Sarah Smeaton

Sarah Smeaton - Editor

Lincoln, United Kingdom

A former Senior Editor at Bonnier, I'm now a freelance editor with experience in a wide variety of genres. Specialist in romance fiction.

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Literature is my passion. A former Senior Editor, I'm now a freelance editor who has worked across most genres during my career from thrillers and YA to historical and paranormal, with romance being my specialism.

Having over 7 years’ editorial experience for the likes of Bonnier Publishing and several best-selling authors, I am able to work quickly and efficiently to help authors make their novels be the best they can be.

You are the driver – I’m just helping you read the map. I believe one of the most important factors in the editing process is the relationship between editor and author, which is why I can honestly say I’ve never left a project without the author being 100% happy.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
Thriller & Suspense
Horror
Romance
Paranormal Romance

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

As a freelance editor, I offer a variety of services depending on what the author requires. The services
I offer include manuscript reviews/editorial assessments, full content editing, copy editing and proofreading.

Senior Editor

Totally Entwined Group (Bonnier Publishing)
June, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

As senior editor for the Totally Entwined Group (Bonnier Publishing), I was responsible for signing off manuscripts before publication and editing the manuscripts of our top-tier authors. I also assessed new submissions, attended book fairs and worked closely with the Marketing/PR team to ensure the success of our manuscripts.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Rasputin's Kiss (Investigating Love Book 1)

L.M. Somerton

FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR L.M. SOMERTONThis is the first book in this amazing new series that I can guarantee you will love. It was told with such a flare ~ MM Good Book ReviewsLoveable characters, hot sex, sensual touching, kinky BDSM and a suspenseful story…Not Disappointed ~ 3 Chicks After DarkBook one in the Investigating Love series What if the last thing you felt was the kiss... read more

FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR L.M. SOMERTONThis is the first book in this amazing new series that I can guarantee you will love. It was told with such a flare ~ MM Good Book ReviewsLoveable characters, hot sex, sensual touching, kinky BDSM and a suspenseful story…Not Disappointed ~ 3 Chicks After DarkBook one in the Investigating Love series What if the last thing you felt was the kiss... read more

Initiation (Master Class Book 1)

Sierra Cartwright

FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SIERRA CARTWRIGHTBook one in The Master Class series - The new and expanded versionWhen wannabe sub Jennifer Berklee calls him Master and begs him to flog her, PI Logan Powell knows all his military training won’t be enough to keep his jaded heart safe.Private investigator Logan Powell does the women of the world a favor by avoiding emotional entangleme... read more

FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SIERRA CARTWRIGHTBook one in The Master Class series - The new and expanded versionWhen wannabe sub Jennifer Berklee calls him Master and begs him to flog her, PI Logan Powell knows all his military training won’t be enough to keep his jaded heart safe.Private investigator Logan Powell does the women of the world a favor by avoiding emotional entangleme... read more

Needing (Voices Book 1)

Sarah Masters

FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH MASTERS‘I really, really loved the chemistry between Oliver and Langham’ ~ The Blogger GirlsBook one in the Voices series.Getting calls from the dead in the middle of the night isn't Oliver's idea of fun...Oliver gets calls from the dead, imploring him to help them find their killers. He's heard them since he was a child and now assists the police in their investi... read more

FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH MASTERS‘I really, really loved the chemistry between Oliver and Langham’ ~ The Blogger GirlsBook one in the Voices series.Getting calls from the dead in the middle of the night isn't Oliver's idea of fun...Oliver gets calls from the dead, imploring him to help them find their killers. He's heard them since he was a child and now assists the police in their investi... read more

The Ultimatum: Volume 1 (Dominion)

Katy Swann

Once a submissive, always a submissive, right? Maybe she needs a little reminder. Frankie Hamilton is stunned when her husband, Jake, gives her an ultimatum-either she goes with him to a country hotel for the weekend or he'll leave her. In an attempt to save her troubled marriage she agrees to go. But Dominion is no ordinary hotel. During the week it's an upmarket conference center, but at wee... read more

Once a submissive, always a submissive, right? Maybe she needs a little reminder. Frankie Hamilton is stunned when her husband, Jake, gives her an ultimatum-either she goes with him to a country hotel for the weekend or he'll leave her. In an attempt to save her troubled marriage she agrees to go. But Dominion is no ordinary hotel. During the week it's an upmarket conference center, but at wee... read more

Gabriel’s Angel

Caroline MacCallum

When destiny gets it wrong, a lifetime of true love hangs in the balance.Gabriel Black doesn’t want to believe he’s been dumped, but when the texts, calls and sweetly scented letters from his long-distance girlfriend, Elle Cassidy, suddenly stop, what else can he think?Just as well his family is starting a new life away from the rat race, which means he can find out what’s going on face to fac... read more

When destiny gets it wrong, a lifetime of true love hangs in the balance.Gabriel Black doesn’t want to believe he’s been dumped, but when the texts, calls and sweetly scented letters from his long-distance girlfriend, Elle Cassidy, suddenly stop, what else can he think?Just as well his family is starting a new life away from the rat race, which means he can find out what’s going on face to fac... read more

Lady in Waiting

Lady Victoria Hervey

Something Shattered

Bailey Bradford

Something Shattered by Bailey BradfordWhen something inside him is shattered by an act of violence, Caleb Tomas doesn’t think he can ever be whole again.Police Officer Jesse Martin has lived in the small town of El Jardin, New Mexico, for a decade, but he’s never seen anything like the mysterious man who moves in in the middle of the night. The house across the street from Jesse’s trailer is n... read more

Something Shattered by Bailey BradfordWhen something inside him is shattered by an act of violence, Caleb Tomas doesn’t think he can ever be whole again.Police Officer Jesse Martin has lived in the small town of El Jardin, New Mexico, for a decade, but he’s never seen anything like the mysterious man who moves in in the middle of the night. The house across the street from Jesse’s trailer is n... read more

It was a Thursday

Carol Lynne

Fistful of Lies (What's his Passion?)

