Writing Science Fiction
Book Editors for Fantasy, Horror, Speculative Fiction, Alien Fiction, and Science Fiction Writers
You've carefully constructed your alien planet, lovingly invented alien beings, and painstakingly developed the alien society in which they live. Or perhaps you've extrapolated from current human technology and developed a vision of North America in A.D. 3050. Is the gravity appropriate for the size of your planet? Does your travel time match your speed and distance? You've worked hard to create a cohesive future Earth, alternate history, or extraterrestrial civilization, but the last thing you want to do is turn your manuscript over to an editor who doesn't know the difference between a light year and a light beer. As a science fiction writer you need to ensure that the editor to whom you're entrusting your work shares your mindset. You need an editor who understands that Sol III is Earth while Sal III Jr. may be the natural son of Sal's third clone. You need an editor who recognizes the difference between typos and alien vocabulary.
AMY BENNET's current clients include major publishers as well as beginning writers. Amy has worked for Locus, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and Shueisha English Edition.
Amy is a critically acclaimed and agented science fiction novelist who enjoys helping writers get their careers going. She can steer you toward the agents and publishers who best fit your work and answer your questions about writing and publishing with honesty and empathy. As a novel editor she pays special attention to the most daunting aspects of stories: plot, character, and pacing, to ensure the best chances of success. Working in publishing for over a decade has taught her how important a professional network is, and she can help you build yours. Published books that she has edited include science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, erotica, and literary criticism.
Amy has worked for Locus, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and a major Japanese publisher. A Clarion 2004 graduate with years of peer workshop experience, Amy has spoken about literature and publishing around the world.
Developmental Editing: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Marketing Materials Including Elevator Pitches
Agent Query Packages
Work-in-progress manuscript consulting
This is a monthly deadline including regular opportunities to discuss progress and ask questions, and the beta read service. This package is ideal for an author who is trying to finish a manuscript.
Also known as a content edit or substantive edit, this is a detailed critique of the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, with extensive suggestions for revision and marketability, as well as in-line notes on language, plot, storytelling, and characterization. This is ideal for a manuscript that has already been revised (i.e., not a rough draft).
Substantive editing, copyediting, rewriting
Fiction and nonfiction: literary, how-to, psychology, self-help, crime fiction, adult, young adult, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, true crime, international relations, current affairs, nature and science, military history, forensic science, travel
MICHAEL CARR has edited or copyedited 300+ fiction and nonfiction titles for major publishers and authors. Notable nonfiction authors include Bernard Goldberg (NY Times best-seller Arrogance), CNN anchor Lou Dobbs (Exporting America), Rev. Al Sharpton (Al on America), and CNN Crossfire host Tucker Carlson (Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites). Michael edits most fiction genres but specializes in literary and historical, crime/mystery, drama, fantasy, and science fiction.
Notable fiction authors include Brad Meltzer (#3 NY Times best-seller The Zero Game), NY Times Notable Book of the Year author Archer Mayor (The Surrogate Thief, Gatekeeper, The Second Mouse), crime grandmaster Donald Westlake (the Dortmunder series), and the fantasy master Michael Moorcock (The White Wolf's Son).
Michael has also edited eight published volumes on world affairs and some twenty self-help books (medical, psychological, personal growth, and business) and has translated a dozen novels and other literary works from Spanish to English.
