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Crystal Watanabe

Crystal Watanabe - Editor

Honolulu, Hawaii

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

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 50 novels and 135 short stories, including shorts for three editions of The Future Chronicles.

Services
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 4 years)

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

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Auxiliary Hero Corps 2 (Superheroes Of The Hero Union Corps)

Charles Eugene Anderson

The Unofficial Motto of the Auxiliary Hero Corps 'The Few' 'The Proud' 'The Obscure' In book two, everything is not well in the city. Old foes have returned and are seeking revenge on the oldest members of the Auxiliary Hero Corps. When its newest member, Val Vega, finds himself in real danger will he continue following the restrictive rules of the Corps or will he become a rogue hero to fight... read more

The Unofficial Motto of the Auxiliary Hero Corps 'The Few' 'The Proud' 'The Obscure' In book two, everything is not well in the city. Old foes have returned and are seeking revenge on the oldest members of the Auxiliary Hero Corps. When its newest member, Val Vega, finds himself in real danger will he continue following the restrictive rules of the Corps or will he become a rogue hero to fight... read more

Backwards (The Alternate Series Book 2)

Ernie Luis

Book 2 in the Alternate Series An assassin has traveled back in time and gone rogue. A long dead daughter is now alive. And a man who lost everything suddenly has a reason to live. Timelines will be averted. Truths will be uncovered. And everything they think they know...will be backwards.

Book 2 in the Alternate Series An assassin has traveled back in time and gone rogue. A long dead daughter is now alive. And a man who lost everything suddenly has a reason to live. Timelines will be averted. Truths will be uncovered. And everything they think they know...will be backwards.

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

What's Done in the Dark

L.L. Sanders

What’s done in the dark will come to light ... Those words are engraved on the door and offer the only clue as to why I’m trapped in this windowless room with ... a chair. The old dining chair and the overwhelming sense of someone watching begins my upsetting journey to discover who’s responsible and why. Will revealing who’s behind my imprisonment be the key to my freedom?

What’s done in the dark will come to light ... Those words are engraved on the door and offer the only clue as to why I’m trapped in this windowless room with ... a chair. The old dining chair and the overwhelming sense of someone watching begins my upsetting journey to discover who’s responsible and why. Will revealing who’s behind my imprisonment be the key to my freedom?

The Gems of Time (Search for the Lion's Eye Book 1)

Brandon Waggle

Mike Granite had always dreamed of hitting it big. That dream became a reality when the encryption software he developed became the new industry standard. Success and money came faster than he had ever expected, and with it also came some unique opportunities, the latest of which is his hobby of studying ancient civilizations and the mystery of their connection. As he gets nearer to the truth,... read more

Mike Granite had always dreamed of hitting it big. That dream became a reality when the encryption software he developed became the new industry standard. Success and money came faster than he had ever expected, and with it also came some unique opportunities, the latest of which is his hobby of studying ancient civilizations and the mystery of their connection. As he gets nearer to the truth,... read more

Agroland

Daniel Arthur Smith

In the Desert no one can Hear you ScreamIn a desolate desert, members of an isolated agricultural station discover a dehydrated, delirious stranger. His weak frame is thin, desiccated. His blistered flesh is wooden, and in his madness, a faint raspy chant slips from his near lipless mouth, “So many, not enough. So many, not enough.”

In the Desert no one can Hear you ScreamIn a desolate desert, members of an isolated agricultural station discover a dehydrated, delirious stranger. His weak frame is thin, desiccated. His blistered flesh is wooden, and in his madness, a faint raspy chant slips from his near lipless mouth, “So many, not enough. So many, not enough.”

