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Natalie Cannon

Natalie Cannon - Editor

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Experienced editor looking for work. Sci-fi/Fantasy nerd. Tea hoarder. Book devourer. PP: she/her/herself

Overview

Hello!

In addition to tweeting a storm on Twitter, I am a freelance editor for hire. Back in 2002, I began editing my friends’ various manuscripts, and, as I’ve gotten older and better, I’ve decided to turn it into a business. My experiences have led me to work on novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, fanfiction, nonfiction/academic manuscripts, handbooks, and college application essays.

What I like to read:

My usual genres of choice are fantasy/supernatural, historical, mystery, (LGBTQIA) romance, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and popular/realistic fiction featuring diverse authors and characters. My favorite is historical fantasy. I occasionally pick up a science fiction, horror, and humor.

On the other side of the coin, I rarely read nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs unless the topic is of particular interest. Sport stories are foreign to me, so you should make sure that’s the type of person you want reading your work if you query me about it.

As I’ve done more editing, I’ve found that I’m more forgiving with poetry, novels, novellas, and other long fiction, which means the number of edits is variable with the work. However, I’m very picky about short stories and essays, most likely returning them to you with lots of edits.

~TESTIMONIALS~

Hello! Not only do I say things about me, but other people do too! I may be new to Reedsy, but not new to editing.

"Natalie is one of the most thorough, creative, unbiased editors out there. She notices all of those little things that sneak by, even in just a read through or two. She’s prompt as can reasonably be expected of a fellow human being and does an amazing job of giving her own insight into the work. She makes it clear (as not all editors do) that she is not all-knowing and that her suggestions that do not have to do with errors of spelling and grammar are merely suggestions (albeit usually good ones) and doesn’t mind if you choose to ignore her on stylistic decisions, which is especially nice for those wishing to self-publish and not wanting too squashing of an editorial eye.

"I would wholeheartedly recommend Natalie for her enthusiastic, dedicated work well-done."
-Charlotte Blackwood, blogger & author of the novella Those We Trust

"Natalie edited my thesis on water reuse and encouraged me during the process of writing. Her edits were clear, thorough, and prompt. My thesis would not have been as clear as it is without her assistance, and working with her was exceptionally helpful to me. I also know that she habitually copyedits for author Charlotte Blackwood, who has self-published on Amazon and is pleased by her work"
-Hillary Shipps, author of Water Reuse as Part of San Diego’s Water Portfolio

"Natalie was a wonderfully helpful beta reader for my YA fantasy novel. She provided comprehensive notes on pacing, chapter layout, and worldbuilding. She was equally helpful with minor details and major plot points."
-Shayla C., aspiring YA fantasy author

"Natalie edited my booklet “Secrets of Successful Yard Sales” and did an excellent job. Her edits were consistent and neatly penned. I would highly recommend her services."
-Donna R. Phillips, freelance writer

"Natalie has twice been my editor now in the last year, and I am delighted with each time I have hired her. She is knowledgeable, encouraging and nurturing. Her attention to detail is brilliant, and she went beyond what I’d expected in my Western novel by finding anachronistic phrases. If you want a good job done, hire Natalie!"
-Sean P Wallace, author of Dust and Sand, The Good Necromancer, and The Geos Series

"Natalie is a wonderful and brilliant person with great creativity. She provided constructive feedback on essays and was very flexible and diligent in meeting my timelines. If you need a writer or editor, she is the one!"
-Kari Kirbach Parker, personal essayist coordinator

"You’re an amazing editor, and I’m privledged to call you my friend. I feel like you really went above and beyond as an editor. Those looooong emails we sent back and forth discussing the plot and storyline were so exciting to read. You helped me so much. So many of these good reviews are because you pointed out my stupidity, and I thank you for that. Honestly, I’d recommend you to anyone. Your prices were fantastic, you were easy and fun to work with, you returned the manuscript in a timely fashion, and most importantly, you found some really big problems that I hadn’t noticed before."
-Cindy Ray Hale, author of Destiny, in a post addressed to Natalie Cannon

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror LGBTQ Paranormal Romance Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
History

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing, Major in Fiction, Elective in Young Adult from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • BA in Creative Writing w/Emphasis on Medieval & Renaissance History from Scripps College
  • Study Abroad for a semester at University of East Anglia

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
October, 2002 – Present (about 15 years)

Evaluate numerous peers’ manuscripts

• Provide Editorial Assessment, Sensitivity Reads, Proofreading, Copyediting, and Developmental editing services
• Encourage improvement of characters, plots, themes, and story technique
• Check, analyze, and improve story flow, syntax, grammar, and diction
• Edited and promoted e-book "Those We Trust" by the award-winning Charlotte Blackwood

Editor

Radish Media
May, 2017 – November, 2017 (6 months)

Radish Fiction is a serialized storytelling app available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. As part of their Editorial Group, I copyedit clients' manuscripts.

