Amanda Sumner

Amanda Sumner - Editor

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Over twenty years of experience, including editorial positions with NY publishers. Amazon reviewers mention the quality of my editing!

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Overview

Books I've edited have won or been finalists for various awards, including the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) and the National Readers’ Choice Award.

I have twice given workshops at the Romance Writers of America national conference.

I see myself as a partner to my clients. We work together to make each book the best it can be.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Fantasy
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Copyediting certificate, University of California San Diego

Work experience

Copyeditor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (almost 7 years)

I copyedit books for indie authors--generally genre fiction, although I also enjoy working on nonfiction and mainstream fiction. I also work with my clients to brainstorm new projects and to plan their next career moves.

I have an extensive background in pets, dog training, and animal welfare. I have been a board member for the Petfinder Foundation for over a decade.

Senior Writer and Editor

Lynn University
July, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Ensured that this university's materials were as flawless and well-written as one would expect from an institution of higher education.

Associate Editor

SilkWords
January, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

Evaluated manuscripts for publication on this romance/erotica fiction website. Copyedited and/or proofread short stories (including ones with multiple possible story lines (similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure series), ensuring the story flowed no matter which options the reader chose as they navigated through the stories.

Also fulfilled marketing responsibilities, including writing email newsletter copy and evaluating promotional graphics (including ebook covers).

Editorial Assistant

W. W. Norton & Company
December, 1992 – December, 1993 (about 1 year)

Reviewed manuscript submissions, proofread manuscripts, oversaw books through the production process, wrote cover copy and catalog copy, and discussed editorial changes with authors.

Freelance Writer and Editor

Self-employed
July, 1992 – January, 2013 (over 20 years)

Created compelling, entertaining copy for book publishers, regional newspapers, corporations, a national nonprofit magazine, and a marketing agency. Clients included AT and T (this section apparently doesn't like ampersands!), Prentice-Hall, the Courier-News and the Home News Tribune (central NJ), and the ASPCA.

Assistant Editor

The Ecco Press (now an imprint of HarperCollins)
December, 1991 – December, 1992 (about 1 year)

Reviewed manuscript submissions, made editorial recommendations, wrote cover copy and catalog copy, and proofread manuscripts.

When I worked there, the Ecco Press also published the literary magazine Antaeus, and I performed the above duties for the magazine as well. A story I chose for the magazine won an O. Henry Award after publication.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

A Sweet Possibility (Archer Cove Series Book 2)

Natalie Charles

Life tastes better with chocolate…All baker Jessica Mallory wants is a modest thigh gap. And her own chocolate shop. And to marry Quinn Rogerson, the man of her dreams. Too bad Quinn just dumped her, leaving her on her front steps in a hideous chartreuse dress. Now, Jessie clings to one hope: she can win Quinn back, if only she can become the woman he's looking for. Enter Nate Lancaster, Quinn... read more

Life tastes better with chocolate…All baker Jessica Mallory wants is a modest thigh gap. And her own chocolate shop. And to marry Quinn Rogerson, the man of her dreams. Too bad Quinn just dumped her, leaving her on her front steps in a hideous chartreuse dress. Now, Jessie clings to one hope: she can win Quinn back, if only she can become the woman he's looking for. Enter Nate Lancaster, Quinn... read more

DARKSIDE OF THE MOON: RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES Book 4

Jodi Vaughn

"Fourth book in the RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES Series by USA Today Bestseller Jodi Vaughn!"He can't hide from the monster living inside.....As a high ranking Guardian in the Arkansas Pack, Zane Steele, doesn’t have time for nonsense. He lives a life of control and discipline. But during a drug takedown of a rogue pack, Zane is injected with something and he no longer can control when he s... read more

"Fourth book in the RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES Series by USA Today Bestseller Jodi Vaughn!"He can't hide from the monster living inside.....As a high ranking Guardian in the Arkansas Pack, Zane Steele, doesn’t have time for nonsense. He lives a life of control and discipline. But during a drug takedown of a rogue pack, Zane is injected with something and he no longer can control when he s... read more

The Purge of Babylon: A Novel of Survival (Purge of Babylon, Book 1)

Sam Sisavath

Book #1 in the Purge of Babylon post-apocalyptic series. It all starts here.________________________________________ONE NIGHT. THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK.Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures hav... read more

Book #1 in the Purge of Babylon post-apocalyptic series. It all starts here.________________________________________ONE NIGHT. THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK.Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures hav... read more

A Life Unexpected

Alison Ragsdale

Eve Carruthers is caught off guard when her newly married daughter, Jess, asks if the cystic fibrosis gene runs in the family. Eve must admit that she has kept the fact of her own adoption secret, from Jess.Eve asks her parents about the circumstances of her birth and a startling secret is unveiled. As she delves into her mysterious past, and becomes preoccupied by her discoveries, her over-pr... read more

