Paula Lavattiata-Lopez

Paula Lavattiata-Lopez - Editor

Bay Area, California, USA

Highly detailed, analytical Copy Editor with extensive experience reviewing and editing book-length works in fiction and nonfiction.

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Overview

In my former life, I was (and still am) a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I began my editing career over twelve years ago assisting professors, students, and book authors in finding their voices and crafting their writing skills. Working with authors and writers is an honor. I strive to solve problems and get you, the author/writer, to the next stage and make it less stressful for you in your writing journey.

I am an editor, proofreader, and coach who edits with passion, precision, and determination, making sure the writer's voice and message come through clearly. Clients choose me because I can handle complex editing tasks with ease, allowing them to focus on their craft while feeling confident I will take care of the rest.

I have experience editing science fiction and fantasy, mystery/thriller, and young adult novels. I have copyedited and proofread a non-fiction published book, assisted doctoral students with organizing and editing their dissertations, and critiquing articles for a professional journal. I am currently a production editor for a science fiction author, overseeing major projects (from concept to editing to layout/design and marketing).

I am flexible and versatile in several genres (science fiction & fantasy, young adult, mystery/thriller, and non-fiction). By providing editorial guidance, I can assist authors with sharing their stories.

If you are looking for someone who will be deeply invested in and committed to helping you publish your work, please contact me.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Dystopian
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology

Certifications

  • Fiction Writing
  • Keys to Effective Editing
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Developmental Editing
  • Book Mapping

Work experience

Production Editor

Science Fiction & Fantasy Author
March, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

I work collaboratively with a best-selling science fiction author reading for editorial accuracy, consistency, quality, and tone of written work through substantive line editing. I edit stories for factual information and grammatical correctness and ensuring the work meets quality standards and deadlines. I manage the author's alpha reader team.

I assist in marketing duties, such as secure book features, update a website, generate and send newsletters, and manage social media accounts.

I also provide quality control through all stages of the production process, communicating with graphic designers, art director, and marketing strategists on all aspects of content and design of products.

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (almost 13 years)

I am currently a Production Editor for an independent fictional writer with several best-selling, published books. I have experience editing science fiction and fantasy, mystery/thriller, and young adult novels.

Over the past eleven years, I have worked with individual writers, college professors, and publishers. I have an extensive background in the social sciences.

I have copyedited and proofread a non-fiction published book, assisted doctoral students with organizing and editing their dissertations, and critiquing articles for a professional journal.

I am also an Advance Reader for several independent authors.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Across the Galactic Pond: Far Beyond Book 0

Christian Kallias

Young Kevin is about to discover we're not alone in the universe. His first mission: save a gazillion lives.When young Kevin has a chance encounter with a dying alien, he discovers not only that humans aren't alone in the universe, but that this encounter propels him into the middle of an intergalactic war.Now at the frontlines of a massive, far far away war, he’s sent to the last remaining sh... read more

Young Kevin is about to discover we're not alone in the universe. His first mission: save a gazillion lives.When young Kevin has a chance encounter with a dying alien, he discovers not only that humans aren't alone in the universe, but that this encounter propels him into the middle of an intergalactic war.Now at the frontlines of a massive, far far away war, he’s sent to the last remaining sh... read more

Fire At Will: A Space Opera Adventure (Far Beyond Book 1)

Christian Kallias

The Galaxy's in big trouble, and it's up to Kevin, his dog Boomer, and a quirky talking cat to save the day. What could possibly go wrong?After saving the Arcadian Confederate from certain destruction, Kevin's consciousness is cast back to Earth. Victory is sweet, but life on Earth is boring. It doesn't take long for him to start missing his galaxy-trotting adventures.But you should be careful... read more

The Galaxy's in big trouble, and it's up to Kevin, his dog Boomer, and a quirky talking cat to save the day. What could possibly go wrong?After saving the Arcadian Confederate from certain destruction, Kevin's consciousness is cast back to Earth. Victory is sweet, but life on Earth is boring. It doesn't take long for him to start missing his galaxy-trotting adventures.But you should be careful... read more

