Griffin Smith

Griffin Smith - Editor

Hilo, HI, USA

Book Editor | Developmental Editor of Fiction and Memoir | Copyediting and Proofreading Services.

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I’m Griffin Smith, an editorial project manager with over 15 years of developmental editing, line editing, and publishing experience.

I have worked as a freelance developmental editor for many book publishers, including Barnes and Noble, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, and Collectors Press, among others.

I specialize in editing fiction (e.g., Crime/Thriller, Science fiction/Fantasy, Dystopian, Action/Adventure, and other genres) as well as creative nonfiction (Memoirs & Biographies).

I offer services in:
  • Developmental editing
  • Substantive editing
  • Manuscript editing
  • Structural editing
  • Line editing
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading

I work with first-time writers looking to publish, as well as veteran authors to forge their fiction into magnificent, salable works of art.

I will edit your story completely.

That means I’ll do an editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading.

After the editing process, I can help you publish your book. I’ll walk you through the hurdles of cover design, formatting, and self-publishing.

I’ll show you how and personally help you make your story into a hardcover, paperback, and/or Kindle eBook.

Allow me to apply my professional editing experience; I will help you take your story from manuscript to market.

Please leave me a message if you need more information or are looking for a specific service. I’ll work with you to develop an editing plan. Ask as many questions as you like, I’m happy to answer them.

All the best,
Griffin Smith
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Dystopian
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Book Editing Services

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 8 years)

GS Editing believes that craft reigns supreme. Readers want great stories, and writers who can deliver them will have careers that last.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Year Without Summer: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

Jack Hunt

What if the sleeping giant beneath Yellowstone erupted?When recently divorced Catherine Shaw tries to reconnect with her young son Jordan by taking him on vacation in Yellowstone park, a series of disturbing events lead her to believe that the dormant supervolcano is on the brink of erupting. With the clocking ticking down and the aid of a damaged deputy park ranger, they will have to do more ... read more

What if the sleeping giant beneath Yellowstone erupted?When recently divorced Catherine Shaw tries to reconnect with her young son Jordan by taking him on vacation in Yellowstone park, a series of disturbing events lead her to believe that the dormant supervolcano is on the brink of erupting. With the clocking ticking down and the aid of a damaged deputy park ranger, they will have to do more ... read more

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries

Martha Wells

A USA Today bestsellerThe "I love Murderbot!" ―Ann LeckieArtificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems RedIt has a dark past―one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it... read more

A USA Today bestsellerThe "I love Murderbot!" ―Ann LeckieArtificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems RedIt has a dark past―one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it... read more

Shockwave (Star Kingdom)

Lindsay Buroker

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes? And nobody told you?Casmir Dabrowski would laugh if someone asked him that. After all, he had to build a robot to protect himself from bullies when he was in school. Fortunately, life is a little better these days. He’s an accomplished robotics engineer, a respected professor, and he almost never gets picked on in the lunchroom. But he’s positive... read more

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes? And nobody told you?Casmir Dabrowski would laugh if someone asked him that. After all, he had to build a robot to protect himself from bullies when he was in school. Fortunately, life is a little better these days. He’s an accomplished robotics engineer, a respected professor, and he almost never gets picked on in the lunchroom. But he’s positive... read more

Lost Valley (Extinction Survival Book 1)

Walt Browning

War has a way of following some people... John Eric Carver and Shrek are a retired Navy SEAL war dog team, now living in the mountains outside of San Diego. Both man and dog thought their life was now settled, finding peace on the forty acre ranch they had moved to. But life, and a mutated virus, changed all that.Now, they have to survive a worldwide pandemic. Taking refuge in a nearby Boy Sco... read more

War has a way of following some people... John Eric Carver and Shrek are a retired Navy SEAL war dog team, now living in the mountains outside of San Diego. Both man and dog thought their life was now settled, finding peace on the forty acre ranch they had moved to. But life, and a mutated virus, changed all that.Now, they have to survive a worldwide pandemic. Taking refuge in a nearby Boy Sco... read more

Spirit Legacy (The Gateway Trilogy Book 1)

E.E. Holmes

"The Gateway is open..."These cryptic words wake college student Jess Ballard from a terrifying dream into an even more terrifying reality.Jess' life has never been what anyone would call easy; doing damage control in the wake of your nomadic, alcoholic mother doesn't exactly make for a storybook childhood. But now her world has fallen apart just when it should be coming together: her mother g... read more

"The Gateway is open..."These cryptic words wake college student Jess Ballard from a terrifying dream into an even more terrifying reality.Jess' life has never been what anyone would call easy; doing damage control in the wake of your nomadic, alcoholic mother doesn't exactly make for a storybook childhood. But now her world has fallen apart just when it should be coming together: her mother g... read more

