Editing Services


Recipe Editing

I have extensive experience editing recipes. In fact, most of my career has specialized in editing food-related material. I worked for seven years as a recipe editor and senior recipe editor of the Food department at Southern Living magazine, where I oversaw the editing of up to 4,000 recipes/year and led an update of the 200-page style guide devoted strictly to SL recipe style. I have also worked on numerous cookbooks, such as United Tastes of Texas, Southern Living’s Recipe RevivalTodd English’s Cooking in Everyday English, Rebecca Lang’s Around the Southern Table, Christmas with Southern Living, Rebecca Kracke Gordon’s The Half-Hour Hostess, and The Southern Living SEC Official Tailgating Cookbook, among others.

“Having worked alongside Ashley for many years at Southern Living magazine, not only on publication production but on my cookbooks, The Half Hour Hostess and The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook, I can attest to her diligence in accuracy, dedication and drive to make sure all recipes that cross her desk are positioned for ease for cooks across an array of skill levels. She embodies the utmost professionalism, character, and integrity.” – Rebecca Gordon, Founder of Buttermilk Lipstick

Fiction & Nonfiction Copyediting

Whether you’re in pursuit of an agent or need another pair of eyes to review your manuscript before self-publishing, I’d love to work together to make your editorial package error-free and your copy shine. I’ve worked with a variety of clients on everything from monthly and bimonthly magazines to visitors’ guides. Previous clients include SavorNC magazine, Wine Press magazine, General Mills, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and the San Luis Obispo visitors’ guide.

“When Ashley sent her first set of edits, I knew that she was the perfect person for me to work with on my writing. Her attention to detail, vast grammatical and structural knowledge, and her ability to read things from a perspective that you hadn’t thought of makes her such a great asset to any writer. She is fast, thorough, and invested in making your work the best it can be. After working with Ashley, I landed an agent and can’t wait to work with her again on my next project.” – Danielle Herzog, Writer and Blogger at Martinis and Minivans

“Ashley Leath is a query master. Whether creating a query from scratch or critiquing an existing one, she expertly cuts through to the heart of your story, providing an awesome hook and a great voice. She has a keen eye for what belongs and what doesn’t and has a gorgeous, natural flow to her words. Ashley has helped me whip my queries and synopses into shape numerous times, and I’m in awe of her many talents. If you’re a writer looking for someone who has the unique skillset to nail a query or synopsis, I highly recommend Ashley.” – Carmen Erickson, MG/YA Writer and Editor

“I have worked with Ashley for 3+ years on a number of products — and she’s one of the most professional contractors I’ve ever hired. Ashley works quickly and with precision, always meeting—or beating—deadline. Her editing knowledge is vast…from the technicalities of recipes and the history of foods to the intricacies of scientific content. Truly, Ashley is among the best in the business.” – Lauren Eberle, Writer and Editor

Interested in working together on your project?

My rates vary depending on the project and time frame, so please get in touch for further information. I look forward to hearing from you!