• Edit 60,000 words every month
• Correct grammar, re-work sentence structure, and plug plot-holes in clients’ novels
• Return manuscripts quickly and efficiently, with no missed mistakes
• Foster online community with fellow editors

Reader

The Literary Review
August, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Assess short stories submitted to The Literary Review, FDU's premier literary magazine

• Rate how well submitted work fits with The Literary Review's stated aesthetic and style
• Communicate concise analysis of submitted work
• Meet all deadlines and quick turnaround demands with flexibility and understanding

Books Production Intern & Associate Production Editor

SAGE Publications
February, 2014 – August, 2014 (6 months)

As an intern, I provided clerical and project support to the US Books Production Department:

• Formatted and submitted applications to the Cataloging in Publication Program
• Performed Table of Contents cross-quality checks on multilevel heading AAA books
• Quality Checked alpha/beta/gold versions of interactive eBooks for Vital Source
• Prepared manuscripts for copy editing
• Prepared indexes for typesetting
• Requested, quality checked, and uploaded Web PDFs of finished books
• Archived digital files, as well as digitize and archive paper files of reprint corrections
• Assisted in author care
• Updated SMART book database
• Trained new Production team members on basic Production Editor tasks

As an Associate Production Editor, in addition to the duties described above, I guided books through the Production process:

• Managed as many as 13 book projects at a time
• Standardized manuscript format using Microsoft Word styles
• Hired copy editors and proofreaders and responded to any concerns raised during those processes
• Facilitated relationship between the author(s) and the various freelance vendors (copy editor, proofreaders, typesetters etc)
• Facilitated conversations and decisions involving interior page design and the book cover
• Prepared manuscript for typesetting
• Quality Checked all proofs
• Communicated corrections and edits to colleagues in India
• Ensured all legal issues involving Art and Images were resolved before printing
• With co-workers, helped create standard operating procedure for custom textbook projects
• Showed initiative in collaboration with peers and project organization

Editorial Intern

Corwin Press
August, 2013 – December, 2013 (4 months)

Provided clerical and project support to the Editorial Acquisitions Department

• Facilitated the peer review process for both book proposals and manuscripts
• Checked inventory, restocked, organized, and created a sign out system for the Corwin library
• Fulfilled book orders through CISPUB ordering system
• Developed, rebuffed, and expanded peer review databases
• Assisted in the transmittal process of sending a book to the Production Department
• Participated in and observed departmental and company meetings

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Reaping Angel (Fallen Redemption Book 2)

S. L. Saboviec

After the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring ... read more

After the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring ... read more

Guarding Angel (Fallen Redemption Book 1)

S. L. Saboviec

Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating—she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse... read more

Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating—she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse... read more

Dust and Sand (The Dust Series)

Sean P. Wallace

The Wild West has been tainted by the gods of the Triangle, and few humans can fight the twisted creatures they spawn.It's a good thing Dust isn't human any more because a Senator's daughter has been captured by a Triangle cult. But even with support from her best friend and a lifelong warrior, Dust will struggle to fight hordes of creatures, mercenaries, and a conspiracy to summon a god...

The Wild West has been tainted by the gods of the Triangle, and few humans can fight the twisted creatures they spawn.It's a good thing Dust isn't human any more because a Senator's daughter has been captured by a Triangle cult. But even with support from her best friend and a lifelong warrior, Dust will struggle to fight hordes of creatures, mercenaries, and a conspiracy to summon a god...

