Robin Layne Enterprises
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When you can’t see the squirrel for the trees…

Let our meticulous eyes aid you!


Ever listen to a beautiful song and find your pleasure interrupted by a note out of tune? Just as every note and every beat counts in music, every word and every punctuation mark (or lack of one) counts in writing. Robin Layne can help your article, short story, novel, non-fiction book, or advertising copy sing.

As an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction, a published poet, a songwriter, and an avid, careful reader, Robin Layne knows and cares about good writing. She knows how to keep it brief and clear for beauty and understandability.

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry. As an introductory special to new customers, we offer to book writers a free sample edit of one chapter, or to writers of shorter works, a free sample edit of one page.

Robin Layne Enterprises is a business with a conscience. We embrace uplifting writings. This doesn’t mean we shirk from writings about the hard realities of life or from a gutsy story well-told. We reserve the right, however, to refuse to help with material we find offensive.

It would be our pleasure to put our meticulous eye for detail and our writing talents and experience to work for you.


Customer Feedback

"Robin was my first editor for my manuscript, Through the Eyes of Jesus: Stories of the Resurrection. This was an online venture. She was quick with her response and had to work with a lot of misspelled words, punctuation, several misconstructed sentences, etc. She exhibited a lot of patience and encouragement. I have appreciated her expertise."

—Amy McCutcheon, author

“I enjoyed Robin Layne’s help in editing my novel Growlers. Her insight and suggestions helped me to complete a lifelong dream. I would recommend her to any aspiring writer, whether novice, intermediate or expert.”

 —Winslow White, novelist



Robin Layne, Editor/Writer

Robin Layne has loved writing ever since she first took up a pen. She put together her first picture book in second grade by staying in the classroom during recesses. She dreamed of being a professional writer from then on and spent a great deal of time on her creative writing pursuits.

She majored in journalism at Santa Ana College in California, where she received the Sky Dunlap award for reporting in el Don newspaper. She then moved to the Oregon coast, where she published a lot of poetry and took courses in preparation for her transfer to University of Oregon. There she majored in English.

In recent years, she became part of the Write Around Portland Community, and discovered and embraced zining (a zine is usually a do-it-yourself booklet). After raising her daughter, she returned to college to complete her bachelor's degree in English, minor in writing, at Portland State University (completed March 2012). She then earned a certificate in Professional Editing from U.C. Berkeley (completed August 2013.) Besides running Robin Layne Enterprises, she is also writing a series of young adult novels and working on some plays. At the end of April 2014, she joined the editorial staff of Barking Rain Press, where she wears all the hats of the editorial process, working with multiple book genres. One of her short stories, Blood Ties, won two contests.

    Some of Robin's editing and publishing


  • Co-editor of The Stage, by Catherine Russell, slated for publication at the end of September, 2015
  • Editor on all levels of Never Again, by Heather Starsong, published August 28, 2015 by Barking Rain Press
  • Proofread the following books for Barking Rain Press: Stress Fractures and Lead Poisoning, by J.E. Seymour; The Scarred Letter, by Val Muller; Fourteen Days, by Steven Jenkins; Seven Days to Goodbye, by Sheri S. Levy; and Cost of Goods Sold: A Novel of Silicon Valley, by Michael S. Malone
  • wrote the zine, Turtle Soup: On Finding My Voice, Issue 1, released July 2015
  • Wrote and helped direct portions of the Well Arts theatrical productions, What’s Important Is the Story (April 2012), A Wall Is a Road (March 2013), and I Wander, It Calls (November 2013), in the Portland, Oregon area
  • While on the editorial staff of Ooligan Press, Portland State University, proofread the e-reader version of Ruth Tenzer Feldman’s Blue Thread, and copyedited the poetry anthology Alive at the Center, the Ooligan Press Publishing Student Handbook, and many other projects
  • Won two contests at Twisted Fairytale, for her short story "Mother of All Good Children," and Young Adult Short Story, for "Blood Ties"
  • Extensively copyedited Pointed Circle 25, literary journal of Portland Community College Cascade campus
  • Edited fiction book, Through the Eyes of Christ: Stories of the Resurrection, by Amy McCutcheon
  • Edited non-fiction book, Bad Mother, Good Intentions, by Connie Sychowski
  • Created the monthly Sweet Comfort newsletter of the Washington County Consumer Council in June 2005, then worked as its managing editor until its retirement in October 2010
  • Self-produced Enlarging the Tent: Poetry and Prose by Robin Layne (book) and A Character Sandwich (zine)
  • Wrote "Yet a Mother" (short story), published in Pointed Circle 25, Portland, Oregon
  • On manuscript selection committee for three anthologies and one cover consultation committee for Write Around Portland
  • Published poetry and prose in two Write Around Portland anthologies and in Repeat Offenders, anthology zine of a Seasoned Writers class
  • Wrote poetry published in many publications
  • Won the Sky Dunlap Journalism Award for writings in All-American-rated el Don newspaper