Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards - Editor Tick

Tampa, FL, United States

Professional fiction and non-fiction editor with 30+ years' experience helping writers to hone their craft and tell their stories.

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I'm a highly experienced editor of fiction and nonfiction available to help authors and writers finish or polish their work. As a writer myself, I understand the importance of tact, encouragement and constructive feedback in the editing process. From developing an idea into a finished manuscript, to getting unstuck, to fact-checking and copy editing, I can help you make your writing shine.

Here's what a few authors have written about working with me:

“Your honest and professional opinion, along with your immense knowledge base, is greatly appreciated. Thank you for everything. You are a rock star! I feel so lucky to have worked with you, and I sincerely thank you for everything you've done for my stories.”
~NM Catalano, Amazon bestselling author

“I am so grateful to have found you! I utilized all of your suggestions and edits and am so thankful. Thank you for answering all my questions. Your help has been instrumental in moving forward and resurrecting why I began this process in the first place.”
~Kali Rae Wheeler, author of Losing Kali

“She is credible, humble, experienced, dedicated, creative, on time, flexible, kind and focused. Extremely better than I expected and imagined.”
~Candan Esin, MD, psychotherapist and author of He-Goat Product Manual and User Guide

“As always, thank you for the lessons you bring, the aid you continually offer, and the grace within all of it. Sooo beyond appreciated. PERPETUAL thanks for the way you have chosen to communicate with me and work with me every step of the way, and I am also grateful for the language you used to instruct me in the editing process. It makes your points very easy to understand and see the logic of.”
~Micah Blacklight, empowerment coach and author of Cult of the Serpentari

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Photography
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Paranormal Romance
Plays & Screenplays
Women's Fiction

Awards

  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural Documentary, Miami Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Newsmaker Award, National Education Association
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
  • First Place in Foreign Reporting¸ Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State
  • First Place in Feature Reporting-Serious, Society of Professional Journalists Mid-Florida Chapter
  • First Place-General Excellence in a Weekly Periodical, Florida Press Club

Work experience

Editorial Director/Chief Operating Officer

EC for Books (formerly Ellora's Cave Publishing)
January, 2005 – October, 2016 (over 11 years)

Managed editorial, design, publishing, and marketing departments of a multi-million-dollar, international, digital-first publisher. Acted as acquisitions and developmental editor on all imprints as well as special book projects and first books in new lines and imprints. With books in 11 languages and a backlist of more than 8,000 titles by more than 600 authors, Ellora’s Cave was one of the world’s first digital publishers releasing 8 to 12 new ebooks and 2 print books per week.

Editor in Chief

Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing Newspapers
May, 1998 – November, 2005 (over 7 years)

Managed, trained, coached and assigned writers, editors, copy editors, photographers and designers. Launched and oversaw annual fiction competition and published winners. Wrote articles, columns and reviews on fiction, news, arts, politics, travel, gardening, cooking, education, business, architecture, transportation and dozens of other subjects. Won awards for both my writing and editing.

Copy Editor

Tampa Tribune Newspaper
March, 1995 – April, 1998 (about 3 years)

Wrote headlines and photo captions, and edited all newspaper articles for length, accuracy, readability, grammar, and adherence to Associated Press style.

Technical Writer/Editor

Psychological Assessment Resources
February, 1994 – February, 1995 (about 1 year)

Wrote and edited technical manuals, research and background materials for psychological assessment instruments.

Director of Program Services/Literary Grants Panelist/Arts Writer and Editor

Arts Council of Hillsborough County
September, 1985 – October, 1993 (about 8 years)

Served on literary grants panels and as site reviewer for state of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and other funding agencies. Created and administered state-wide literary competition. Provided management consultant services, technical assistance and resource referral to writers, artists and arts groups.