Lurps, Nominated for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, 2006 and 2009
"Michael, the rewrite is spot-on. You made us look good. We plan to have you canonized.” – Sara Ann Freed, Ellery Queen Award–winning crime fiction editor, Time Warner Books
“Michael Carr is one of the sharpest, most conscientious and diligent editors I have encountered in the more than ten years I have worked as a writer and publisher. His knack for finding the precise words and turns of phrase is exceeded perhaps only by his wisdom as a human being. Whatever the subject at hand, he has displayed a priceless ability to make writers better.” – Adam Gamble, On Cape Publications, Dennis, Massachusetts
"Michael Carr did a great job cutting the fat and increasing the tension. I imagine there are a lot of good editors who deal effectively with sentence-by-sentence editing for typos, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, but a gifted editor puts fresh eyes on a piece of fiction and sees problems and stylistic opportunities that the author misses. Carr is a gifted editor. The story was all there when I sent it to him, but when I got it back, less had become more-the prose was so much cleaner and clearer. Before, it moved; now it races. Judicious cutting also added to consistency of voice and thereby to dramatic unity. Even though I had written the book, I got deeply into reading the edited version because I wanted to know what happens next. I was so engrossed, I forgot that I already knew. Oh, yes, right, wow!" - George Davis, author of The Melting Points, and also of Coming Home, on which the movie starring Jane Fonda and John Voight was based.
NOTE: MICHAEL IS BOOKING FOR SEPTEMBER 2015.
ROSANNE CORNBROOKS CATALANO specializes in children's and young adult books, fantasy novels, and Christian/inspirational manuscripts. Prompt and professional, Rosanne works well with any author's voice, providing clarity and punch while respecting the integrity of the work.
In books for younger readers, every word counts—more than usual! Rosanne has worked with picture books, early reader books, middle grade books, and young adult books in all stages of development. She understands the multiple factors that go into each type of writing: reading level, book length, and age appropriate content, as well as the artistic and grammatical aspects of writing.
She gives each author's work the care it deserves, drawing on her diverse life experiences and knowledge in many fields like period clothing, genetics, all aspects of theater, Celtic legends, rustic camping, the martial arts, architecture and languages (Latin, French, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, a little Welsh and Japanese).
Add that to the marketplace savvy she learned working in publishing houses, and you have an experienced editor who can polish a manuscript and get it past that crucial first reader!
Note: Rosanne is booking for August 2015.
DAVID A. CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copyeditor, copywriter, art director, and proofreader for almost 20 years. He has written, co-written and edited over 40 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed a dozen films and has shepherded dozens of writers through the editing and publishing process.
David's areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, screenplays, creative nonfiction, business writing, how-to/self-help, autobiography and historical fiction. His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace and his friendly, honest approach.
Services offered: Writing, Ghostwriting, Manuscript Evaluation, Developmental/Substantive Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Book Proposal Development
ARLENE FERGUSON has developed and edited 500+ full-length manuscripts in a variety of genres since 1996. Her clients include women's fiction author Angie Daniels, London Times best-selling nonfiction author Catherine G. McCall, Bram Stoker Award-long listed Sue Dent, award-winning Young Adult author Hannah R. Goodman, AFCW-nominated Christian fiction author Laura Frantz, and award-winning journalist and Huffington Post contributor Daleen Berry.
Arlene welcomes new or published authors as clients, and enjoys helping journalistic, business and academic writers transform their writings into marketable, polished products for mainstream readers. Arlene's area of expertise include:
- Substantive and Structural editing and Critique (nonfiction)
- Developmental editing and Critique (fiction)
- Stylistic editing and style conversions (fiction and nonfiction)
- Copyediting and Proofreading (fiction and nonfiction)
"This was my first time using an editor, and boy did I hit the jackpot! Arlene not only obviously knows her stuff, she is a pleasure to work with."
"Arlene is everything you want in an editor: thorough, timely and accommodating. If it weren't for her, I certainly would not have landed a publisher for my manuscript. Not only was her editing topnotch, her advice on everything about publishing was very helpful. Arlene really cares about the work she does and it shows!"
"Every writer needs an editor—even someone like me who teaches journalism at the University of Washington and spent a career in newspapers."
CAROLINE HILEY is a full-service editor who specializes in copyediting novels, particularly in the science fiction/fantasy categories. She works with both traditional publishers and independent authors to help make their stories shine.