Helena Maeve

If you wanted to, how would you kill your lover? Freshly sacked from his professorship, Reuben could do without a month-long holiday on his boyfriend's private island. But he may as well enjoy the perks while they last. As soon as details of his dismissal surface, he's sure to wind up alone with his murder mystery fixation. Born with a silver spoon firmly between his teeth, Leif Claeson is no ... read more

If you wanted to, how would you kill your lover? Freshly sacked from his professorship, Reuben could do without a month-long holiday on his boyfriend's private island. But he may as well enjoy the perks while they last. As soon as details of his dismissal surface, he's sure to wind up alone with his murder mystery fixation. Born with a silver spoon firmly between his teeth, Leif Claeson is no ... read more

Strand of Faith (Choices and Consequences Book 1)

Rachel J Bonner

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide? An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down - Jessica Rachow Book ReviewsA brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery…keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book BlogsA plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of W... read more

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide? An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down - Jessica Rachow Book ReviewsA brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery…keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book BlogsA plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of W... read more

The Academy: Making of a Ruler (The Eagle King's Academy Book 1)

C.C. Monö

“I want you to remember something, Mr Hallman. At The Academy, you’re always evaluated. Even when you least expect it.”Axel is an imposter. A liar.He has no interest in ruling the world and yet he’s about to enter The Eagle King’s Academy. In a world that is obsessed with leadership, The Academy is legendary. It only admits twelve students every three years, but once they graduate, these unkno... read more

“I want you to remember something, Mr Hallman. At The Academy, you’re always evaluated. Even when you least expect it.”Axel is an imposter. A liar.He has no interest in ruling the world and yet he’s about to enter The Eagle King’s Academy. In a world that is obsessed with leadership, The Academy is legendary. It only admits twelve students every three years, but once they graduate, these unkno... read more

The Box: Puppets and Puppeteers (The Eagle King's Academy Book 2)

C.C. Monö

Fast-paced. Thrilling. Impossible to put down. A few years after Sarah Wangai vanished, Hayato Sano graduated from the Eagle King’s Academy. Two days later, he disappeared.Axel faces his greatest challenge yet. He and his fellow students attend the most extravagant party of the year – the Diamond Ball. The students are forced to test their skills against the world’s foremost elite. But the gam... read more

Fast-paced. Thrilling. Impossible to put down. A few years after Sarah Wangai vanished, Hayato Sano graduated from the Eagle King’s Academy. Two days later, he disappeared.Axel faces his greatest challenge yet. He and his fellow students attend the most extravagant party of the year – the Diamond Ball. The students are forced to test their skills against the world’s foremost elite. But the gam... read more

Thread of Hope (Choices and Consequences Book 2)

Rachel J Bonner

An enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love? Is honesty always the best policy?Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’... read more

An enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love? Is honesty always the best policy?Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’... read more

Longest Night (Nocturnal Creatures 1)

Aurelia T. Evans

For when devil offers a winter rose,If rose turns red, he’ll bleed your soul.In the realm of the Crimson Kingdom, the demon king descends from his dark, dangerous castle on Longest Night to take for himself a new wife. She must be unmarried and unmarred by men, a pure sacrifice for the devil.Asha of the Gray is one of the few women in the kingdom whom no man will marry and whom no man has marr... read more

For when devil offers a winter rose,If rose turns red, he’ll bleed your soul.In the realm of the Crimson Kingdom, the demon king descends from his dark, dangerous castle on Longest Night to take for himself a new wife. She must be unmarried and unmarred by men, a pure sacrifice for the devil.Asha of the Gray is one of the few women in the kingdom whom no man will marry and whom no man has marr... read more

Thorns (The Thorns Series 1)

Amanda Blake

Once upon a time, the woodsman rescued Red Riding Hood,Hansel and Gretel cooked the gingerbread witch,And Cinderella snagged her prince with a discarded glass slipper.But Sleeping Beauty still sleeps in a thorn-locked castle, Snow White still lies preserved in her crystal coffin, and in a land not so far away, the Beast lives in the penthouse suite of Castle Apartments.When eccentric artist Ol... read more

Once upon a time, the woodsman rescued Red Riding Hood,Hansel and Gretel cooked the gingerbread witch,And Cinderella snagged her prince with a discarded glass slipper.But Sleeping Beauty still sleeps in a thorn-locked castle, Snow White still lies preserved in her crystal coffin, and in a land not so far away, the Beast lives in the penthouse suite of Castle Apartments.When eccentric artist Ol... read more

Sarah has 15 reviews

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Sappharia Mayer
Working with Sarah was a great experiences. Her comments, thoughts and insights helped make the story much more polish. I can't wait to work with her again.

Sappharia Mayer, September 2019


Rachel Bonner
This is my third time working with Sarah and I already have the fourth time lined up. I cannot recommend her work highly enough.

Rachel Bonner, September 2019


Patricia Tomlin
This is the second review from Sarah and I am delighted with it. The work that Sarah did was more than I expected, and the charge extremely reasonable. She was very thorough and her edits were clear and obviously had been made with a lot of thought. She was also quick to answer any queries that I had. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Patricia Tomlin, May 2019


Rachel Bonner
This is the second time I've worked with Sarah and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She knows exactly what to suggest to improve my work immeasurably. I shall definitely be working with her again.

Rachel Bonner, April 2019


RR Cooper
Sarah is a true professional. I got great feedback, learned a lot and it definitely strengthened my draft. She was also flexible and quite accommodating when I wasn't able to deliver feedback on time.

RR Cooper, February 2019

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