Courtney Andersson

Courtney Andersson - Editor Tick

Reno, NV, USA

Experienced science fiction & fantasy editor in love with the art & science of editing. I'll help you tell your story, your way.

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Hi there!

I'm a firm believer that stories have the power to change the world, and I would love the opportunity to provide the perspective, expertise, and guidance that will help you tell the story that will change your world.

Throughout my career as both an in-house and freelance editor I’ve shepherded dozens of books through the publishing process, including one New York Times Best Seller, one Ippy Award winner, and several IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winners. I know what it takes to write, edit, and publish a book that fans will love, and every book I've worked on has 4 star+ reviews on Amazon.

I take a creative, kind, and conscientious approach while still making sure you end up with a piece that both sounds like you and resonates with the audience you're targeting. Basically, nobody particularly likes being told they have a problem with, say, dangling modifiers, but it's just one of those things that has to be said, and I promise I'll say it nicely. If I can provide cake or pizza to soften the blow, I will.

So, in sum, send me all the stuff! Let's get the word nerd party started.

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PROJECT TYPES: novels, novellas, short stories, blogs, newsletters, website content

GENRE SPECIALIZATIONS: science fiction & fantasy and all its subgenres (YA, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, litRPG, paranormal romance, science fiction, space opera, dystopian, steampunk, alternate history, satire, horror)

EDITORIAL SPECIALIZATIONS: developmental & line editing (world building, character development, plot structure, narrative style), ensemble pieces, working with new authors
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HAPPY AUTHORS

“Having Courtney as my copy editor was a breeze and a blessing. It was amazing to work with someone sincerely enthusiastic about the story and its future, and I felt myself grow as a writer alongside my developing manuscript.”
- D. N. BRYN, author of Our Bloody Pearl

“Shuteye feels very polished and professional, and that wouldn't have happened without Courtney. Even the non-technical stuff—the in-depth character adjustments for the secondary characters, tightening up the plot, and tweaks to world-building—have all really matured since I sent her draft #30, and most of it is stuff I wouldn't have considered on my own.”
- BRONSON MCLEOD, author of Shuteye

“Courtney is responsive, responsible, enthusiastic, and thoughtful, editing gently but probingly. Her pruning and editing with such attention was both welcome and a relief, and it improved the manuscript significantly. Thank God for good editors like her who lighten one’s heavy loads!”
- KAMLA KAPUR, author of The Singing Guru

“It was so refreshing to work with such a knowledgeable and courteous editor. Courtney always kept the line of communication open, met every deadline, and worked very diligently to maintain my voice. She made the editing process smooth. I had such a great experience, and I look forward to working with her when I finish my next book.”
- CHANDRA BROADNAX-PAYNE, author of You Go Girl: 25 Ways to Step into Your Greatness
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Horror
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • UC Berkeley Professional Sequence in Editing Certification
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California, Berkeley

Awards

  • H.W. Hill Scholarship in English

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

Founding editor of Elevation Editorial, a freelance editorial service that offers developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, professional critiques, and professional publishing proposals to authors.

Specializes in speculative fiction and memoir.

Associate Editor

Mandala Publishing / Earth Aware Editions / Insight Editions
June, 2014 – May, 2017 (almost 3 years)

Acquiring and project editor for all titles under the Mandala Publishing and Earth Aware Editions imprints (10-12 books per year) and project editor for Insight Editions. As the only editor working on the Mandala & Earth Aware imprints, I collaborated closely with authors, designers, salespeople, and marketers throughout the acquisitions, editorial, design, and production phases of publishing.
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Book Awards:
The Journey Within
New York Times Best Seller || IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards - Body, Mind, Spirit: GOLD || 2016 Nautilus Award - Inner Prosperity / Right Livelihood: GOLD
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World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards - Cookbooks: GOLD || IPPY Awards - General Cookbooks: BRONZE
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Shadows of the Sun Dynasty
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards - Teen Fiction: SILVER || 2016 Nautilus Award - Religion / Spirituality of Eastern Thought: SILVER
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Sacred Scripts
2017 PubWest Book Design Awards - Gift / Holiday / Specialty: GOLD

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Son of a Liche (The Dark Profit Saga Book 2)