Whether for stand-alone titles or series, she focuses on consistency, accuracy, and clarity, so that authors can successfully connect with their readers (while avoiding any embarrassing bloopers). Because she writes fiction and nonfiction herself, she knows the creative process from both sides and understands how editing can help or hinder.
Caroline thoroughly grooms a manuscript, checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, and style; tracking character traits and story timeline; confirming proper names, dates, places, and other technical or historical elements; flagging any spots that may raise a question in the reader’s mind. Authors then accept or reject the revisions, and move on to the next stage in their story’s progression.
In addition to copyediting, Caroline offers substantive editing (also called line editing), a more detailed work-through of a manuscript without the full immersion that goes with developmental editing. For authors seeking guidance for their own revisions, she also offers manuscript evaluation.
Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, and Ghostwriter
With over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry Sara Hopkins has edited or copyedited nearly three hundred manuscripts for clients around the globe. Sara was employed full-time at Bantam Dell in New York before striking out as a freelancer for such major publishers as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Rodale.
Praised by authors and publishers alike as a detail-oriented editor with an eye for plot and character inconsistencies, she believes the devil is in the details and a fine-tooth comb is essential to bring a manuscript to its full potential. Motivated by her love of a fabulous book, Sara knows what it takes to turn a good story into a great read without compromising the author’s unique perspective and voice.
“All I needed to do was read her sample edit. Just one page. Immediately, I knew I had found my editor. Holding my hand throughout this exciting process was this skilled and thoughtful partner and I count myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to benefit from her editing services.” Courtland Smith
“Sara caught plot holes and inconsistencies that none of my beta readers picked up on. She also helped me hone my narrative voice and render the style of the book consistent throughout.” Jay O’Shea
ANA HOWARD is the author of eight well-reviewed and award-winning novels and has helped many others with their manuscripts. She loves to work on an inventive and fresh science fiction or fantasy manuscript that transports her to another world. She is also a fan of the Dystopian novel. After working in public schools for many years, she has now been a part of the publishing industry for fifteen years. She is an avid reader and editor of science fiction and fantasy and offers the following services:
• Developmental, substantive and content editing
• Formatting and guidance on the submission process
• Query letters and synopses
• Advice for self-publishing authors
PUBLISHING CREDITS INCLUDE:
- Water at the Blue Earth, young adult historical fiction (Roberts Rinehart)
- A Ceiling of Stars, middle grade contemporary fiction (American Girl)
- Nowhere, Now Here, middle grade contemporary fiction (American Girl)
- The Magic of Ordinary Days, adult historical fiction (Viking Penguin)
- Under a Stand Still Moon, young adult historical fiction (Brown Barn Books)
- Call Me the Canyon, young adult historical fiction (Brown Barn Books)
- Nicki, contemporary middle grade fiction (American Girl)
- Thanks to Nicki, contemporary middle grade fiction (American Girl)
She has seen one of her novels made into film (for Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions on CBS) and has won numerous literary awards. She believes that even in today’s tough publishing climate, it is still possible for new writers to enter the business and succeed. Second to writing her own novels, she loves to mentor others to help them achieve their goals. She knows firsthand how writers benefit from the help and support of other writers and/or editors.
"My novel had lingered in the offices of editors at the Big Six for years. Ana’s editing was timely and skillful and showed an understanding of my work. I used 95% of her suggestions and cut 200 pages from a 600 page manuscript. End result is a book with a clean, compelling narrative that has been called 'a gripping read'. Reader reviews of my book at Amazon and Goodreads have been very gratifying and allowed me to enter the top 100 for science-fiction/fantasy. Kirkus Reviews selected Prophets of the Ghost Ants as one of their Best of 2011. I would recommend Ana Howard's services to any author whose work needs an edit. Cost of the service was more than fair and the end result was priceless." —Clark T. Carlton
SANDRA JUDD is an editor, proofreader, and indexer with more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Her clients have included university presses, large, mainstream publishers, and smaller presses and professional organizations. She has edited or proofread over 300 published books, on topics that include politics, history, business, literary criticism, ethnic history, anthropology, science and medicine, industry manuals, memoirs, Christian and inspirational, parenting and relationships, humor, and fiction.
