I'm a line editor and copy editor of many best-sellers, and I specialize in action/adventure, thrillers (shoot ’em ups don’t scare me!), young adult, and children's books.
What do I do?
I check every word of your manuscript, ensuring accuracy in spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, tenses, sentence structure, parallel structure, clarity, subject-verb agreement, eliminate or alert you to wordiness and redundant words, and I make sure that your voice and tone are appropriate for your intended audience. I also alert you to possible legal issues.
I always provide a style sheet to help maintain absolute consistency. (We want to make sure your 25-year-old fiery redhead doesn't somehow become a 19-year-old blonde without a trip to the salon and a time machine.)
You'll never have to worry about your author "voice" changing after my editing process. Your words are your words. Your style is your style. I won't take that away from you.
A FEW TESTIMONIALS...
Cap Daniels, best-selling author of the Chase Fulton Novels
“Sarah is the most amazing editor I've ever worked with. Her attention to detail is remarkable. The personal attention she provides is absolutely unbeatable. She has the warmest and most wonderful personality imaginable. Her pace of work is unlike any other literary professional I've ever encountered. She is driven, passionate, and skilled beyond measure. She is the last editor I'll ever need. I couldn't imagine anyone providing a higher quality, more efficient, or more personable service. She is not only a remarkable teacher, but also an inspiration. She's demanding when necessary, but always courteous, compassionate, and enthusiastic.”
Logan Ryles, author of the Reed Montgomery Series
“I've written fiction for over a decade, attending writing conferences and workshops, reading stacks of books on writing, enduring intense critique groups and spending hundreds of hours improving my craft. Nothing has made as great an impact on my skill set and success as Sarah. She works tirelessly not only to improve the quality of my work, but to educate me on how to write better in the future. She's more than an editor, she's a coach, with extensive levels of expertise, supreme patience, and a true passion for her work. She's also a lot of fun to work with, and maintains a spunky sense of humor. If you've ever edited a novel, you know how vital that is.”
Matthew Rief, author of the Florida Keys Adventure Series
"Sarah has the best qualities you could hope for in an editor and more. From the first few pages I reviewed, it was clear that she takes a tremendous amount of pride in her work. Focused and with an astute attention to detail, Sarah offered suggestions, but left enough space for me to make the final decisions. Smart, creative, and hyper-competent, Sarah breathed life into my manuscript."
Read more testimonials on my website.
• Line editor, copy editor, and proofreader of many best-sellers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's books
• Head editor and writer for a lifestyle magazine
• Editor of business and marketing materials and web content for businesses, non-profit agencies, and individuals
• Author of children’s picture books, Tree Soldier and If Animals Could Wish
• Author of a young-adult fiction novel (pending publication)
• Ghostwriter for historical non-fiction novella
RELATIONSHIP ADVICE COLUMNIST (Sarah Sideways)
• Owner, writer, and editor of hundreds of articles for a relationship advice website
Proficient in: Chicago Manual of Style, AP, and APA
When collegiate baseball phenom Chase Fulton suffers a freak injury on the field that shatters his dreams of becoming a Major League catcher, his future looks bleak until he’s recruited into quasi-governmental covert operations, where his training as an assassin and covert intelligence operative launches him into a world fraught with danger, intrigue, and unexpected passion. As Chase navigates... read more
When American covert operative Chase Fulton finds himself aboard a luxury mega-yacht off the Florida Keys with a dead Russian billionaire on deck and the beautiful SVR officer he loves standing over the body with a bloody knife in her hands, he believes his life could never become more complicated. But he is wrong. A vow to a mentor and beloved friend sends him on a tumultuous quest through th... read more