Freelance Editor/Writer/Teacher

Self-employed
September, 1980 – Present (over 38 years)

I've edited dozens of fiction and nonfiction books on every subject imaginable (and some I never imagined!). Conducted writing workshops and classes in memoir, fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting for universities and professional organizations. Wrote award-winning television documentaries; co-authored Tropical Splendor, a book about Florida architecture published by Knopf. Wrote and edited magazine articles for local and national publications, technical instructional software manuals, and ad copy, as well as training, orientation and recruitment videos. Produced videos, reports, brochures, newsletters, advertisements in all media and other publications and materials for private industry and public agencies.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Stupid Monkey (Dr. Dan Trix Mystery Series Second Edition Book 2)

Rodney Romig

Renowned management consultant Dr. Dan Trix has been hired to market a luxury golf course in Hawaii. So why is someone trying to kill him? Trix is no stranger to violence. And he particularly doesn’t appreciate being attack by dogs or thrown off cliffs. From opulent resorts, through spectacular landscapes and deep into the dark soul of the islands, Trix and his war buddy Lester search for thos... read more

Renowned management consultant Dr. Dan Trix has been hired to market a luxury golf course in Hawaii. So why is someone trying to kill him? Trix is no stranger to violence. And he particularly doesn’t appreciate being attack by dogs or thrown off cliffs. From opulent resorts, through spectacular landscapes and deep into the dark soul of the islands, Trix and his war buddy Lester search for thos... read more

The Unforgotten

Charmaine Ross

Crippled by grief after the death of her only child, Australian police detective Allison White makes a mistake on the job that nearly gets herself and another officer killed and results in her demotion to investigating cold cases.Angry, isolated and fighting depression, she throws herself into the work and discovers chilling similarities in a series of disappearances. She digs deeper and finds... read more

Crippled by grief after the death of her only child, Australian police detective Allison White makes a mistake on the job that nearly gets herself and another officer killed and results in her demotion to investigating cold cases.Angry, isolated and fighting depression, she throws herself into the work and discovers chilling similarities in a series of disappearances. She digs deeper and finds... read more

Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers

Taylor Cole, Justin Whitfield

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a male strip club? Are those guys gay? How do they stay so ripped? Do they stuff their trunks? How did they get into such a business? How much money do they make? Do they have wild sex every night? This book takes you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to... read more

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a male strip club? Are those guys gay? How do they stay so ripped? Do they stuff their trunks? How did they get into such a business? How much money do they make? Do they have wild sex every night? This book takes you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to... read more

The Earthen

S.A. Cary

Alexia is a troubled teenager whose mysterious and violent past has left her scarred and misunderstood. Since the loss of her family, she longs for acceptance and love, only to find rejection and suffering.In one fiery night, everything changes. Earth is lost in an attack by a sadistic alien race and Alexia must grow from the misfit everyone thought she was into the leader she is destined to b... read more

Alexia is a troubled teenager whose mysterious and violent past has left her scarred and misunderstood. Since the loss of her family, she longs for acceptance and love, only to find rejection and suffering.In one fiery night, everything changes. Earth is lost in an attack by a sadistic alien race and Alexia must grow from the misfit everyone thought she was into the leader she is destined to b... read more

Sporked in Time (The Totally Dope West Hollywood Adventures of Busty Russell and Tope McWhite)

Jaid Black, Nicholas Grant

Vapid West Hollywood socialite Busty Russell and her equally self-absorbed gay best friend Tope McWhite own the most exclusive—and inept—private detective agency in Tinseltown. When a wealthy, dying benefactor hires Busty & Tope to discover the origin of the spork for him, the clueless duo set out on an adventure that lands them in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1391. Get ready Clan Bannoc... read more

Vapid West Hollywood socialite Busty Russell and her equally self-absorbed gay best friend Tope McWhite own the most exclusive—and inept—private detective agency in Tinseltown. When a wealthy, dying benefactor hires Busty & Tope to discover the origin of the spork for him, the clueless duo set out on an adventure that lands them in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1391. Get ready Clan Bannoc... read more

The Vatican Strategy

Alan Champorcher

John Adams Conti, descendant of American presidents and Italian farmers, returns to action in Rome when he learns of a plot to usurp the power of the Catholic Church for political ends. In The Vatican Strategy, Conti finds himself bored with managing the family estate near Milan. Having quit the CIA, he misses the excitement of life as a spy. His friend, undercover Israeli agent Rabbi Amos Cad... read more

