During my seventeen years as a freelance editor, I’ve worked on novels, screenplays, memoirs, short stories, and newspaper columns. My experience started way back in high school, however, where I was features editor of the newspaper and editor in chief of the literary magazine.

After graduating with a BA in rhetoric and communications from the University of Virginia, my very first job was as an NBC news reporter. I then jumped into production at The Walt Disney Studios, where I gave feedback on movie scripts.

I edit a wide variety of genres but specialize in crime fiction. I work with individual clients as well as with mystery/thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer and sci-fi imprint 47North. In addition, I review crime fiction for Shelf Awareness for Readers and was part of the faculty at the 2013 California Crime Writers Conference, presented by Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America.

I’m also an avid reader and published author so I understand the writer’s plight. My job is to help you get past obstacles in your creativity and make your writing shine.

If you’re interested in working with me, please use this contact form to tell me a little about your project (genre, word count, short synopsis, specific trouble areas, etc.), whether you’re looking for a developmental or copy edit, and what kind of turnaround your job requires. I’m usually booked three to four months in advance.

Thank you for your interest in my editing services.

Elyse Dinh-McCrillis