She has edited 20+ volumes in the Health Reference Series published by Omnigraphics, all published under her name as editor.
She has also edited professional journals and newsletters, business plans, scholarly articles being prepared for publication, economic plans to be distributed to the state legislature, and a number of dissertations.
She has prepared indexes for more than 30 published books.
She strives for precision in language and is devoted to making the author's voice heard.
- Proofreading and copyediting
- Stylistic editing
- Substantive editing
- Fiction: Thrillers, mysteries, Christian, historical fiction
- Nonfiction: Inspirational, self-help, business, science and medicine, ethnology, history, political science, memoirs, scholarly/textbooks
JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (MA in Journalism, Professional Writing: Fiction).
Christian Fiction (all genres - for both adults and young adults), Action, Military, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Contemporary/Mainstream
You’ve finished your novel—a story from deep inside your soul that you want to share with the world. You’ve already had your story critiqued, maybe by some trusted friends or family, or perhaps even by a professional editor. And you’ve self-edited it so much that you’re about ready to vow never to look at it again.
And then the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? Will an agent or publisher want to look at it?
With more than fifteen years of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive and into print. That’s why he’d love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level ...
Content Editing - Receive guidance and hands-on editorial help from John David in reorganizing and revising your story to take care of style, structure, content, plotting, character, story flow, and point-of-view issues. Also includes copyediting and proofreading.
Copyediting - Got the big-picture stuff down already? Then let John David take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more with a copyedit that will add a shine to your story. Also includes proofreading.
Proofreading - Don’t let your story get tossed aside because of a misspelled word or misplaced punctuation. Get your novel as clean as can be by allowing John David to read through it and fix typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems.
Book Proposal Development - Novel ready for submission? Then you’re ready to develop your book proposal. Together, you and John David will create a compelling, well-crafted document that’s a necessity in getting published.
FLOYD LARGENT specializes in history, natural history, anthropology and the sciences on the non-fiction front, and speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and allied fields) otherwise. He's published his own e-book on fiction marketing (100 Great Places to Sell Your Short Stories, Both On and Off the Web), and is intimately familiar with technical writing, having worked as a technical writer and editor for ten years. He's also been published in most of the popular American history magazines, including American History, America's Civil War, Old West, and True West. Mr. Largent can provide publishing assistance (especially with short stories and journal articles), content development, manuscript evaluation, and mentoring services, supplemented with advice concerning manuscript mechanics, query letters, book synopses, and proposals.
"I handed Floyd my 65,000 word manuscript on June 6th and got it back, polished to within an inch of its life, on July 25th. Floyd did a fantastic job."
"I've been going through the story and I'm about halfway through the review.... So far, the work is incredible. I really like what you've done with it to say the least. Satisfaction would be an understatement."
"Floyd Largent did an outstanding job with my manuscript. [H]is attention to detail, knowledge, and professionalism surpassed my expectations. I could not have been happier with the final product, or picked a more qualified editor to work with."
Developmental content editing
Paranormal romance | psychic/supernatural phenomena | science fiction | fantasy | speculative fiction | western romance | young adult
KELLY LYNNE is the proud "auntie" to over 80 published novels, novellas and short stories, which have sold to Kensington Publishing, Carina Press, Cerridwen Press, Awe-Struck Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Wings ePress, Bradley Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press as well as author self-published titles. These books have gone on to earn high praise from reviewers and readers, as well as multiple awards and contest wins. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy. Outside of romance, her fiction fortes include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, and stories of psychic or supernatural phenomena.
Empathic about the "feel" of a story, Kelly provides suggestions so that authors may revise with their own style in mind, preserving the individual voice, while alerting authors to current trends in publishable styles. Developmental fiction editing requires an emotional investment in the work - an investment of time and effort that Kelly is happy to make.
Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, three short stories, and two novels. She knows the hoops authors are expected to jump through and helps authors polish their submission packets. Query letters, synopses and professional quality formatting are as important as a well-polished manuscript.
Specialties: style-sheet to track continuity, character traits, and plot aspects | critique of story plot, character believability and setting | weeding out clichés, redundancies, wordiness, triteness and vague generalizations | Formatting for CreateSpace (Amazon Print) and Kindle
THEODORA O'BRIEN focuses on mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, adventure, and horror titles. She has considerable experience with trade non-fiction. As Editorial Director of her own publishing house, Theodora published almost 100 titles, garnering several awards in "Best Of" categories. Almost half of the titles were bought for paperback reprints, and two were optioned for TV/movies. She has invaluable knowledge about the industry, the type of people who run it, how to work within it, and tips for getting your foot in the door. She's reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years, and uses that knowledge to help her clients produce results-driven manuscripts, query letters, and synopses. She works particularly hard at staying in the author's "voice," making sure the facts and dialogue match the time period in which the book is set, and "losing" excess verbiage. She's a good mentor, hard worker, and in many cases, has ultimately become a good friend.
Owner, award-winning publishing company, 1994-2001
Freelance editor (with this network only) since 2002
Critiqued and edited hundreds of manuscripts
Dozens of authors now happily selling their books
Detailed written critique/evaluation of your manuscript that asks questions, points out conflicts, confused timelines, characterization difficulties, etc., in the manuscript itself so the guide is always there for you to follow as you rework it.
Mentor you with creative ideas, and guide you through the whole gamut of what’s what in the publishing industry (i.e.: whether traditional or self-publishing is best for you).
Hands on content edit (aka copy-edit, aka line edit), structural/stylistic edit of your manuscript, doing everything to get your manuscript ready for a traditional agent, a traditional editor, a self-publishing company, or ready for submission to an e-publisher.
Work with you on a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication, should you want that.
Angelle will begin accepting submissions October 2015.
ANGELLE PINGTON has been a professional children's book editor since 2001. She was an in-house acquisitions/development editor for Penguin Young Readers Group (Puffin/Speak) before becoming a full-time freelance editor of children, juvenile, and young adult fiction. She has edited award-winning young adult novels and series, middle grade novels and series, middle grade nonfiction, illustrated chapter books, and illustrated picture books.
Angelle has a positive, professional demeanor; a straightforward, kind approach to editorial feedback; and a meticulous eye for detail and accuracy. She truly enjoys helping authors shape their work, encouraging them to learn more about their characters, to explore something unexpected with their plotline, and to strive to inspire emotion (of any type!) in even the youngest of readers.
She offers developmental/substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and manuscript/query letter critique.
Specialties include: young adult fiction, middle grade (ages 8-12) fiction and nonfiction, leveled/early reader (ages 5-8) fiction and nonfiction, picture books, lift-the-flaps, series fiction
Novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, mainstream trade, religion, philosophy, adventure, romance, science fiction, erotica, action/military, travel/lifestyle, gay/lesbian, ethnic/culture, literary journalism, memoir/autobiography, New Age, spirituality, poetry
“James Powell examines the symbols of language the way a biologist examines cells.” New York Times Review of Books
“James Powell assures us that the universe is a silent partner in a dialogue that goes on all the time.” New York Times Review of Books
JAMES N. POWEL is "a good literary surgeon," as one of his accomplished clients noted. As an editor of fiction and non-fiction, he views manuscripts with comprehensive vision and an eye for detail. He will read your fiction with an eye to making it believable and your non-fiction with a knack for making it both convincing and engaging.
His books and short stories have been translated into many languages and are known throughout the world. His list of publications includes The Tao of Symbols (Morrow 1982), Energy and Eros (Morrow 1985), The Prentice Hall Global Employment Guide (Prentice Hall 1983), Mandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism (Sterling 1980), Derrida for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1996), Postmodernism for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1998), Eastern Philosophy for Beginners (2000), Deconstruction for Beginners (2005), and Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book (2008).