After learning that he’d been the target of the most elaborate infiltration scheme by Russian intelligence since the Cold War, American covert operative and assassin, Chase Fulton, vows to coax the mastermind of the complex scheme out of the Kremlin and into the open, where he’ll exact his revenge. An unexpected encounter with a mysterious figure who claims to have known Chase’s father opens d... read more
When the Chinese Ministry of State Security unleashes a bold plan to sink a massive freighter in the Panama Canal as part of an elaborate intelligence gathering operation, American covert operative, Chase Fulton, is called upon to infiltrate the operation and turn the tides against the conspirators. As demanding as the mission appears on the surface, what lies deep beneath the murky waters of ... read more
Following the death of his beloved mentor, Dr. Robert “Rocket” Richter, American covert operative, Chase Fulton, inherits far more than a life insurance policy. In Richter’s belongings, Chase discovers journals that take him back to the final days of World War II and into the skies over Europe, where he learns that his own battles with the demons of his past aren’t so different from those of t... read more
When American covert operative Chase Fulton is arrested for first-degree murder only minutes after returning from a grueling mission in the frozen wilds of the Russian interior, nothing is what it appears to be. From deadly gunfights in America’s oldest city to abductions on the high seas of the Caribbean, Chase must face a new and deadly enemy and learn to adapt his skill set of international... read more
When American covert operative Chase Fulton embarks on the most dangerous mission of his life to rescue a team of wounded, abandoned commandos in the mountains of Afghanistan, a new enemy shows his face. This time, the enemy is closer and more sinister than ever before.Just when Chase believes he’s most alone, surprising allies and long-forgotten family ties arise and change everything he beli... read more
When American covert operative Chase Fulton finally believes his life has become as close to normal as it will ever be, he finds himself in a magnificent anchorage in The Bahamas with his beautiful new wife on the first night of their honeymoon. But as the sun melts across the western horizon, his dream vacation is thrown into chaos when a mega yacht races into the harbor at full speed, bearin... read more
His name is Reed Montgomery, but they call him The Prosecutor—an assassin who will stop at nothing to finish the job. Three years ago Reed made a choice that landed him with a one-way ticket to death row. It was there, in the dank confines of federal prison, that he made a deal with the devil: thirty kills in exchange for his freedom. Over the last three years, he’s made good on that bargain, ... read more
All he wanted was to finish the job and disappear. It wasn't his idea to start a war.Former Marine and professional assassin Reed Montgomery bought his freedom with blood. Thirty assassinations in exchange for liberty from death row—that was the deal. He delivered on twenty-nine of those kills before the kingpin of the hitman world turned on him. There’s no deal now, but the killing has just b... read more
He didn’t start this fight, but he’s going to end it.Former Marine and professional assassin Reed Montgomery is facing the fallout of total betrayal. The shadowy organization he used to work for murdered one of his dearest friends, framed him for the homicide of a Georgia lawmaker, and destroyed the trust of the woman he loves.Reed is now torn between a fight to rebuild that trust and a burnin... read more
When New York Times best-selling novelist Cap Millhouse finds himself alone, destitute, and defeated on the cold winter streets of his hometown, his former fame now buried beneath mountains of despair, his new reality dances in the wake of decisions he can never undo and memories he can never escape. Imprisoned inside his own psyche, Millhouse believes his death is the only path capable of fin... read more
*** This is a Novella NOT a Full Length Novel - All Proceeds Will Directly Go To Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Michael ***For hundreds of years, sailors have considered their boats to be trusted companions, brothers-in-arms, and even members of the family. I Am Gypsy explores this remarkable relationship from the unique perspective of the sailboat.This is the heartwarming and heartbreaking t... read more
A treacherous journey leads to a spiritual awakening and a bright new future. Chewahnih, a young Cherokee maiden, escapes to the wilderness after witnessing a horrendous raid on her village. She is soon joined by a blue-eyed wolf and a raven. These two unlikely traveling companions guide and protect her until she reaches the banks of the Red River. When Chewahnih hears the whinny of a horse ne... read more