Elysian Fields

Anne Gabriels

This is a science fiction story of the world gone wrong that will capture your imagination and stay with you long after you finish it. It is a story of a future that could become reality, if we are not vigilant.Elysian Fields was built after the Great Quakes on the outskirts of a former metropolis. The Elysians would have expanded the city further, but they were blocked by the fog. Venturing t... read more

This is a science fiction story of the world gone wrong that will capture your imagination and stay with you long after you finish it. It is a story of a future that could become reality, if we are not vigilant.Elysian Fields was built after the Great Quakes on the outskirts of a former metropolis. The Elysians would have expanded the city further, but they were blocked by the fog. Venturing t... read more

Mountain Son

L.C. Graves

Former Denver police officer and ex-security contractor Lewis Garrison finds his unfulfilled, flashback-ridden world shaken when he investigates the disappearance of his brother in the unforgiving, frigid mountains of southwest Colorado. Garrison’s journey quickly collides with the far reaching corruption and wealth associated with Mexican drug cartels. If he has any chance of surviving or det... read more

Former Denver police officer and ex-security contractor Lewis Garrison finds his unfulfilled, flashback-ridden world shaken when he investigates the disappearance of his brother in the unforgiving, frigid mountains of southwest Colorado. Garrison’s journey quickly collides with the far reaching corruption and wealth associated with Mexican drug cartels. If he has any chance of surviving or det... read more

The Somali Deception (Cameron Kincaid Book 2)

Daniel Arthur Smith

When a former lover is abducted from a hijacked yacht,Cameron Kincaid is en route to rescue.Destined to discover that the true Somali Pirates live in the London luxury suites of The May Fair Hotel, wear tailored Savile Row suits, and deal high stakes in the lounges of Paris, Ibiza, and Dubai.From explosive incursions to clandestine infiltrations, the action is nonstop and the deceptions are ma... read more

When a former lover is abducted from a hijacked yacht,Cameron Kincaid is en route to rescue.Destined to discover that the true Somali Pirates live in the London luxury suites of The May Fair Hotel, wear tailored Savile Row suits, and deal high stakes in the lounges of Paris, Ibiza, and Dubai.From explosive incursions to clandestine infiltrations, the action is nonstop and the deceptions are ma... read more

Nurse Your Skin To Health: Two RN's Journey into Beauty, Business and Beyond

Nan Brown RN, Lil Bogdan RN

Restoring your skin’s natural glow has never been easier than with Nan Brown and Lil Bogdan’s Nurse Your Skin to Health.With chemical-laden products stripping the skin, most women don’t realize that the expensive washes, lotions, and creams they buy may actually be causing more harm than good. As registered nurses with more than twenty years of experience working with burn patients and others ... read more

Restoring your skin’s natural glow has never been easier than with Nan Brown and Lil Bogdan’s Nurse Your Skin to Health.With chemical-laden products stripping the skin, most women don’t realize that the expensive washes, lotions, and creams they buy may actually be causing more harm than good. As registered nurses with more than twenty years of experience working with burn patients and others ... read more

The Extraordinary Adventures of Normal Norman & the Myhr of Atlantium

Tim Goehle

Norman Skylair is a thirteen year old normal boy, just trying to enjoy his normal life. He made a lot of plans for the summer prior to entering high school. Unfortunately a secret society, which his family belongs to, decides to change that by sending his parents on a priority mission. Norman is left with his strange uncle on a research vessel in the harbor until an urgent distress call comes ... read more

Norman Skylair is a thirteen year old normal boy, just trying to enjoy his normal life. He made a lot of plans for the summer prior to entering high school. Unfortunately a secret society, which his family belongs to, decides to change that by sending his parents on a priority mission. Norman is left with his strange uncle on a research vessel in the harbor until an urgent distress call comes ... read more

New Sun Rising: Ten Stories

Lindsay Edmunds

New Sun Rising tells the story of Kedzie Greer, a girl who looks beyond the walls of her perfect community in search for more. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States. In the stories, technology coexists with a haunted world. There are witches and robots, ghosts and e-beasts. Networld, too, is haunted. Tribes of e-beasts look down on the human race and interfere when it suits them. Th... read more

New Sun Rising tells the story of Kedzie Greer, a girl who looks beyond the walls of her perfect community in search for more. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States. In the stories, technology coexists with a haunted world. There are witches and robots, ghosts and e-beasts. Networld, too, is haunted. Tribes of e-beasts look down on the human race and interfere when it suits them. Th... read more

Sand Saga: Sarfer (Kindle Worlds Short Story)

Daniel Arthur Smith

Sarfer is the story of Mattie, a sailmaker's son. When the great wall of Springston fell, he lost his father. But his father's words resonated, "When you fall down, get back up." So Mattie persevered and rode the wind to the brigands to become a courier, transporting anything anywhere, no questions asked.