The Good Necromancer

Sean P. Wallace

In modern day York, a Necromancer raised to only do good must contend with Britain's magical authorities, vicious ghosts, a playwright's affections, and a rival Necromancer...The Good Necromancer, a visceral Urban Fantasy with strong Horror elements, is Wallace's fourth novel.Praise for Wallace's work:'Sean P. Wallace is a masterful artist of the alphabet - Fanboys Anonymous''(Deep Echoes) is ... read more

In modern day York, a Necromancer raised to only do good must contend with Britain's magical authorities, vicious ghosts, a playwright's affections, and a rival Necromancer...The Good Necromancer, a visceral Urban Fantasy with strong Horror elements, is Wallace's fourth novel.Praise for Wallace's work:'Sean P. Wallace is a masterful artist of the alphabet - Fanboys Anonymous''(Deep Echoes) is ... read more

Deep Echoes

Sean P. Wallace

Heresy. A word to slander. A word to destroy lives.The root of the word heresy is choice; the wrong choice. And the world of Geos wholeheartedly believes that Maya has made the wrong choice when she decides not to take up her role as a Contegon - a religious warrior - and instead flee.Her flight causes trouble to her best friend Chain and Snow, a teenager who Maya uses as part of her escape. T... read more

Heresy. A word to slander. A word to destroy lives.The root of the word heresy is choice; the wrong choice. And the world of Geos wholeheartedly believes that Maya has made the wrong choice when she decides not to take up her role as a Contegon - a religious warrior - and instead flee.Her flight causes trouble to her best friend Chain and Snow, a teenager who Maya uses as part of her escape. T... read more

A Little Faith

Caroline Patti

Everything in Nettie's life is changing again. Her relationship with Andrew Wyatt is over, and her father is engaged to her enemy's mother. But as her sophomore year approaches, Nettie realizes that not all changes in her life are bad. Her new love, Derek Peters, makes her smile every day. Her relationship with her best friend Elisa is stronger than ever. And her new friendship with fast-talki... read more

Everything in Nettie's life is changing again. Her relationship with Andrew Wyatt is over, and her father is engaged to her enemy's mother. But as her sophomore year approaches, Nettie realizes that not all changes in her life are bad. Her new love, Derek Peters, makes her smile every day. Her relationship with her best friend Elisa is stronger than ever. And her new friendship with fast-talki... read more

The Broken Road (The Nettie Series Book 5)

Caroline Patti

Senior year is off to a rocky start. Nettie isn't speaking to Elisa. Andrew isn't speaking to Nettie. And Drew hogs the bathroom. All the relationships in Nettie's life are strained, and it's not the way she envisioned her last year of high school at all.Andrew spent the summer attending one college football camp after another while trying to forget that Nettie rejected him yet again. His plan... read more

Senior year is off to a rocky start. Nettie isn't speaking to Elisa. Andrew isn't speaking to Nettie. And Drew hogs the bathroom. All the relationships in Nettie's life are strained, and it's not the way she envisioned her last year of high school at all.Andrew spent the summer attending one college football camp after another while trying to forget that Nettie rejected him yet again. His plan... read more

Life After You (Nettie Series Book 4)

Caroline Patti

Life After You is the fourth title in the Nettie series. After spending the summer in Rome, Nettie returns home to start her junior year of high school while her boyfriend, Derek Peters leaves for college and Nettie worries that the distance will mean the end of their relationship. Nettie's friendships are what keep her going, but her most important friendship-the one with Andrew Wyatt-is rock... read more

Life After You is the fourth title in the Nettie series. After spending the summer in Rome, Nettie returns home to start her junior year of high school while her boyfriend, Derek Peters leaves for college and Nettie worries that the distance will mean the end of their relationship. Nettie's friendships are what keep her going, but her most important friendship-the one with Andrew Wyatt-is rock... read more

Too Late to Apologize

Caroline T. Patti

"Four years after her brother’s death and her parents’ divorce, things are finally starting to improve for Nettie Gaines. She is singing again, starting high school, and looking forward to a future—one that includes Andrew Wyatt. It has taken a long time for Nettie and Andrew to repair their friendship, but now it has blossomed into something more. Nettie is so grateful that Andrew is back in ... read more

"Four years after her brother’s death and her parents’ divorce, things are finally starting to improve for Nettie Gaines. She is singing again, starting high school, and looking forward to a future—one that includes Andrew Wyatt. It has taken a long time for Nettie and Andrew to repair their friendship, but now it has blossomed into something more. Nettie is so grateful that Andrew is back in ... read more

Destiny: A Romeo and Juliet Retelling (The Destiny Trilogy Book 1)

Cindy Ray Hale

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimagi... read more

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimagi... read more

The Travelers and The Four Doors of Artew

Dennis Garber

"I loved this book. I devoured it in 4 days.” J. Turner.Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness with his father and his Nana, half Native American, Will Cole is bored and lonely. He's expecting a new computer for his thirteenth birthday. Instead, he gets a used book, very large and very old, The Book of Worlds. Thousands of pages long, each page of the book is a portal to strange, alien worlds... read more

