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Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson - Editor

Auburn, United States

Copy editor with experience in contemp and paranormal romance, suspense, and fantasy. As a published author, I can help make your work sing!

Overview

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I have more than thirty years in copy editing and developmental editing both fiction and nonfiction, including two years as the founding copy editor for Entangled Publishing. My copy-edited works include best-selling paranormals by authors such as Laura Kaye and Jennifer Armentrout, and I'm a wiz at uncovering POV slips and run-on sentences. I love editing all genres of romance fiction with experience in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, fantasy romance, and romantic suspense/thrillers. As an award-winning published author myself, with twenty-plus novels and novellas in romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, I know what it takes to make your words sing and your story shine.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Paranormal Romance Romance Urban Fantasy

Awards

  • Holt Medallion for Paranormal Romance, 2013
  • Holt Medallion for Romantic Suspense, 2015
  • Booksellers Best Award for Romantic Suspense, 2015
  • Nominated for RT Book Reviews Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award, 2014 and 2015, paranormal romance
  • Linda Howard Award Winner, 2014, for Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal
  • Holt Medallion finalist for romantic suspense, 2017 (winner not yet announced)
  • 2017 finalist in suspense/romantic suspense for the Holt Medallion, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and Maggie Award.

Work experience

Copy Editor

Entangled Publishing
January, 2010 – June, 2012 (over 2 years)

Founding copy editor for Entangled Publishing. Worked primarily on full-length fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance novels, including a number of best-sellers (see portfolio for sample titles I copy edited).

Suzanne Johnson

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (over 8 years)

Founding copy editor for Entangled Publishing before committing to full-time writing and freelance editing career. Copy editing, blurb writing, and query services in romance and fantasy genres, including contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and romantic suspense. Also award-winning published author of 20-plus novels and novellas writing as Suzanne Johnson and Susannah Sandlin.

Senior Editor

Auburn University
August, 2007 – March, 2017 (over 9 years)

Copy editor for all materials from the Auburn Alumni Association. Editor of quarterly, award-winning Auburn Magazine. Edited long-form features and department content.

Editorial Manager

Tulane University
September, 1993 – August, 2007 (almost 14 years)

Copy edited all major print materials for Tulane University and served as editor in chief of award-winning Tulane Magazine. Edited long-form features and departmental materials. Supervised staff of six.

Editorial Services Manager

Rice University
September, 1984 – January, 1992 (over 7 years)

Edited major print materials for Rice University. Editor of quarterly, award-winning Sallyport magazine. Edited long-form features and departmental materials. Supervised media relations and editorial staff of three.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Night Walker

Lisa Kessler

2012 San Diego Book Award Winner Best Published Fantasy-SciFi-Horror2012 Romance Through the Ages Winner Best Paranormal & Best First Book2012 "Book Seller's Best" Double Finalist for Best Paranormal Romance & Best First BookHe gave up his soul for a second chance to love her... Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now,... read more

2012 San Diego Book Award Winner Best Published Fantasy-SciFi-Horror2012 Romance Through the Ages Winner Best Paranormal & Best First Book2012 "Book Seller's Best" Double Finalist for Best Paranormal Romance & Best First BookHe gave up his soul for a second chance to love her... Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now,... read more

The Fallen Queen (The House of Arkhangel'sk, #1)

Jane Kindred

Heaven can go to hell.Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia's father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel'sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves--fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their o... read more

Heaven can go to hell.Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia's father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel'sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves--fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their o... read more

Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book One of the bestselling Lux seriesStarting over sucks.When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring...until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. ... read more

Book One of the bestselling Lux seriesStarting over sucks.When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring...until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. ... read more

Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum)

Rosalie Lario

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drai... read more

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drai... read more

Shield of Fire (Bringer and the Bane)

Boone Brux

Protecting humans is the Bringers' duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure. In one night, Ravyn's life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only homeshe's known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating. When Rhys realizes the woman he's... read more

Protecting humans is the Bringers' duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure. In one night, Ravyn's life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only homeshe's known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating. When Rhys realizes the woman he's... read more

Touch (A Denazen Novel Book 1)

Jus Accardo

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if ... read more

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if ... read more

Radiant Desire (Handmaid’s Seduction)

