, Editorial Director
Angela James, editorial director of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first fiction imprint, is both an avid reader of digital books and a veteran of and advocate for the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed more than a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses: Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin’s Carina Press.
She has edited bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Shelly Laurenston and more. She was profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry and is the creator of Before You Hit Send, the popular online self-editing workshop for authors. In 2013 Angela was named New York Romance Writers of America’s Golden Apple Editor of the Year.
You can find Angela on Twitter at @angelajames.
Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor
Kerri Buckley got her first taste of the great editorial adventure during a semester-long internship at The Feminist Press. Thoroughly hooked, she joined Bantam Dell (a division of Random House) after graduation and stayed there for eight years, editing both fiction and nonfiction for various imprints under the Ballantine Bantam Dell umbrella.
Since joining Carina Press in 2013, Kerri has been actively acquiring across all genres but is currently most interested in building her list in the following areas: sexy contemporary romance, erotic romance, romantic suspense and erotic thrillers, LGBTQ romance, and all varieties of mystery.
Some of Kerri’s recent Carina Press titles include The Good Fight by Julianna Keyes, Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby, The Asset and At the Brink by Anna del Mar, Vengeful Love by Laura Carter, and the RITA-nominated Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon. Kerri was named Golden Apple Editor of the Year by RWA NYC in 2016.
Find Kerri on Twitter @BuckleyKerri.
Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor for Carina Press, Stephanie began her career at Harlequin eight years ago and has been working with the Carina Press team since 2011. In her time at Harlequin she has worked as a proofreader, copy editor, and author liaison before moving to the editor’s desk. Stephanie reads across genres, but is especially interested in contemporary romances with smart, sharp dialogue; fast-paced romantic suspense; and paranormal/urban fantasy series with continuing characters and solid world building.
You can find Stephanie on Twitter @StephanieDoig
The Freelance Editors
Alissa Davis dreamed of becoming a professor of English literature—until she discovered she didn’t like teaching and that she loved genre fiction even more than Brit Lit. With that in mind, she moved to New York, got her MS in Publishing and landed a job at Dorchester. She eventually left Dorchester to move across the country with her husband and daughter and work with the incredible team at Carina Press.
When she is reading submissions, she looks for memorable characters, high-stakes conflict and detailed world-building. She is acquiring in all genres but particularly loves angsty/dark contemporary romance, LGBT romance, New Adult, historical romance, cozy mysteries and erotic romance.
You can follow Alissa on Twitter @alissadenay
Once upon a time Deborah Nemeth tried writing fiction and discovered that her passion and talent actually lay in finessing words, not producing them. Switching careers, she stepped off the corporate ladder and put her English degree to good use by becoming a full-time editor. She’s been editing for Carina Press since its inception back in 2009, and she loves it. Not only does she get to read all day, but freelance work gives her the flexibility to indulge her other passion, travel—plus, working from home reduces the stress of all those bad-hair days.
Deb’s drawn to stories featuring strong conflict, high stakes, and flawed characters, especially ones living on the margins of society. Her tastes are broad and she’s edited every subgenre Carina publishes, although she’s especially interested in acquiring capers, cozy mysteries, Regency romances, high-adrenaline romantic suspense, sexy contemps with alpha antiheroes, and romantic comedy with sparkling banter. She enjoys diverse characters, unique voices, unusual settings, and both lighthearted and dark reads. In her favorite stories, the protagonists suffer big-time before saving the world, solving the crime, or finding their happy-ever-after.
You may find her on Twitter at @DebNemeth.
Rhonda Stapleton is experienced on both sides of the editorial desk. She’s a multi-published author in teen and adult fiction, and she’s been editing for Carina Press since February 2010. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing.
Rhonda is an eclectic reader and editor, and she enjoys receiving submissions in a number of genres. Though she’s always open to a fantastic read, she’s eagerly looking for the following types of submissions (with varying levels of romance and ‘heat,’ depending on what suits the story): multicultural/People of Color, new adult, gothic romance, contemporary full-length romance, handymen/handywomen, first responders, military, romantic suspense with a fresh hook, and novels with series potential. In short, she wants to get drawn into a compelling tale.
You can follow Rhonda on Twitter @rhondaedits
On her journey to become the next world’s best author, Penny veered into the world of editing. Her analytical mind and penchant for correcting grammar flubs led her to discover how truly rewarding it is to help authors turn words into people and places that readers can imagine as vividly as the author does.
Diverse casts, fantastical worlds, tension, conflict, high heat, and fully fleshed villains are some of her favorite ingredients. Characters with voice, backbone, determination, and big problems will make her stay up too late reading. Or listening. She’s actively acquiring all Carina genres and would love to meet your older couples, geeks, witches, healers, rebels, and mythological creatures.
You can find Penny on Twitter at @PennyJoBarber
Anne Scott has been a freelance editor since 2006 and is proud to have edited a RITA finalist, a Publishers Weekly Best Romance, a Rainbow Awards winner, and New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers. She has worked with such authors as Vivian Arend and KJ Charles.
She is looking to build her list and is acquiring in all genres, especially with an eye to compelling, diverse characters and strong world-building— be it in contemporary, historical, or fantasy/science fiction settings.
You can follow her on Twitter at @annescotteditor.
Prior to launching her freelance career and joining the Carina team, Lauren Plude was an Associate Editor for Hachette Book Group (Grand Central/Forever Romance). She has edited numerous New York Times bestselling authors including Melody Anne, Erin Nicholas, Rachel Van Dyken and Pepper Winters as well as USA TODAY bestsellers Lucy Monroe, Lauren Layne, and Amanda Scott. Her authors have been nominated for RITA awards, International Thriller Writers awards, and have received numerous starred Publishers Weekly reviews and RT Book Reviews Top Picks.
Lauren is currently looking for pulse-pounding romantic suspense and romantic thrillers that leave her sleeping with the lights on, LGBT romances, multicultural romances, scorching hot contemporary/erotic romances, and shifter/were PNR.
She also drinks more coffee than she probably should and despite her best efforts not to, often reads the last chapter of a book first.
You can find her on Twitter @laurenplude
Four years into pursuing a B.A. in archaeology, Mackenzie Walton had an abrupt epiphany: she didn’t like getting her hands dirty, and she enjoyed editing for the university’s student publications department more than anything else. After a quick panic attack, she decided to follow her heart and go into publishing. Since then, Mackenzie has edited a number of New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors, joining Carina Press as a freelance editor in 2016.
Mackenzie is open to great books in any romance genre, but is particularly eager for LGBTQ, paranormal, contemporary, erotic, and historical in any time period/setting, as well as urban fantasy and mystery. She especially loves reading diverse casts, opposites-attract couples, intricate world-building, and strong, authentic dialogue with distinct character voices.
You can follow Mackenzie on Twitter @mackenziewalton.