Editing for Writers by a Fellow Writer

I’m Jen Grogan, a freelance editor and writer based out of the Seattle area. I specialize in editing science fiction, fantasy, and romance, and have experience with academic editing, fact-checking, and editing for non-profits. I am a former board member and current part-time administrator for the Northwest Editors Guild, a member of the Editorial Freelancer's Association, and a volunteer tour docent at Seattle Art Museum.


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Line Editing

Sometimes you've got the plot in your head, but the words just won't come out in the right order. Maybe you're struggling with descriptions, or you want a professional eye on how your paragraphs flow together. That's where line editing comes in.

Developmental Editing

Half editor, half writing coach, all focused on making your manuscript the best it can be! A developmental editor's job is to help you fine-tune your plot, uncover your characters' motivations, and navigate the twists and turns of a growing novel.

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Recent Posts

New Beginnings and Brief Breaks

Published on July 2nd

​It's been a little while since my last update, but I promise I have a good reason: I've been pregnant, and am now posting to say that I'm taking a couple of months of maternity leave before I dive back into work. I will be "out of the office" beginning July 4th, and plan to return sometime around September 2nd. During this time, I will not be accepting new clients or answering queries, but I'd love to hear from you when I'm back on my feet and have this motherhood thing a little bit figured out! read more…

On the Passing of Vonda McIntyre

Published on April 2nd

What feels like ages ago, when I was in college, my friends and I went to a public event that was put on by Clarion West, where we got to hear the three great ladies of Pacific Northwest Science Fiction, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Vonda N. McIntyre, speak on a panel about... I don't remember what, anymore, to be honest. Probably about writing. Mostly what I remember was that all three of them were incredibly well-spoken and clever and interesting, and that Vonda had brought some little plastic desk toys that I remember Ursula spending most of the talk playing with whenever she wasn't speaking. As of yesterday, all three of those ladies are gone. read more…

Choose Your Words Wisely

Published on March 9th

As a school tour docent at the Seattle Art Museum, I sometimes find myself explaining relatively complicated concepts in art and culture to classes of kids between roughly five and eighteen years of age. For instance, a few weeks ago I ran two tours focused on the use of perspective in art -- one for a class of eighth graders, and one the following week for a class of fourth graders. The pieces of art that I took the kids around to didn't change between those two tours, nor did the basic concepts that I was introducing them to. read more…

Book Proposal Basics

Published on December 23rd

Recently, a good friend of my husband's was surprised by an email from a publisher of software books--they wanted him to write a book on a new platform he specializes in working with. He was a little surprised, and more than a little daunted. He'd never written a book before, and as much as he was excited by the prospect, he wasn't sure what it would mean. He definitely wasn't sure what the publisher was looking for out of the document they asked him to put together: a book proposal. Fortunately, nonfiction book proposals really aren't as daunting as they may appear to the first-timer, and a lot of what they're about transfers to fiction as well. read more…

Raising the Stakes

Published on October 6th

In writing and editing, we talk a lot about raising the stakes and making sure that there’s enough tension in your story. But how can you do that? One way that I really like is to make your characters choose between the thing they thought mattered most to them and the thing that they’ve now discovered matters more. read more…

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Read what people are saying about me!

Ms. Grogan excelled in finding troublesome or overworked sentences and transitions and making them flow smoothly, while making sure the writing remained in my voice. All of her edits were clearly explained, and she welcomed any additional questions...
Mariah Erlick, Student
I recently worked with Jen Grogan on an article for submission to a top tier academic journal. Ms. Grogan was professional and clear in all of her communications with me, and the work she did on my article was excellent! Not only did she carefully comb through the entire article, but she made sure it conformed to the journal’s formatting and style guide...
Kari Greenswag, Ph.D., Philosophy
Her criticisms are sharp and professional, and she is always willing to discuss a plot point or a problem character to find a solution that works best for both author and story. I highly recommend Jen Grogan to anyone looking for a dedicated developmental editor or a copy-editor.