Inara Scott

The object of every man's fantasy just lost her wings…Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia's punishment ... read more

The object of every man's fantasy just lost her wings…Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia's punishment ... read more

North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi Book 1)

Laura Kaye

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she's recreated the very thing she'll never have. Called to life by Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him ... read more

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she's recreated the very thing she'll never have. Called to life by Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him ... read more

West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi)

Laura Kaye

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted…When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured—and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce—Ella fights to survive.Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and S... read more

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted…When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured—and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce—Ella fights to survive.Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and S... read more

Paradise 21 (A New Dawn)

Aubrie Dionne

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind's last hope, the NewDawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can beginanew- a planet that won't be reached in Aries' lifetime. As one of thelast genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry herdesignated genetic match and produce the next generation for thiscenturies long voyage.But Aries has other plans.When her des... read more

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind's last hope, the NewDawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can beginanew- a planet that won't be reached in Aries' lifetime. As one of thelast genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry herdesignated genetic match and produce the next generation for thiscenturies long voyage.But Aries has other plans.When her des... read more

Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum)

Rosalie Lario

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drai... read more

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drai... read more

Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum)

Rosalie Lario

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg's fami... read more

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg's fami... read more

Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum)

Rosalie Lario

Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it's not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. Sh... read more

Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it's not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. Sh... read more

Touch of the Angel (Demons of Infernum Book 3)

Rosalie Lario

After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who's using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with deportation to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved. Even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart—and nearly his life—during the most mind-blowing hour of his exist... read more

After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who's using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with deportation to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved. Even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart—and nearly his life—during the most mind-blowing hour of his exist... read more

Break Out (Dark Desires Book 1)

Nina Croft

Break Out by Nina Croft Dark Desires (book 1)The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they've discovered the secret of immortality--Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they're called, rule the... read more

Break Out by Nina Croft Dark Desires (book 1)The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they've discovered the secret of immortality--Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they're called, rule the... read more

Hellsbane

Paige Cuccaro

Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she's not human—or, at least, not only human. She's half angel, too, and now Heaven's got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don't fight fair.Luckily for Emma, she ca... read more

Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she's not human—or, at least, not only human. She's half angel, too, and now Heaven's got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don't fight fair.Luckily for Emma, she ca... read more

Curse of the Phoenix Boxed Set

Rachel Firasek

Book One: The Last RisingAfter paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…... read more

Book One: The Last RisingAfter paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…... read more

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Book 1)

Melanie Card

Twenty-year-old Ward de'Ath expected this to be a simple job-bring a nobleman's daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can't be a surgeon-the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying-so bringing people back from the dead it is. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he... read more

Twenty-year-old Ward de'Ath expected this to be a simple job-bring a nobleman's daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can't be a surgeon-the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying-so bringing people back from the dead it is. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he... read more

Suzanne has 6 reviews

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McKella Sawyer

Suzanne was a dream to work with! This was my first experience working with an editor and she made the entire process very simple. I'd definitely work with her again, and I highly recommend her services!

, April 2018

Suzanne Johnson
Reply from Suzanne Johnson

Thank you, McKella! This was a great experience on my end as well--you're a terrific writer with what I hope will be a great future in this industry. Communication and responsiveness could not have been better.


Federica Contini

I found Suzanne's work very professional and efficient.

, March 2018


Nancy O'Toole Meservier

I'm quite happy with my experience with professional editor, Suzanne. Her help was just what I needed to bring my novel, Red and Black, to a more polished, publishable state. Her prices are more than fair, and her communication was always quick and clear. I would happily work with her again, if possible.

, March 2018

Suzanne Johnson
Reply from Suzanne Johnson

Thank you, Nancy--it was a pleasure to work with you on your book. All the best in your publishing journey, and I hope to work with you again one of these days!
Suzanne


Lynn Emery

Suzanne's editing comments were on target and kept me on track. Quick turnaround meant exceeded my expectation.

, January 2018


Amanda Schuller

Suzanne was amazing to work with, and I would collaborate with her again. She was prompt, concise, and thorough. Suzanne provided me with great tips on how to make my manuscript better.

, December 2017

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