Crystal Watanabe

Crystal Watanabe - Editor

Honolulu, Hawaii

Creative, critical, helpful, and occasionally quite witty, I love cooking, writing, reading, and napping.

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Overview

A freelance editor with a focus on fiction, I got my start beta reading for bestselling author Hugh Howey. My personal favorite fiction genres include science fiction and fantasy, mystery/thriller, and middle-grade fiction. I have edited over 100 novels and 185 short stories, including shorts for six editions of The Future Chronicles.

NOTE: Please do not inquire about immediate availability. I am typically booked a solid three months in advance.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Horror
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
February, 2014 – Present (almost 5 years)

Please refer to my website to review my most current list of experience.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

A.L.I.V.E. (The A.L.I.V.E.Series Book 1)

R.D. Brady

Are we alone in the universe? The United States government has known the answer for decades.And that answer is about to escape.__________________________________________Reports of unknown objects in the sky date back hundreds of years. But since the early twentieth century, the frequency of those reports has increased dramatically.In response, the United States government has been looking for ... read more

Are we alone in the universe? The United States government has known the answer for decades.And that answer is about to escape.__________________________________________Reports of unknown objects in the sky date back hundreds of years. But since the early twentieth century, the frequency of those reports has increased dramatically.In response, the United States government has been looking for ... read more

The Tracker

Chad Zunker

Sam doesn't have a business card. Nothing that says Samuel W. Callahan, Political Tracker, Esq. Instead, he gets paid to hide in crowds, following candidates on the campaign trail to record their every misstep, public and private. It's something Sam's oddly good at since he grew up on the streets. And it's not like he has anyone waiting for him at home. After a life spent in and out of foster ... read more

Sam doesn't have a business card. Nothing that says Samuel W. Callahan, Political Tracker, Esq. Instead, he gets paid to hide in crowds, following candidates on the campaign trail to record their every misstep, public and private. It's something Sam's oddly good at since he grew up on the streets. And it's not like he has anyone waiting for him at home. After a life spent in and out of foster ... read more

Chimera (Universe Eventual Book 1)

N.J. Tanger, Nathan Beauchamp, Rachael Tanger, Joshua Russell

The fate of Earth's first colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a rogue hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.Earth went silent over a decade ago. No contact, no resupply. If something doesn't change, the colony will go extinct. The only way to restore communication with Earth is the... read more

The fate of Earth's first colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a rogue hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.Earth went silent over a decade ago. No contact, no resupply. If something doesn't change, the colony will go extinct. The only way to restore communication with Earth is the... read more

The Mage and the Magpie: Magemother Book 1 (A Kids Fantasy Adventure Book Series for Teens and Young Adults)

Austin J. Bailey

An invisible girl. A missing mage. A world in need…Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ... read more

An invisible girl. A missing mage. A world in need…Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ... read more

The Belial Library (The Belial Series Book 2)

R.D. Brady

AN ANCIENT CACHE OF KNOWLEDGEAN IDENTITY LONG HIDDEN AND A BRUTAL THEFT THAT MAY DESTROY US ALLOver decades, evidence of an incredible treasure, hidden in the forests of Ecuador, had been gathered by a Roman Catholic priest. The rumors of the treasure date back to the Conquistadors and tales of storehouses of Incan gold. But Professor Delaney McPhearson believes the treasure is older than the ... read more

AN ANCIENT CACHE OF KNOWLEDGEAN IDENTITY LONG HIDDEN AND A BRUTAL THEFT THAT MAY DESTROY US ALLOver decades, evidence of an incredible treasure, hidden in the forests of Ecuador, had been gathered by a Roman Catholic priest. The rumors of the treasure date back to the Conquistadors and tales of storehouses of Incan gold. But Professor Delaney McPhearson believes the treasure is older than the ... read more

The Gallery of Wonders: Books for kids: A magical children's fantasy series. (Magora Book 1)

Marc Remus

A mysterious children’s book series that takes you on a journey into a world full of magic and art. When eleven year-old Holly falls into a fantasy painting, she embarks on a thrilling adventure in the parallel world of Magora. There, she must learn to weave painting with magic to survive the threat of the Unfinished—monstrous beings created when an artist leaves a painting incomplete.Book sum... read more

A mysterious children’s book series that takes you on a journey into a world full of magic and art. When eleven year-old Holly falls into a fantasy painting, she embarks on a thrilling adventure in the parallel world of Magora. There, she must learn to weave painting with magic to survive the threat of the Unfinished—monstrous beings created when an artist leaves a painting incomplete.Book sum... read more

The Paradise Twin: Magemother Book 2 (A Kids Fantasy Adventure Book Series for Teens and Young Adults)