The Last Storm

Jack Hunt

How far would you go to survive?Following the death of his son, Alex Riley moves to a small town with his family to take a position from a recently deceased police officer. However, their peaceful existence is shattered when a sudden catastrophic storm sweeps the nation and they find themselves trapped in the town's fourteen-story building with local gang boss Cayden Jones.When Alex learns the... read more

How far would you go to survive?Following the death of his son, Alex Riley moves to a small town with his family to take a position from a recently deceased police officer. However, their peaceful existence is shattered when a sudden catastrophic storm sweeps the nation and they find themselves trapped in the town's fourteen-story building with local gang boss Cayden Jones.When Alex learns the... read more

The Last War: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survivor Thriller (The Last War Series Book 1)

Ryan Schow

With thousands of copies sold and millions of pages read, The Last War is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that’s perfect for fans of Jack Hunt, Ryan Westfield, Harley Tate and Bruno Miller. The end of one world marks the beginning of another... With San Francisco literally crashing down all around her, and her family scattered about the city, Cincinnati McNamara will fight for a daughter who may... read more

With thousands of copies sold and millions of pages read, The Last War is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that’s perfect for fans of Jack Hunt, Ryan Westfield, Harley Tate and Bruno Miller. The end of one world marks the beginning of another... With San Francisco literally crashing down all around her, and her family scattered about the city, Cincinnati McNamara will fight for a daughter who may... read more

A Dark Foretoken (Tales of the Seventh Book 3)

Marc Alan Edelheit

The best-selling, award-winning author of Stiger's Tigers delivers the next action-packed installment in the Tales of the Seventh series.Where a Stiger goes, death follows… Stiger has survived the brutal ordeal at Fort Covenant, which saw his company shattered and an enemy army destroyed. The campaign season has finally drawn to a close, and Stiger is looking forward to the relatively quiet mo... read more

The best-selling, award-winning author of Stiger's Tigers delivers the next action-packed installment in the Tales of the Seventh series.Where a Stiger goes, death follows… Stiger has survived the brutal ordeal at Fort Covenant, which saw his company shattered and an enemy army destroyed. The campaign season has finally drawn to a close, and Stiger is looking forward to the relatively quiet mo... read more

Beasts Beyond The Wall (Brothers Of The Sands Book 1)

Robert Low

The fate of Rome hangs on a mad mission to the edge of the world…Drust and Kag, two ring-hardened fighters who won their freedom with blood, are met with an unusual request. The mysterious, powerful Servilius Structus sends them deep into Scotland, land of the Caledonii, to find and secure a woman and her young son. Accompanied by Ugo, Quintus, Manius and Sibanus, this crew of ex–gladiator rog... read more

The fate of Rome hangs on a mad mission to the edge of the world…Drust and Kag, two ring-hardened fighters who won their freedom with blood, are met with an unusual request. The mysterious, powerful Servilius Structus sends them deep into Scotland, land of the Caledonii, to find and secure a woman and her young son. Accompanied by Ugo, Quintus, Manius and Sibanus, this crew of ex–gladiator rog... read more

Clay Legionary (Clay Warrior Stories Book 1)

J. Clifton Slater

All heroes have an origin - some are more noble than othersA gladius is a short sword. A prodigy is a talented youth. Put them together and people die.Welcome to the world of 271 B.C. Going further than historical fiction, the Clay Warrior Stories are adventure books that make you want to grab a gladius and join the fight. Set in the years before the First Punic War, they follow the exploits o... read more

All heroes have an origin - some are more noble than othersA gladius is a short sword. A prodigy is a talented youth. Put them together and people die.Welcome to the world of 271 B.C. Going further than historical fiction, the Clay Warrior Stories are adventure books that make you want to grab a gladius and join the fight. Set in the years before the First Punic War, they follow the exploits o... read more

Wild Blue Yonder (Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers Series Book 1)

Jack B. Rochester

Over 650 Vietnam War novels have been published, mostly dark tales from the war zone. In Wild Blue Yonder, Airman Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers goes not to Vietnam but Germany, straight into a military Catch-22. His assignment: writing stories for the Stars and Stripes newspaper that will never see print. Nate's adventure deepens as he and his fellow troops try to understand why they're there, t... read more

Over 650 Vietnam War novels have been published, mostly dark tales from the war zone. In Wild Blue Yonder, Airman Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers goes not to Vietnam but Germany, straight into a military Catch-22. His assignment: writing stories for the Stars and Stripes newspaper that will never see print. Nate's adventure deepens as he and his fellow troops try to understand why they're there, t... read more

The Point of Light (Historical Fiction Book 1)

