Sarah Flores

Sarah Flores - Editor

Houston, TX, United States

I'm a line editor, copy editor, and proofreader of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. I'm also an author.

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Overview

I'm a line editor, a copy editor, a proofreader, and an author, and I specialize in fiction, self-help, and children's books, but I'll get my hands dirty in almost everything.

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 check illustrations, graphs, and captions in nonfiction works, and I make sure that all of the technical aspects of your book are in order. 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 will 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. I'll simply clean up your manuscript to make your work the best it can be.


TESTIMONIALS

"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. If you're in search of an editor, look no further. I don't believe they come any better than Sarah Flores."
—Cap Daniels, best-selling author of the Chase Fulton Novels

"Wow, what an amazing first time editing experience! Sarah, thank you for your professionalism, sharp eye and writing expertise. You encouraged me to peel back the top layer of my story, and unveil the depth of the core. Your editing style showed me multiple new writing approaches, of which will be utilized as a guide for my future projects. Thanks for everything! You’re awesome!"
—Ta'She'Ana Banks, author of Cracked Foundation

Sarah gave me an absolutely spot-on edit for my novel. I’m in an author critique group and had the manuscript vetted through the group prior to submitting to Sarah, and she still found numerous issues that weren’t caught by others. She was extremely thorough, and I learned a great deal from her comments. She also gave me an overall opinion of my work, which was invaluable. It can be difficult to hear criticism, but Sarah’s style didn’t make me feel bad about my writing; I felt like she was a helpful partner, wanting my work to succeed. And not only did she do everything she promised and more, but she did it well before the deadline. I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone needing a professional edit to bring their work to perfection.
—JoAnn Hogenson

Sarah deserves a standing ovation for her work. Truly impressive! I don't know how she could do so much--researching, correcting, advising, readjusting--in so little time. Sarah also taught me things I never knew.
She worked my book manuscript into a more polished, consistent, and structured document. It's now so clean and clear, it sparkles.
—Michele Miles Gardner

BRAVO! Sarah made the editing process so easy! I thought I loved my story, until I sent it to Sarah. With the changes she made, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the final product and think everyone else will too. I have already recommended Sarah's services to my publishing coach and the publishing service provider I am using to self-publish my children's book. I can't say enough about how thrilled I am! Thank you, Sarah!
—Renee Heimerman

Sarah is so easy to work with! She is prompt, professional, and an expert in her field. Her suggestions for edits were spot on and she was always kind and positive in her delivery. I will certainly be using her services again!
—Stacia Cummins

Sarah was absolutely wonderful to work with. I highly recommend her services to anyone, but especially those who are are brand new to writing and publishing and need help understanding the entire process. She is very responsive.
—Erin Morris-Stearns

Thank you Sarah for your time and patience. You are very pleasant to work with and I'm always learning something when interacting with you. Great job and much success to you. Thanks.
—Dwayne Redmond

"Excellent service at an affordable price. Sarah is nice and does her work professionally and swiftly. Dream editor for every author, I think."
—Adam Smith, author

"I just want to thank you for your excellent job in editing my story and taking the time to guide me in the wording of the text. It has enhanced my story to another level. I will definitely be calling on you again. It is one thing to have the skill in editing a story, but it’s a rare person to have the patience and willingness to work with another in order to give them a sense of completion in their writing. Thank you."
—E. Walker, author

"It is always a bit of a scary process to let someone read your work. Will they like it as much as you? Will they understand your style? But having a second opinion and a critical impartial eye is important. I was very pleased with the feedback, and the help that I received with my children's book. The book, which currently in the editing process, needed a second opinion. The feedback changes were subtle and correct, it made the story flow a little more easily. The service was very quick and now I feel confident that my children's story is ready to proceed. Phew! Thank you Sarah."
—Sue Wickstead, author of children's books

"I worked so long and hard on my first nonfiction book . . . and Sarah’s edit turned it into the book that I envisioned. I appreciate her hard work, constant contact, and understanding of all of the concerns I had. She pushed me to really open up and add more story to my story. I KNOW I wasn’t the easiest person to work with, so I’m thankful that she stuck with me and coached me through the revisions. It meant a lot. To anyone in need of a book editor: I highly recommend Sarah. Not only was I lucky enough to find a great editor, but I also feel like I made a friend."
—P. Nichols, author

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Children's Picture Books
Literature
Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Works with
Wix

Certifications

  • Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

Work experience

Line Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Author

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

• Line editor, copy editor, and proofreader of 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
• 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 relationship advice website

Proficient in: Chicago Manual of Style, AP, and APA

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Opening Chase: A Chase Fulton Novel (Chase Fulton Novels Book 1)

Cap Daniels

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 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

The Broken Chase: A Chase Fulton Novel (Chase Fulton Novels Book 2)

Cap Daniels

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

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

The Stronger Chase: A Chase Fulton Novel (Chase Fulton Novels Book 3)

Cap Daniels

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

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

Cracked Foundation (Eruption of Life) (Volume 1)

Ta'She'Ana Banks

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

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

Into the Breach: The Life and Times of the 740th Tank Battalion in World War II, Revised Edition

Paul L Pearson

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

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

Tree Soldier

Sarah M. Flores

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.

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.

Echoes of Candor: Poetry and Epigrams

Adam Smith

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

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

Adam Smith

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

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

Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus

Sue Wickstead

‘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.’

‘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.’

Die...Black Boy?

Dwayne Redmond

It is 1997 in Washington, DC, and 11-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. About the author Dwayne Redmond was born in Greenwood, a small town in Mississippi. As a young child, he stood out i... read more

It is 1997 in Washington, DC, and 11-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. About the author Dwayne Redmond was born in Greenwood, a small town in Mississippi. As a young child, he stood out i... read more

BUDDHA, ME, AND A CUP OF TEA: Finding Your True Zen

Adam Smith

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

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

Abigail's First Day of School (Kinder Kids Book Series 1)

Sarah L. Bailey

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.

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.

The Shiny Bee Who Felt Out of Place (Conscious Kids) (Volume 1)

Natalie Meraki

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!

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!

This Won't Save You

Mila Rain

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.

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.

Go-Cart Gertie

Cindy Shirley

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.

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.

If Animals Could Wish

Sarah M. Flores

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!

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!

The ABCs of Rose

JRenee Heimerman

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

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

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

Sue Wickstead

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.

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.

Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

Sue Wickstead

‘‘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

‘‘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

Chehalem Valley Children's Play: A Kid’s Book About Teamwork and Kindness (Conscious Kids 2)

Natalie Meraki

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

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

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