Sandra Haven

Sandra Haven - Editor

Port Hadlock, WA, United States

Developmental Editor, 25 years assisting bestsellers and award-winners, traditional and self-published. Focus: SF/F, mysteries and series.

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Overview

For over two decades I have provided editorial services for writers around the world and publishers across the United States and Canada.

My articles have appeared in Writer's Digest Book's "Novel & Short Story Market" and I was profiled in "The Market Guide for Young Writers." I was Senior Editor for Writer's Intl. Forum, which placed in Writer's Digest's Top 50 Fiction Markets for three consecutive years. I’ve been a contributing writer for WriteToDone; I am the editor for GatewayComicsPresents; and I've been secured as a freelance developmental editor for Crooked Lane Books of New York.

Helping writers achieve their writing dreams and achieve success is my greatest thrill, whether they publish a single book to fulfill a personal journey or create a career as a commercial series writer. I work with most fiction genres, but my specialty is science fiction, fantasy, mystery books, and adventure novels.

I offer:
• Professional guidance
• Encouragement focused on your specific situation
• A one-on-one relationship that supports Your Story - Your Vision - Your Voice

I review continuity, tone, characterization, setting, plot, structure, pacing, marketability, etc. Basically, I help your story come to life so that your unique voice can shine through.

Every day I answer questions, make suggestions, and act as a writing coach to my writing clients. It is a thrill for me to watch an author’s talents expand as their novel grows and is born into the publishing world.

I'm here to help you, too!

What my clients say:
• Susan Furlong, from Illinois, bestselling author of several series, currently contracted with Kensington: "Sandra has helped edit several of my mysteries. Her suggestions and content edits have helped me enhance character tension, catch plot holes, tighten pace, and significantly improve my stories. I value her insight and highly recommend her services."

• Daniel Rosenberg, a professional journalist, who jumped into fiction with his thriller The Towers Still Stand which won first place in the 2017 Illinois State Library Author Project: “I'm very grateful to you for all of your insight and support through the writing process and for giving me the sense this was possible. It would never have happened without you!”

• Rose Miller, Arizona: "You are so talented. I know it is your business after all, but I was so impressed with your suggestions with the horse book, and I told you then, too, but you can see the picture and add just the right 'stuff.' Thanks so much."

• David Hebden, Thailand: "I've read through your comments and suggestions several times and it all makes sense. I'm sure it will make the book more interesting. I made changes based on your suggestions and opinions which I believe make the book much better for the reader. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into all my writings. Thanks for everything."

• Lara Fanning, Australia: "Many, many things come into play once you decide to turn a standalone into a series. Characters must develop further, plots must thicken or change entirely and you need a reason to continue on!
• Sandra's advice in editing helped me a huge deal when it came to those points and how to manage them. She showed me how to keep ideas, characters and plots flowing from one book to the next, and all the while added new parts to the book - parts which have become my favourite and made the novel far better."

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Writer's Digest's Top 50 Fiction Markets

Work experience

Owner (Editor and Writing Coach)

Bristol Services Intl.
June, 1992 – Present (about 26 years)

Coach and editor for fiction writers. I provide advice when you start a writing project; coaching throughout the creative process; and detailed analysis and editing. We work together to create a strong and reader-attracting book. Writers send in either complete manuscripts or take advantage of my Write-As-We-Go process.

Editor and Writer

Writers' International Forum
June, 1990 – June, 1999 (about 9 years)

Edited an in-print magazine for an international base of fiction writers, writing many of the related informational articles. Provided critiques for submitted manuscripts.
Writers' International Forum was instrumental in helping authors to become more successful in their writing endeavors. It received recognition for the efforts of all of our staff when it placed in Writer's Digest's Top 50 Fiction Markets for three consecutive years.

Editor

Manufactured Homes Magazine
June, 1985 – May, 1989 (almost 4 years)

Edited special interest magazine for the manufactured homes industry. Contracted with writers in various fields; provided comprehensive editing and copy editing; and assisted in magazine layout and promotional materials.

