EDITOR INTERVIEW with Melissa Ringstead


This week I’m thoroughly excited to interview my very own editor Melissa Ringsted. I’ve worked with her for years and I highly recommend her. She has owned There for You Editing Services since 2011.

She has experience editing for Indie Authors, USA Today and NY Times Best Sellers, as well as several small publishing and large publishing companies.

Melissa has worked with editing in several writing genres. She has worked with articles and blogs, small presses, anthologies, children’s books, middle grade novels, children’s series, Young Adult, New Adult, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Romance, Interracial Romance, and many more.

Several authors have award winning books Melissa has had the pleasure of perfecting through the art of editing.

Melissa’s portfolio contains well over four hundred books in her seven plus years professionally editing, and includes several award winning books.

Dedicated, bright, pleasure, inspirational, passionate, detail-oriented, insightful, great communicator, honest, and most importantly- professional, are just a few words authors have used to describe Melissa’s talent.

In the words of the award winning author, Stacey Rourke:

“She’s like the Mary Poppins of books—practically perfect in every way.”

  • What is the first book that made you cry?
  1. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. To this day, it still holds the ability to make me cry. The friendships these women have are amazing.

  • What is your favorite quote? Why does it speak to you?

We all go through darkness sometimes, but the person who you are when you come through that understands beauty.

  • What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Using someone who isn’t a true editor because they offer low prices.

  • As an editor, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I would choose the owl. He is wise and strong.

  • How many hours a day do you edit? Editing is a full-time job for me, so at least eight hours. Sometimes more if it is a “rush” edit for a client.
  • Do you Google yourself?

I used to, when the editing company really started taking off. Sometimes I still do, especially on Imposter Syndrome days.

Cover photos of some of the books Melissa has edited can be found on her FB page and make sure you leave her a like. http://www.facebook.com/thereforyouediting.

Describe yourself in three words.




Name three of your favorite things.




Name three of your least favorite things.




Here are all the places you can connect with Melissa:

Twitter: http://: www.twitter.com/MelissaRingsted

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/melissaringsted

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thereforyouediting

TicTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeJqwaR6/

Another place I really like to connect with her is on her Etsy Page, THERE 4 YOU STICKERS, she sells fabulous stickers and other fun items like sweatshirts, mugs, totes and some really fun reading related items. Stop by and check it out today! https://www.etsy.com/shop/There4YouStickers?ref=notif_nfyfs&order=date_desc

Please leave us a comment and thanks for stopping by. Happy reading and reviewing!!!

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