rochelle staab
rochelle staab
rochelle staab

Independent Editing Services

Your book is done. Done. Your friends and writing group love it. You're not sure. But what's next?

Are you ready for the hard questions that will take your novel to the next level before querying or self-publishing? Let's dig in and polish your work for submission.

What I Offer

Developmental editing: the big picture. A comprehensive read with notes on story structure, perspective, narrative style, contradictions, plot holes, conflict, character development, POV flaws, show vs. tell, and pacing.

Copyediting: the last step before querying or self-publishing. Detailed notes on the language of the text, including clarity, sentence structure, echoes, cliches, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Getting Started

Complementary first chapter edit up to 15 pages to see if we mesh.

I specialize in traditional and cozy mystery, thrillers, romantic suspense. I do not do non-fiction or memoirs.

Contact for rates and availability.


"I can't say enough about working with Rochelle. Not only is she great at character and plot work—she's excellent at finding holes and errors in continuity—but she's also a whiz at line edits, with great attention to detail. Plus she's easy to work with. I won't send anything to my publisher without Rochelle reviewing it first."
   —Tammy Kaehler, author of the award-winning Kate Reilly Racing Mystery Series

"Rochelle Staab is the real thing; both as a writer who understands the marketplace, and as an editor with an extraordinarily keen eye. Staab is honest, tireless, and possesses that rare wit that makes working with her a delight."
   —Nancy Cole Silverman, author of the Misty Dawn Mysteries and Carol Childs Mysteries