Susan Reynolds

Susan Reynolds - Editor

Raleigh, NC, USA

Writer/Editor, wrote 25+ published nonfiction books for publishers, edited 40+ nonfiction & fiction books for publishers & clients.

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I have provided ghost writing, developmental editing (including book doctoring for publishers), comprehensive editing, and copyediting services for publishers and individual authors, totaling 40+ nonfiction and fiction books.
Also authored, co-authored, or edited 25+ published nonfiction and fiction books, mostly for Adams Media, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin. Most recent work is Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful. Also authored, Train Your Brain to Get Happy. Have written on everything from shoes to finance to neuroscience to meditation.

I have worked with some forty aspiring and professional writers, providing manuscript assessment, help with organization, developmental and line editing. Some of my clients won awards for their writing after working with me, and all have been highly satisfied with the final work product.

Please take advantage of my vast experience and highly discerning editing skills. I will help you become the best writer you can possibly be.


“Susan is an extraordinarily talented and creative writer and editor, a pro you can count on to go the extra mile.”

Paula Munier, Literary agent and USA Today Bestselling author of the Mercy Carr mystery series: The Wedding Plot, The Hiding Place, Blind Search, A Borrowing of Bones, as well as, Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and more.

“Susan Reynolds has helped me with my writing for several years and has edited and advised me on many of the publications I have sold. I am the author of five books including the best-selling Mystery Writing in a Nutshell and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. I know these books have done well because of Susan's editing and keen insight. She has also edited some of my short stories and essays. Two of the essays she edited recently sold to anthologies. I highly recommend her literary services.”

Andrew McCleer, Best-selling author of Positive Results: True Stories of Inspiration and Hope for Cancer Fighters and Caretakers, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, A Miscellany of Murder, and Fatal Deeds.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction


  • Bachelor's Degree Psychology


  • First Prize Screenwriting, Santa Barbara Writer's Conference

Work experience


GRAND Magazine
February, 2015 – November, 2017 (over 2 years)

Online Magazine Editor: Assigned stories, edited all copy, coordinated layout, production with printer.

Writer and Editor

February, 2002 – Present (almost 21 years)

• Developmental editing and book doctoring for publishers and individual authors.
• Edited nonfiction books for publishers (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster).
• Authored 15+ published nonfiction books, including Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful; Train Your Brain to Get Happy; Everything Enneagram; Everything Personal Finance for Single Moms; One-Income Household; and Meditation for Moms.
• Editor of Adams Media's My Hero four-book anthology series (Teacher, Mom, Dad, Dog), and Woodstock Revisited, 50 far out, groovy, peace-inducing, flashback-inducing stories from those who were there.
• Edited 25+ novels for individual clients.
• Created book proposals.
• Public Relations and Marketing for authored books.
• Interviewed online, in print, and on national television.
• Created and managed individual website.
• Blogged regularly on both Psychology and.


California Woman Magazine
April, 1994 – July, 1996 (about 2 years)

Editor of local women's magazine. Wrote three feature stories per issue; assigned all stories; edited all copy.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

365 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Tips, Exercise, Advice

Dean, Carolyn, Dmitriev, Valentine, Raskin, Donna

Susan has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Awet Beraki
If there is anyone who want the help of the best editor- the answer is one,,,,only one,,,,she is Susan Reynolds. The most passionate editor I have ever seen. Thank you Susan!

Awet Beraki, September 2022

aude Castagna
Thanks to her experience in writing and editing books, Susan helped me develop a more focused concept and then reorganized my nonfiction book, which needed to flow much better than it did. Her meticulous, knowledgeable, line-by-line editing improved my writing, which lacked clarity, without altering my voice. She also answered all my questions, provided an outline before proceeding, provided r...
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aude Castagna, July 2022

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