Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Editors
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.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Developmental Editing, Manuscript Critiques, Work-in-Progress Beta Reading, Query Letters and Book Proposals
Former Locus magazine editor, Amy Bennett is a critically acclaimed and agented novelist with knowledge of both the craft and the business of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing. She has seen a number of writing careers start while working at the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop, and she is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop with many years of critique experience. As an editor for Shueisha English Edition), she edited and helped package novels and collections over multiple genres, including young adult, thrillers, literary fiction, and erotica, and she is sensitive to the needs of translated texts and authors whose first language is not English.
Amy’s fiction has been reviewed favorably in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, and her writing has been translated into several languages. Barnes and Noble called her debut novel one of their favorite genre novels of the past decade.
“Blood, guts, and sex intermingle in this stylish debut… an entertaining and original take on the zombie apocalypse.” – Publishers Weekly
“Amy Bennett is a gifted content editor. My story was in an early stage of develop and possessed many troublesome drawbacks. With a deft touch, she led me to find a strong vibrant arc. Her judicious criticism and consistent voice unified the drama in my tale. She encouraged me to stand by my characterizations and make them come to life. I found her guidance empowering.”
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, done well, provide a satisfying ending—whether a stand-alone book or a series. The good guys always win and the bad guys or creatures always lose. The odds against the forces of good will be tremendous. The chances of winning practically zero. The heroes and heroines have to overcome their internal fears and doubts about themselves, upbringing (or lack of), social or physical disadvantages, and, depending on the back story, gigantic obstacles of space, or landscape, or armies of evil forces or monsters, to win the day.
Authors of these genres are sometimes intensely brutal on their protagonists, but the authors recognize their characters must face and defeat huge obstacles before bringing the story to its climatic, triumphant finish. That is the point of these three genres: To win honorably and to vanquish the bad.
As editorial director of her own publishing house from 1992-2000, 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 been an editor with Book Editing Associates network since 2001. During that time her authors have garnered “Book of the Year” in science fiction, “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance works, and “Winner” in mystery. Her authors often receive outstanding reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.
She’s reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years; her work has received the highest marks from her authors for the amount of extra effort she puts into helping them achieve the best results with crafting and perfecting their novels. Combining that with her many years studying the world Amazon created for authors, how to make sure her authors know how to get on the “Top 100 Paid on Kindle,” and her knowledge of how agents and editors work in the traditional market, makes her one of the best “edges” you can have for success
Falconer, Jay J. (Arizona), LINKAGE and INCURSION, science fiction.
“You are the reason I have been able to climb above all the authors competing for the prime space on Amazon’s sales charts. I never would have won Book of the Year in my genre last November if you hadn’t taught me how this is done. Nor would Amazon have signed [the series] to a 5-year deal.”
Salmon, John (Ireland), THE ICE SCREAM MAN, paranormal/horror.
“As a first time author, finding a trustworthy editor is a daunting prospect. There must be many cowboys out there willing to take your money. If you are lucky enough to come across the name Theodora Bryant, and she’s interested in your work, then you need look no further. The changes Theodora suggested have made this a solid, fluid, and exciting book to read. What I thought was a good book is now a great book.”
David Hall (Louisiana), SHADOW STORM, epic fantasy.
From the acknowledgements page: “I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to my developmental editor, Theodora Bryant. She provided invaluable insight for improving the story arc, demanded the characters and world of Shadow Storm be given rich, fully envisioned back stories, and never let up on the details, details, details. As I told her several times, she always went above and beyond what I expected.”
CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing and proofreading novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.
From decades of experience as an editor and compositor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also collateral documents, such as queries and synopses.
Copyediting—the t-crossing and i-dotting needed by every book. Focuses on mechanics more than content revision. Performed on completed manuscripts to prepare them for submission to publishers or production for self-publishing.