Niviira XXIV: Book One

C. J. Hope

PowerGreedSacrificeLoveFaithCourage An unsuspecting slave stumbles upon his freedom, and learns that his world is much greater than he thought. After spending the first seventeen years of his life in servitude, at the mercy of a tyrannic queen who believes women should dominate over men, Vaughn Jaresine is relieved of his shackles and encounters a world full of strange new experiences and fant... read more

PowerGreedSacrificeLoveFaithCourage An unsuspecting slave stumbles upon his freedom, and learns that his world is much greater than he thought. After spending the first seventeen years of his life in servitude, at the mercy of a tyrannic queen who believes women should dominate over men, Vaughn Jaresine is relieved of his shackles and encounters a world full of strange new experiences and fant... read more

Damocles Fall (Definitive Edition): A SciFi Survival Story (Universe in Flames Origins Book 2)

Christian Kallias

Sacrificing the present to save the future.The Star Alliance is being obliterated in a surprise wide-scale attack by the Obsidian Empire who allied themselves with an ancient enemy that everyone thought extinct. The Damocles-3 R&D station is under attack as is every other world and base throughout the sector. R&D Chief Engineer Spiros Malayianis is ordered to leave the station so his critical ... read more

Sacrificing the present to save the future.The Star Alliance is being obliterated in a surprise wide-scale attack by the Obsidian Empire who allied themselves with an ancient enemy that everyone thought extinct. The Damocles-3 R&D station is under attack as is every other world and base throughout the sector. R&D Chief Engineer Spiros Malayianis is ordered to leave the station so his critical ... read more

Earth - Last Sanctuary (Definitive Edition) (Universe in Flames Book 1)

Christian Kallias

Earth. Our Last Sanctuary. The Last Beacon of Hope Against the Rising Darkness.The Obsidian Empire has shattered the Star Alliance. Lieutenant Chase Athanatos manages to escape their wrath, piloting his fighter to lead a band of survivors to the edge of the galaxy…to a little planet called Earth.But Earth is in trouble. The Empire is hot on their trail, and unless Chase can find a way to stop ... read more

Earth. Our Last Sanctuary. The Last Beacon of Hope Against the Rising Darkness.The Obsidian Empire has shattered the Star Alliance. Lieutenant Chase Athanatos manages to escape their wrath, piloting his fighter to lead a band of survivors to the edge of the galaxy…to a little planet called Earth.But Earth is in trouble. The Empire is hot on their trail, and unless Chase can find a way to stop ... read more

Fury to the Stars (Universe in Flames Book 2)

Christian Kallias

"Even better than its predecessor, Fury to the Stars shows an evolution in the writer's style. Epic and full of suspense, a true sci-fi classic in its content, the novel culminates with a jaw dropping ending.This book introduces a lot of new and interesting characters, though my favorite is still Ryonna and it brings to the surface new details about Chase's past and true identity. -Miliana Chi... read more

"Even better than its predecessor, Fury to the Stars shows an evolution in the writer's style. Epic and full of suspense, a true sci-fi classic in its content, the novel culminates with a jaw dropping ending.This book introduces a lot of new and interesting characters, though my favorite is still Ryonna and it brings to the surface new details about Chase's past and true identity. -Miliana Chi... read more

Destination Oblivion (Universe in Flames Book 3)

Christian Kallias

Book 3 of the bestseller saga UNIVERSE IN FLAMES ____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSby John Reynolds5 stars: "Better and better! Read through all 3 books in 3 days! I just hate having to wait for the next one! WRITE FASTER!____________________________________________________________________BOOK DESCRIPTION: Haunted by nightmares about Sarah, Chase leaves... read more

Book 3 of the bestseller saga UNIVERSE IN FLAMES ____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSby John Reynolds5 stars: "Better and better! Read through all 3 books in 3 days! I just hate having to wait for the next one! WRITE FASTER!____________________________________________________________________BOOK DESCRIPTION: Haunted by nightmares about Sarah, Chase leaves... read more

The Beginning of the End (Universe in Flames Book 4)

Christian Kallias

Ten thousands years ago, the Furies nearly exterminated all life in the universe before being defeated by a coalition of worlds led by the Olympians.Or so everyone thought...Now they're back and a new reign of terror has begun.With the help of Gaia, Chase trains to increase his powers tenfold in the hope to defeat the Furies once and for all. But will it be enough to stop an unstoppable enemy?

