Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

As an editor and story coach, I would be pleased to assist you in taking your children's or YA outline or manuscript to the next level.

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Overview

I'm an editor who provide critiques and developmental editing (not copy editing) and I'm a story coach. I specialize in children's and YA manuscripts, including fiction and nonfiction.

Languages
English (CAN)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (about 10 years)

I am a freelance editor and story coach specializing in children's books and other materials. I offer editing services of children's book manuscripts (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, graphic novels), YA. I edit selected nonfiction and verse novels. I provide critiques of adult fiction (short stories, novels), as well as selected nonfiction. I also edit query letters.

I offer critiques, developmental editing, line editing, beta-reading, and coaching.

Editor-critiquer-story coach

Self-employed
August, 1988 – Present (over 30 years)

I have been working in the world of publishing for over 30 years. I critique and edit manuscripts, and am a story-coach, for a growing list of clients. I have worked as a writer and editor in educational publishing for over 25 years. I am the author of over 30 children's and YA books, including board books, picture books, MG, graphic nonfiction, nonfiction, and YA.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Ara the Star Engineer

Komal Singh

This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers.Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! A ... read more

This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers.Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! A ... read more

Lola the Ladybug

Sarah M Brinson

From dance celebrity and leading youth mentor Sarah Brinson, Lola The Ladybug aims to inspire children to recognize their own beauty, and encourages them to wholeheartedly embrace their individuality through taking pride in their differences. This book facilitates positive thinking, reminding children to be caring and compassionate to one another.

From dance celebrity and leading youth mentor Sarah Brinson, Lola The Ladybug aims to inspire children to recognize their own beauty, and encourages them to wholeheartedly embrace their individuality through taking pride in their differences. This book facilitates positive thinking, reminding children to be caring and compassionate to one another.

Culmination

Holly Smith

When Ethan and his sister Ilana decided to use much of their wealth to buy, secure, and outfit a luxurious, isolated shelter, they didn’t expect TEOTWAWKI to become a reality. When it happened, they didn’t expect to so quickly find three others with whom they could share the shelter as family. When they did, they welcomed them, secure in the knowledge that together, they would be able to survi... read more

When Ethan and his sister Ilana decided to use much of their wealth to buy, secure, and outfit a luxurious, isolated shelter, they didn’t expect TEOTWAWKI to become a reality. When it happened, they didn’t expect to so quickly find three others with whom they could share the shelter as family. When they did, they welcomed them, secure in the knowledge that together, they would be able to survi... read more

The King of Average

Gary Schwartz

James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average. He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professi... read more

James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average. He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professi... read more

What’S Wrong with Sunny?

Amitha Kalaichandran

Sometimes you might not feel like you usually do. Try as you might, you cant figure out whats wrong. You just know you dont feel right.In her childrens book Whats Wrong with Sunny? author Amitha Kalaichandran tells the story of what happens when Sunny the giraffe wakes up one day and doesnt feel quite like herself. She usually feels well, but not today. Her heart is beating fast, her head is h... read more

Sometimes you might not feel like you usually do. Try as you might, you cant figure out whats wrong. You just know you dont feel right.In her childrens book Whats Wrong with Sunny? author Amitha Kalaichandran tells the story of what happens when Sunny the giraffe wakes up one day and doesnt feel quite like herself. She usually feels well, but not today. Her heart is beating fast, her head is h... read more

Snot, Snails and Salamander Tails

Ann Campbell

The troll is having a bad week. He has a runny nose, a headache, and those noisy grandkids of Grandpa Gruff keep tap dancing on the bridge above his pot of stew. If he could just trick them into his pot, then his stew would be much tastier than the snot, snails and salamander tails that he has to eat every day.

The troll is having a bad week. He has a runny nose, a headache, and those noisy grandkids of Grandpa Gruff keep tap dancing on the bridge above his pot of stew. If he could just trick them into his pot, then his stew would be much tastier than the snot, snails and salamander tails that he has to eat every day.

Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In

Kelly Anne Winsa

Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In: girls now have their answer to the Wimpy Kid series for boys."The classroom door opens slowly and a leaf blows in. It is a colored one even though we start school in late August and the trees outside are all green. A girl walks in.She has the palest skin I have ever seen. Maybe it is transparent. I can see little blue veins. I think, oh, maybe that is because of ... read more

Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In: girls now have their answer to the Wimpy Kid series for boys."The classroom door opens slowly and a leaf blows in. It is a colored one even though we start school in late August and the trees outside are all green. A girl walks in.She has the palest skin I have ever seen. Maybe it is transparent. I can see little blue veins. I think, oh, maybe that is because of ... read more

DNA: the elephant in the lab: the truth about the origin of life

Orson Wedgwood

The Western Establishment has abandoned its Judaeo-Christian roots and adopted an increasingly atheistic stance. Some members of this elite openly ridicule any who believe that life was not due to random processes. Are they right? Is it really that stupid to believe that life might have been the result of intelligent initiation, or is such belief the only rational response to the data?This is ... read more

The Western Establishment has abandoned its Judaeo-Christian roots and adopted an increasingly atheistic stance. Some members of this elite openly ridicule any who believe that life was not due to random processes. Are they right? Is it really that stupid to believe that life might have been the result of intelligent initiation, or is such belief the only rational response to the data?This is ... read more

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