Joyce Lamb Editing

Professional Copy Editing, 
Proofreading, Beta Reading and Content Editing Services
"Thou art fabulous."
Roxanne St. Claire



I'll check spelling, grammar and punctuation and will also note anything that throws me out of the story.


I'll provide feedback on your story based on my take as a reader and experienced author.



Beyond the usual copy editing (including checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, the story timeline and any  inconsistencies), I’ll point out plot holes, illogical thinking, characters breaking character and continuity issues. I’ll also make friendly suggestions for remedies.


I’ll focus on plot development, character development, dialogue and anything else you'd like me to watch out for. I’ll make friendly suggestions wherever I spot issues.

Copy Editing
Content Editing
Beta Reading



      I have 30 years of professional copy editing experience, including 15 years at USA Today. In the past six years, I’ve done proofreading, copy editing and/or content editing for authors such as Roxanne St. Claire, Grace Burrowes, Marie Force, Bella Andre, Kristen Painter and Amanda Carlson. Books that I copy edited for Roxanne and Grace have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA awards. (Just saying.)  

      I’m also a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense author and have finaled in the romantic suspense category of the RITAs three times, for Caught in the Act, True Colors and True Shot. True Vision won the Daphne du Maurier Award in Romantic Mystery/Suspense and the HOLT Medallion for Best Book by a Virginia Author. Other books have been runners-up in the Daphne.

      Until December 2018, I was the curator of USA Today’s popular Happy Ever After blog, which provided an always positive outlook on romance novels, traditionally and indie pubbed, as well as all subgenres.

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“Joyce is a GREAT copy editor, able to see the words from both the reader's and the author's perspective, and to solve prose problems from either end. Every author should be so lucky as to have talent like Joyce's polishing her manuscripts.”  Grace Burrowes
“Joyce is the best copy editor I've had since I started publishing. I love her content editing, too. She knows how to focus on what's important and how to make a story shine.”Kristen Painter
“I can’t imagine releasing a book to the world without first having Joyce Lamb’s eagle eyes on the manuscript. She’s the best of the very best, and I’m honored to have her on my indie team!”Marie Force
“Working with Joyce is like a dream come true. She has a knack for pacing and plot and rolls it all into a competent, thoughtful edit. I love working with her. She’s the best editor I’ve ever had!” Amanda Carlson
“I trust Joyce 1,000,000 percent with each book she copy edits and proofreads for me. She always does an amazing job.”Bella Andre



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