Line editing—a deep edit on completed manuscripts that expands on copyediting to address character growth and point of view, story arc, pacing and plausibility, theme, and genre conventions, as well as author pet words or patterns, and phrasing that creates unintentional effects or reader distraction.
Manuscript evaluation—a critique that involves no editing, just analyzes a work’s strengths and weaknesses to guide an author in developing or revising a work in process.
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction (selected titles)
- Alvin Baylor Lives! A 21st Century Pulp, by Maximilian Gray. Science fiction adventure (Peculiar Ephemera 2018).
- Jintao, by Jack Hall. Science fiction techno thriller (Amazon Publishing Services 2018).
- Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth, by Alexander Edlund. Book 2 of The Keelic Travers Chronicles science fiction series (Landstrider Press 2018).
- Last of the Lost Boys, by N. D. Wilson. Book 3 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2018).
- Fire Borne, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 3 of The Book of Banea fantasy series (scheduled for 2018).
- Spirit Hunters, by Ellen Oh. Fantasy (HarperCollins 2017).
- Swing Low: The Hangman of the Woods, by B. C. Crow. Fantasy (Blue House Publishing 2017).
- The Lords of Oblivion: A San Francisco Fantasy, by Peter Blaisdell. Contemporary fantasy (Blaisdell Literary Enterprises 2017).
- The Song of Glory and Ghost, by N. D. Wilson. Book 2 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2017).
- Burning Glass, by Kathryn Purdie. Book 1 in the Burning Glass fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2016).
- Come the Wind, by Alexander Edlund. Volume 2 of The Book of Banea fantasy series (Smashwords 2016).
- The Legend of Sam Miracle, by N. D. Wilson. Book 1 in the Outlaws of Time fantasy series (Katherine Tegen Books 2016).
- The Well of Destiny, by Eric Brodin. Book 2 in the Endangered Norse Gods fantasy series (CreateSpace 2016).
- Keelic and the Space Pirates, by Alexander Edlund. Book 1 of The Keelic Travers Chronicles science fiction series (Smashwords 2015).
- Majesty: Discovery, by Roger B. Burt. Book 1 of the Gaia’s Majesty spec fiction trilogy (CreateSpace 2015).
- Stasis, by Steve Simpson. Science fiction novelette (Amazon Publishing Services 2015).
- The Girl Whom the Dragon Tattooed, by Steve Simpson. Science fiction novelette (Amazon Publishing Services 2015).
- The Lost Sons of Asgaard, by Eric Brodin. Book 1 in the Endangered Norse Gods fantasy series (CreateSpace 2015).
- The Nephilim Device, The Nephilim Effect, and The Nephilim Conspiracy, by B. C. Crow. Books 1–3 of The Nephilim science fiction trilogy (Blue House Publishing 2015).
“I made the novice error of using friends as line editors for my first book. Big mistake. To have had bad reviews because of the editing is inexecusable, and, unfortunately, it was part of a painful learning curve. Caroline was, from the initial contact, prompt, professional and awesome. Her editing of my manuscript exceeded my expectations and produced a clean polished finished product. She is my editor for life.”
John David Kudrick
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction
With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and nearly two decades of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, Barbour, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins’ Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels.
To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on more than 175 published titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.