Ten thousands years ago, the Furies nearly exterminated all life in the universe before being defeated by a coalition of worlds led by the Olympians.Or so everyone thought...Now they're back and a new reign of terror has begun.With the help of Gaia, Chase trains to increase his powers tenfold in the hope to defeat the Furies once and for all. But will it be enough to stop an unstoppable enemy?

Rise of the Ultra Fury (Universe in Flames Book 5)

Christian Kallias

While Sarah is near the term of her pregnancy, Chase is at death's door.____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSBy CJ on September 2, 2016I have read all of this series, and I am loving every book so far! The plot is able to pull in many different types of readers, and for a kindle book, it is edited very well (we've all seen those books that have a typo in e... read more

While Sarah is near the term of her pregnancy, Chase is at death's door.____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSBy CJ on September 2, 2016I have read all of this series, and I am loving every book so far! The plot is able to pull in many different types of readers, and for a kindle book, it is edited very well (we've all seen those books that have a typo in e... read more

Shadows of Olympus (Universe in Flames Book 6)

Christian Kallias

With the arrival of a powerful new threat in orbit around Earth, the Alliance is forced to vacate Earth space while a small group stays behind to ensure humanity isn’t enslaved or worse, wiped out.____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSBy Bobbi Amann on December 25, 2016Reinventing the whole meaning to good sci-fi!I was truly taken by the book! Not have read... read more

With the arrival of a powerful new threat in orbit around Earth, the Alliance is forced to vacate Earth space while a small group stays behind to ensure humanity isn’t enslaved or worse, wiped out.____________________________________________________________________REVIEWSBy Bobbi Amann on December 25, 2016Reinventing the whole meaning to good sci-fi!I was truly taken by the book! Not have read... read more

Armageddon Unleashed (Universe in Flames Book 7)

Christian Kallias

The desperate battle to reclaim Earth has begun.__________________________________________________________________BOOK SYNOPSIS: With Gaia 2's threat looming over Earth, Captain Chase Athanatos embarks on a perilous mission to take down the evil Artificial Intelligence once and for all. The biggest battle and challenge Chase has ever faced awaits him; one where his strength of character and sp... read more

The desperate battle to reclaim Earth has begun.__________________________________________________________________BOOK SYNOPSIS: With Gaia 2's threat looming over Earth, Captain Chase Athanatos embarks on a perilous mission to take down the evil Artificial Intelligence once and for all. The biggest battle and challenge Chase has ever faced awaits him; one where his strength of character and sp... read more

Twilight of the Gods (Universe in Flames Book 8)

Christian Kallias

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99! sale ends soon) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TS Darkness Extinguished the Starlight and the Gods Wept.__________________________________________________________________BOOK SYNOPSIS:Chase tries to convince Thor and the Asgardians to reconsider Kvasir's fate as well as membership in the Earth Alliance. Oryn believes she knows a way ... read more

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99! sale ends soon) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TS Darkness Extinguished the Starlight and the Gods Wept.__________________________________________________________________BOOK SYNOPSIS:Chase tries to convince Thor and the Asgardians to reconsider Kvasir's fate as well as membership in the Earth Alliance. Oryn believes she knows a way ... read more

Into the Fire Part I: Requiem of Souls (Universe in Flames Book 9)

Christian Kallias

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99! sale ends soon) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TS Worlds Collide. Enemies Unite. Heroes Fall.As the last battle draws near, Chase’s confidence is shaken from losing Zeus and Olympus. As tensions arise between Chase and those in his group on how to proceed next, he cautions against rushing to Erevos against everyone else’s wishes.Mean... read more

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99! sale ends soon) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TS Worlds Collide. Enemies Unite. Heroes Fall.As the last battle draws near, Chase’s confidence is shaken from losing Zeus and Olympus. As tensions arise between Chase and those in his group on how to proceed next, he cautions against rushing to Erevos against everyone else’s wishes.Mean... read more

Into the Fire Part II: To End All Wars (Universe in Flames Book 10)

Christian Kallias

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99!) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TSSOMETIMES VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.Chase and his friends are still shaken following their crushing defeat against the Spectre, also known as Tanak’Vor. Now, their course is set for Earth to acquire the final piece of the puzzle in the Fury War: the soul ships. The legendary craft could help the Earth... read more

