Shannon Roberts

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Asheville, NC, USA

Developmental editor with a decade of experience helping writers polish and revise their manuscripts for traditional and indie publication.

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A novel is not an event; it's a process.

As an editor, I'm committed to providing authors the support they need throughout the writing process, from outlining to writing to revising (and re-revising). My goal is to help you realize your story's fullest potential by bringing out the very best in your writing, as well as offering advice on structure, story, theme, and character to produce the most engaging manuscript possible.

I've worked with nearly every genre at some point, but my particular focus is speculative fiction, specifically fantasy and science fiction (with an emphasis on paranormal, urban fantasy, dystopian, and mythic).

In addition to developmental editing, I also have extensive experience with line editing (line-by-line tweaking of a manuscript to polish an author's voice and maximize the impact of every paragraph). If you've got an out-of-control word count, this is just the thing to bring your manuscript back into manageable territory.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Literature
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

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Work experience

Developmental Editor

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 10 years)

I have over a decade of experience in editing fiction, including:

-Reading, evaluating, and providing feedback on finished and in-progress manuscripts
-Working with authors to develop outlines that will help guide their writing process
-Coaching edits (editing with margin notes and commentary)
-Line editing manuscripts to polish an author's voice and writing style
-Helping authors refine their structure, story, and plot

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Still Missing: A Novel

Chevy Stevens

"Pulsates with suspense . . . jaw dropping . . . enthralling." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)On the day she was abducted, Annie O'Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals―sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about ... read more

"Pulsates with suspense . . . jaw dropping . . . enthralling." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)On the day she was abducted, Annie O'Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals―sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about ... read more

Never Knowing: A Novel

Chevy Stevens

From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a psychological thriller about one woman's search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers. All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunt... read more

From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a psychological thriller about one woman's search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers. All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunt... read more

Never Let You Go: A Novel

Chevy Stevens

"Stevens's taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking." —Library JournalEleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started ... read more

"Stevens's taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking." —Library JournalEleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started ... read more

Those Girls: A Novel

Chevy Stevens

“If you are looking for a riveting mix of survival, redemption and sheer terror, Those Girls is not to be missed.” –Bookreporter Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to ... read more

“If you are looking for a riveting mix of survival, redemption and sheer terror, Those Girls is not to be missed.” –Bookreporter Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to ... read more

That Night: A Novel

Chevy Stevens

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn't relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren't easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summ... read more

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn't relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren't easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summ... read more

The Gatekeeper's Son

C.R. Fladmark

Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe. His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind. And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look. What do they know that he doesn’t? Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, wh... read more

Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe. His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind. And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look. What do they know that he doesn’t? Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, wh... read more

The Fallen Gatekeepers: Book Two in The Gatekeeper's Son Series (Volume 2)

C R Fladmark

Junya and Shoko pick up where they left off in Book 1! It's been months since sixteen-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now that he's back in San Francisco he's still feeling the effects. His limp is slow to heal, his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood, tainting his life energy. The Gatekeepers of Izum... read more

Junya and Shoko pick up where they left off in Book 1! It's been months since sixteen-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now that he's back in San Francisco he's still feeling the effects. His limp is slow to heal, his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood, tainting his life energy. The Gatekeepers of Izum... read more

Tidal Wave (Tide Series Book 2)

K. Dicke

Dark days. Long nights. Dead eyes.Ever since Kris’s battle with Devon, a victory that should have brought her and the Chosen peace, she’s been on the run. Kris has left the beach, and all the painful memories associated with it behind. She’s traded in cut-offs for leather and given up her surfboard for lead guitar in a speed metal band. She’s hell-bent on revenge against those who wronged her ... read more

Dark days. Long nights. Dead eyes.Ever since Kris’s battle with Devon, a victory that should have brought her and the Chosen peace, she’s been on the run. Kris has left the beach, and all the painful memories associated with it behind. She’s traded in cut-offs for leather and given up her surfboard for lead guitar in a speed metal band. She’s hell-bent on revenge against those who wronged her ... read more

Rip Tide (Tide Series) (Volume 3)