Editorial Work on Published Books (selected fiction titles)
- A Beautiful Fall by Chris Coppernoll (proofread)
- A Bigger Life by Annette Smith (proofread)
- A Portrait for Marguerite by Kate Lloyd (proofread)
- Aboard the Pirate by Veronica Cherry (critique, content edit)
- Aethersmith by J.S. Morin (critique, copyedit)
- All for One by Melody Carlson (proofread)
- Animalis by John Peter Jones (critique, copyedit)
- As Young as We Feel by Melody Carlson (proofread)
- Crime Scene Jerusalem by Alton Gansky (proofread)
- His Kingdom Come by Margaret Montreuil (critique)
- Howell Davidson amongst the Musketeers by Steven. R. Culver (critique)
- Kinsman Chronicles: Parts 1 – 6 Darkness Reigns (book 1) by Jill Williamson (proofread)
- Mirror Souls by A.J. Blakemont (copyedit)
- Silver Ships: Libre by S.H. Jucha (critique, copyedit)
- The Arrival by JW Brazier (critique, follow-up critique, content edit)
- Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson (proofread)
“I confess, I did a lot of investigation over the Internet . . . received many sample edits / quotes from different editors (~12!). My choice was perfect. On a scale of 1-to 10 I rate John a solid (plus) 10! First and foremost for the English, past tense-present tense . . . use of the em dash, POV, the whole nine yards. Perfect. And next, for him getting into the story, making very good comments and suggestions all throughout. This includes checking things on the Internet, noting that the coca cola slogan, ‘The Real Thing,’ did not come out in the time period that I mentioned it, and many other excellent comments!”
During my 35+ years in the literary world, I’ve built experience in many aspects of the field—from non-fiction to fiction, short stories to novels, game creation to publication tips. My first love as a fiction editor has always been science fiction/fantasy and related genres.
In addition to many SF/F novels for adults, I’ve also had the pleasure of working on a number of fun and imaginative Young Adult works, mostly fantasy, and always welcome the opportunity to assist writers with such stories.
In addition, I’ve also edited several imaginative mystery series, as well as the occasional romance and mainstream work. My greatest strengths lie in manuscript evaluation and developmental editing, especially for works in which science, characterization, mystery, and unusual cultures play an important part.
My education also informs my work as a non-fiction editor. In that realm I specialize in anthropology, history, science, spirituality (including religious and New Age), and memoirs, with an eye on how the topics in these works affect both individuals and societies.
- Edun, Terah. 2013. Sworn to Raise: Book One of Courtlight. Young Adult Fantasy. Amazon Digital Services (e-book).
- Edun, Terah, 2012. Red Madrassa: Book One of the Algardis. Young Adult Fantasy. Amazon Digital Services (e-book).
- Fydell, Ian. 2010. Breathing Space: Book One of the Exodus Trilogy. Science Fiction. Legwork Team Publishing, New York.
- McCrary, J, Author. 2009. Brotherhood and Bartered Souls. Dark Fantasy.
- Willen, Erik Martin. Nastragull: Pirates. Space Opera. Amazon Digital Services (e-book); CreateSpace.
“My book made it as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards!!!!”
“Floyd helped me bring meaning, elegance to my words. Floyd is a remarkable editor.”
Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena
Kelly Lynne is the proud “auntie” to over 150 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, Damnation Books, 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 helps authors polish their submission packets. Query letters, synopses and professional quality formatting are as important as a well-polished manuscript.
- H. Peter Alesso, Lieutenant Henry Gallant
- William Burnette, Jellyfish Blues
- C.J. Fella ,The Rise of the Black Hand: The Case Files of Thomas Morelli book 1
- E.F. Geller PNV: a Cocoon of Earth’s Metamorphosis
- Zevie Gottlieb, Connor’s Gambit
- Jay Gregory, Cry of the Phoenix
- Mark Kingston, Levin 30th Century series: Escape
- Rick Moskovit,z The Methuselarity Transformation
- M. Pax Backworlds, Series: Boomtown Craze, Beyond the Edge, World on Edge, Precipice; The Rifters series: The Rifters, The Initiate, The Reader
- Mark E. Scott, The Felinius Healer
- Conan DeMoe, Tribunes of Altward, Resolve, Brazen, Yolanda of the Fae
- J.J. Dice, Lost in Pain: Hollow Wood 1
- Dan Estes, The Paranoid Thief; Vampires: Don’t You Just Hate Them?; Charlotte’s Soul; Athina series: Lord Athina, Lady Athina, Mother Athina, Master Athina