New readers: Check out the UiF Trilogy (3 books for only $0.99!) here: amazon.com/dp/B0713T53TSSOMETIMES VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.Chase and his friends are still shaken following their crushing defeat against the Spectre, also known as Tanak’Vor. Now, their course is set for Earth to acquire the final piece of the puzzle in the Fury War: the soul ships. The legendary craft could help the Earth... read more

The First Universe in Flames Trilogy (Books 1 to 3): Earth - Last Sanctuary, Fury to the Stars & Destination Oblivion (UiF Space Opera)

Christian Kallias

Limited Special Offer. Best Selling Space Opera Trilogy; 3 books (over 1,000 pages) for ONLY $0.99! More than 120,000 books sold in the Universe in Flames series. Join this epic journey today.I am Fury. Evil has followed me to Earth. I shall Protect this World until my Dying Breath.When the Obsidian Empire obliterates the Star Alliance with the help of the Zarlacks, an old evil race long thoug... read more

Limited Special Offer. Best Selling Space Opera Trilogy; 3 books (over 1,000 pages) for ONLY $0.99! More than 120,000 books sold in the Universe in Flames series. Join this epic journey today.I am Fury. Evil has followed me to Earth. I shall Protect this World until my Dying Breath.When the Obsidian Empire obliterates the Star Alliance with the help of the Zarlacks, an old evil race long thoug... read more

The Second Universe in Flames Trilogy (Books 4 to 6): The Beginning of the End, Rise of the Ultra Fury & Shadows of Olympus (UiF Space Opera Book 2)

Christian Kallias

Secrets Revealed. Powers Unlocked. An Alliance is Born.Ten thousand years ago, the Furies nearly exterminated all life in the universe before being defeated by a coalition of worlds led by the Olympians.Or so everyone thought.Now they're back, and a new reign of terror has begun.As a matter of principle, my books are DRM Free

Secrets Revealed. Powers Unlocked. An Alliance is Born.Ten thousand years ago, the Furies nearly exterminated all life in the universe before being defeated by a coalition of worlds led by the Olympians.Or so everyone thought.Now they're back, and a new reign of terror has begun.As a matter of principle, my books are DRM Free

REWIND 717

Christian Kallias

What if you only had 717 Minutes to save the World?____________________________________________________________________ From the best selling author of the UNIVERSE IN FLAMES sagaBOOK DESCRIPTION: The year is 2175. Ex-military Agent Cole Seeker works for REWIND, a Top Secret Government Agency. Thanks to a rare DNA marker in his genetic make-up, he is the only one capable of jumping back a maxi... read more

What if you only had 717 Minutes to save the World?____________________________________________________________________ From the best selling author of the UNIVERSE IN FLAMES sagaBOOK DESCRIPTION: The year is 2175. Ex-military Agent Cole Seeker works for REWIND, a Top Secret Government Agency. Thanks to a rare DNA marker in his genetic make-up, he is the only one capable of jumping back a maxi... read more

Ryonna's Wrath: Universe in Flames 1.5 - A Novella

Christian Kallias

This book is the first Novella in the Universe in Flames saga. It can be read independently from the series or as part of it (timeline info below). "Although Initially I read Ryonna's Trials through my Kindle Unlimited, I decided to buy it anyway... Worth reading. A solid 4.0 out of 5 stars." --Bill Anderson (Top 500 reviewer)---Ryonna, the Droxian who helped Chase and Sarah in their fight aga... read more

This book is the first Novella in the Universe in Flames saga. It can be read independently from the series or as part of it (timeline info below). "Although Initially I read Ryonna's Trials through my Kindle Unlimited, I decided to buy it anyway... Worth reading. A solid 4.0 out of 5 stars." --Bill Anderson (Top 500 reviewer)---Ryonna, the Droxian who helped Chase and Sarah in their fight aga... read more

Bridging the English Learner Achievement Gap: Essential Lessons for School Leaders

Ray Garcia

In spite of decades of school reform, the achievement gap between English learners and English-proficient students has narrowed little. This book introduces a Reform Sustainability Framework that focuses on the examination of fundamental school structures required to ensure English learner success while guiding the school leader in handling the reform terrain deftly. This reform-navigation too... read more