K. Dicke

Blue skies. Bad vibes. Rip tides. Devon is dead, but no one is celebrating. Crushed by grief over Em’s passing, Kris and her household struggle to move forward. A series of strange events—unnatural disasters, drug use, vandalism—has everyone on edge. When one of them triggers a memory better left buried, Kris can barely keep her head above water. Fortunately, her alter ego, Deathkill Kris, is ... read more

Blue skies. Bad vibes. Rip tides. Devon is dead, but no one is celebrating. Crushed by grief over Em’s passing, Kris and her household struggle to move forward. A series of strange events—unnatural disasters, drug use, vandalism—has everyone on edge. When one of them triggers a memory better left buried, Kris can barely keep her head above water. Fortunately, her alter ego, Deathkill Kris, is ... read more

Heirs & Spares: The Realm Series Book 1

J. L. Spohr

It’s 1569. Elizabeth I sits on the English throne, the Reformation inflames the Continent, and whispers of war abound.But in Troixden, just north of France, the Lady Annelore isn’t interested in politics. Times are hard, taxes are high, and the people in her duchy need her help just to survive. Her widowed father is a good man easily distracted by horses, and her newly knighted childhood frien... read more

It’s 1569. Elizabeth I sits on the English throne, the Reformation inflames the Continent, and whispers of war abound.But in Troixden, just north of France, the Lady Annelore isn’t interested in politics. Times are hard, taxes are high, and the people in her duchy need her help just to survive. Her widowed father is a good man easily distracted by horses, and her newly knighted childhood frien... read more

Crown & Thorns: The Realm Book III

J. L. Spohr

In Crown & Thorns, the final book in The Realm series, King William has more to worry about than the religious tension in his own lands. His country has unwittingly been made a pawn in the vast European fight for land, power, and religious freedom, and many think his cousin, the Duke of Norwick, would make a more decisive king. Especially sine Queen Annelore has still not conceived a son and h... read more

In Crown & Thorns, the final book in The Realm series, King William has more to worry about than the religious tension in his own lands. His country has unwittingly been made a pawn in the vast European fight for land, power, and religious freedom, and many think his cousin, the Duke of Norwick, would make a more decisive king. Especially sine Queen Annelore has still not conceived a son and h... read more

God & King: The Realm Series Book II

J. L. Spohr

It's 1570, and the Reformation burns through Europe and into the kingdom of Troixden. The new Queen Annelore, full of love and hope for her unexpected role, finds that even the heir growing inside her will not quiet the looming discontent, and her own wild courage and wit just make things worse. Surrounded by courtiers who will stop at nothing to bring about their own vision of the future, no ... read more

It's 1570, and the Reformation burns through Europe and into the kingdom of Troixden. The new Queen Annelore, full of love and hope for her unexpected role, finds that even the heir growing inside her will not quiet the looming discontent, and her own wild courage and wit just make things worse. Surrounded by courtiers who will stop at nothing to bring about their own vision of the future, no ... read more

Siding Star

Christopher Bryan

When an intruder dies mysteriously in Exeter Cathedral, Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere's investigation becomes anything but routine. Thwarted by her superiors, she finds an unlikely source of help in a family friend: but can a law enforcer believe a priest's stories about an evil she cannot see? Meanwhile, half a world away, a quiet astronomer makes a discovery of his own--his telescope... read more

When an intruder dies mysteriously in Exeter Cathedral, Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere's investigation becomes anything but routine. Thwarted by her superiors, she finds an unlikely source of help in a family friend: but can a law enforcer believe a priest's stories about an evil she cannot see? Meanwhile, half a world away, a quiet astronomer makes a discovery of his own--his telescope... read more

Singularity

Christopher Bryan

Christopher Bryan's third fantasy-mystery novel continues the investigations of Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere. Now married, Cecilia and Anglican priest Michael Aarons are living in a Victorian rectory on the outskirts of Exeter, together with their precocious 3-year-old daughter, a dog, two cats, and the occasional wasp. In nearby Edgestow the huge new United Nations Institute for Tech... read more

Christopher Bryan's third fantasy-mystery novel continues the investigations of Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere. Now married, Cecilia and Anglican priest Michael Aarons are living in a Victorian rectory on the outskirts of Exeter, together with their precocious 3-year-old daughter, a dog, two cats, and the occasional wasp. In nearby Edgestow the huge new United Nations Institute for Tech... read more