- Sandrine Genier, The Vampire
- Blake Hausladen, Ghosts in the Yew
- William Jarema & Joshua Belcher, The Secrets of UDA, United Dwarf Alliance Book 4: The Telling Tree
- M.A. Street Hands, The Third Life
- Ralph Vardis, Path of Fire
- Kimberly D. Woods, The Alcovian Chronicles: Dark Angel
- Judith Ashley, Sacred Women’s Circle series: Lily, Elizabeth, Diana, Ashley, Hunter, Gabriella; Love & Magick Anthology: Sarah’s Ankh, By the Light of the Silvery Moon
- Kate Baray, Spirited Legacy
- Karla Brandenburg, Mist series: Mist on the Meadow, Gathering Mist, Rising Mist; Northwest Suburbs series: Living Canvas, Cookie Therapy; Other: Heart for Rent with an Option; Epitaph series: Epitaph, The Twins, The Mirror
- B.C. Burgess, Mystic series: Descension, Impassion, Deception
- Stacey Coverstone, Secrets of Seacliff House
- Nadia Kim, Reflection
- Isabel L. Martens, Nightflyers
- Diana McCollum, Love & Magick Anthology: The Crystal Witch, Ghost of a Chance
- Lesley Mitchum, Storm Crossed
- Sarah Raplee, Blindsight, Love & Magick Anthology: The Golddigger, Enchanted Protector
- Susanne Saville, Wicked Beloved
“Kelly Lynne’s advice and commentary, together with a personable manner, made her a professional fit made in heaven. She had admirable diplomacy skills that are rare in a business that sells criticism as its main commodity. I would recommend her to others seeking the gold standard.”
“Kelly’s turnaround was surprisingly quick without sacrificing an ounce of quality. Her comments were insightful and honest. I truly felt as though she cared about not only helping me create quality content, but also teaching me how to become a better writer for the next time. Kelly has a sense of humor in her critiques and isn’t afraid to tell it how it is! She even included a few personal stories to help illustrate her points, which added a level of personalization that went above and beyond. I loved working with her and highly recommend Kelly!”
Award-Winning Ghostwriter, Screenwriter, Editor, and Writing Coach for 6 #1 Bestselling Books
STEPHEN SEVERN is an award-winning ghostwriter, editor, screenwriter and writing coach. Mentored by Academy Award-winning writer Stewart Stern (Rebel Without A Cause), Stephen served as editor for the #1 best-sellers Tears For My City and The Revved Life. He also served as consultant for Robert Beatty’s New York Times #1 best-selling Serafina series of children’s books, published by Disney Hyperion, and as editor for the blog of #1 best-selling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs.
Stephen’s work as editor has resulted in 25 international awards. In addition, his ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a runner-up at the prestigious Circus Road Script Competition. He’s written for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and ghostwritten or edited more than 30 published books.
Minimum rates: 5 cents per word, $75 per hour.
“Stephen has worked with me on nearly 20 projects, including horror and fantasy. He knows how to breathe life into characters and how to tap into the reader’s emotions. His passion shines through in every project that he tackles. Stephen has been an invaluable asset to my creative life.”
“Stephen is one terrific, fully capable ghostwriter, editor and book coach. On our team, he’s the fastest, most prolific member. He is prompt, thrifty and always delivers—our clients praise him every time. Nothing but positive, five-star reviews.”
“Stephen helped me take a wandering, unfocused, dreary manuscript and transform it into a fun and interesting read. He spent a great deal of time and effort with me, beyond my expectations for what I’d paid, making this a great value.”
25 years of experience as a copyeditor for science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels
You’ve spent countless hours crafting your story and building your fictional world—don’t let grammatical errors or other flaws break the spell. Kelly Sweet has provided copyediting for independent authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from short stories to epic, multivolume sagas. She gives her authors the best of both worlds: a keen eye for editorial details and affordable rates.
An independent author herself, Kelly has experienced the author-editor relationship from both sides and knows how important your voice and style are to your manuscript. You can rely on her to make corrections and suggest improvements while keeping your voice intact.