Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith - Editor

Pike Road, AL, United States

Speculative fiction editor: horror, SF, fantasy, thriller. Editing specialties: killing your darlings, finding plotholes and inconsistecies.

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Overview

If you've ever misspelled "assess" in an important document, you know why you need a good editor. Or if you've written 20 pages detailing a character's morning bathroom routine. Or if your character’s eye color changes four times throughout your story. You need a good editor—not just one who knows the rules, but one who knows when to break them.

You can rest assured that, as a writer myself, I'm familiar, sometimes painfully so, with these struggles.

If you write words, I can edit them. I provide line, copy, and substantive editing and manuscript evaluations for novels and short stories in the speculative fiction genres (horror, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, etc.). Sometimes, I can be talked into editing personal statements and college admissions essays.

As an editor, I work to make authors like you and your stories look as good as possible. Your tales deserve to be told in the best ways, and I'm here to help you grow and improve as a writer. While I'm a fan of positive feedback, I'm not afraid to let you know where your weaknesses are so we can find ways to strengthen them. I am a diligent, comprehensive editor and writer, and I can’t wait to be your editor.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Horror
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Paranormal Romance
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Available services (see for more details):
Line editing
Substantive editing
Copy editing
Manuscript evaluations
Proofreading
Poetry review and evaluation

Assistant Managing Editor

THAT Literary Review
August, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

Reintroduce THAT as a professional, high-quality journal for talented, first-time and established authors

Assist general editor to ensure our team goals are met
-Discuss status, changes, next steps
-Help write and edit grant applications for the journal's student workers
-Evaluate potential selections with general editor to select final submissions for publication
-Help develop writer contracts
-Set schedules and deadlines for new editing projects

Help design, plan, and implement editing and publishing projects
-Recruit and guide readers, proofreaders, copy editors, and writers
-Manage style sheet, style guide, and editorial process documentation
-Develop best practices for our editing process

Read short fiction and creative nonfiction submissions for suitability for THAT journal
-Read and rate submissions for THAT's monthly web feature
-Proofread galleys, assist in cover selection for print edition, contact authors when needed
-Copy and style edit fiction and creative nonfiction selections for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors while maintaining authorial voice

Maintain Submittable resources:
-Main contact for any issues that team members have
-Create and modify projects and workflow management
-Ensure projects are listed with Submittable Discover
-Archive projects no longer active
-Create groups for easy and consistent submission assignment
-Manage team members: invitations, permission levels, and inactive team members
-Create and maintain response templates
-Manage workload assignments for readers

Writing Across the Curriculum Intern

Auburn University Montgomery
August, 2016 – April, 2017 (8 months)

For each of the ten writing intensive classes for which I interned, I:
- Provided one-on-one consultation with students during all stages of the writing process
- Met with students face-to-face and provided online writing consultation via email
- Maintained contact with professors regarding their expectations for both the course and the students and to discuss writing assignments and student status and progress

Aided undergraduate students to improve their writing skills by helping them to:
- Produce written products that exhibited their ability to use discourse, analysis, and evaluations skills
- Sustain focused discussion in written assignments
- Find and select proper documented evidence to research their points
- Learn and demonstrate writing skills—grammar, mechanics, spelling—to correctly convey information

Reviewed drafts of papers and papers in revision and discussed topic outlines and theses for higher and lower orders of concern:
- Idea development: analyzed student’s ability to analyze and weigh differing facts and ideas and synthesize all material; examined student’s explanations and examples
- Focus: ensured written work reflected the student’s understanding of the topic and awareness of their audience; checked for deviations from thesis; located areas where focus waned or tone varied
- Organization and style: reviewed the use of transitions, headings, and arrangement of ideas and coherence of paragraphs
- English language conventions: examined sentence structure, punctuation, word choice, spelling; checked for comma splices, run-ons, fragments; reviewed use of discourse and diction
- Style guides used: APA, MLA