Technical Writer and Editor

BAE Information Systems Technology
June, 1981 – January, 1998 (over 16 years)

Writer and editor for technical procedures manuals for multi-million dollar U.S. government contracts. Wrote over 250 resumes tailored to government contracts for logistical group. Provided critiques and editing for oral presentations to win government contracts.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Red Fox

Lara Fanning

In the 1950’s, a Siberian scientist began an experiment with one goal in mind - to breed a domesticated variation of the red fox. After ten generations of breeding the scientist had reduced the adrenalin levels in the animal and created a tame creature named the Silver Fox. Decades later, the Australian government use this knowledge to devise a shocking plan that will end humanity as the world... read more

In the 1950’s, a Siberian scientist began an experiment with one goal in mind - to breed a domesticated variation of the red fox. After ten generations of breeding the scientist had reduced the adrenalin levels in the animal and created a tame creature named the Silver Fox. Decades later, the Australian government use this knowledge to devise a shocking plan that will end humanity as the world... read more

Red Fox, Silver Fox

Lara Fanning

Set a jaw trap for a fox. When you return the jaws will be crushed closed, but all that remains of the fox is a bloody leg. Rather than be deprived of freedom the red fox will chew off its own limb.Freya Walker has found peace in the Beech Clan. The deserters living there have become like her family. Still, Freya finds she cannot forget about her true family, even when the clan folk forbid her... read more

Set a jaw trap for a fox. When you return the jaws will be crushed closed, but all that remains of the fox is a bloody leg. Rather than be deprived of freedom the red fox will chew off its own limb.Freya Walker has found peace in the Beech Clan. The deserters living there have become like her family. Still, Freya finds she cannot forget about her true family, even when the clan folk forbid her... read more

The Serapis Fraktur: The Conglomerate Series

Mark Grove

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Time travel is big business in the 25th century. Artifacts from the past are salvaged and people are extracted. Interestingly, the entrepreneurial development of the recovery process leads to a massive archaeological expansion on a scale that dwarfs The Smithsonian and provides for colonial expansion across the galaxy. Australia is the new Ellis Island. EXTENDED DESCRIPTION:... read more

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Time travel is big business in the 25th century. Artifacts from the past are salvaged and people are extracted. Interestingly, the entrepreneurial development of the recovery process leads to a massive archaeological expansion on a scale that dwarfs The Smithsonian and provides for colonial expansion across the galaxy. Australia is the new Ellis Island. EXTENDED DESCRIPTION:... read more

The Madison Picker (The Picker Series)

Mark Clay Grove

Ventures in the Trade, Travel, & Hunting Design Merit. A grumpy Virginia gentleman and a fiery Peruvian lady have a fun time picking for antiques on a road trip from Key West to Charlottesville.The Madison Picker is a witty occupational novel that reads like PBS's Doc Martin series or All Creatures Great and Small. It is based on the author's own day-to-day experiences as an antiques dealer an... read more

Ventures in the Trade, Travel, & Hunting Design Merit. A grumpy Virginia gentleman and a fiery Peruvian lady have a fun time picking for antiques on a road trip from Key West to Charlottesville.The Madison Picker is a witty occupational novel that reads like PBS's Doc Martin series or All Creatures Great and Small. It is based on the author's own day-to-day experiences as an antiques dealer an... read more

Some Kind of Good: The Picker Series (Volume 2)

Mark Clay Grove

Ventures in the Trade, Travel, & Hunting Design Merit. A grumpy Virginia gentleman and a fiery Peruvian lady have fun leading a group of avid antiques collectors on a tour to London and Paris.Some Kind of Good is an occupational novel that reads like PBS's Doc Martin series or All Creatures Great and Small. It is based on real-world, down in the trenches experiences common to antiques dealers,... read more

Ventures in the Trade, Travel, & Hunting Design Merit. A grumpy Virginia gentleman and a fiery Peruvian lady have fun leading a group of avid antiques collectors on a tour to London and Paris.Some Kind of Good is an occupational novel that reads like PBS's Doc Martin series or All Creatures Great and Small. It is based on real-world, down in the trenches experiences common to antiques dealers,... read more

Sad Wings of Providence

James Harris

On the day of his grandmothers funeral, James Hahn falls victim to a life-threatening attack. As he learns of his recent inheritance, which holds much more than a mere dollar value, and the connection between this incident and a terrifying experience he had as a child, he wonders if he had this coming to him his whole life. James has seen things that no mortal should and his existence threaten... read more

