• Developmental Editing and Revision Letters
• Line Editing
• Stylesheet for copy editor
I was brought on at Thomas Nelson at the request of author Rosslyn Elliott. I worked with her on two
books: Sweeter Than Birdsong and Lovelier Than Daylight. Birdsong was especially challenging for
her because it was her second published book, but it was written earlier than what became her
debut novel. She worried that the writing craft wasn't as strong as her first book and that readers
would be disappointed. My goal was to make sure that the level of writing matched her well-received
debut, and to keep her encouraged and sane in the process!
At one point, she despaired of being able to make a change that both her acquiring editor and I felt
was necessary to make. Basically, her Victorian protagonist had a phobia of speaking or singing in
front of an audience. From a story standpoint, then, she had to show that she'd conquered that fear
by the end of the book. But how could she show that when public performing was unacceptable for
a lady of that time? Rosslyn and I spent a lot of time on the phone brainstorming how to construct a
scenario that would be plausible for the time and would not seem too contrived or sentimental.
This required a lot of negotiation with the author and a few calls between her agent and the
acquiring editor at Thomas Nelson. Finally, I was able to help Rosslyn put it all together, and the
book was much stronger as a result. I went on to edit her third book, Lovelier Than Daylight a year
I seem to be the freelancer of choice for Thomas Nelson when it comes to rescuing projects. When
Ami McConnell's colleague, Natalie Hanemann, had a freelancer back out of a project (due to a
family emergency), I was asked to step in. I edited Ruth Reid's Amish speculative novel, An Angel
By Her Side. It was a fun challenge for me because it was the third title in her debut series so I had
to make sure my changes matched the style and voice of her first two novels.
• Substantive Editing
• Line Editing
• Writing Coaching
• Book Proposal Review
• Online Writing Courses
• Managing Team of Editors
• Client Care and Problem Resolution
Since opening FFS in 2006, I have done over 100 critiques and more than 60 substantive and
line edits on a variety of fiction manuscripts. My clients include beginners all the way to NYT
bestselling authors in almost every genre from romance to YA, and historical to fantasy and
In my role as owner of FFS, I also manage a team of contracted freelance editors, an administrative
assistant, and a bookkeeper. FFS is entirely online, which makes communicating via email
essential. As owner, it is my job to set editorial standards for our services and to make sure that
working relationships between my freelancers and our clients are running smoothly.
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Guilt and Blame.Shaken by tragedy, the Barnes family has fractured. Mother. Father. Son. Each dealing with the pain separately and alone. Holding fast to guilt and blame. Read or imagined.Claire, an artist who finally follows her dream and encounters a nightmare. Jack, a home builder who thinks he can fix anything--except what matters most. And Ian, a teenage son to be proud of. Until he moves... read more
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The Inspy Kisses authors bring you a holiday novella collection - eight Christmas-themed novellas split into two 4-book anthologies. PART 2 includes: From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Mondello, a new contemporary romance The Gift: When Allison Jones finds a small envelope on the ground, CEO Derek Holden accuses her of stealing the money that was supposed to be inside. K... read more
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Book 4 in the Sushi series After finally graduating with a culinary degree, Jennifer Lim is pressured by her family to work at her control-freak aunty's restaurant. But after a family dispute, Jenn is determined to no longer be a doormat and instead starts her own catering company. Her search for a wine merchant brings Edward Castillo into her life--a tall, dark, handsome biker in form-fitting... read more
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I have over 20 years of editorial experience at Big5 publishers, specializing in commercial genre fiction and select narrative non-fiction.
Collaborative and supportive dev. editor with numerous bestsellers in women's fiction & romance at Amazon, Guideposts, and Penguin.