The Walkingstick saga returns in this second installment of Cowen’s 2016 mid-19th-century Cherokee narrative. This tale highlights Chewahnih’s mother, Willow of the Wind; and her soon to be husband, Snow Eagle. Kirkus Review. . .The Civil War is hovering, and illegal slave traders have been committing atrocities within Oklahoma’s CherokeeTerritory. Specifically, raiders have been stealing Nati... read more
Deception and murder flourish during the season of the Winter MoonIt was a cold morning and she was still alive. Golden Meadow prayed for the mercy of death but knew her punishment would be the severe guilt she would have to live with for the rest of her life. To escape Tahnie, her father, and the reverend, running away was her only option. And Meadow was good at it. Chief Gray Storm’s men joi... read more
Things are never easy when you’re labeled a pirate in the Caribbean.On the run from his past, Nick and the crew of The Panther have enough treasure aboard to live like kings, but nowhere to spend it. Not all the crew agrees on his plan, and after a near mutiny, the crew decides to try for a new startWhen his heritage catches up to him, and a new treasure appears, bigger than anything they’ve t... read more
December 1944. When the Daredevil Tankers of the 740th Tank Battalion moved into the breach against Kampfgruppe Peiper in the ice and snow of the Belgian Ardennes, the ferociousness of their attack sent the elite panzers of Hitler's 1st SS Panzer Division reeling. In bastard tanks pieced together from the scrapheap only the night before, the 740th plunged awkwardly into the war, spearheading l... read more
Talisa is only eleven years old when she finds her mother lying on the kitchen floor fighting for her life. Within a matter of minutes, Talisa’s life changes. As her mother slowly fades into the unknown, the family tries to stay afloat through waves of turmoil. With a distant father, a rebelling older sister, and a younger brother to look after, Talisa’s life becomes complicated, and the odds ... read more
It's 1997 in Washington, D.C., and eleven-year-old Brennan Felton wants to know why black people are shooting other black people. He's living a life no child should have to live, but in his quest for knowledge and reasoning, he experiences something that will change his life forever.
Living in a rock hut on a nude beach. Staying in a religious commune. Facing an angry man with a gun. Riding camels. Hiding freaky health food lunches from lucky Twinkie eaters.Michele didn’t experience these things living in the suburbs of San Francisco. Then came the counterculture revolution. Her entire life changed. Michele’s young parents sold their home, bought a car and trailer overseas... read more
Dwayne Redmond was born in Greenwood, a small town in Mississippi. Though he always enjoyed writing poetry, he never took it seriously until his oldest sister, Thelma, sent him an article about a poetry contest given by the National Library of Poetry. He entered it, and his first poem, "May," was published in the early 1990s. He also had his own successful television show in 1994 called "Poetr... read more
Echoes of Candor, by Adam Smith, is a meditative poetry anthology influenced by modern music and classical Western and Eastern philosophies. Adam bends the time barrier and cultural differences into lyrical words that are pleasant to the ear and soul. You will find rhyme, meaning, and originality among the lines of this book. There are eye-opening and honest pieces among the pages of this book... read more
Mettle of the Mind: Poetry of an Outsider is the result of three years of wandering through the country of Israel, where Adam Smith spent his childhood and most of his young adulthood. He struggles with self-identification within the complex system of ideas in this vast world—online, and in the military-centered world around him in the Middle East. Smith meditates on topics of religion, true s... read more
Two girls are walking barefoot through an icy cold winter, while reminiscing about the past—how a girl stole half the moon, how a baker became a rebel and how a lie sometimes is a million times better than the truth.