On the day of his grandmothers funeral, James Hahn falls victim to a life-threatening attack. As he learns of his recent inheritance, which holds much more than a mere dollar value, and the connection between this incident and a terrifying experience he had as a child, he wonders if he had this coming to him his whole life. James has seen things that no mortal should and his existence threaten... read more

Off the Books (A Novel Idea Mystery)

Lucy Arlington

Literary agent and amateur sleuth Lila Wilkins is back to seal the deal in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mystery series. Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she’ll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime... The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating... read more

Literary agent and amateur sleuth Lila Wilkins is back to seal the deal in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mystery series. Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she’ll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime... The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating... read more

Played by the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery 4)

Lucy Arlington

The New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries make their return with Lila Wilkins, literary agent and “murder magnet,” planning a book signing garden party. But things aren’t coming up roses when she has to weed out a dangerous killer…The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, N... read more

The New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries make their return with Lila Wilkins, literary agent and “murder magnet,” planning a book signing garden party. But things aren’t coming up roses when she has to weed out a dangerous killer…The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, N... read more

Every Trick in the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery)

Lucy Arlington

New York Times bestselling author Lucy Arlington's Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren’t the only people she’s trying to catch… Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely l... read more

New York Times bestselling author Lucy Arlington's Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren’t the only people she’s trying to catch… Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely l... read more

The Horse That Wouldn't Trot: A Life with Tennessee Walking Horses: Lessons Learned and Memories Shared

Rose Miller

Rose Miller was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania, spending much of her youth on a farm with her family. After marrying her husband, Hal, they moved to Goshen, Indiana. Most of her life has been shared with animals of many kinds. She is the manager of their horse boarding facility, has raised and shown horses for 30 years and has been active in NWHA, an organization dedicated to th... read more

Rose Miller was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania, spending much of her youth on a farm with her family. After marrying her husband, Hal, they moved to Goshen, Indiana. Most of her life has been shared with animals of many kinds. She is the manager of their horse boarding facility, has raised and shown horses for 30 years and has been active in NWHA, an organization dedicated to th... read more

Little Miss Muffitt: Guardian of My Heart: A Tribute to All Those Special Dogs Who Capture Our Hearts and Stay Forever

Rose Miller

A charming collection of the remarkable dogs that traipsed through the author's heart and family: Dobermans, K9s, fosters, rescues, cow dogs, a special Giant Schnauzer named Blue, and of course Little Miss Muffitt. "Lets move to a farm and raise horses." Those words uttered by four-yearold Rose forewarned her parents who were happy city dwellers that she was an "animal person." But by the time... read more

A charming collection of the remarkable dogs that traipsed through the author's heart and family: Dobermans, K9s, fosters, rescues, cow dogs, a special Giant Schnauzer named Blue, and of course Little Miss Muffitt. "Lets move to a farm and raise horses." Those words uttered by four-yearold Rose forewarned her parents who were happy city dwellers that she was an "animal person." But by the time... read more

The Flamingo Heist

David Mark Hebden

John Bird gleefully escapes the U.S. Navy to join the cruise ship Flamingo Heights, unaware of the glitteringly dangerous consequences. Captain David Di Chance and his trusted cohorts have just masterminded the largest theft of gold bullion in the history of the United States--now formed into the Flamingo Heights spare gold anchors. As John falls for the lovely fellow crew member Anna, he is d... read more

John Bird gleefully escapes the U.S. Navy to join the cruise ship Flamingo Heights, unaware of the glitteringly dangerous consequences. Captain David Di Chance and his trusted cohorts have just masterminded the largest theft of gold bullion in the history of the United States--now formed into the Flamingo Heights spare gold anchors. As John falls for the lovely fellow crew member Anna, he is d... read more

Downside Seven

Myra Nagel

Eight-year-old Skipper Frank can't describe what he saw while he played on a Carolina lake shore the day the prominent Newman Rankey drowned. Skipper is autistic, and his communication skills are far too limited. His minister, Reverend Carolyn (Cal) Crandall, can't imagine why Skipper drew a picture of Rankey's boat in Sunday School or why he keeps whimpering the odd phrase, "Downside seven." ... read more

