Literary Editor & Book Coach

Welcome to my website!

My mission is to take your manuscript (aka your baby) and work alongside you to give it the care and attention it needs to grow into a future New York Times Best Sellers list contender.

I also offer services for smaller editing projects like academic papers, blogs, and emails.

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Developmental Editing

This type of editing is considered a part of the round one revisions (after any Self-editing or Beta-reads). It is sometimes referred to as Substantive editing and aims to look at the manuscript as a whole in terms of content, structure, characters, and narrative voice.

Line Editing

This is the second part of your editing process. After your Developmental editing is completed, Line editing steps in to take your finely-tuned manuscript and look at the prose specifically. I look at each sentence individually and also each paragraph as a whole looking at both grammatical and esthetic points.


This is the  last step. If you plan to self-publish, I would recommend following up with a basic Proofreading just for good measure. But this should get out all the kinks when it comes to grammar, spelling, basic fact checking, and word usage.

Hello, my name is Lizzie Thornton and I am a freelance editor and book coach who specializes in supernatural fiction, women's fiction and self-help books. The world of literature has always been a safe space for me. Growing up, I was awkward and weird, didn’t make friends very easily, and being in a military family that moved every two to three years didn’t help much. I found my solace inside books. As a young girl, I wrote stories all the time and dreamed that one day I would be a famous author. It wasn’t until I studied Literature and English at the University of South Carolina that I discovered my favorite classes were the workshop based, because that’s when I got to read everyone else’s work-in-progress and help them shape their work creatively into something brilliant. When I read an author’s story that they’ve entrusted to me, I am dedicated and bound to crafting their words, making it even more powerful. My purpose is not to change your art, but to help better position it in a gallery so more people can be swept away by your words. 
I have a flair for the dramatic, studied theater and actually considered being an actor for a long time—the creation and art of storytelling pulls me in regardless of the medium it’s expressed on. These days, you can normally find me with coffee or wine in hand, trying to balance my business with being a full-time Mom to my 9-month-old son, Romeo. Disclaimer: there is no balance. Luckily, his dad is the epitome of a hands-on father while also working full-time. I’m so grateful to have a real, thriving partnership in raising our son. Together, we have two dogs: Hercules, the Chihuahua and Freya, the Pitbull. I absorb all things related to productivity, happiness, and powerful women. You can find my musings on those topics, in addition to books and writing,
on my blog.

About Me


"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke."

--Arthur Plotnik

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Contact Me

If you're interested in a FREE SAMPLE EDIT with quote, please contact me here and tell me a bit more about what services you are looking for! Please include your genre, word count, and a brief synopsis.

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