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I'm Mary Lanham, an editor and writer committed to helping creatives develop and share their most powerful stories.

Editing may be an art, but it's a science as well—your work deserves to be supported by a creative partner who's studied both the writing craft and the editing profession.


I have an honors degree in English and Creative Writing from Williams College, and I was an editorial intern with Red Wheel/Weiser Books and with Milkweed Editions.

I’m also a member of ACES: The Society for Editing, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and the Professional Editors Network (PEN). As a committed language nerd, I take a lot of professional skills classes, including:

  • the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

  • Copyediting: Intermediate and Advanced (EFA courses)

  • Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning - Advanced (EFA courses)

  • Copyediting Fiction (EFA course)

  • Inclusive Language (ACES course)

  • Immersive Copyediting for Fantasy & Science Fiction (ACES webinar)

  • Unconscious Bias and the Conscientious Editor (ACES webinar)

  • Bricklaying: Editing for Structure (ACES webinar)

I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples, where I share a home with my partner and our disconcertingly friendly cat. When I’m not doing word stuff, you can find me hiking at the local wildlife refuge, taking a dance class, or playing terrible renditions of Queen songs on my ukulele.

And finally, the most important thing to know about any editor: serial comma, yes or no??


When it comes to my personal writing, you will pry the serial comma out of my cold, dead, and stiffened hands. But if you don’t use it, I can deal. After all, editing is about perfecting your work and your voice, not indulging my grammar obsessions (really!).

Black-and-white headshot of a pale-skinned woman sitting outside

Professional Memberships

ACES: The Society for Editing logo
Editorial Freelancers Association logo
Professional Editors Network logo

Print and Online Publications

  • Fantasy Flight Games

  • Luna Luna Magazine

  • Little Red Tarot

  • The Underbelly

  • Humanistic Paganism

  • The Mighty

  • and elsewhere!

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