Sean Leonard

Sean Leonard - Editor

Hanson, KY, USA

Proofreader/editor for 9+ years, reader for 40+, and as a lifelong fan, horror is my go-to genre.

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Overview

I have worked with Raw Dog Screaming Press, BPP, JournalStone/Trepidatio Publishing, as well as directly with individuals preparing to submit their work to a publisher. Most of my work has been in the horror/sci-fi genres, but I'm open to any genre where a good story can be told.
When you hire me to proofread your manuscript, expect the big things to be found - misspellings, grammar, the usual stuff - but I'll be checking those commas and semicolons and making sure your quotation marks are all pointed the way they should be too. If I notice a word is being used a little too often, I'll let you know. If I see potential timeline errors, character discrepancies, or just strangely worded paragraphs, I'll let you know that as well. And if you have other specific things you want me to watch for, whatever they may be, consider it done. You will see every single change/adjustment I make through the tracking tools, and I'll include notes anytime anything isn't self-explanatory. Basically, I want your final manuscript to look the best it possibly can, and I'll put in the time to make sure that it does!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Fiction
Horror
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Proofreader/Editor

JournalStone/Trepidatio
September, 2014 – Present (over 8 years)

Proofreader/Editor

Bizarro Pulp Press
January, 2014 – May, 2017 (over 3 years)

Proofreader/Editor - intern

Raw Dog Screaming Press
June, 2013 – December, 2013 (6 months)

Raw Dog Screaming Press took me on as a volunteer to help me establish myself as a proofreader.

Portfolio (136 selected works)

Antioch

Leonard, Jessica

The Occultists

Schattel, Polly

The Gypsy Moths

Gifune, Greg F.

Psycho Therapy

Spencer, Alan

A Lightbulb's Lament

Wamack, Grant

Battering the Stem

Freville, Bob

Berzerkoids

Johnson, MP

The Fairy Princess of Trains

Boyle, Christopher

Girl in the Glass Planet

Cartledge, S.T.

Necrosaurus Rex

Day, Nicholas

Retch

Bernstein, David

The ADHD Vampire

Vaughn, Matthew

Pig Iron

Keaton, David James

The Last Projector

Keaton, David James

This Body of Death

Sessler, A.P., Algee, Scarlett

An Augmented Fourth

McMillen, Tony

Black Gum

Osborne, J David

Ambasadora: Marked by Light

Miller, Heidi Ruby, Sharp, Bradley, Bennett, Jenna

Greenshift: (From the World of Ambasadora)

Miller, Heidi Ruby, Sharp, Bradley, Marton, Dana

Cog

Wright, K. Ceres, Sharp, Bradley, Carey, Christopher Paul

Corpus Chrome, Inc.

Zahler, S. Craig, Sharp, Bradley

White Indians

Gills, Michael, Crenshaw, Paul

A Still and Awful Red

Howarth, Michael

Aleister Blake

Cano, Valentina

Blackwood Estates

Holloway, William

Behold the Void

Fracassi, Philip, Barron, Laird

Black Water

Norman, Bobby

The Bleeding Season

Gifune, Greg F

Bleed

Kurtz, Ed

Blue Hell

Gifune, Greg F, DeLuca , Sandy

Come to Dust

MacLeod, Bracken

The Conveyance

Matthews, Brian W.

Dark Rescue (Forever Man)

Matthews, Brian W

Dead End

DiLeo, Chris

Deep Night

Gifune, Greg F

Devil's Breath

Gifune, Greg F

Divine Scream

Ethridge, Benjamin Kane

Doorways to the Deadeye

Guignard, Eric J

Fragile Dreams

Fracassi, Philip

Ghostflowers

Wornom, Rus

Halfway Down The Stairs

Braunbeck, Gary A.

Hallowed Days

Hale, Daniel

Hardboiled Horror

Jonathan Maberry, Heather Graham, Kevin J Anderson, Dan John Miller, Karin Allers, Journalstone Publishing

He Who Walks in Shadow

Talley, Brett J.