His short story "The Silence of the Hummingbird" was published in Spanish in Revista Katharsis, in Malaga, Spain, and his journalism has appeared in Spirituality & Health, Tahiti Beach Press, the Santa Barbara Independent, and Montecito Journal.
ANGELA ROSE is a publishing industry insider whose most recent in-house position was at Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint, where she worked for five years. While in this position, she edited a wide variety of commercial fiction and non-fiction, including several books for the Loveswept digital publishing line, and provided editorial support for a list of acclaimed, bestselling authors that included Mary Balogh, Barbara O’Neal, Suzanne Brockmann, and H. P. Mallory.
She also evaluated hundreds of manuscripts and book proposals in the following categories: general fiction, women’s fiction, romance, science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and self-help.
In addition, Angela has done freelance editorial work for Amazon’s 47North imprint, Harlequin E, and Callisto Media.
As an editor, Angela addresses both big picture issues and minute details. She gives writers in-depth suggestions on how to fix problems with plot, structure, characterization, pacing, and more, and is also a pro at catching inconsistencies, repetitions, errors, and fixing clunky dialogue and prose. To her, there is nothing more satisfying than helping an author produce his or her dream book.
Before embarking upon her career as an editor, Angela earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors in English from the College of William and Mary and attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City. She is also a published freelance writer.
Manuscript Critique / Evaluation:
Angela will give you honest impressions about the commercial potential of your manuscript, and will provide you with detailed, incisive advice for what you should do moving forward. She’ll also send you an overview of the changes that will help bring your manuscript to the next level, including suggested fixes for plot problems, two-dimensional characters, pace issues, and more.Developmental Edit:
She’ll complete a thorough line edit of your manuscript, increasing its readability and flow by reworking confusing and awkward writing, eliminating repetitive and verbose material, and indicating where additional information is necessary for reader comprehension. She uses the “track changes” mode in Microsoft Word to highlight her edits, and will also insert specific comments throughout the manuscript. This level of editing also includes a detailed critique.
Copy Editor | Proofreader
Fiction and nonfiction: thrillers, mysteries, crime, adult, young adult, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, short stories, golf, public policy issues, memoir/autobiography, current affairs, nature, military history, travel.
DAVID ROSE has edited more than seventy published books, both fiction and nonfiction. Dave appreciates the interdependence of clear writing with clear thinking. He enjoys helping writers clarify their language and their thoughts, analyzing arguments, plot lines, and pointing out issues or inconsistencies that detract from a good story. Dave likes how the process of writing, rewriting, and editing leads to that aha moment of—yes, that is what I want to say, and I’ve said it well. Dave respects a writer’s individual style, keeping voice and tone intact while ensuring for consistency, correct grammar, and usage.
Dave got his start as a business reporter and went on to write for major corporations. He’s experienced in business and investment writing, book editing, communication planning, and public policy research. In addition to his editing, Dave writes for a wealth management advisor, developing web content and keeping clients abreast of market developments through letters and research reports.
"David edited my book The Adventures of Sebastian Bold. His constructive suggestions and sensitivity to language enhanced my book tremendously. David is a very good editor, and I recommend him highly." - Michael Brandt (2015)
"David edited my first book and the results were amazing. I self-published, and even though I edited the book myself several times, it was still a mess. David was fast, thorough, and cost-effective. I had the book up selling on Amazon within a day of David’s final version back to me. I strongly recommend his services and will definitely hire him again for my next book." - Brian Glenmuchie, Golfing Chronicles (2014)
Dave earned a BFA in Film from New York University and an MA from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Copy Editors Society.