Sarfer is the story of Mattie, a sailmaker's son. When the great wall of Springston fell, he lost his father. But his father's words resonated, "When you fall down, get back up." So Mattie persevered and rode the wind to the brigands to become a courier, transporting anything anywhere, no questions asked.

Hugh Howey Lives

Daniel Arthur Smith

Can an AI write a novel? In 2174 authors are obsolete. With the exception of a few human ‘Author’ titles printed in the small basement and back room Libraries, all stories are created by the Artificial Intelligence of the Archive. Most believe the ‘Authors’ are only brands to lure people into spending their credits on print. One woman believes that one of them, author Hugh Howey, is real, and ... read more

Can an AI write a novel? In 2174 authors are obsolete. With the exception of a few human ‘Author’ titles printed in the small basement and back room Libraries, all stories are created by the Artificial Intelligence of the Archive. Most believe the ‘Authors’ are only brands to lure people into spending their credits on print. One woman believes that one of them, author Hugh Howey, is real, and ... 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 Pearl Diver (Seven Worlds Saga Book 1)

S. Elliot Brandis

I’m Elsie, from the planet Caelum. It’s 96% ocean, but that’s okay. Out of all six planets (or seven, if you believe the myths), we’re the only people with gills. I can breathe underwater for minutes at a time, discovering the secrets of the deep-sea. Diving is my first love. But not everybody understands. Each year they run a competition—a single black pearl is dropped into the ocean, and gra... read more

I’m Elsie, from the planet Caelum. It’s 96% ocean, but that’s okay. Out of all six planets (or seven, if you believe the myths), we’re the only people with gills. I can breathe underwater for minutes at a time, discovering the secrets of the deep-sea. Diving is my first love. But not everybody understands. Each year they run a competition—a single black pearl is dropped into the ocean, and gra... 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

Special Counsel (The Adam Drake Series Book 5)

Scott Matthews

A new cold war is forging a dangerous alliance between two of America’s oldest enemies. Both want to rebuild old empires; one with its bloody sword and the other by arming its proxies to do its fighting.Iran is ready to retaliate against the U.S. for Israel’s attack on its nuclear facilities. Russia has the weapons to make the strike a success. Unless they’re stopped in time, Iran and Russia w... read more

A new cold war is forging a dangerous alliance between two of America’s oldest enemies. Both want to rebuild old empires; one with its bloody sword and the other by arming its proxies to do its fighting.Iran is ready to retaliate against the U.S. for Israel’s attack on its nuclear facilities. Russia has the weapons to make the strike a success. Unless they’re stopped in time, Iran and Russia w... 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 Cyborg Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 9)

Samuel Peralta, Susan Kaye Quinn, Ken Liu, Annie Bellet, A.K. Meek, P.K. Tyler, Artie Cabrera, Paul K. Swardstrom, Eric Tozzi, Michael Patrick Hicks, Moira Katson

Cyborgs. Part-robot. Part-human. Even now, with our pacemakers, our holographic eyewear, our cybernetic limbs, it is difficult to deny that we are approaching an age when the line between humankind and machine is beginning to blur.In the age of the 'post-human' being, in a world when your humanity can be measured by the number of electro-mechanical components that have replaced your biological... read more

Cyborgs. Part-robot. Part-human. Even now, with our pacemakers, our holographic eyewear, our cybernetic limbs, it is difficult to deny that we are approaching an age when the line between humankind and machine is beginning to blur.In the age of the 'post-human' being, in a world when your humanity can be measured by the number of electro-mechanical components that have replaced your biological... 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

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