"I loved this book. I devoured it in 4 days.” J. Turner.Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness with his father and his Nana, half Native American, Will Cole is bored and lonely. He's expecting a new computer for his thirteenth birthday. Instead, he gets a used book, very large and very old, The Book of Worlds. Thousands of pages long, each page of the book is a portal to strange, alien worlds... read more

Imagining the Parish in Late Medieval England (Interventions: New Studies Medieval Cult)

Ellen K. Rentz

Collective worship and the ritual life of the local parish mattered deeply to late medieval laypeople, and both loom large in contemporary visual and vernacular culture. The parish offered an important framework for Christians as they negotiated the relationship between individual, community, and God. And as a place where past, present, and future came together, the parish promised an ongoing ... read more

Collective worship and the ritual life of the local parish mattered deeply to late medieval laypeople, and both loom large in contemporary visual and vernacular culture. The parish offered an important framework for Christians as they negotiated the relationship between individual, community, and God. And as a place where past, present, and future came together, the parish promised an ongoing ... read more

Those We Trust

Charlotte Blackwood

Harmony Boyd is an aspiring writer and college student who falls in love with a tabooed man, and that love is returned. What she doesn't know is someone close to her is watching everything. What will the consequences of her actions be, for her and everyone around her?

Harmony Boyd is an aspiring writer and college student who falls in love with a tabooed man, and that love is returned. What she doesn't know is someone close to her is watching everything. What will the consequences of her actions be, for her and everyone around her?

The Private Life of Estelle Knight: Lights, Camera, Infatuation

Keisha Ramdhanie

"Relatable to young readers...addicting!""I've smiled, laughed, sighed, giggled, daydreamed and fantasized while reading your book."Soon after Estelle Knight, a 15yr old TV star, finally meets and loses her virginity to her childhood celebrity crush, ultra-handsome, smooth talking Colvin Meters, she realizes that everything that glitters is only broken glass.Colvin is one of the rare good memo... read more

"Relatable to young readers...addicting!""I've smiled, laughed, sighed, giggled, daydreamed and fantasized while reading your book."Soon after Estelle Knight, a 15yr old TV star, finally meets and loses her virginity to her childhood celebrity crush, ultra-handsome, smooth talking Colvin Meters, she realizes that everything that glitters is only broken glass.Colvin is one of the rare good memo... read more

Majoring in Me: Acceptance

Tavion Scott

Left with the choice between your happiness and your image, what would you choose?That’s a question Tristan Steele has to answer. When the eighteen year old college freshman steps on campus for the first time, he is determined to stay committed to his conservative roots. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for him, he crosses path with the outgoing and charismatic Kendrick. Kendrick is unapologetic... read more

Left with the choice between your happiness and your image, what would you choose?That’s a question Tristan Steele has to answer. When the eighteen year old college freshman steps on campus for the first time, he is determined to stay committed to his conservative roots. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for him, he crosses path with the outgoing and charismatic Kendrick. Kendrick is unapologetic... read more

Vampire Hero: Blood was all that kept him alive... Until her: Volume 1

V. B. Andrian

Evelyn Williams has eidetic memory, a gift and a curse that helps her remember everything. Including the young vampire she met seventeen years ago, when she was only four. Her entire world turns upside-down when she realizes she craves the man, body and soul. Even if it means she’ll have to fight against his demons to win his heart.Kaylan Lockwood has been tortured from nearly his birth, for b... read more

Evelyn Williams has eidetic memory, a gift and a curse that helps her remember everything. Including the young vampire she met seventeen years ago, when she was only four. Her entire world turns upside-down when she realizes she craves the man, body and soul. Even if it means she’ll have to fight against his demons to win his heart.Kaylan Lockwood has been tortured from nearly his birth, for b... read more

New Enemies (Geos Series Book 2)

Sean P. Wallace

Five years after Maya and Chain stopped the robotic Disciples' Second Invasion, the people of Geos must advance their Fronts to march upon the Disciples, cope with thousands of wartime deaths, battle rampant inequality with social and political upheaval, and fight their capricious, evolving enemy. And those are just the challenges they know about...New Enemies, the second book of the Geos seri... read more

Five years after Maya and Chain stopped the robotic Disciples' Second Invasion, the people of Geos must advance their Fronts to march upon the Disciples, cope with thousands of wartime deaths, battle rampant inequality with social and political upheaval, and fight their capricious, evolving enemy. And those are just the challenges they know about...New Enemies, the second book of the Geos seri... read more

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