My specialty is developmental editing, for fiction and non-fiction, as well as collaborative writing.
Among my clients are well-known authors who come back with repeat business, such as Deborah Reed, Vincent Zandri, and Ann Tatlock.
My edited manuscripts have been picked up by agents and traditional publishers, and won multiple awards, including the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality, the 2014 USA Best Book Awards (Cliff of the Ruin), the 2015 Christy Award for fiction (Once Beyond a Time), the ITW Thriller Award and Shamus Award (Dick Moonlight PI series), New York Times and USA Today bestseller list (The Shroud Key), and #1 selling thriller in Amazon ebooks, worldwide, for at least three weeks (Everything Burns), just to name a few.
I work closely with the renowned MacGregor Literary Agency, where I was a literary agent for three years. I understand the industry and the market. Also, I am a published author, which means I empathize strongly with my clients. I am a writing, speaking and publishing instructor, versed in the art of creating, not just critiquing. I teach quarterly workshops as a visiting instructor at The Blackbird Studio for Writers, run by the famous New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer Lauck, and I travel to various conferences around the U.S. and Canada. I was a high school and college writing instructor for fifteen years, earning state and national recognition as an educator while also coaching my small town debate team to two state championships, with nine individual champions. Before teaching, I was the editor of Perceptions Literary Magazine.
A member in good standing with the Editorial Freelancers Association, I hold an MAT with a focus in language arts, as well as a degree in journalism. My novel Smart Mouth won the 2014 Bronze National Independent Publishers Book Award and has been optioned for a TV series with Foxworthy Productions. Two publishing industry books co-authored with Chip MacGregor are currently on the market: Step By Step Pitches And Proposals: A Workbook For Writers and How Do I Find A Literary Agent? And 101 Other Questions Asked By Writers (The Benchmark Press, 2015). More collaborative titles are with publishers, three set to be released this fall: How To Survive a Day in Prison, and The Stonecutter’s Daughter: A Memoir, and The Everything Girl (Skyhorse Publishing).
“Since working with Holly Lorincz to edit my manuscripts, in less than a year I have achieved the following: Awarded both the 2015 Seamus and ITW Award, Best PotBoiler Novel for 2013 by CrimeFictionBook Blog, hit the New York Times Bestseller List in three categories, nailed the USA TODAY Bestseller list six weeks consecutively, struck up a new three-book contract with Down and Out Books, and a new contract with Thomas & Mercer . . . what’s the common denominator in all this? Holly Lorincz, of course.”
Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Remains, The Shroud Key, and the multi-awarded Moonlight p.i. series (Down and Out Press)
“I hated you for about three weeks; what you were asking me to do seemed impossible. Then I got over myself and realized you were right, and you’d given me a huge gift. You pushed me to the next level. I will forever be grateful.”
Jennifer Lauck, NY Times Bestelling author of Blackbird, an Oprah pick
“This is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much! I’ve been struggling and deleting and crying over how to make to this work. Your advice is so spot on I want to cry for happiness. This gives me the direction I needed and I can’t wait to get to work.”
Deborah Reed, award-winning author of bestselling titles such as Things We Set On Fire, Carry Yourself Back To Me, Toxic Love and the highly acclaimed Olivay (Lake Union Press)
“Your feedback was exactly what I was looking for – specific examples and a clear, thoughtful explanation of how I might make the story stronger. Some of your comments were “aha!” revelations where I knew something was wrong but couldn’t put my finger on it, while other comments were a complete surprise. I have spent a lot of money on different kinds of editors, but your comments address key elements that [will make] a stronger novel overall. Thank you for taking the time to delve into it deeply — and for being so kind. When the next one is completed, I will definitely seek your services again.”
Bonnie McKernan, award-winning author of Cliff of the Ruin (Abbot Press)
“I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the story. Thank you for your comments and your sharp editorial eye – I love working with good editors because I want my work to be the best it can be, and I know that isn’t accomplished without an editor! I’ve got some rewriting to do, some adding and deleting of scenes . . . THANK YOU for your kind and encouraging words about this book.”
Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Sweet Mercy and Travelers Rest (Bethany House)
“Thanks a million for your great work! Your notes are spot on! I particularly love the proposal, which I would never have been able to put together with the correct industry language. Thanks again, Holly, you rock, I’m really happy with the way all this looks, and I really hope I’ll get to work with you again.”
Florian Schneider, novelist and awarded Hollywood advertising photographer
“Holly is the Goddess of Book Proposals. She put together a professional, creative proposal in a short amount of time. Her work is impeccable. I am impressed with her presentation of my book and I’m proud to send out the proposal to publishers.”
Joslyne Decker, author of Fight Like a Mother: How to Be a Mom and Have a Chronic Illness
“I just have to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am – your insight and prods to make me dig deeper as a writer is so appreciated! This is more than helpful – this will help guide me in making the book the best it can be. Thank you, thank you.”
Rebecca DeMarino, author of the bestselling Southold Chronicles (Revell Pub)
“Holly is an excellent editor and I recommend her services. She is reasonable and very fast; she completed a one day turnaround on an urgent, small project of mine that needed editing, and did an exceptional job of it!”
Alex Paul, author of Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals series, shortlisted for the Chanticleer Book Awards
“Many thanks for the push into [publishing]. It will be wonderful to see my words in print. I really do have you to thank for that.”
Debra Simmons, author of Chocolate Moon
“Thanks again for the edits! Do you have a Yelp listing? Can I give you a 5 star rating?!”
Sara Daly Beauchaine, administrator with Seattle School Districts
“Why did I not hire you years ago?!”
Chip MacGregor, president of MacGregor Literary Agency
“Holly is a brilliant editor, a genius at understanding what the reader needs.’”
Patrick Nelson, author of Patrick Nelson’s Stories, a blog spot, and three novels
“I so appreciate the critique. It was thorough and gave the kind of feedback that I’ve been unable to get up to now.”
Jim Beirne, author of Operation Red Hand
“I wanted to let you know my book is published! I know how busy you are and how many people you come into contact with daily. I hope you remember me! I had my press release given to over 500 media agencies and my first book signing scheduled at Barnes and Noble in Chino Hills; I wanted to share my news and express my sincere appreciation to you for all of your wisdom.”
Debra Rosenzweig, author of Diagnosis Autism: Now What?