Proctored CAAP Critical Thinking tests

Line Editor

Green Ivy Publishing
October, 2015 – March, 2017 (over 1 year)

Published Projects:
Soul Line Family Saga: Cloak of the Deceiver by Michael Earl DeCamp
Coffee, Conversation, and Poetry by Todd A. Moil
Murder in Flatrock, Nebraska by Jonathan Mannering
Among Us Mortals by Amerie Jones
When Bad Blood Flows by Donna Beaver
Civility Shines!: It's Easier to Get Along by Louis Peerless

Freelance Editor

Kibin
July, 2015 – March, 2022 (over 6 years)

Edited personal statements, admissions essays, college essays, cover letters, business communications, web copy for conferences, and dissertation abstracts.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Adventures of Cotton Top and Earnest

Stanley Smith

Join two young brothers in the summer of 1953 when they find a prize—of sorts—on the Washita River in Oklahoma. Their prize sets them on a coming-of-age path of local fame and lasting life lessons. Cotton Top and Earnest’s travels lead them to gold miners, wild boars, and criminals while they’re being trailed by a mysterious horseman. These enterprising brothers travel through Sulphur, Russet,... read more

Join two young brothers in the summer of 1953 when they find a prize—of sorts—on the Washita River in Oklahoma. Their prize sets them on a coming-of-age path of local fame and lasting life lessons. Cotton Top and Earnest’s travels lead them to gold miners, wild boars, and criminals while they’re being trailed by a mysterious horseman. These enterprising brothers travel through Sulphur, Russet,... read more

Witch City: Cardinal

Tim Morgan

The world is going mad. At sixteen, Peter Cardinal is the sole survivor of a vampire attack that left his parents dead. His account is at first dismissed as the ramblings of a shocked teen, but he finds a sympathetic ear in his adoptive father. Peter sets his eyes on a career in law enforcement, vowing to avenge the murder of his parents."I solemnly swear I will protect the innocent at all cos... read more

The world is going mad. At sixteen, Peter Cardinal is the sole survivor of a vampire attack that left his parents dead. His account is at first dismissed as the ramblings of a shocked teen, but he finds a sympathetic ear in his adoptive father. Peter sets his eyes on a career in law enforcement, vowing to avenge the murder of his parents."I solemnly swear I will protect the innocent at all cos... read more

The One Who Got Away

Aguemont, Jools

When Bad Blood Flows

Donna Beaver

When Bad Blood Flows is the unimaginable true story of Rita, a three-time convicted felon and mother of four who conceals her past and purchases her best friend’s taxi company for $700,000. With dreams of a modest retirement, Hubert Beasley accepts a down payment from Rita along with a promissory note for $600,000 and monthly payments for ten years. Unbeknownst to Hubert, Rita conjures up a fr... read more

When Bad Blood Flows is the unimaginable true story of Rita, a three-time convicted felon and mother of four who conceals her past and purchases her best friend’s taxi company for $700,000. With dreams of a modest retirement, Hubert Beasley accepts a down payment from Rita along with a promissory note for $600,000 and monthly payments for ten years. Unbeknownst to Hubert, Rita conjures up a fr... read more

Civility Shines!: "It's Easier to Get Along!"

Louis J Peerless

Civility Shines: "It's Easier to Get Along!" is a handbook on civility and civil behavior for everyone, from junior high school students to adults and families. In each section of the book, there is at least one example of appropriate behavior in a wide range of scenarios in which we all find ourselves, whether once in a lifetime or on a daily basis. Looking at individual communities, Louis Pe... read more

Civility Shines: "It's Easier to Get Along!" is a handbook on civility and civil behavior for everyone, from junior high school students to adults and families. In each section of the book, there is at least one example of appropriate behavior in a wide range of scenarios in which we all find ourselves, whether once in a lifetime or on a daily basis. Looking at individual communities, Louis Pe... read more

Murder in Flatrock Nebraska

Mannering, Jonathan

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