Lorraine Martindale M

Lorraine Martindale M – Editor

Previously worked with Sourcebooks, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Guideposts Books, and DK Publishing.


I have more than fifteen years of experience as a writer and editor for publishers, magazines, and non-profits. My skills range from developmental and line editing to copy editing. I can make your writing better, or work with you as a coach, helping you through the process.

My interests include art, literary fiction, memoir, self-help, religion, commercial fiction, education, cooking, and comics. I have edited many mysteries and YA titles. I love working on cookbooks and food-related topics.

I also love working with non-profits, universities, and art galleries.

I offer coaching to writers who are starting out and need guidance with a project, or general assistance with writing.

My most successful project was for Guideposts Books, called Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, a fiction series about three sisters who open a bed and breakfast in their childhood home. During the process of relocating and coming back together as family, the discover memories from their past as well as rich relationships in their hometown. The series ran for many years and sold more than a million copies in the direct mail market. I worked with a team of writers to create this series, helping them find the stories for these beloved sisters.

Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Humanities & Social Sciences Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (AUS)
  • Publishing Certificate from NYU
  • MFA in Writing, The New School, NYC

Work experience


Jan, 2004 — Present

Have worked with publishers including DK Publishing, DC Comics, New York Review Books, Felony and Mayhem, Shambhala Publishers, Sourcebooks, Penguin Putnam, Random House, and Guideposts Books.

Guideposts Books: created and edited a fiction series called Tales from Grace Chapel Inn that sold more than a million copies in the direct mail market.

Poetry Center 92nd Street Y: wrote and edited program copy for the Y's literary series brochure and catalog.

Tibet House: writer on art, travel, and Tibetan artifacts for yearly auction catalog at Christie's.

The Princeton Review and The Learning Source: wrote educational materials for elementary and middle-school levels.

Kirkus Discoveries: book reviewer.

New Line Cinema: script evaluator.

KIWI Magazine: writer of articles on healthy parenting.: writer and editor of website articles and weekly ezine.


When literary agent Elsie Thirkettle is invited to accompany tall but obscure crime-writer Ethelred Tressider to dinner at Muntham Court, she is looking forward to sneering at his posh friends. What she is not expecting is that, half way through the evening, h... read more
When a poet, Richard Cadogan, receives an unexpected £50 advance from his publisher for his new poetry book, he decides to go to Oxford for a well deserved holiday. The change of scenery and peace of mind is what he needs to recover his inspiration for writing... read more
Unleash your creativity! Explore creative writing in new ways that will have you cutting, folding, tearing, and ripping the pages!This is the activity book for out-of-bounds creative writing fun. Full of 52 zany,silly, and thoughtful prompts—perfect for elemen... read more
What You Hide

Natalie D. Richards

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!Mallory didn't want to leave home, but it wasn't safe to stay. So she sleeps at her best friend's house and spends the rest of her time at the library, doing her online schoolwork and figuring out what comes next. Because she's... read more
Everyone has been in this predicament: you're at home, with no time (or desire) for a trip to the store-but the recipe you're using calls for an ingredient you don't happen to have on hand. With this book, you'll have a solution: substitute. In Substituting In... read more
A longtime cult-classic in Denmark, this novel about dissolution and despair has been out of print in the US for over eighty years until now.Ole Jastrau is the very model of an enterprising and ambitious young man of letters, poised on the brink of what is sur... read more
A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pil... read more
My Secret to Tell

Richards, Natalie D.

Two sisters who have turned their childhood home into a bed and breakfast inn stumble upon their father's boyhood journal and discover his hidden history, learning how faith changed the course of his life.
Back Home Again

Melody Carlson

After the death of their father the three Howard sisters each inherit a share in his Victorian home and decide to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, but first they have to overcome their conflicts from the past and learn to accept help from their friends.

Lorraine Martindale has 4 reviews





John R.

John R.

Nov, 2022

This is my second collaboration with Lorraine. Once again, she's knocked it out of the park. Having her developmental edit is the quality you'd get with Simon and Shuster or one of the other big four. I couldn't ask for more. Her prices are quite reasonable for what you are provided. She will make you the author you want to be. JWR.
John R.

John R.

Jul, 2022

I had both higher and lower bids for my developmental, copy and line edits. Lorraine's bids came in just right. She was a great help with my book, and I will use her again, as my mystery series progresses to the next volumes. She's patient and quite skilled at her profession. If you have a book you're working on that needs a professional edit (and I'd highly recommend it), you couldn't do bette...
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John R.

John R.

Mar, 2022

Lorraine was everything I could have wanted in a developmental editor. She read my 90K word manuscript with an experienced eye, and her work product made my novel far more professional than I could have done on my own. Her recommendations were spot on. Her knowledge of character and narrative should be available in a book of her own. She was worth every penny I paid. Some estimates by others we...
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Nirmal S.

Nirmal S.

Jul, 2021

I thank Miss Lorraine M. for her editorial labor over the manuscript of my book. Her suggestions and encouragement polished the story into one that can be read with more pleasure for which I am grateful.

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