Sandra Herner

Sandra Herner – Editor

25+ years nurturing each writer’s unique voice. Bestselling clients published by Kensington, Berkley, etc. Specializing in series writers

Overview

For over two decades, I have provided editorial services for writers and publishers around the world and across the United States and Canada creating reader-attracting books and fan-satisfying series.


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 Write-to-Done and a freelance developmental editor for Crooked Lane Books of New York.


Helping writers achieve success with their writing dreams is my greatest joy, whether they publish a single book, fulfill a personal journey, or create a career as a commercial writer. I edit memoirs, self-help, and most fiction genres, but my fiction specialty is SF/F, mystery, and adventures. I review continuity, tone, characterization, setting, plot, structure, pacing, marketability, etc. Together, let's fulfill your writing dream!


Success for my authors:


* I have worked with Susan Furlong, from Illinois, for many years. She is an agented bestselling author of several commercially-published series of cozy mysteries (for Berkley), taking over an existing series and then with her own series. Kensington published her more gritty action/police/veteran series. Susan’s latest book of psychological suspense is “What They Don’t Know” is from Simon and Schuster.



* Client Jim Hancock’s first book The Hawk Enigma—a military thriller— was not only successful in the self-publishing circle but also awarded a silver medal from the Military Writers Society of America. He was also a finalist in last year’s Adventure Writer's Competition, hosted by Dirk Cussler, son of Clive Cussler



* Also on the self-publishing front, Gary McAvoy and I began collaborating when he started his Magdalene Chronicles just a couple of years ago. He has been awarded Amazon’s “Best Selling Author” status and has nine books in his series with over 4,000 great reviews on Amazon.



* Here is a review on Amazon for client Brian Roberts’ debut novel, Crimson Lucre: “The writing is so good, the editing and formatting so perfect that after the first couple chapters I had to Google the author to find out how many books he had written. When I found out he was a late blooming retired engineer with just a few books out there I was pleasantly shocked. I reached out through his website and he told me that he pays to have his works put through extensive editing processes. They read BETTER than many authors I've read with 20 more books under their belt who are represented by agents and published by major publishing houses.”

Brian now has three books in his series and is working on his fourth.

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Cozy Mysteries Dystopian Epic Fantasy Historical Mysteries Military Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Psychological Thriller
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Writer's Digest's Top 50 Fiction Markets

Work experience

Crooked Lane Books

Nov, 2017 — Dec, 2018 (about 1 year)

Crooked Lane Books publishes the highest quality crime fiction titles in both print and electronic editions and are distributed to the trade through Penguin Random House Publisher Services. As an on-call developmental editor, I was available for quick turn-around projects providing one round of edits along with an editorial letter as needed.

Self-employed

Jun, 1992 — Present

Coach and editor for fiction writers. I provide advice when we start a writing project together; coaching throughout the creative process; and detailed analysis and editing. We work together to create a strong and reader-attracting book and a fan-satisfying series.

Writers' International Forum

Jun, 1990 — Jun, 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.

Manufactured Homes Magazine

Jun, 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.

BAE Information Systems Technology

Jun, 1981 — Jan, 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

Developmental Editing
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The Galileo Gambit

Gary McAvoy

Father Michael Dominic, prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, is entrusted with transporting the original 17th-century trial documents of Galileo to Loyola Law School in Chicago for a modern... read more
Developmental Editing
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The Hawk Enigma

J.L. Hancock

Every night, Voodoo’s nightmares force him to relive the past until suddenly they start to predict the future. At the same time, across the ocean in Japan, two world-renowned scientists go mis... read more
Developmental Editing
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MASK MORTEM

Arun Rajagopal

A young woman is murdered in her car. Weeks later, homeless men are murdered for their kidneys. The murders seem to be unconnected. "Jick" Arnsson is a successful physician, nearing retirement... read more
Developmental Editing
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The Magdalene Reliquary

Gary McAvoy

During his routine work in the Vatican Secret Archives, Father Michael Dominic discovers a mystifying 13th-century puzzle constructed for the legendary Cathars by famed Italian cartographer Pi... read more
Developmental Editing
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The Magdalene Deception

Gary McAvoy

For two thousand years, believers have relied on Christ’s Resurrection as the bedrock of Christian faith. But what if the Vatican had been blackmailed into suppressing a first-century manuscri... read more
Developmental Editing
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The Avignon Affair

Gary McAvoy

A corpse cloaked in secrets rests in an ancient tomb deep beneath Notre-Dame Cathedral, but its identity remains elusive. One priest is determined to find out who the dead man is and what he’s... read more
Developmental Editing
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Memoirs of a Black Sheep: Book 1

Hairston, Jamie

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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 ... read more
Developmental Editing
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 r... read more
Developmental Editing
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 ... read more
Developmental Editing
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 Septem... read more
Editorial Assessment
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 th... read more
Developmental Editing
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 ... read more
Developmental Editing
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... read more
Developmental Editing
Resistance

Daniel Kalla

No treatment. No cure. No hopeOnce it seemed as though penicillin and other antibiotics had won humanity a lasting victory over harmful bacteria. But now hardier bugs, resistant to most common... read more
Proofreading
Pandemic: A Novel

Daniel Kalla

Genesis of a PlagueRight now, in a remote corner of rural China, a farmer and his family are sharing their water supply with their livestock: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep. They share the same ... read more
Proofreading
When the mutilated remains of a young woman are found in an Appalachian Mountain cave, newly sworn-in deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan is forced to track down a killer driven by twisted motives .... read more
Developmental Editing
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 ha... read more
Developmental Editing

Sandra has 105 reviews

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Emily J.

Emily J.

Feb, 2024

Sandra is a FABULOUS editor! Her notes are so thorough, and she caught so many things that I would never have thought of. Her feedback is also direct but kind—the perfect balance between encouraging and tell-it-like-it-is. Working with Sandra made me excited to get to work on my edits!
PJ P.

PJ P.

Mar, 2024

Sandra goes over and above in her assessment of submitted work. Her suggestions always make my story better! And her critique is done in a kind way. She has an excellent eye for what makes a good story. In a word, she's fabulous!
L.G. W.

L.G. W.

May, 2024

I can't recommend Sandra enough! This was my first experience working with a professional editor, so I was very nervous going in. Sandra put my worries to bed right away. She had a lot of very positive feedback about my writing, which was reassuring as a new writer. More importantly, she had all the constructive criticism I was hoping for, as well as suggestions for how to address the issues. ...
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Sandra H.
Thank you! It is always a pleasure to delve into a new epic fantasy. The critters and magic, passions and battles, are fun to experience, and I loved helping your characters succeed. I look forward...
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Jamie H.

Jamie H.

May, 2024

Sandra is great to work with, and she always provides honest feedback. I have worked with her several times and will continue to work with her in the future.
Judson B.

Judson B.

Apr, 2024

Sandra was thoughtful, honest and diligent—she read everything I sent her and took time to understand it.

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