About Us

Editing for Authors was created by people who love books—and have spent their careers editing them. Together, principals Erica Orloff and Jon VanZile have more than 40 years of experience in publishing. We’ve worked for some of the largest publishing companies in the world, and we’ve worked on every kind of project, from steamy romance novels to medical reference books.

Erica Orloff, Principal

Erica Orloff has published 25 novels under four pen names for Penguin, MIRA, Red Dress Ink, Jabberwocky, and Silhouette. She has worked in publishing since 1985 as a book editor, book doctor, ghost writer, copy editor, indexer, and book packager for publishers and clients ranging from St. Martin’s Press, Health Communications, Inc., New York University Press, Loyola Press, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and others. She edits both fiction and nonfiction, including technical titles, and acts as a writing coach.

“Readers will be charmed by her brand of magic.”
—Publishers Weekly on Magickeepers

“A hip, fun read …”
—Kirkus on High School Bites

“Hot book pick.”
—Us Weekly

Contact her at erica@editingforauthors.com.

Jon VanZile, Principal

Jon VanZile has spent the past 17 years working as an editor and writer. He specializes in nonfiction, including medical and technical books, but he has also edited dozens of novels and worked with authors to develop their projects for submission to major publishers. His past clients include major publishing and media companies such as NBC Universal, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company, Better Homes & Gardens, Oxford University Press, Hay House, Health Communications, Inc., Basic Health Publications, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, and many others.

Contact him at jon@editingforauthors.com.

Max Van Zile, Associate Editor

Max Van Zile is an experienced editor and writer who has worked with many authors to help bring their books to the market. He has edited or written for major media companies, including U.S. News & World Report, New York Times Company, Barnes and Noble, and Health Communications Inc. Max graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in English and a focus on creative writing. He has worked as a book editor, copy editor, and indexer, and specializes in fiction.

Contact him at max@editingforauthors.com.