Our Editors

Nancy Cassidy

Nancy Cassidy, Lead Editor

Nancy Cassidy, Lead Editor

See About Nancy for Lead Editor Nancy Cassidy’s full bio.

Nancy is interested in working with romance, mystery, fantasy, suspense, science fiction, erotic romance and occasionally women’s fiction. She specializes in content or developmental edits but also works with copy edits and proofreads.

Nancy coaches new and mid-list authors, learn more about her coaching on our Coaching services page.



Contact Nancy to book edits with her, or to book any of the authors at Nancy@theredpencoach.com


Donna Alward

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Donna Alward

A little about me: While I was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare for my degree in English Literature, I

was also gobbling up romances created by LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts.  My love of writing and romance came together in 2001, when I started writing with a goal of publication. In 2006 I sold my first manuscript (hooray!) and launched a career writing romantic fiction for publishers such as Samhain Publishing, Harlequin, and St. Martin’s Press. To date I have over 40 novels published in more than 16 languages.  That still blows my mind!


I spent over 4 years writing, learning, getting rejected, and writing some more. During that time I had some fabulous mentors who gave me advice, critiques, and yes, tough love. To pay it forward once I was published, I held a “Perfect Pitch” contest for several years.  I mentored the winner for a full year, including any and all work they sent me to critique, and I’m happy to report that every single winner has gone on to publish with a major publisher.  I’ve also given several workshops to writers groups and at conferences such as the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference and the New England RWA Chapter Conference, and I have written and continue to write articles for the Romance Writers Report.  I love working with other authors, and helping them find that place where their writing skills, individual voice and storytelling abilities all come together.

I’ve always valued my editors over the years and the insightful work they’ve done (and continue to do!)  to bring out the best in my writing. I’m thrilled to be able to do the same now as a content editor  and coach with The Red Pen Coach.

You can find me on my website at www.DonnaAlward.com, or on twitter @DonnaRedPen.

Email Donna at Donna@TheRedPenCoach.com

Preferred genres/subgenres:  contemporary romance, historical romance, women’s fiction and YA. Donna specializes in content or developmental edits but also works with copy edits and proofreads.

Shirley Jump

Shirley Jump

Shirley Jump

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has published more than 60 books for Harlequin,

Berkley and other houses, as well as her own indie series on Amazon. She is a frequent speaker nationwide at writers’ conferences and has worked as a freelance editor for magazines and publishers. She specializes in analyzing plot and character in novels, finding structural issues and helping authors develop three-dimensional characters and compelling scenes.

Visit her website at www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes. You can also find her on Twitter at @ShirleyJump

Shirley is our Romance specialist. She works with content/developmental edits only and can be booked initially through Nancy Cassidy, based on availability. Shirley will also be offering coaching, see her thoughts on her approach on our Coaching Services page.

Penny Barber

Penny is a finicky word lover who finally found people who appreciate her compulsion to identify nonsense, highlight confusion, correct grammar, and clarify usage. Since she has a more productive outlet for her grammarian tendencies, her friends and family have resumed speaking in her presence, and even occasionally brave written communications. It’s a gift, a blessing, and a pleasure to help others communicate clearly and professionally with vivid words.

Follow me on Facebook – www.facebook.com/PennyEdits

Penny specializes in copy edits and must be booked by contacting Nancy Cassidy, based on availability.

Corinne Demaagd

I’ve been working in the publishing industry since 2000 and have done my time in various roles: technical writer, technical editor, publishing coordinator, quality assurance, DTP, and project management.
For a short stint in Australia, I did grant writing and business development. While there, I started my freelance editing career and am happy to say I’m still going strong as a commercial fiction editor.


These days, I work as a freelance production editor for Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing and freelance for indie authors. My roster includes both, and I give each my equal time and effort.
My strength lies in romance (all genres), but I also edit general fiction – YA, NA, suspense, science fiction, horror, you name it.


  • Masters of Philosophy (MPHIL) in Publishing Studies. University of Stirling. Stirling, Scotland. (This is equivalent to an MFA in the US)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing Cum Laude. Minor studies in Comparative Religion. Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Associates (ASSC) in General Education. Grand Rapids Junior College. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Corrine is a full time editor with Kensington Publishing and a part time editor with The Red Pen Coach.

Corrine specializes in copy edits and must be booked by contacting Nancy Cassidy, based on availability.

Denise Nicholls 

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Denise Nicholls

Denise grew up in a small town on Long Island where she spent many lazy afternoons with a good book. An avid reader, she would read at the beach, beneath a tree, anywhere she could find to curl up and lose herself in a story for a few hours. She loves reading as much now as she did back then, only now she enjoys the added pleasure of helping those stories evolve. Denise has worked as a proofreader and editor for several publishers, as well as doing freelance work. She is a published author, with novels in both children’s and adult genres.

Denise specializes in copy edits and must be booked by contacting Nancy Cassidy, based on availability.