Every century, the twelve astrological zodiac gods make their way down to Earth and procreate with mortals to bear one single offspring. Each offspring has special abilities associated with the four major elements that are related to each god: Fire, earth, air and water. Aries, the god of war and famine, begins to plan his reign over mankind to express his hatred toward humans for being the ou... read more
In Buddha, Me, and a Cup of Tea, Adam Smith helps you tame your fears with his step-by-step guides and personal examples of how to maintain a calm mind in anxious situations. He has chosen Zen Buddhism and its guidance to express his being throughout different journeys in life. This is a profound yet succinct guide to living in the present without losing the grasp of what may come. The breathi... read more
Taiwo and Kehinde: The Wedding Trip takes readers through a colorful, cultural, emotional yet humorous, and family-oriented journey of twelve year old twin sisters who venture into the world of entrepreneurship to achieve their financial goal. Taiwo and Kehinde learn that they will be attending a wedding in their parent's home country of Nigeria! They are super ecstatic, but need money to purc... read more
Needle Felting Winter is a How-To Needle felting book written by artisan ‘Rachel Austin.’ The book contains over 20 beautiful winter themed projects to make, with projects ranging from easy to more challenging. Each design has step by step photos and instructions. Stencil sheets help you to create the more challenging projects, so whether you are a beginner in needle felting, or a more advance... read more
In this sweet how-to book, Needle Felting Apple Tree Farm, the crafter will use simple to advanced techniques to create a charming scene with adorable characters.The directions to make these beautifully designed sculptures are simple and easy to follow. The crafter will be making a barn, farmers, trees, animals, and more creations. Included at the end of the book is a delightful short story th... read more
Rose is teased at school and feels bad about herself. When her Mom hears her crying, she decides to teach Rose how powerful words are when they follow the words I AM. Rose learns that she has the power to determine how she feels about herself, not the kids at school that bully her. To help Rose see herself more accurately and positively, Rose’s mom makes up a fun game called The ABCs of Rose u... read more
Tommy is furious with himself. He thinks he’s stupid because he didn’t play basketball well in gym class.His mom wants to show him that his worth is not tied to his athletic abilities, so she teaches him a new game. They go through each letter of the alphabet and find positive words that describe Tommy. She explains that words have a great deal of power, and what you say after the words “I AM”... read more
A shiny bee feels out of place. One night, as she's reflecting by a lake, a sassy star descends from the sky. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery through the universe, and the star shows the bee why she is truly at home wherever—and as whatever—she is. In the end, the star has a surprising revelation for the shiny bee!
Billy isn't happy with his house or his toys until an enchanted tree takes him on a journey that will forever change the way he views happiness. Tree Soldier is a charming rhyming story, with beautiful and glowing illustrations, that shows children that spending time with family is more meaningful than a big home overflowing with toys.
What do silly animals wish for? Silly things, of course! Vacations? Oh, yes! Pickle jars? Why not? From squirrels to bears to monkeys to elephants and more, fun wishes can come true for them all!
It is Abigail's first day of kindergarten, and she's excited to learn new things and make new friends. Join Abigail in this enjoyable and encouraging book as she discovers what kindergarten is all about.
"Ever wonder what a soldier actually does? Why does he dress that way? Could I be a soldier one day? Private First Class Sam Smith is a soldier in the U.S. Army. Come along with Sam as he tells all about what it's like to live, work, and (even) relax like a soldier."
Children's picture book for christmas. It is Christmas time, and the school has been getting ready to perform their Nativity play. With lines learnt and songs to be sung, it is time for the dress rehearsal. The teacher knows there might be a few problems to sort out, but at least they will know what to improve on or change along the way.
‘Jay-Jay the bus was rescued from the scrap yard where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. He is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.A fictional tale based on a real life bus ‘Supersonic’ which flew in the imagination of the many young children who visited him.’
‘‘A sweet story, wonderfully illustrated, and with a very important message." The Wishing Shelf'Perfect for a restless child at bedtime.There was so much to enjoy here, whether it be the wonderfully playful language – ‘Her new green and blue colours became a landscape filled with trees and rolling hills – or Daisy, the bus, who helps the young reader to understand how not everything old should... read more
It’s fall again and time for the annual Chehalem Valley Children’s Play. A young lady full of natural beauty, brains, and talent is feeling pretty good about scoring the lead role. The other children are thrilled to work with her, but the young star is very self-involved. Through a series of unfortunate events, she is stripped from what she believes are her most favorable attributes. She is ce... read more
Top Hat. Red Hat.Cold Hat. Chef Hat.Meet Henry.He likes hats.His collection of hats makes him extraordinary, even if his friends disagree.Henry learns that it’s okay to be different and swim upstream from the crowd. In fact, standing out from the crowd is the best difference of all!Through the vibrant and colorful illustrations, Henry the fish explores a range of emotions, personal values and ... read more
When a young girl named Gertie Gilbert decides to race go-carts, her older brother laughs and says, "You're a girl and girls can't race!" With the family divided and the girls on one side and the boys on the other, the race is on to prove that girls can do anything boys can do! This funny family adventure will have everyone cheering.
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I have over twenty years of experience copy editing and proofreading for a book publisher of mostly nonfiction, some textbooks, some novels.
I am a copy editor and proofreader who has worked on both non-fiction and fiction books, as well as magazine and newspaper articles.