John Adams Conti, descendant of American presidents and Italian farmers, returns to action in Rome when he learns of a plot to usurp the power of the Catholic Church for political ends. In The Vatican Strategy, Conti finds himself bored with managing the family estate near Milan. Having quit the CIA, he misses the excitement of life as a spy. His friend, undercover Israeli agent Rabbi Amos Cad... read more

Operation Road Trip: How a video camera, a bottle of rum and a car renewed my faith in the future

Janet Roberts

Enjoy an upbeat and illuminating ride through an explosion of on-the-ground initiatives around the country that are creating a caring future for people and the planet. Meet the artists, economists, teachers, media folks, neighbors and social activists who are making it happen. Along the way, experience the quirky insights and passion of your driver Jan Roberts, who embarked on a solo road trip... read more

Enjoy an upbeat and illuminating ride through an explosion of on-the-ground initiatives around the country that are creating a caring future for people and the planet. Meet the artists, economists, teachers, media folks, neighbors and social activists who are making it happen. Along the way, experience the quirky insights and passion of your driver Jan Roberts, who embarked on a solo road trip... read more

My Lover's Keeper

Kerri Zane

I had it all. The perfect life. A loving husband and a hot, sexy lover. But then my lover decided he wanted more. He was ready for a real relationship. And that was not me. I didn't get mad. I decided I was going to help. I hatched a plan. But it backfired. He fell in love with her. The bitch. Now I have a new plan. I'm going to do whatever it takes to straighten out this mess of my good deed ... read more

I had it all. The perfect life. A loving husband and a hot, sexy lover. But then my lover decided he wanted more. He was ready for a real relationship. And that was not me. I didn't get mad. I decided I was going to help. I hatched a plan. But it backfired. He fell in love with her. The bitch. Now I have a new plan. I'm going to do whatever it takes to straighten out this mess of my good deed ... read more

Cult of The Serpentari

Micah BlackLight

Intent on glory, Kithiik enters the forbidden tunnels to slay a legend and become one himself. What happens next sets him on an electrifying journey through exotic lands, and changes him from a reckless, violent and angry boy to a man with intuitive powers that open his heart to love, his mind to the truth and his body to erotic pleasures he never imagined.

Intent on glory, Kithiik enters the forbidden tunnels to slay a legend and become one himself. What happens next sets him on an electrifying journey through exotic lands, and changes him from a reckless, violent and angry boy to a man with intuitive powers that open his heart to love, his mind to the truth and his body to erotic pleasures he never imagined.

Catch Me When I Fall: A Story of Punk Rock, Addiction and Recovery

CJ Gunn

At sixteen, I was just another poor kid in Cleveland learning to play power chords on my guitar. It never crossed my mind at that time that in a few years, I'd be playing onstage in Argentina with my musical idol in front of 17,000 rabid fans. I learned two things on my incredible journey. One is that, no matter where you start, you can reach the stars. The other is, you'd better watch your st... read more

At sixteen, I was just another poor kid in Cleveland learning to play power chords on my guitar. It never crossed my mind at that time that in a few years, I'd be playing onstage in Argentina with my musical idol in front of 17,000 rabid fans. I learned two things on my incredible journey. One is that, no matter where you start, you can reach the stars. The other is, you'd better watch your st... read more

Adventures in Cuntopia: The Life of a Punk Rock Prom Queen

Colleen Caffeine

Sexy, flamboyant and hilarious female punk rock singer-songwriter Colleen Caffeine started out as a forgotten, overweight, confused and sheltered child born in troubled and destitute Detroit. In spite of it all, she has managed to live out her teenage dreams of playing in clubs and festivals all over the world in the band she created, Choking Susan. Fueled by her passion for punk rock and unus... read more

Sexy, flamboyant and hilarious female punk rock singer-songwriter Colleen Caffeine started out as a forgotten, overweight, confused and sheltered child born in troubled and destitute Detroit. In spite of it all, she has managed to live out her teenage dreams of playing in clubs and festivals all over the world in the band she created, Choking Susan. Fueled by her passion for punk rock and unus... read more

