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Sandra Depukat

Sandra Depukat - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Structural and copy editor and proofreader specializing in the contemporary romance genre.

Overview

I’ve had a love affair with words for as long as I can remember. You could always find me hidden behind the bookshelves, nose firmly planted in the musky pages of a well-thumbed horror or crime paperback, as I inhaled those stories with a frantically beating heart. Then my teens hit, and my love for words battled with my love for boys—and better yet, book boyfriends. Ever since then, I have devoured thousands of romance stories, finding my niche in contemporary romance, with a particular interest in the growing New Adult genre and in gay romance.

As a writer myself (of romantic comedies and New Adult for both straight and gay couples—hence the name of my editing business, “One Love”), I understand the struggles of getting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to get your words out. The best piece of advice that I have for you, which admittedly I find hard to follow myself, is to get it out, get those words down on paper, and worry about the editing later. That’s where I come in. I can help you bring your story together and polish the words that you’ve brought to life.

Professionally, I’m completing my Editing Certificate at Simon Fraser University (Canada) and hold a Bachelor of Psychology from Murdoch University (Australia). I recently left a ten-year career in human resources to concentrate on editing full-time. Along with my freelance editing, I’m also an editor and proofreader for Dreamspinner Press. I look forward to working with you on your manuscript!

Services
Fiction
Holiday LGBTQ Romance Short Story Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Editing Certificate (In Progress)

Work experience

Copy Editor

Dreamspinner Press
February, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Structural and copy editing LGBTQ romance fiction for Dreamspinner and its imprints.

Editor

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

One Love Editing offers specialized structural and copy editing and proofreading services to the contemporary romance community. Whether your manuscript needs one final glance before you hit “Submit,” or a fresh set of eyes to catch those pesky plot holes, I can help you bring your story one step closer to being publishing ready.

Unleash those words—but do it error-free. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk more about your manuscript!

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Nothing Compares (Kimpton Coeds)

Tatum James

The girls of Kimpton College are ready to play…“You should always feel this wanted. Because you are so worth it, C. You shouldn't ever be someone's second choice.” I swallowed thickly and whispered against her lips. “I want you so bad—I think I always have.”I wouldn't exactly have called it a surprise when I came home to find my roommate and best friend, Candice, crying over her jerk of a boyf... read more

The girls of Kimpton College are ready to play…“You should always feel this wanted. Because you are so worth it, C. You shouldn't ever be someone's second choice.” I swallowed thickly and whispered against her lips. “I want you so bad—I think I always have.”I wouldn't exactly have called it a surprise when I came home to find my roommate and best friend, Candice, crying over her jerk of a boyf... read more

The Mistletoe Effect

Cate Ashwood

Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to s... read more

Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to s... read more

The Cowboy and the Pencil-Pusher

S.C. Wynne

Paul Smith prefers his calculator to people. People are annoying and demanding, but numbers will never let you down. He works tirelessly for his dad’s mortgage firm, foreclosing when it makes financial sense, and not losing any sleep over it either. Paul’s dad has always been a demanding taskmaster. But when he has a major health scare, Paul’s dad see’s the error of his ways. He decides he wan... read more

Paul Smith prefers his calculator to people. People are annoying and demanding, but numbers will never let you down. He works tirelessly for his dad’s mortgage firm, foreclosing when it makes financial sense, and not losing any sleep over it either. Paul’s dad has always been a demanding taskmaster. But when he has a major health scare, Paul’s dad see’s the error of his ways. He decides he wan... read more

Bookmarked (Heartsville)

Piper Vaughn

To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing. After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally... read more

To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing. After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally... read more

Another Shot (Heartsville)

J.H. Knight

The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district... read more

The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district... read more

Bloom Box (Heartsville)

Cate Ashwood

If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin. Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to f... read more

If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin. Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to f... read more

Clique (Heartsville)

Jayden Brooks

Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish. When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up a... read more

Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish. When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up a... read more

Unscripted (Heartsville)

Nico Jaye

Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script... until now.To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis ... read more

Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script... until now.To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis ... read more

Sex and Candy

Nico Jaye

Expanded Second Edition ~ Includes the Brand New Prequel Story "Candy Rain"Sex and CandyLee may be in a relationship with Tony, but that little fact doesn't stop Lee when Tony agrees to allow him one wild night of no inhibitions. With excitement thrumming through his veins, Lee finds himself letting loose at Hard Candy, a popular cruise-worthy dance club known for its sweet Candymen and even s... read more

Expanded Second Edition ~ Includes the Brand New Prequel Story "Candy Rain"Sex and CandyLee may be in a relationship with Tony, but that little fact doesn't stop Lee when Tony agrees to allow him one wild night of no inhibitions. With excitement thrumming through his veins, Lee finds himself letting loose at Hard Candy, a popular cruise-worthy dance club known for its sweet Candymen and even s... read more

Riding the Board

Cate Ashwood

Synchronized diver Blake Emmrich has one goal: to make it to the Olympics. When his diving partner suffers a nearly fatal injury, Blake is devastated and walks away from everything he’d worked so hard for. Two months later, though, his coach finds him a replacement partner in an attempt to coax him back into the water. The only problem? His new partner is Nick Freeman. Despite his reputation f... read more

Synchronized diver Blake Emmrich has one goal: to make it to the Olympics. When his diving partner suffers a nearly fatal injury, Blake is devastated and walks away from everything he’d worked so hard for. Two months later, though, his coach finds him a replacement partner in an attempt to coax him back into the water. The only problem? His new partner is Nick Freeman. Despite his reputation f... read more

Daring the Wolf

Skylar M. Cates

Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has clo... read more

Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has clo... read more

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