Copy editing, substantive editing, stylistic editing, manuscript evaluation
Nonfiction, Multigenre Editor - Copy Editing – Substantive Editing – Manuscript Evaluations – Layout Editing - Writer
Page Layout Artist/Designer – Interior Book Design – Text Formatting - Image Preparation and Design
Sue Koffie is an editor and page layout artist who has been helping authors with their publications for more than 20 years. She has worked in the various stages of production from writing to copyediting and proofing to designing the layout of the final product.
She has edited more than 50 books published by small and large publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Jones & Bartlett/Ascend Learning, Palgrave Macmillan, Sage, and Guideposts, as well as more than 150 academic articles, online assessments, newsletters, and annual reports. In addition, she has worked with first-time, self-published, traditional, and collaborating authors, and nonprofit organizations.
As a page layout artist, she has created the layout for nonfiction books, including The Anti-Diet self-help and cookbook, and hundreds of academic journals, including Plasma Medicine, Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, Critical Reviews™ in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems,and Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She has also designed numerous newsletters, annual reports, and brochures.
Sue is known to be meticulous, creative, efficient, and professional. She has a BA in Professional Writing with a minor in Communications, and she is certified in Desktop Publishing with extensive design experience. She is an expert in Chicago Manual of Style and APA style, experienced in editing both American and British English, and able to edit both Word and PDF files.
Editing & Writing Services
Sue’s goal as an editor is to ensure that your published masterpiece is perfect without modifying it to the point that your voice is lost in the editing process. She offers a variety of services to fit your needs:
Sue would be happy to provide a free sample edit (3 pages). This free sample will give you a chance to see her work while giving her the opportunity to evaluate your work to provide you with an estimate on scope and cost of a completed project.
Page Design Services
As a page layout artist, Sue’s goal is to work with you closely to understand your vision of the book and incorporate this into the final design of your masterpiece. She will provide you with a few initial layout examples designed specifically for your book and a final ready-to-print file. She offers an array of services in the designing process:
- Interior book design
- Layouts for traditional print format, eBooks, and ePubs
- Layout editing and text formatting preparation in Word to follow preferred publisher style guides
- Image preparation; chart, graph, and table design
- Assistance with uploading to online distributors
Sue understands tedious process of publishing a written piece. She is happy to help authors eliminate some of that burden—not to mention cost—by offering a discount to authors who hire her to complete both the edit and the design of their publications. By using both her talents on the same piece, Sue is able to provide a product that better conveys the personality of the author and the purpose of the published piece.
Selected Published Projects
Author of Influential Lives Series: Kevin Hart: Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Producer
Fashioning Horror: Dressed to Kill on Screen and in Literature, (eds.) Julia Petrov & Gudrun Whitehead
Genes, Determinism, and God by Denis Alexander
The Politics of Prohibition: American Governance and the Prohibition Party, 1869-1933, by Lisa Andersen
The New Moon: Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation by Arlin Crotts
The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform, (eds.) Caroline De La Porte & Elke Heins
Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism by Qasim Zaman
Community Capitalism in China: The State, the Market, and Collectivism by Xiaoshuo Hou
Miller Time: Coach John Miller’s Story by David Burhenn
Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide by Barbara Ciconte & Jeanne Jacob
Little Black Book of Nephrology and Hypertension by Charles Jacobs & Dmitry Opolinsky
A Guide to the Battle for Social Security Disability Benefits by Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson
Having Sue copyedit your writing is like taking a faded old car to a master restoration specialist. The end result will shine. I was proud of the transcript of my book Miller Time before Sue got a hold of it, but after she was done, it was polished and professional. - David Burhenn, Author, Miller Time
Sue has freelanced for Guideposts Books & Inspirational Media since 2013, and it’s been a pleasure having her as part of our pool of proofreaders. - Stephanie Managing Editor, Guideposts
Sue has been doing copyediting work for PETT Fox, Inc. since 2011 and is the mainstay of our freelance pool. Meticulous, sharp (always asks the right questions), able to adjust to changes in stylistic requirements with zero drop-off in quality of her work, responsive, and maintains a professional demeanor at all times, no matter how nitpicking and unreasonable a client or an author might get. A reliable and easy-to-deal-with professional – what else can one ask for? - Mark Fox, President, PETT Fox, Inc.
Thanks for your efficiency, creativity, and professionalism during the edit and design of my book. I am immensely satisfied with the result. - Phil Larson, Optimal Wellness Coach
To date, Sue has copyedited two medical reference books for Jones and Bartlett. Both times I was very pleased with the quality of her work and her ability to meet (and even beat!) deadlines. In one instance, she was able to adapt to a rather unwieldy design with very little guidance from me (thank goodness), and in another instance, she expertly handled a nontraditional tear sheet revision. She has an excellent eye for detail and clearly understands how to adapt to technical subject matter. I'll be passing her name around to coworkers for sure. - Mike Bobbitt, Association Production Editor, Jones & Bartlett Publishers