Eve Carruthers is caught off guard when her newly married daughter, Jess, asks if the cystic fibrosis gene runs in the family. Eve must admit that she has kept the fact of her own adoption secret, from Jess.Eve asks her parents about the circumstances of her birth and a startling secret is unveiled. As she delves into her mysterious past, and becomes preoccupied by her discoveries, her over-pr... read more

Highlander Entangled: A Scottish Historical Romance (Highland Adventure Book 9)

Vonda Sinclair

A captivating new Highland Adventure novel from Vonda Sinclair, USA Today bestselling author of page-turning and deeply emotional Scottish historical romance.Lady Kristina MacQueen suffered devastating injuries at the hands of a ruthless Highland chief, Blackburn MacCromar. Two years later, he kidnaps her for a journey across the chilly, windblown Scottish Highlands to flush out her sister, An... read more

A captivating new Highland Adventure novel from Vonda Sinclair, USA Today bestselling author of page-turning and deeply emotional Scottish historical romance.Lady Kristina MacQueen suffered devastating injuries at the hands of a ruthless Highland chief, Blackburn MacCromar. Two years later, he kidnaps her for a journey across the chilly, windblown Scottish Highlands to flush out her sister, An... read more

Bad Boy Next Door: Downey Brothers Series

Mara Leigh

A SERIOUSLY SEXY AND EMOTIONAL BAD BOY ROMANCE.JadeI can’t be pissed at my dad. His neglect made me strong. I might be young, but I can take care of myself, take care of my sister—take care of anything. But now Dad’s doing someone else’s time, and in exchange he gets protection, my sister gets college, and I get a low-rent apartment—a freaking miracle in San Francisco. All I have to do is keep... read more

A SERIOUSLY SEXY AND EMOTIONAL BAD BOY ROMANCE.JadeI can’t be pissed at my dad. His neglect made me strong. I might be young, but I can take care of myself, take care of my sister—take care of anything. But now Dad’s doing someone else’s time, and in exchange he gets protection, my sister gets college, and I get a low-rent apartment—a freaking miracle in San Francisco. All I have to do is keep... read more

Half-Blood Descendant: A Paranormal Series (Half-Bloods Book 1)

Natasha Brown

USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Brown blends urban fantasy, paranormal romance and supernatural suspense in the Half-Bloods, an adventure for lovers of shifters, vampires... and more.Jax never stays anywhere long enough to put down roots. He’s a shapeshifter—the only one of his kind, or so he thinks. While prowling on his landlady’s property, he is stunned to find a man feeding on her nec... read more

USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Brown blends urban fantasy, paranormal romance and supernatural suspense in the Half-Bloods, an adventure for lovers of shifters, vampires... and more.Jax never stays anywhere long enough to put down roots. He’s a shapeshifter—the only one of his kind, or so he thinks. While prowling on his landlady’s property, he is stunned to find a man feeding on her nec... read more

Watcher (The Shining Ones Book 1)

Shawnee Small

A stranger walks into a bar sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Poesy Wharton, it's no joke at all.For Poesy, a twenty-something waitress who's living paycheck to paycheck, life on Tybee Island is predictably normal until a mysterious stranger named Adam Walker drifts into Paddy's Bar and Grill, the small town dive where she works. Unable to resist his quirky, English reserve and ... read more

A stranger walks into a bar sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Poesy Wharton, it's no joke at all.For Poesy, a twenty-something waitress who's living paycheck to paycheck, life on Tybee Island is predictably normal until a mysterious stranger named Adam Walker drifts into Paddy's Bar and Grill, the small town dive where she works. Unable to resist his quirky, English reserve and ... read more

The Devil Wore Sneakers (Love and Mystery in the six-oh-three Book 2)

Nora LeDuc

THE DEVIL WORE SNEAKERS Love and Mystery in the 6-oh-3 – Book 2 Who shot Lucy Watson’s estranged brother, the popular high school teacher who brought snacks for the staff and volunteered to help troubled students? When Lucy Watson returns to her hometown in New Hampshire to bury her brother, she learns law enforcement is looking into several suspects. But soon the search for the killer grows i... read more

THE DEVIL WORE SNEAKERS Love and Mystery in the 6-oh-3 – Book 2 Who shot Lucy Watson’s estranged brother, the popular high school teacher who brought snacks for the staff and volunteered to help troubled students? When Lucy Watson returns to her hometown in New Hampshire to bury her brother, she learns law enforcement is looking into several suspects. But soon the search for the killer grows i... read more

Gambling on a Scoundrel

Sheridan Jeane

A man who was never supposed to inherit...Lucien is about to inherit an earldom he never expected after both his uncles die childless. He’s obliged to sell his high-stakes gambling house in London so he can assume control of his extensive holdings. The last thing he wants is a fiery reporter complicating things.A woman with her entire future mapped out...Until her fiancé jilts her— via a lette... read more

A man who was never supposed to inherit...Lucien is about to inherit an earldom he never expected after both his uncles die childless. He’s obliged to sell his high-stakes gambling house in London so he can assume control of his extensive holdings. The last thing he wants is a fiery reporter complicating things.A woman with her entire future mapped out...Until her fiancé jilts her— via a lette... read more

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