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Editing by Stacy D. Holmes

As a freelance editor, and author of over twenty published works, I have been in the publishing industry for over twenty years.  This has given me the experience to assist both published and unpublished authors on many different projects and in any stage of the writing process. I enjoys guiding authors toward their goals, watching an idea blossom into a full-fledged manuscript, a good story grow into a great story, and especially being a small part in writers achieving their dreams.

Whether you are submitting to a publisher, self-publishing, composing documents or applying for a position in your field of choice, it is important to make sure your written project is the best it can possibly be. 

This is where I come in. 

I assist both published and unpublished authors on many different projects and in any stage of the writing process. Think of me as an unbiased, second set of eyes—a coach if you will—one that will encourage you, help fine tune your work, maybe teach you something new or help find a deeper part of yourself, cheer you on and assist in any way I can. I enjoy guiding authors toward their goals, watching an idea blossom into a full fledge manuscript and a good story grow into a great story. I am happy to discuss and evaluate any project to see if I can be of service. 

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Publishing is a fickle and subjective industry. I can not guarantee publication, including with any company I may be affiliated with. Should a conflict of interest arise with your manuscript, you will be notified immediately to discuss an appropriate course of action.


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Stacey Joy Netzel

Lost in Italy
2012 Wisconsin Romance Writers 
(WisRWA) Write Touch Readers' 
Award Winner in the 
Romantic Suspense category

More Than A Kiss
Trust in the Lawe
Chasin’ Mason 

“Thanks so much, Stacy! I’ve been 
getting such a great response for 
Trust in the Lawe (thanks again 
for the great editing!)” 

“I knew hiring you was a good 
decision!! Thanks!” 

"I’d also like to thank my editor 
Stacy D. Holmes, who challenged 
me to make this book the best 
it could be." 
Acknowledgment in Lost in Italy 

Roni Adams

To Tame a Cowgirl*  
The Cowboy Comes Home* 
Trouble in Texas*  
The Cowboy’s Duet*  
Under a Rodeo Moon 
The Chauffeur Wore
 an Evening Gown 

*Double B Series

“Stacy is the amazing editor who 
pushes me beyond where I think I 
can go and makes the story far 
more than I initially thought 
it could be.” 

“Thanks so much for helping make 
my book shine. As you know, this 
series is my heart and I’m so 
thrilled that readers are loving 
it the way I do.”

Donna Michaels

Fated Hearts 
Ten Things I’d Do 
for a Cowboy
Captive Hero

“Thank you so much for all your 
help and patience!!! You've made
the publication process of my 
very first completely written 
novel, such an enjoyable, 
learning experience.” 

Anna Kathryn Lanier

A Cowboy’s Dream 
The Priceless Gift 
A Gift Beyond All Measure

“Thanks for all your hard work 
at editing and support…I learned
a lot from you and I think
we're a great team!” 

Paty Jager

Bridled Heart 
Perfectly Good Nanny 

“Thank you for your help and editing on my book, 'Perfectly 
Good Nanny.' I enjoyed 
working with you.” 

Lynnette Hallberg

Chantilly Lace and a 
Pretty Face

“Thanks so much, Stacy! …Again, 
I so appreciate all your hard work 
with Chantilly! It was fun.”

Sandra Kay 

Heart of Stone

“I can't tell you how grateful I am 
for all that you've taught me…Thank you so much for all of 
your excellent editing and
patience with me as I stumbled 
through my first published 
book process.” 

“You have got to be the best and 
sweetest editor around! I am thrilled with a capital T! Thank 
you so much for going the 
extra mile for me.”

Johanna Riley

Fearless Heart 
Christmas Angel

 “I like the new blurb. Thank you!”

 Christine Columbus

The Perfect Country and
 Western Story

“I'm thrilled -The Perfect Country 
and Western Story ... is a 
finalist for the Booksellers' 
Best Award…Thank you very 
much for all your help and 
making my dreams come true.”

 Donna Dalton

Her Rodeo Man

“Thanks again. I really enjoyed working with you.” 

Vonnie Davis

Those Violet Eyes 
Back Where You Belong

“I woke up this morning with a 
scene playing through my mind 
and couldn't figure out why. I'd
written it early on in my short 
story. Then it hit me: I needed 
to validate the heroine's behavior.
You taught me that. Thanks.” 

Jannine Gallant

Nothing But Trouble

“Just have to say, I have a new appreciation for editors…You must 
be a saint to do what you do.” 

Lauri Robinson

Sing to Me, Cowboy 

“And I just want to let you know
it’s been awesome working with 
you on this story! I sincerely
appreciate all you do!” 

Brenda Whiteside

The Morning After 

“I would like to thank 
Stacy D. Holmes for her 
tenacious editing that kept
me honest and deepened 
my characterizations.” 
Acknowledgment in The Morning After 

Sylvie Kaye

Honky Tonk Man 

“Thanks Stacy!!...again a great
job on your part.” 

Carrie Destler 

Ride a Cowboy 

“Just dropping a quick note to 
thank you for all your help in the 
past. Ride A Cowboy has been
nominated by Night Owl 
Romance and it's because 
of your wonderful editing.”