John Ellsworth

AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18May 1940 - Paris. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Claire hears the devastating news: the German army has invaded her homeland, and her beloved Paris has fallen. Within months, her life is turned upside-down. She takes in an orphaned Jewish toddler only days bef... read more

AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18May 1940 - Paris. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Claire hears the devastating news: the German army has invaded her homeland, and her beloved Paris has fallen. Within months, her life is turned upside-down. She takes in an orphaned Jewish toddler only days bef... read more

Things I'll Never forget: Memories of a Marine in Viet Nam

James M. Dixon

Things I’ll never forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his... read more

Things I’ll never forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his... read more

Lone Star Odyssey: First Steps

David Wilson

After over 20 years in the USMC and coming off a five year tour as a contractor in Afghanistan all Talon Clark wanted to do was spend time with his kids and wife on his ranch in Texas. Occasionally, taking a short term contract job to pay the bills, Talon is marooned in Washington, D.C. when the nation is attacked by a series of false flag operations against our infrastructure and is then deva... read more

After over 20 years in the USMC and coming off a five year tour as a contractor in Afghanistan all Talon Clark wanted to do was spend time with his kids and wife on his ranch in Texas. Occasionally, taking a short term contract job to pay the bills, Talon is marooned in Washington, D.C. when the nation is attacked by a series of false flag operations against our infrastructure and is then deva... read more

A Barbarian in Rome's Legions

Mark Richards

The year is 44 BC. The Roman Republic, or what remains of it, is in turmoil after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Powerful men vie for supremacy in the vacuum created by Caesar's death. Marcus Antonius, Octavius Caesar, and Marcus Lepidus form a ruling junta known as the Triumvirate. They are pitted against the assassins of Caesar, who call themselves the Liberators. Far to the north, on t... read more

The year is 44 BC. The Roman Republic, or what remains of it, is in turmoil after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Powerful men vie for supremacy in the vacuum created by Caesar's death. Marcus Antonius, Octavius Caesar, and Marcus Lepidus form a ruling junta known as the Triumvirate. They are pitted against the assassins of Caesar, who call themselves the Liberators. Far to the north, on t... read more

Black Ops (Expeditionary Force)

Craig Alanson

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded 'Not so much'... now they have to deal with the consequences.

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded 'Not so much'... now they have to deal with the consequences.

Hell Divers (The Hell Divers Series Book 1)

Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling seriesThey dive so humanity survives …More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the... read more

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling seriesThey dive so humanity survives …More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the... read more

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1)

Dennis Taylor

Bobiverse fans: a signed limited edition of all three books in a boxed set, signed by the author, is now available on Amazon. Look for The Bobiverse [Signed Limited Edition] on AmazonBob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossin... read more

Bobiverse fans: a signed limited edition of all three books in a boxed set, signed by the author, is now available on Amazon. Look for The Bobiverse [Signed Limited Edition] on AmazonBob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossin... read more

Harley Merlin 5: Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell

Bella Forrest

Magic always comes at a price.Harley is a ticking time bomb, ready to detonate with uncontrollable magic. The only solution? Find the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, make some risky deals, and balance the Light and Darkness within her—before she’s torn apart, atom by atom.If only she didn’t have a million other problems standing in her way.The new Director of the San Diego Coven isn’t exactly fri... read more

Magic always comes at a price.Harley is a ticking time bomb, ready to detonate with uncontrollable magic. The only solution? Find the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, make some risky deals, and balance the Light and Darkness within her—before she’s torn apart, atom by atom.If only she didn’t have a million other problems standing in her way.The new Director of the San Diego Coven isn’t exactly fri... read more

Griffin has 11 reviews

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Tom Roberts
Another great proofreading job by Griffin. The work was done in a timely manner and within my budget. Even though the story collection had been through a copyedit, Griffin found a number of errors and places for improvement.

Tom Roberts, November 2019


Jason Sullivan
Griffin smoothed out my manuscript and offered great insight. Easy to work with too. Thanks!

Jason Sullivan, October 2019


Lamar Rutherford
Griffin did an excellent job. He's clearly very professional and had great feedback.

Lamar Rutherford, October 2019


Edgar Scott
Griffin completed the collaboration ahead of schedule. He is enthusiastic and has helped me see my own shortcomings clearer. I am encouraged to continue pursuing the craft after interacting and collaborating with Griffin.

Edgar Scott, October 2019


Donna Harris
I did not pick Griffin because he was the least expensive. I picked him because of his professional response. He was very precise as to what I could expect and he really delivered. I could tell he truly read every line I wrote and was very specific with the critique of every line; chapter; and overall development. I wasn't looking to be stroked. I was looking for an honest evaluation and p...
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Donna Harris, October 2019

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