House Call

Schwamberger, Ty

I Wish I Was Like You

Miskowski, S. P.

King of Hell: Peter Octavian

Golden, Christopher

Lady Bits

Jonez, Kate

Life on the 64 Bus

Hodson, Brad

Limbus, Inc., Book III

Jonathan Maberry, Laird Barron, Seanan McGuire, David Stifel, David Liss, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Journalstone Publishing

Moon City: A Limbus, Inc. Novel

Ethridge, Benjamin Kane

Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales

John Hornor Jacobs, James Meunier, JournalStone LLC

Of One Pure Will

Smith, Farah Rose

Out of Water

Sarah Read, Elaine Wise, JournalStone LLC

Out of Tune

Armstrong, Kelley, Ketchum, Jack, Green, Simon R., Golden, Christopher, Liss, David, McGuire, Seanan, Braunbeck, Gary, Frost, Gregory, Holder, Nancy, Maberry, Jonathan

Out of Tune - Book II

Caine, Rachel, Priest, Cherie, Guignard, Eric J., Maberry, Jonathan

Peel Back and See

Thorn, Mike

The Heart of the Phoenix: The Phoenix Girls, Book 3

Brian Knight, Sarah Sanford, Brian Knight

River of Souls

Bodine, T. L.

Rogue

Gifune, Greg F.

Rookfield

White, Gordon B

Sisters in Arms

Ruppert, Erica

Sacculina

Fracassi, Philip

Shadowdays

Schattel, Polly

Shout Kill Revel Repeat

Jones, Scott R

Spectral Evidence

Files, Gemma

Still of Night: Dead of Night Series, Book 4

Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin, Ray Porter, Journalstone Publishing

Storm Shadows

Cain, Kenneth W.

Strange is the Night

Miskowski, S P

Switchboard

Post, Andrew

The Best of Both Worlds

Miskowski, S.P.

The Abyssal Plain: The R'lyeh Cycle

Brett J. Talley, William Holloway, Michelle Garza, John Pirhalla, JournalStone LLC

The American

Thomas, Jeffrey

The Art of Broken Things

Anderton, Joanne

The Cuckoo Girls

Lillie, Patricia

The Deer Kings

Wagner, Wendy

The Ghost Finders

McOmber, Adam

The Touch

Berkowitz, Adan

The Demons of King Solomon

French, Aaron J., Jones, Stephen Graham, Belanger, Michelle, Strieber, Whitley, Malfi, Ronald, Maberry, Jonathan, Chizmar, Richard, Sigler, Scott, Belcher, R.S., Horn, J.D.

The Fall of Never

Malfi, Ronald

The Last Night

Dunn, Mark

Loonies

Bastianelli, Gregory

The Narrows

Malfi, Ronald

The Wilderness Within

Smith, John Claude

Timewalker

Monteleone, Thomas F.

Touched by Shadows

Jackson, Vaughn A.

Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn

Schwamberger, Ty, Erb, Thomas, Harrison, Dean

Wardenclyffe

Wilson, F Paul

Whitetooth Falls

Joschko, Justin

Zeroland

Winters, Ryan

And In Her Smile, the World

White, Gordon B, Allred , Rebecca J

The Golden Road

dePackh, Selene

Nature’s Perfume

Towse, Mark

Sean has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Ben Johnson
Sean did a thorough job, and completed the project ahead of schedule. I would definitely work with Sean again.

Ben Johnson, December 2022


Kristjan Klavžer
I enjoyed collaborating with him. He did a great job. I appreciated his notes and comments too. Due to this experience, I intend to work with him again in the near future.

Kristjan Klavžer, October 2022


Adan Vega
Just finished going over Sean's edits. I'm really happy with his work. He gave my novel a nice polish. His notes were helpful in helping me spot certain things that I had missed. I'm definitely going to continue to hire his services.

Adan Vega, October 2022


Mark All
Sean did an excellent edit, his suggestions imrpoved the manuscript.

Mark All, October 2022

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