In spite of decades of school reform, the achievement gap between English learners and English-proficient students has narrowed little. This book introduces a Reform Sustainability Framework that focuses on the examination of fundamental school structures required to ensure English learner success while guiding the school leader in handling the reform terrain deftly. This reform-navigation too... read more

Course Correction: A Bounty Hunter Story (Universe in Flames Origins Book 1)

Christian Kallias

This was supposed to be a simple grab & deliver mission. But life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it.Keera is a bounty hunter. When her last mission takes a wrong turn, she questions herself, her profession, and her future. But when the life of an innocent child is on the line, her moral compass kicks in, and she’ll do everything she can to save this child.Can Keera reco... read more

This was supposed to be a simple grab & deliver mission. But life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it.Keera is a bounty hunter. When her last mission takes a wrong turn, she questions herself, her profession, and her future. But when the life of an innocent child is on the line, her moral compass kicks in, and she’ll do everything she can to save this child.Can Keera reco... read more

Martian Plague (Mars Colony Chronicles Book 1)

Brandon Ellis

We expected Mars to be an escape, not a trap.A crimson, blasted, frigid trap. Maybe humans were lucky to leave Earth as cowards...or maybe they should have died trying to save it from the aliens. Because what's now arrived on this red rock may be worse than death.Aliens destroyed humanity and seized Earth. Now they have sent a terrible, unstoppable disease to the last human outposts on Mars.Th... read more

We expected Mars to be an escape, not a trap.A crimson, blasted, frigid trap. Maybe humans were lucky to leave Earth as cowards...or maybe they should have died trying to save it from the aliens. Because what's now arrived on this red rock may be worse than death.Aliens destroyed humanity and seized Earth. Now they have sent a terrible, unstoppable disease to the last human outposts on Mars.Th... read more

Mars Colony Chronicles (4 Book Series)

Brandon Ellis

From Book 1: We expected Mars to be an escape, not a trap. A crimson, blasted, frigid trap. Maybe humans were lucky to leave Earth as cowards...or maybe they should have died trying to save it from the aliens. Because what's now arrived on this red rock may be worse than death. Aliens destroyed humanity and seized Earth. Now they have sent a terrible, unstoppable disease to the last human outp... read more

From Book 1: We expected Mars to be an escape, not a trap. A crimson, blasted, frigid trap. Maybe humans were lucky to leave Earth as cowards...or maybe they should have died trying to save it from the aliens. Because what's now arrived on this red rock may be worse than death. Aliens destroyed humanity and seized Earth. Now they have sent a terrible, unstoppable disease to the last human outp... read more

Star Relic (Lunara Station Book 1)

Clara Woods

Lenah Callo had a plan, the galaxy had another.Lenah strives to pilot a spaceship, but her highborn station won’t allow it.Caught up in her father’s secrets and lies, she decides to take matters into her own hands, relying on her inexplicable gift to control what others think. But nothing goes as planned, as she steals an old smuggler’s ship and her gift fails her. Things get worse when a myst... read more

Lenah Callo had a plan, the galaxy had another.Lenah strives to pilot a spaceship, but her highborn station won’t allow it.Caught up in her father’s secrets and lies, she decides to take matters into her own hands, relying on her inexplicable gift to control what others think. But nothing goes as planned, as she steals an old smuggler’s ship and her gift fails her. Things get worse when a myst... read more

Lunara Station

Clara Woods

From Book 1: Lenah Callo had a plan, the galaxy had another. Lenah strives to pilot a spaceship, but her highborn station won’t allow it. Caught up in her father’s secrets and lies, she decides to take matters into her own hands, relying on her inexplicable gift to control what others think. But nothing goes as planned, as she steals an old smuggler’s ship and her gift fails her. Things get wo... read more

From Book 1: Lenah Callo had a plan, the galaxy had another. Lenah strives to pilot a spaceship, but her highborn station won’t allow it. Caught up in her father’s secrets and lies, she decides to take matters into her own hands, relying on her inexplicable gift to control what others think. But nothing goes as planned, as she steals an old smuggler’s ship and her gift fails her. Things get wo... read more

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