Eight-year-old Skipper Frank can't describe what he saw while he played on a Carolina lake shore the day the prominent Newman Rankey drowned. Skipper is autistic, and his communication skills are far too limited. His minister, Reverend Carolyn (Cal) Crandall, can't imagine why Skipper drew a picture of Rankey's boat in Sunday School or why he keeps whimpering the odd phrase, "Downside seven." ... read more

Runaway Poet

Myra Nagel

Before Hurricane Charley destroyed their Southwest Florida duplex, the Tolliver brothers had bounced through seven foster homes. Now in the storm's aftermath, twelve-year-old Jessie has been murdered. The prime suspect is his teenage brother Ben, who has apparently run away.Anna Sebastian, a child advocate appointed by the court, can't stop wondering if a poem the runaway wrote for her could h... read more

Before Hurricane Charley destroyed their Southwest Florida duplex, the Tolliver brothers had bounced through seven foster homes. Now in the storm's aftermath, twelve-year-old Jessie has been murdered. The prime suspect is his teenage brother Ben, who has apparently run away.Anna Sebastian, a child advocate appointed by the court, can't stop wondering if a poem the runaway wrote for her could h... read more

Mugged in Marseille Deadly Identity Theft : Deadly Identity Theft

Coby Derek James

This is a fast moving good read for a plane or a good lazy day featuring a mature guy doing interesting work.

This is a fast moving good read for a plane or a good lazy day featuring a mature guy doing interesting work.

The Legend of Atticus Rex Book 1: The Amulet

Philippe de Vosjoli

Action on every page! Gabriel, the brave young son of a Roman soldier, has a secret fear - he's afraid of being alone in the dark, especially in his room at night, and with good reason. For there lurks evidence of villainous creatures who stalk the land with a wicked plan for all of earth. As threats develop and battles wage, Gabriel finds himself transforming into a valiant warrior with a lit... read more

Action on every page! Gabriel, the brave young son of a Roman soldier, has a secret fear - he's afraid of being alone in the dark, especially in his room at night, and with good reason. For there lurks evidence of villainous creatures who stalk the land with a wicked plan for all of earth. As threats develop and battles wage, Gabriel finds himself transforming into a valiant warrior with a lit... read more

My Storm: Managing the Recovery of New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (The City in the Twenty-First Century)

Edward J. Blakely

Edward J. Blakely has been called upon to help rebuild after some of the worst disasters in recent American history, from the San Francisco Bay Area's 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to the September 11 attacks in New York. Yet none of these jobs compared to the challenges he faced in his appointment by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administratio... read more

Edward J. Blakely has been called upon to help rebuild after some of the worst disasters in recent American history, from the San Francisco Bay Area's 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to the September 11 attacks in New York. Yet none of these jobs compared to the challenges he faced in his appointment by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administratio... read more

Peaches and Scream (A Georgia Peach Mystery)

Susan Furlong

In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are th... read more

In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are th... read more

Rest in Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)

Susan Furlong

In the refreshing new Georgia Peach Mystery from the author of Peaches and Scream, an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town.The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand op... read more

In the refreshing new Georgia Peach Mystery from the author of Peaches and Scream, an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town.The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand op... read more

War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)

Susan Furlong

The author of Rest in Peach serves up another bite of Southern charm in the latest Georgia Peach mystery. Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner. Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he ha... read more

The author of Rest in Peach serves up another bite of Southern charm in the latest Georgia Peach mystery. Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner. Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he ha... read more

Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travellers Novel)

Susan Furlong

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . . After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars ... read more

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . . After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars ... read more

The Towers Still Stand

Daniel Rosenberg

What if the Sept. 11 attacks had failed, and Americans remained ignorant of the hijackers' ultimate goals? In this alternate history, several hijackers and their leaders survive and escape a botched Sept. 11 plot and plan a second attempt on the towers. Only one man in the government and an aggressive journalist suspect what might be afoot, but how can they convince a skeptical nation that the... read more

What if the Sept. 11 attacks had failed, and Americans remained ignorant of the hijackers' ultimate goals? In this alternate history, several hijackers and their leaders survive and escape a botched Sept. 11 plot and plan a second attempt on the towers. Only one man in the government and an aggressive journalist suspect what might be afoot, but how can they convince a skeptical nation that the... read more

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