J. Zachary Pike

A doubly disgraced dwarven hero. A band of accident-prone adventurers. Giving redemption a second shot may have been a grave mistake…Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the Orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to d... read more

A doubly disgraced dwarven hero. A band of accident-prone adventurers. Giving redemption a second shot may have been a grave mistake…Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the Orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to d... read more

Our Bloody Pearl (These Treacherous Tides) (Volume 1)

D. N. Bryn

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear. That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs. Perle was the first ... read more

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear. That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs. Perle was the first ... read more

A Song of Three Spirits

J. Zachary Pike

When life gave Fenrir Goldson a second chance, he asked for a gift receipt.Mr. Goldson is filthy rich. He’s also callous and cruel and hasn’t got a festive bone in his ancient body. Naturally, he’s due for a holiday haunting.When his business partner, Bolbi Baggs, announces that they’re to be visited by three spirits, Mr. Goldson braces himself for a whirlwind tour of his past, present, and fu... read more

When life gave Fenrir Goldson a second chance, he asked for a gift receipt.Mr. Goldson is filthy rich. He’s also callous and cruel and hasn’t got a festive bone in his ancient body. Naturally, he’s due for a holiday haunting.When his business partner, Bolbi Baggs, announces that they’re to be visited by three spirits, Mr. Goldson braces himself for a whirlwind tour of his past, present, and fu... read more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale

A. M. Robinson, Willow Rosenberg

This grimoire from the baddest witch around will teach potential slayers and aspiring wiccans everything they’ll ever need to know about magic in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every good witch has a grimoire, and Willow Rosenberg is no exception. The Official Grimoire is the first and only truly comprehensive collection of every magical moment from all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hu... read more

This grimoire from the baddest witch around will teach potential slayers and aspiring wiccans everything they’ll ever need to know about magic in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every good witch has a grimoire, and Willow Rosenberg is no exception. The Official Grimoire is the first and only truly comprehensive collection of every magical moment from all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hu... read more

World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook

Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a delicious compendium of recipes inspired by Blizzard Entertainment’s hit online game.Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the... read more

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a delicious compendium of recipes inspired by Blizzard Entertainment’s hit online game.Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the... read more

Shadows of the Sun Dynasty: An Illustrated Series Based on the Ramayana (The Sita's Fire Trilogy Book 1)

Vrinda Sheth

Welcome to the royal city of Ayodhya, a realm ruled by the Sun dynasty, where peace reigns among the citizens while discord simmers behind the palace walls. A prophecy predicts that a son of the Sun dynasty will slay the immortal Ravana and defeat his demon army—but how will a mere human succeed where all the gods have failed?Meanwhile, Ayodhya’s emperor is torn between his own needs and the n... read more

Welcome to the royal city of Ayodhya, a realm ruled by the Sun dynasty, where peace reigns among the citizens while discord simmers behind the palace walls. A prophecy predicts that a son of the Sun dynasty will slay the immortal Ravana and defeat his demon army—but how will a mere human succeed where all the gods have failed?Meanwhile, Ayodhya’s emperor is torn between his own needs and the n... read more

Queen of the Elements: An Illustrated Series Based on the Ramayana (Sita's Fire Trilogy)

Vrinda Sheth

Set in a world of kings and queens, celestial battles, invisible foes, and family rivalries, this epic tale forges legends in the fires of betrayal and prophecy.In this one-of-a-kind trilogy based on the Ramayana, the darkness in the kingdom of Ayodhya continues to spread as Rama, rightful heir and favored son of King Dasharatha, is cast out of the city after an unthinkable betrayal. Facing a ... read more

Set in a world of kings and queens, celestial battles, invisible foes, and family rivalries, this epic tale forges legends in the fires of betrayal and prophecy.In this one-of-a-kind trilogy based on the Ramayana, the darkness in the kingdom of Ayodhya continues to spread as Rama, rightful heir and favored son of King Dasharatha, is cast out of the city after an unthinkable betrayal. Facing a ... read more

Shuteye: Welcome to America

Bronson McLeod

Keith has always wanted to make a difference, but as a regular guy surrounded by superheroes, that dream has always seemed unattainable. That is, until he’s tapped for Shuteye, a secret government program founded in case of apocalypse—and in Keith’s world, the end of the world can come in many forms. From a meteor on a collision course with Earth to the always-possible threat of nuclear war, t... read more