Reprogram Your Subconscious: How to Use Hypnosis to Get What You Really Want

Gale Glassner Twersky ACH

Open the door to your subconscious mind, your silent, invisible partner that is responsible for how you think, feel, and behave. You'll discover how to reprogram your subconscious mind-sets, beliefs, and behaviors, so you can get what you really want in every facet of your life. Learn about Gale's specialty Reprogramming Hypnosis and self-hypnosis to keep your subconscious supporting your desi... read more

Open the door to your subconscious mind, your silent, invisible partner that is responsible for how you think, feel, and behave. You'll discover how to reprogram your subconscious mind-sets, beliefs, and behaviors, so you can get what you really want in every facet of your life. Learn about Gale's specialty Reprogramming Hypnosis and self-hypnosis to keep your subconscious supporting your desi... read more

Defining Miracles

Dodie Ulery

Defining Miracles offers a doorway out of the darkness and a path to the Light. With the guidance of a channeled entity, the author learns how to attract a loving relationship, create prosperity and to heal herself and others. In the process, she comes to understand how powerful human beings can be when they learn to tap into their true creative power.

Defining Miracles offers a doorway out of the darkness and a path to the Light. With the guidance of a channeled entity, the author learns how to attract a loving relationship, create prosperity and to heal herself and others. In the process, she comes to understand how powerful human beings can be when they learn to tap into their true creative power.

Bite Mark: Paranormal Threesome Romance

Lily Harlem

Life in London as a butcher girl was hard enough, but when my best friend Denny went missing it became miserable. Stumbling into the Worshipful Company of the Ancient Order while searching for him was like a breath of fresh air. Especially because sexy, sophisticated Aimery promised to help me.But Aimery’s friend Ryle wanted in on the action. My head was spinning, my body reacting to theirs wh... read more

Life in London as a butcher girl was hard enough, but when my best friend Denny went missing it became miserable. Stumbling into the Worshipful Company of the Ancient Order while searching for him was like a breath of fresh air. Especially because sexy, sophisticated Aimery promised to help me.But Aimery’s friend Ryle wanted in on the action. My head was spinning, my body reacting to theirs wh... read more

Cursed Kiss

Kris Eton

With her magic, Marissa can make any man her BDSM sex slave with a single kiss. But bondage sex without love has begun to feel empty, turning her paranormal gift into a curse. The only way to get rid of it is with a counter-spell from her family’s spell book. Unfortunately, a rival witch has stolen it. To get it back, Marissa accepts the witch’s challenge. She must make a man fall in love with... read more

With her magic, Marissa can make any man her BDSM sex slave with a single kiss. But bondage sex without love has begun to feel empty, turning her paranormal gift into a curse. The only way to get rid of it is with a counter-spell from her family’s spell book. Unfortunately, a rival witch has stolen it. To get it back, Marissa accepts the witch’s challenge. She must make a man fall in love with... read more

Management by Murder (Dr. Dan Trix Mystery Series Second Edition Book 1)

Rodney Romig

Why did the president of a small Midwestern university kill himself the day after Dan Trix arrived? The internationally renowned management consultant was hired to review the accomplishments of a research institute inside the university. How will this affect his contract? The university’s CEO quickly acknowledges the president had a disturbing secret and was terminally ill. Trix’s new job is t... read more

Why did the president of a small Midwestern university kill himself the day after Dan Trix arrived? The internationally renowned management consultant was hired to review the accomplishments of a research institute inside the university. How will this affect his contract? The university’s CEO quickly acknowledges the president had a disturbing secret and was terminally ill. Trix’s new job is t... read more

Losing Kali: The Reality of Growing Up in Orange County, A Posh Prescription Playground. (Finding Kali Trilogy Book 1)

Kali Rae Wheeler

Kali Rae Wheeler is growing up in Newport Coast, an affluent section of Orange County, is part of a picture-perfect family, and has plenty of friends. She is an A-student, varsity athlete, and superlative-holding 8th-grader. Her future is gleaming bright.As an indigo child, Kali is gifted, but she is also hypersensitive. When Kali’s sister is taken to therapy after her best friend ends up in t... read more