Writing Coach, Mentor, Collaborator, and Ghostwriter Editing Services | Contemporary/Mainstream Creative Nonfiction, Detective, Erotica, Gay/Lesbian, Literary Fiction, Memoir/Autobiography, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
GEOFF SMITH edited hundreds of award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles during his six years as a Supervising Editor for Scholastic Inc. Geoff developed book series for print, eReaders, and websites, then assigned topics to authors, helped them with their outlines and first drafts, and then took over from there to copyedit the final product.
As a freelance editor, Geoff has edited novels, memoirs, marketing and advertising materials, textbooks, research papers, websites and whatever else has come his way. He has a strong background in fiction, history, the sciences, and sports.
Selected Titles in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Genre
- BEN COOPER'S COSMIC ADVENTURE
BOOK EDITOR REVIEWS
"Geoff has an amazing ability to boil it down to the best moments in the least amount of words! I really like all the sophistication he brings to the writing. Casual tone but with varying sentence structures that keep it interesting." —Eileen Wacker, author of The Mom’s Code and Once Kids’ Fujimini Adventure Series
"Geoff was very prompt and did a great job of editing for me." Sarah Gallaway
"I glanced over the edits – I don’t like them – I LOVE THEM!!! You’re a genius! You really made my girls pop! I had to laugh at a couple of your comments. Great catch about Facebook age appropriateness. So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all that work! It’s so much red, I feel like a failing kid in seventh grade." Yvette.
"I’ve had the privilege of working with Geoff, and he is a consummate professional. A talented editor with a keen eye for detail, Geoff always offers fresh and creative ideas to help strengthen my prose without compromising my voice. If you are looking for a caring, prompt, thorough editor, he is definitely the person to contact. —Lisa Fox, author of Knightly Desire
"I chose Geoff Smith over cheaper proposals because of his sample edit. He was worth every penny as he put MORE into the project than he needed to. Nice quality work and easy to work with." Don McGann
"As a children’s book author I was looking for an editor that would look at the interaction of the words along with the pictures on every page, not just the words on a typed document. Geoff handled this task with mastery: He made each sentence as efficient as possible, while keeping a consistent style throughout. Always prompt in returning his edits, Geoff made his comments and annotations directly on my PDF, making it a breeze to implement his feedback."—Alan Quinonez, author of Benito, You Can Do it! Series
"An educated man myself, I am humbled by your excellent understanding of the English language and writing skills. What I sent to you now appears to be pretty rough, but it was the best I could do!! Nice to have you on my team. After all this effort, I hope this book goes somewhere…and if it does, you will be a big reason why it did." —Dan
Fiction: Detective/Crime, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Self-Help/How-to, Business, Memoir/Autobiography/Biography
LILY WADE began her career in the publishing industry as an editorial assistant at an academic press, where she was promoted to publications manager less than a year later. While at the press, Lily managed and edited more than 200 titles focused in the arts and humanities. She was involved in almost every stage of the publication process, from manuscript submission through post-publication. As a freelancer, she has since edited more than 70 titles, which include fiction, trade books, memoirs, and scholarly books on a variety of topics (business, education, environmental studies, gender studies, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and sociology, among others). In addition to six years of editing experience, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and has taken copyediting and indexing courses offered by the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Lily has edited for university presses, trade publishers, and individual authors. She has been praised by publishers and authors alike as a passionate editor with an exceptional eye for detail. She knows what is required to transform an early draft into a polished and extraordinary work and does so without compromising the author’s unique style and voice.
“Lily was an absolute gem to work with. She provided spot-on suggestions and answered all of my annoying inquiries with grace and patience. She was a true collaborator during the copyediting process, which is a rare find and for which I am forever grateful." —Bianca Sloane, Every Breath You Take
“I hired Lily to proofread my book, and she did a fantastic job. She is trustworthy, reliable, fast, and, most importantly, fun to work with. I really appreciated how she communicated difficult subjects well. She completed the proofread to a very high standard, and I was very impressed with her work. I can highly recommend Lily, and I will certainly need her help on future projects." —Adam Montandon, The Awesome Department