Keith has always wanted to make a difference, but as a regular guy surrounded by superheroes, that dream has always seemed unattainable. That is, until he’s tapped for Shuteye, a secret government program founded in case of apocalypse—and in Keith’s world, the end of the world can come in many forms. From a meteor on a collision course with Earth to the always-possible threat of nuclear war, t... read more

The Singing Guru: Legends and Adventures of Guru Nanak, the First Sikh (Sikh Saga)

Kamla K. Kapur

Part fiction, history, and mythology, this unconventional retelling of the life of divine spiritual master Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion and revered by Muslims and Hindus alike, provides an intimate look at the enlightened Guru while bringing his ancient wisdom to a modern audience.From the best-selling author of Ganesha Goes to Lunch and Rumi’s Tales from the Silk Road comes an ori... read more

Part fiction, history, and mythology, this unconventional retelling of the life of divine spiritual master Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion and revered by Muslims and Hindus alike, provides an intimate look at the enlightened Guru while bringing his ancient wisdom to a modern audience.From the best-selling author of Ganesha Goes to Lunch and Rumi’s Tales from the Silk Road comes an ori... read more

Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses

Yogrishi Ph.D. Vishvketu

Filled with chakra activation charts, images and descriptions of over eight hundred poses, and Sanskrit translation guides, this comprehensive encyclopedia makes the spirituality, practice, and language of yoga more accessible than ever before.Packed with over eight hundred individual poses performed by renowned practitioner Yogrishi Vishvketu, Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses is the m... read more

Filled with chakra activation charts, images and descriptions of over eight hundred poses, and Sanskrit translation guides, this comprehensive encyclopedia makes the spirituality, practice, and language of yoga more accessible than ever before.Packed with over eight hundred individual poses performed by renowned practitioner Yogrishi Vishvketu, Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses is the m... read more

In a World of Gods and Goddesses: The Mystic Art of Indra Sharma

James H Bae

Reformatted into a new, smaller size, the masterful Indra Sharma’s celebrated collection of traditional spiritual Indian paintings is now more affordable than ever. With painstaking detail put into each illustration, these beautiful works of art highlightExpressing his spirituality through art, Sharma’s unique masterpieces are meant to inspire peace and reflection in the viewer. With sections ... read more

Reformatted into a new, smaller size, the masterful Indra Sharma’s celebrated collection of traditional spiritual Indian paintings is now more affordable than ever. With painstaking detail put into each illustration, these beautiful works of art highlightExpressing his spirituality through art, Sharma’s unique masterpieces are meant to inspire peace and reflection in the viewer. With sections ... read more

Mile 46: Face to Face in Maasailand

Joni Binder

Discover the multifaceted culture of the African Maasai through the journal entries and photos of a young Western woman who lived among them.

Discover the multifaceted culture of the African Maasai through the journal entries and photos of a young Western woman who lived among them.

The Travelers

Elizabeth Jeannel

The town Alex calls home has always felt safe to her, until three girls her age are found dead. When Alex's father forces her mother to skip town with him, possibly for good, they leave Alex behind to fend for herself and unfold years of lies they have built her life upon. Jaze, who has been invisible by her side for months, appears just in time to eliminate any normality that remained in her ... read more

The town Alex calls home has always felt safe to her, until three girls her age are found dead. When Alex's father forces her mother to skip town with him, possibly for good, they leave Alex behind to fend for herself and unfold years of lies they have built her life upon. Jaze, who has been invisible by her side for months, appears just in time to eliminate any normality that remained in her ... read more

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen

Discover the biggest issue in conservation today. This companion to the documentary Cowspiracy explores the impacts of the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet: animal agriculture. The award-winning documentary Cowspiracy presents alarming truths about the effects of animal agriculture on the planet. One of the leading causes of deforestation, greenhouse gas production, wate... read more

Discover the biggest issue in conservation today. This companion to the documentary Cowspiracy explores the impacts of the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet: animal agriculture. The award-winning documentary Cowspiracy presents alarming truths about the effects of animal agriculture on the planet. One of the leading causes of deforestation, greenhouse gas production, wate... read more

