“I had been warned that the editing of a book was a tough process. I guess those people did not have Jocelyn as their editor. Her insights, edits and questions enabled my book to become an international bestseller. I highly recommend Jocelyn for anyone wanting to get their books published and polished. I cannot imagine writing without Jocelyn in my corner.”–Laura Atchison, author of What Would a Wise Woman Do?

Jocelyn Carbonara is a trained, highly-experienced editor and ghostwriter who has edited dozens of books over the past two decades, including in areas of business/leadership, self-help, spiritual/religion, creative non-fiction, and fiction. Her original writing has been published in magazines including the internationally-acclaimed Real Leaders and more. She has edited books for authors published by McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Intervarsity Press, Morgan James, and more. Jocelyn has a passion for prose and an eye for clear communications, so every piece she edits is read with a mind to improve both the whole book, and each sentence therein.

Jocelyn offers more than just editing. She personally takes ownership of your manuscript to ensure that it is fully optimized to tell your story in your voice, and ultimately reach your readers. In addition, as an entrepreneur and business consultant in leadership and communications to successful companies around the globe (see clients), she will help you explore or pursue options for publishing and marketing your book once it’s done. As one client explains, “Jocelyn is more than just an editor. She is a business partner.”

Upon contract, the typical editing process works as follows:

Phase I, Developmental Editing- This revision phase involves a “deep read” wherein Jocelyn not only edits the copy, but also makes suggestions for rearranging, adding, or eliminating content if necessary. She uses the “track changes” feature in Word so you can accept or decline her edits. She also leaves numerous “coaching” comments throughout the manuscript–highlighting areas of strength, asking for clarity on areas that need it, and making suggestions to improve the book. She can ghostwrite transitions, case studies, and more as needed/requested. This phase is known as “developmental editing.”

Phase II, Copy editing- Once an author has reviewed the edits made in Phase I, and approved/declined changes, as well as added copy where appropriate, Jocelyn edits the manuscript again–paying close attention to additions, and refining manuscript to fit Chicago Style or other publishing guidelines. This phase is known as “copy editing.”

Phase III, Proofreading- An optional proofreading phase by another party occur, per your request.

Partial List of Books Edited:

  • Off Center- by Randy Grimes, former NFL center (in production, 2020)
  • Getting It Right in the Moments that Matter- by Tony Gambill and Scott Carbonara (in production, 2020)
  • The Corelands- by David Wildermann (in production, 2020)
  • The Green Glow- by Emily Pace (in production, 2020)
  • Paint Won’t Cover that Stain– by Scott Carbonara (in production, 2020)
  • The Forests’ Gifts -by Linda Scheet (in production, 2020)
  • An Uncommon Path– by Wayne Pollard (in production, 2020)
  • Pure Heart Leadership- by Shana Garrett (2019)
  • Mythical Meby Richella Parham (2019)
  • The Modern Masquerade- by Toria Leigh (2018)
  • The High-Performing Leader- by Heidi Pozzo (2018)
  • The ABCs of the Customer Journey- by Hank Hoffmeier (2018)
  • From Dope to Hopeby Tim Ryan (2017)
  • Building Your Best Financial Banana Split- by Bruce Rowland (2017)
  • Facilitation Made Easy– by Mary Tomlinson (2016)
  • Multiple fantasy books in development by Debra Hodges (2014-present)
  • Zest Your Life- by Linda Babulic (2015)
  • The Instant Energy Method- by Alan Ting (2015)
  • Keep It Simple Selling- by Damian Boudreaux (2015)
  • The 24-Hour Woman– by Cheryl Liew (2014)
  • The Three Career Questions– by Bruce Hazen (2013)
  • Manager’s Guide to Online Marketing– by Jason Weaver (McGraw Hill 2013)
  • The Last Tipi– by Kris Landry (2013)
  • God, Me, and My Hula Hoop– by Mary Reisberg (2013)
  • Change: If I Can, You Can– by Travis Angry (Morgan James 2013)
  • Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement– by Scott Carbonara (McGraw Hill 2012)
  • Manager’s Guide to Change Management– by Stephen Rock (McGraw Hill 2012)
  • Go Positive: Lead to Engage by Sam Glenn, Doug McKinney, and Scott Carbonara (Pfeiffer 2012)
  • Leaders: Start to Finish– by Anne Bruce (ASTD 2012)
  • Manager’s Guide to Motivating Employees, 2nd Ed by Anne Bruce (McGraw Hill 2012)
  • What Would a Wise Woman Do?– by Laura Atchison (Morgan James 2012)
  • Fired Up Employees– by Aric Bostick (iUniverse 2012)
  • Stop Workplace Drama– by Marlene Chism (Wiley 2011)
  • The Amazing Mirror by Sebastian Oros and Doug McKinney (2010)
  • Kick in the Attitude– by Sam Glenn (Wiley 2010)
  • Who Put a Lizard in My Lasagna?– by Sam Glenn (2009)
  • Firsthand Lessons Secondhand Dogs– by Scott Carbonara (2008)
  • Don’t Throw Underwear on the Table by Scott Carbonara (2008)
  • Fishsticks and Positive Jumps– by Sam Glenn (2009)
  • and many more

Contact Jocelyn today for an editing quote or to fill out a free questionnaire to help you pinpoint your needs.