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Elan Samuel

Elan Samuel - Editor

Oakland, CA, United States

Fantasy, science fiction, horror, thriller, and romance editor—while I'm not writing copy for startups.

Overview

I am primarily a developmental editor, but have experience in copyediting and proofreading as well. I will be credentialed from UC Berkeley Extension's copyediting program in April 2017.

I specialize in genre fiction, but am happy to expand my repertoire to non-fiction and the broader world of fiction, if the right project lands on my desk.

I delight in working with authors to strengthen stories, especially when those stories challenge the reader. Fiction is an extraordinary thing, capable of providing glimpses of perspectives and experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to us. Stories have the power to inspire change. To teach, entertain, and enchant. It is a distinct pleasure to work on stories, as a result.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Science Fiction Short Story

Certifications

  • Copyediting, UC Berkeley Extension

Work experience

Junior Editor

Story Perfect Editing Services
July, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

At Story Perfect, a Canada-based editorial services company, I am a junior editor specializing in developmental editing for medium-length speculative fiction. I have also served as a copyeditor and proofreader for several projects with Story Perfect.

Copywriter

Yahoo!
March, 2014 – October, 2016 (over 2 years)

I worked primarily as a copywriter, but was the de facto editor for a global marketing arm of the B2B advertising team.

Writer / Editor

Self-employed
February, 2011 – Present (almost 7 years)

The Warbler was first a book review blog, but over the years has become a catch-all space for a variety of author services, including website design, copyediting, developmental editing, and general coaching.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Impact

Andreas Christensen

In 2072 an object from outer space was discovered that threatened human civilization. A race against time began, and in 2080 the starship Exodus left Earth orbit, saving a small piece of humanity. This is the story of those left behind.

In 2072 an object from outer space was discovered that threatened human civilization. A race against time began, and in 2080 the starship Exodus left Earth orbit, saving a small piece of humanity. This is the story of those left behind.

When Time Falls Still

Brenda Margriet

Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing - securing tenure at a large, prestigious university. Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn't only Charlotte's heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked. Struggling to balance her ambitions a... read more

Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing - securing tenure at a large, prestigious university. Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn't only Charlotte's heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked. Struggling to balance her ambitions a... read more

Dark Forsaken (The Devil's Assistant) (Volume 3)

H D Smith

Last Spring, Claire was framed for the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hellspawn. Last Summer, she reawakened the fourth realm, saved the world (after almost destroying it), and wound up with the worst job ever. Now, Claire’s been locked out of her realm, given an assistant that doesn’t actually assist, and told to handle a small problem in Underworld that might just get her killed. And t... read more

Last Spring, Claire was framed for the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hellspawn. Last Summer, she reawakened the fourth realm, saved the world (after almost destroying it), and wound up with the worst job ever. Now, Claire’s been locked out of her realm, given an assistant that doesn’t actually assist, and told to handle a small problem in Underworld that might just get her killed. And t... read more

A Diamond in the Ruff (REVISED EDITION) (Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me Book 2)

Richard Nurse

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me.A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. Diamonds, dead bodies, and pack rats; one case hot and the other cold. Follow the team as Jasper and Street-Fighter team up to find the clues, and foll... read more

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me.A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. Diamonds, dead bodies, and pack rats; one case hot and the other cold. Follow the team as Jasper and Street-Fighter team up to find the clues, and foll... read more

Candie is not Always Sweet (Revised Edition) (Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me Book 1)

Richard Nurse

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me.A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. In this case my client has asked me to tail her to see if she is being followed. It doesn’t take us long to discover that she’s up to something, and th... read more

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me.A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. In this case my client has asked me to tail her to see if she is being followed. It doesn’t take us long to discover that she’s up to something, and th... read more

SERIAL Doesn't Start with a C (REVISED EDITION) (Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me) (Volume 3)

Richard Nurse

"SERIAL Doesn't Start with a C" is the third book in the "Jasper, Street-Fighter and Me" series. The story, while a continuation of the second book in the series, may be read as a stand alone novel. The events surrounding the harrowing climax of "A Diamond in the Ruff" are relived by Maggie in a dream during the Prologue. For anyone who may not know my partners or me, my name is Maggie McKenzi... read more

"SERIAL Doesn't Start with a C" is the third book in the "Jasper, Street-Fighter and Me" series. The story, while a continuation of the second book in the series, may be read as a stand alone novel. The events surrounding the harrowing climax of "A Diamond in the Ruff" are relived by Maggie in a dream during the Prologue. For anyone who may not know my partners or me, my name is Maggie McKenzi... read more

M is for Malice (Revised Edition) (Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me) (Volume 4)

Richard Nurse

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. Maggie’s newest case starts out with a bang as a driverless car plows into hers and then promptly explodes. There’s no way around it – it was a violen... read more

Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case. Maggie’s newest case starts out with a bang as a driverless car plows into hers and then promptly explodes. There’s no way around it – it was a violen... read more

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