Kali Rae Wheeler is growing up in Newport Coast, an affluent section of Orange County, is part of a picture-perfect family, and has plenty of friends. She is an A-student, varsity athlete, and superlative-holding 8th-grader. Her future is gleaming bright.As an indigo child, Kali is gifted, but she is also hypersensitive. When Kali’s sister is taken to therapy after her best friend ends up in t... read more

Stranger: Book 1

N.M. Catalano

**Re-edited, re-released**I couldn't resist submitting to him. I still can't, no matter the cost.I thought I was fine, I thought my life was ok. Until I met him. One night of erotic abandon blew open the door to the prison of my life and there was no way I wanted to lock it back up. I couldn’t, not when he kept coming back. But I knew there would be a price to pay. There always is, I had been ... read more

**Re-edited, re-released**I couldn't resist submitting to him. I still can't, no matter the cost.I thought I was fine, I thought my life was ok. Until I met him. One night of erotic abandon blew open the door to the prison of my life and there was no way I wanted to lock it back up. I couldn’t, not when he kept coming back. But I knew there would be a price to pay. There always is, I had been ... read more

Galloway's Justice (Red's Mountain Series Book 1)

Melodee Elliott

A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the nearby Smoky Mountains, a bluegrass tavern may hold clues to the teen's fate. Yet the hills don't talk. Galloway's suspect's worst crime may be in allowing circumstance to determine reality, leaving othe... read more

A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the nearby Smoky Mountains, a bluegrass tavern may hold clues to the teen's fate. Yet the hills don't talk. Galloway's suspect's worst crime may be in allowing circumstance to determine reality, leaving othe... read more

Bigger Love: How to Have the Love of Your Life for the rest of Your Life (The Love Endeavor)

Patrick and Sam Cullinane

Tips, tools and tricks for taking your relationship to a higher, deeper, more satisfying level from a very happy couple. But they weren’t always this happy. In fact, after ten years of marriage, they were ready to sign the divorce papers and stomp away from each other in a huff.The story of how they went from angry and frustrated to happier than they ever thought possible is funny, inspiring a... read more

Tips, tools and tricks for taking your relationship to a higher, deeper, more satisfying level from a very happy couple. But they weren’t always this happy. In fact, after ten years of marriage, they were ready to sign the divorce papers and stomp away from each other in a huff.The story of how they went from angry and frustrated to happier than they ever thought possible is funny, inspiring a... read more

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Kristin Owens

Great communication and met all deadlines. I asked for a simple copy edit and that's what Susan gave me. I'd use her again!

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Kristin Owens, October 2018

Susan Edwards

Thanks so much for your review, Kristin! I'm glad you were happy with your edits and the process. I really enjoyed working on your wonderful, funny poignant book!

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Barbara Dzikowski

Susan Edwards is a Godsend for an author! She is professional, honest, extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and sensitive to the author's voice. In addition, she has a thorough grasp of the craft of writing, from the nuts and bolts of sentence structure and grammar to the heart of what writing fiction is all about. Any author in search of an editor who truly works alongside you in developing, ...

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Barbara Dzikowski, December 2017


Billi keato

Susan was an absolute pleasure to work with, she made this entire experience so incredibly easy. We can't thank Susan enough for her professionalism and knowledge. She communicated with us every step of the way and finished editing well before our deadline. We'd highly recommend Susan Edwards, she exceeded our expectations in every possible way. Thank you Susan !!

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Billi keato, August 2017


Priscilla A Villot

If you are looking for a great editor for your first book or your 100th, look no further. You can stop right here and accept Susan Edwards’ offer. Her response time was quick. The project was completed before schedule and it was expertly done. She suggested great revisions but was mindful of my voice. The editing stage is a nail-biting experience but Susan made it so easy. I wish I met her mont...

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Priscilla A Villot, July 2017


Krystle J Bailey

Susan was a pleasure to work with. From the beginning, she respected my personal voice while gently offering her professional opinions. As a first time author, hiring an editor was a daunting task but Susan made it memorable and truly enjoyable. Her professionalism and gentleness with my art will not be forgotten. I would use Susan again in a heartbeat!

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Krystle J Bailey, July 2017

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