Edit My Novel

Novel editing, Book Editor

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She landed her first book deal at age 29 with Downtown Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Since then, her work has been published by MTV Books, Pocket Books, St. Martin's Press and Harlequin. She was a finalist for the Gayle Wilson award of Excellence in young adult fiction from the Romance Writers of America.  Her books include: I Did (But I Wouldn’t Now), Dixieland Sushi, Every Demon Has His Day, Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks, Pink Slip Party and the Bard Academy series for young adults.  She's been featured in several short story anthologies (including In One Year and Out the Other, Everything I Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, ​and The Girl Who Was On Fire).

She has presented her work at Book Expo, the Printer’s Row Book Fair, the Iowa City Book Festival and has made dozens of appearances for book readings and events at Barnes and Noble and other major bookstores in cities across the country. She has been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Library Journal, YM magazine, Lucky Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Boston Herald, American Cheerleader and The Romantic Times, among many others. She’s been interviewed on various television and radio programs on her writing in Austin, New York and Chicago. Cara Lockwood lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Cara Lockwood is uniquely qualified to review your work. Not only has she made a career out of publishing, but she also understands the writer's perspective. She can lend her experience in developing ideas, overcoming writer's block and developing strategies to help finish and polish your work. She has years of expertise in crafting the perfect voice for a novel, developing characters and sharpening dialogue. Cara understands the publishing market and has valuable insight into managing a writing career. She's also helped many of her clients top the Amazon bestseller lists.

Cara lockwood

USA today bestselling Book Editor and novelist


Edit My Novel was founded by Cara Lockwood,  an established and successful writer who has made a career writing fiction. A Penn grad, she currently lives and works in Evanston, Illinois, and she's published twelve novels, including I Do (But I Don't), which was made into a Lifetime Original Movie starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain.  She has written in a wide variety of genres from romantic comedy to science fiction and fantasy. Her novels have been translated into five languages and are sold all over the world.