Peacekeeper

Christopher Bryan

In a cave somewhere in the English countryside, the Chairman opens a mysterious jar, performs an ancient ritual, and creates new servants for a dark cause.In an underground bunker not far away, an American airman guards the Peacekeeper, an aging weapon that could yet annihilate virtually every person on the globe.And in a fashionable flat in Exeter, Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere invest... read more

In a cave somewhere in the English countryside, the Chairman opens a mysterious jar, performs an ancient ritual, and creates new servants for a dark cause.In an underground bunker not far away, an American airman guards the Peacekeeper, an aging weapon that could yet annihilate virtually every person on the globe.And in a fashionable flat in Exeter, Detective Inspector Cecilia Cavaliere invest... read more

The Dogleg Murders

Christopher Bryan

"What she is certain of is that her son's name was blackened and he was driven to his death and all their lives were ruined for someone else's crime. She's sure of it." "Which does not, of course, make it so." Nevertheless, Detective Superintendent Cecilia Cavaliere does decide to look into the twenty-year old case, and soon finds that all is not as it should be. This, their fifth recorded adv... read more

"What she is certain of is that her son's name was blackened and he was driven to his death and all their lives were ruined for someone else's crime. She's sure of it." "Which does not, of course, make it so." Nevertheless, Detective Superintendent Cecilia Cavaliere does decide to look into the twenty-year old case, and soon finds that all is not as it should be. This, their fifth recorded adv... read more

Angel

Mary E. Kingsley

Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming ... read more

Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming ... read more

Have You Seen Her?

Rich Silvers

Since the accident, Jack Logan always feels dirty. He knows it's the guilt; the former money manager worked late one time too often, and it cost him his wife and unborn daughter. Now his life is a maddening series of obsessions and rituals that alienate his friends and plague his mind.Jack spirals out of control until a postcard arrives in the mail with a photo of a hauntingly familiar missing... read more

Since the accident, Jack Logan always feels dirty. He knows it's the guilt; the former money manager worked late one time too often, and it cost him his wife and unborn daughter. Now his life is a maddening series of obsessions and rituals that alienate his friends and plague his mind.Jack spirals out of control until a postcard arrives in the mail with a photo of a hauntingly familiar missing... read more

Don't Remember

Rich Silvers

How much will Julian sacrifice to find the truth?As he approaches the corner of Wendt and Brewster, Julian Barnes makes a bet with fate: if he can drive through the intersection without stopping, it will be a sign that he won't lose Julia, the woman he loves.But instead Julian wakes up in a hospital, his body shattered from a car accident he can't remember. The prominent neurosurgeon who broad... read more

How much will Julian sacrifice to find the truth?As he approaches the corner of Wendt and Brewster, Julian Barnes makes a bet with fate: if he can drive through the intersection without stopping, it will be a sign that he won't lose Julia, the woman he loves.But instead Julian wakes up in a hospital, his body shattered from a car accident he can't remember. The prominent neurosurgeon who broad... read more

Dead Girls Don't

Mags Storey

Liv might be in love with a serial killer. You'd think the fact she can talk to the dead would make it easier to figure out who's slicing up the creeps at Rosewood Academy. But it turns out some people are even more dangerous dead than alive. All clues lead back to Adam―the highly tempting fugitive she's been hiding in a coffin. But her best friend Gabriel's got some twisted secrets of his own... read more

Liv might be in love with a serial killer. You'd think the fact she can talk to the dead would make it easier to figure out who's slicing up the creeps at Rosewood Academy. But it turns out some people are even more dangerous dead than alive. All clues lead back to Adam―the highly tempting fugitive she's been hiding in a coffin. But her best friend Gabriel's got some twisted secrets of his own... read more

Green to Go (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 2)

John H. Cunningham

Buck Reilly went to hell and back in Red Right Return. In Green to Go, it’s a one-way trip. Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming in this thrilling new Buck Reilly adventure. The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offer Buck a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues h... read more

Buck Reilly went to hell and back in Red Right Return. In Green to Go, it’s a one-way trip. Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming in this thrilling new Buck Reilly adventure. The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offer Buck a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues h... read more

Free Fall to Black (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 6)

John H. Cunningham

Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly's former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame--before it suddenly blows apart.By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson's company is already under siege du... read more

Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly's former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame--before it suddenly blows apart.By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson's company is already under siege du... read more

Second Chance Gold (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 4)

John H. Cunningham

Hired by billionaire Lou Atlas to search for answers about his dead nephew on St. Barths, the swankiest island in the Caribbean, Buck Reilly's dream trip goes sideways when his former business partner, fresh out of jail, returns with a vengeance. Buck is quickly eyeballs deep in complications—a race for hidden gold, the beautiful granddaughter of one of St. Barths' most famous swashbucklers, p... read more

Hired by billionaire Lou Atlas to search for answers about his dead nephew on St. Barths, the swankiest island in the Caribbean, Buck Reilly's dream trip goes sideways when his former business partner, fresh out of jail, returns with a vengeance. Buck is quickly eyeballs deep in complications—a race for hidden gold, the beautiful granddaughter of one of St. Barths' most famous swashbucklers, p... read more

Maroon Rising (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 5)

John H. Cunningham

Buck Reilly's in Jamaica and back in the treasure hunting business—until some old enemies ace him out. Fortunately for Buck, a beautiful University professor with ancient Maroon secrets about the missing riches of captain Henry Morgan lures him back to the chase. Thrust into turbulent waters where trust is as elusive as the treasure itself, Buck's knocked further off course with the appearance... read more

Buck Reilly's in Jamaica and back in the treasure hunting business—until some old enemies ace him out. Fortunately for Buck, a beautiful University professor with ancient Maroon secrets about the missing riches of captain Henry Morgan lures him back to the chase. Thrust into turbulent waters where trust is as elusive as the treasure itself, Buck's knocked further off course with the appearance... read more

Crystal Blue (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book 3)

John H. Cunningham

Paid trip to the Caribbean sound good? Buck Reilly thinks so--flying rock stars and celebrities to a remote island for a charity concert seems a breeze--until all hell breaks loose when the promoter disappears and one of the A-list stars is kidnapped. The charity's vision to revolutionize women's Choice collides with a collection of threats that sends Buck on a wild race through the Virgin Isl... read more

Paid trip to the Caribbean sound good? Buck Reilly thinks so--flying rock stars and celebrities to a remote island for a charity concert seems a breeze--until all hell breaks loose when the promoter disappears and one of the A-list stars is kidnapped. The charity's vision to revolutionize women's Choice collides with a collection of threats that sends Buck on a wild race through the Virgin Isl... read more

The Coney Island Book of the Dead, An Illustrated Novel

Sheila Martin

The Coney Island Book of the Dead, An Illustrated Novel throbs with the kinetic energy anddark undercurrents of the Coney Island of 1957. It’s imbued with mythical stories from Yiddish and Delta folklore and narrated by a spunky, talented eleven-year-old girl named Brooklyn. In the midst of dysfunctional family crises and supernatural death threats from a rat-pack singer, who may be the Angel ... read more

The Coney Island Book of the Dead, An Illustrated Novel throbs with the kinetic energy anddark undercurrents of the Coney Island of 1957. It’s imbued with mythical stories from Yiddish and Delta folklore and narrated by a spunky, talented eleven-year-old girl named Brooklyn. In the midst of dysfunctional family crises and supernatural death threats from a rat-pack singer, who may be the Angel ... read more

Alban Fire

Evan Brown

Britain, 500 A.D. The Roman Empire has fallen, and invading Anglo-Saxons have pushed the natives to the brink. As tribes vie for petty kingdoms and civilizations battle to control Britain’s destiny, a stranger washes up on a riverbank, missing most of his memory and marooned in a land he does not know. Over the decades, Kieran, as he calls himself, navigates the complex patchwork of societies ... read more

Britain, 500 A.D. The Roman Empire has fallen, and invading Anglo-Saxons have pushed the natives to the brink. As tribes vie for petty kingdoms and civilizations battle to control Britain’s destiny, a stranger washes up on a riverbank, missing most of his memory and marooned in a land he does not know. Over the decades, Kieran, as he calls himself, navigates the complex patchwork of societies ... read more

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Irina Flowers

I was really happy with the editing and the feedback I received. Shannon was flexible with the payment and suggested ways I can improve my book. It's nice to work with someone who really cares.

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Irina Flowers, May 2018

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