Austin J. Bailey

In one summer Brinley has gone from small town girl to Magemother, a powerful figure in the magical kingdom of Aberdeen. Now she must find the missing mages and restore their power before the evil festering in the Wizard's Ire has a chance to escape. Meanwhile her newest mage, Hugo, is drawn into a battle for his soul that may just tear him apart.The Paradise Twin is the second book in Austin ... read more

In one summer Brinley has gone from small town girl to Magemother, a powerful figure in the magical kingdom of Aberdeen. Now she must find the missing mages and restore their power before the evil festering in the Wizard's Ire has a chance to escape. Meanwhile her newest mage, Hugo, is drawn into a battle for his soul that may just tear him apart.The Paradise Twin is the second book in Austin ... read more

The Doomsday Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 11)

Samuel Peralta, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, E.R. Arroyo, Ann Christy, K. J. Colt, Monica Enderle Pierce, James Knapp, Holly Heisey, Saul Tanpepper, S. Elliot Brandis, Terry R. Hill, Aaron Hubble, Therin Knite, Daniel Arthur Smith, Matthew Alan Thyer

Doomsday. The end of the world as we know it. Some say it will end in fire, some say in ice. Some say it will end with a bang, some with a whimper.In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies, created by award-winning author and series editor Samuel Peralta, fifteen authors confront the Apocalypse, the end of days, the undiscovered country from whi... read more

Doomsday. The end of the world as we know it. Some say it will end in fire, some say in ice. Some say it will end with a bang, some with a whimper.In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies, created by award-winning author and series editor Samuel Peralta, fifteen authors confront the Apocalypse, the end of days, the undiscovered country from whi... read more

The Time Travel Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 7)

Samuel Peralta, Robert J. Sawyer, Rysa Walker, Lucas Bale, Anthony Vicino, Ernie Lindsey, Carol Davis, Stefan Bolz, Ann Christy, Tracy Banghart, Michael Holden, Daniel Arthur Smith, Ernie Luis, Erik Wecks

Time travel. Humanity has long imagined what it would be like to be able to create a time machine, what we might see if we could travel into the future, or be transported to the distant past. And what if it were possible to travel into our own, more recent past? Would we be able to change our present, or are we prisoners of predestination? Is fate what we make of it?In this latest title in the... read more

Time travel. Humanity has long imagined what it would be like to be able to create a time machine, what we might see if we could travel into the future, or be transported to the distant past. And what if it were possible to travel into our own, more recent past? Would we be able to change our present, or are we prisoners of predestination? Is fate what we make of it?In this latest title in the... read more

Protect (The Unwelcome Trilogy Book 1)

R.D. Brady

THE GREATEST DEVASTATION IN HISTORY.A SECRET THAT WILL ALTER HUMANITY FOREVER. TODAY, THE TRUE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL BEGINS. ____________________________________________Deep within the remnants of the United States, Lyla Richards oversees a camp of two hundred survivors. In a world where living is an everyday struggle and only through banding together can people survive, the arrival of the Unwelc... read more

THE GREATEST DEVASTATION IN HISTORY.A SECRET THAT WILL ALTER HUMANITY FOREVER. TODAY, THE TRUE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL BEGINS. ____________________________________________Deep within the remnants of the United States, Lyla Richards oversees a camp of two hundred survivors. In a world where living is an everyday struggle and only through banding together can people survive, the arrival of the Unwelc... read more

Clear Sky: Book 1 of Painting the Mists

Patrick Laplante

Du Cha Ming was a normal person. Going with the flow, never making any real decisions. But then as Cha Ming begins to question his place in the universe, a fateful encounter gives him another chance at life. A chance that takes him to a place where he can make his own destiny.Reborn in an ancient land filled with demons, devils, and angels, Cha Ming finds himself facing challenges he never ima... read more

Du Cha Ming was a normal person. Going with the flow, never making any real decisions. But then as Cha Ming begins to question his place in the universe, a fateful encounter gives him another chance at life. A chance that takes him to a place where he can make his own destiny.Reborn in an ancient land filled with demons, devils, and angels, Cha Ming finds himself facing challenges he never ima... read more

The Gorgon Bride

Galen Surlak-Ramsey

THE GODS ARE FUNNY.Except when you piss them off.Then they suck.They really, really suck.(Really). Alexander Weiss discovers this tidbit when he inadvertently insults Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and she casts him away on a forgotten isle filled with statues.Being marooned is bad enough, but the fact that the island is also the home of Euryale, elder sister to Medusa, makes the situation a touch... read more

THE GODS ARE FUNNY.Except when you piss them off.Then they suck.They really, really suck.(Really). Alexander Weiss discovers this tidbit when he inadvertently insults Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and she casts him away on a forgotten isle filled with statues.Being marooned is bad enough, but the fact that the island is also the home of Euryale, elder sister to Medusa, makes the situation a touch... read more

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