You Go Girl: 25 Ways to Step Into Your Greatness

Chandra Broadnax-Payne

Within the heart of every woman lies a champion just waiting to be unleashed. In You Go Girl: 25 Ways to Step into Your Greatness, author and motivational speaker Chandra Broadnax-Payne will take you on an empowering, step-by-step journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and self-love. Through down-to-earth language, relatable and funny personal anecdotes, and reflection questions at the end of ... read more

Within the heart of every woman lies a champion just waiting to be unleashed. In You Go Girl: 25 Ways to Step into Your Greatness, author and motivational speaker Chandra Broadnax-Payne will take you on an empowering, step-by-step journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and self-love. Through down-to-earth language, relatable and funny personal anecdotes, and reflection questions at the end of ... read more

Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West

Joshua M. Greene

Discover the man behind the movement in this intimate biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).In 1965, a seventy-year-old man—soon to be known as Prabhupada—set sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his heart. He landed in New York at the peak of t... read more

Discover the man behind the movement in this intimate biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).In 1965, a seventy-year-old man—soon to be known as Prabhupada—set sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his heart. He landed in New York at the peak of t... read more

The Lost Amazon: The Pioneering Expeditions of Richard Evans Schultes

Wade Davis

Explore the uncharted Amazon with acclaimed botanist and pioneering Amazonian explorer, Richard Evans Schultes, guided by an intimate narrative that supplements his photography of indigenous tribes, hallucinogenic plants, stunning vistas, and much more.

Explore the uncharted Amazon with acclaimed botanist and pioneering Amazonian explorer, Richard Evans Schultes, guided by an intimate narrative that supplements his photography of indigenous tribes, hallucinogenic plants, stunning vistas, and much more.

To Tame a Human: A Dying Cat Taught Me How to Live

Bee Monarch, Mett Cat

Pet cats don’t just eat, sleep, and manipulate humans. Some, like Mett, are wise teachers who make deep, permanent changes to their beloved humans’ lives in ways that other humans cannot. To Tame a Human: A Dying Cat Taught Me How to Live is Mett’s account of how his incurable illness—kidney failure—forced his guardian, Bee Monarch, to face her weaknesses. She had to change her relationship to... read more

Pet cats don’t just eat, sleep, and manipulate humans. Some, like Mett, are wise teachers who make deep, permanent changes to their beloved humans’ lives in ways that other humans cannot. To Tame a Human: A Dying Cat Taught Me How to Live is Mett’s account of how his incurable illness—kidney failure—forced his guardian, Bee Monarch, to face her weaknesses. She had to change her relationship to... read more

Sacred Scripts: A Meditative Journey Through Tibetan Calligraphy

Tashi Mannox

Insightful quotes written in Tibetan calligraphy are paired with photos of Buddhas from around the world to create this collection of timeless iconography. Calligraphy has held an honored place in the spiritual traditions of Tibet. Monks dedicate their lives to mastering the many subtleties of the art, often spending years transcribing sacred Buddhist manuscripts. The carefully composed lines ... read more

Insightful quotes written in Tibetan calligraphy are paired with photos of Buddhas from around the world to create this collection of timeless iconography. Calligraphy has held an honored place in the spiritual traditions of Tibet. Monks dedicate their lives to mastering the many subtleties of the art, often spending years transcribing sacred Buddhist manuscripts. The carefully composed lines ... read more

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Kirk Van Brunt

I asked Courtney to copy edit my 90K word fiction manuscript. She is a professional editor who has tremendous expertise. She fixed a ton of issues I had missed and flagged various instances where word choice or plot logic were problematic. Her comments were invaluable. The result is that I got a professionally edited, super "clean" manuscript. Working with Courtney was smooth, fast, and prod...

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Kirk Van Brunt, March 2019


Robert McAdams

Courtney is my new favorite person! Throughout our project she went above and beyond the call of duty, and she did it with enthusiasm. She has been, hands down, the most reliable (I cannot emphasize that point enough) editor I have worked with here, and she worked quickly and with a high level of communication which I greatly appreciated. She also seemed to genuinely enjoy what she is doing, w...

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Robert McAdams, February 2019

Courtney Andersson

Robert was a pleasure to work with. Very clear on what he wanted, responded to questions promptly, and had a great positive attitude throughout the process.

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