Stan Swanson

Stan Swanson - Editor

Clearwater, FL, USA

Young adult and middle grade fiction specialist. Author of a dozen titles. Over 25 years of editing experience.

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Overview

I'm a professional editor with over 25 years of experience in fiction and edit anything from short stories and novels to poetry and songwriting lyrics. I can help you with everything from basic grammar and punctuation to deep developmental edits at a reasonable cost. I have many years of experience with self-published authors in addition to traditionally published authors. I can guide you through every detail to make your book the best it can be.

Not only do I have years of experience as an editor, but I am also an author with over a dozen published titles. Being an author is a tremendous advantage for you as I look at things from multiple perspectives and I know what it takes to make your manuscript shine.

My first love is children’s books including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young adult fiction, but I also enjoy the action/adventure genre for adults including horror, science fiction and fantasy.

Whether you need a basic grammar polish or a deep developmental edit, you'll find my services prompt, thorough, encouraging, and affordable. In fact, anyone asking for a quote here on Reedsy will get a free edit (proofreading, copy edit, or developmental edit) of the first chapter of their novel. (Developmental edits are difficult with only one chapter, so a synopsis should also be included.)

I'm new to Reedsy, so I don't have the reviews yet, but my background and experience speak for themselves. My goal is to help you make your work the best it can be.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Fantasy
Horror
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Post-Apocalyptic
Steampunk
Young Adult

Awards

  • Bram Stoker Award Finalist

Work experience

Publisher/Editor

Dark Moon Books
January, 2010 – April, 2016 (about 6 years)

Published and edited several books over this seven year period. Also worked closely with several other editors and hundreds of authors.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 1992 – Present (almost 28 years)

As a freelance editor, I have edited hundreds of short stories and dozen of novels.

Author

Independent author
January, 1986 – Present (almost 34 years)

Over a dozen books published as well as many short stories. Two new middle-grade novels and one picture book scheduled for 2020 publication. I also write poetry and have written over a hundred songs as a professional singer/songwriter.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem

Stan Swanson

Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck's origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart's grandfather? "The Misadventures of Hobart Huckle... read more

Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck's origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart's grandfather? "The Misadventures of Hobart Huckle... read more

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle

Stan Swanson

“Holy Hot Dogs and Mystic Mustard!”Hobart Hucklebuck looked out the window. There was his 103-year-old grandfather hanging upside down from a Tallyho tree reading a comic book.And that was just the beginning.Colonel Screevy Scuttlebutt thinks giant gophers are invading the town, Pernacious Prattfall thinks pirates left treasure in the Pennywhistle Park pond, and—hold on to your garters—is that... read more

“Holy Hot Dogs and Mystic Mustard!”Hobart Hucklebuck looked out the window. There was his 103-year-old grandfather hanging upside down from a Tallyho tree reading a comic book.And that was just the beginning.Colonel Screevy Scuttlebutt thinks giant gophers are invading the town, Pernacious Prattfall thinks pirates left treasure in the Pennywhistle Park pond, and—hold on to your garters—is that... read more

Slices of Flesh

Do you like your horror in small bite-sized chunks? If so, then SLICES OF FLESH from Dark Moon Books will activate your taste buds like zombies drawn to fresh brains. These flash fiction stories oozed from the brains of some of the best horror writers from around the world and will fit perfectly into your daily diet of "scary." SLICES OF FLESH includes the following short horror tales: Accepta... read more

Do you like your horror in small bite-sized chunks? If so, then SLICES OF FLESH from Dark Moon Books will activate your taste buds like zombies drawn to fresh brains. These flash fiction stories oozed from the brains of some of the best horror writers from around the world and will fit perfectly into your daily diet of "scary." SLICES OF FLESH includes the following short horror tales: Accepta... read more

Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead

Araminta Star Matthews, Stan Swanson

“Horror High School is a creepy fun collision of teenage angst and apocalyptic dread. Two decaying thumbs up!” ~Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Code Zero“I was working in the lab late one night when Igor brought me Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead. I loved it!... If you don't write a sequel, we will eat your brain!” ~Nancy Holder, New York Tim... read more

“Horror High School is a creepy fun collision of teenage angst and apocalyptic dread. Two decaying thumbs up!” ~Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Code Zero“I was working in the lab late one night when Igor brought me Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead. I loved it!... If you don't write a sequel, we will eat your brain!” ~Nancy Holder, New York Tim... read more

Write of the Living Dead

Stan Swanson, Araminta Star Matthews, Rachel Lee

Two redhead educators and a horror publisher walk into a bar . . . during a zombie apocalypse. Armed with only their wits and a fully-charged-laptop battery, they hammered out the world's darkest writing manual amidst the flurry and chaos of gnashing teeth and rotting cadavers. Each chapter of the handbook is devoted to a different genre of writing--everything from academic writing (complete w... read more

Two redhead educators and a horror publisher walk into a bar . . . during a zombie apocalypse. Armed with only their wits and a fully-charged-laptop battery, they hammered out the world's darkest writing manual amidst the flurry and chaos of gnashing teeth and rotting cadavers. Each chapter of the handbook is devoted to a different genre of writing--everything from academic writing (complete w... read more

The Songwriter's Journal: 52 Weeks of Songwriting Ideas and Inspiration

Stan Swanson

Whether you are new to songwriting or have written hundreds of songs, "The Songwriter's Journal" should be within arm's reach whenever the mood to write a new tune strikes. It is packed with the fuel you need to ignite the imagination and provides you with more ideas than you could ever hope to write about. With hundreds of entries designed specifically to spark the muse within, the book shoul... read more

Whether you are new to songwriting or have written hundreds of songs, "The Songwriter's Journal" should be within arm's reach whenever the mood to write a new tune strikes. It is packed with the fuel you need to ignite the imagination and provides you with more ideas than you could ever hope to write about. With hundreds of entries designed specifically to spark the muse within, the book shoul... read more

Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror

We are not sure how many body pieces Victor Frankenstein used to create his "monster," but it is likely he used a lot less than Dark Moon Books did in stitching this creation together. It was pointed out during the proofreading and editing process that the table of contents included more words (nearly 800 at last count) than any of the individual stories. It was an interesting observation, but... read more

We are not sure how many body pieces Victor Frankenstein used to create his "monster," but it is likely he used a lot less than Dark Moon Books did in stitching this creation together. It was pointed out during the proofreading and editing process that the table of contents included more words (nearly 800 at last count) than any of the individual stories. It was an interesting observation, but... read more

Return of the Scream Queen: Embrace of the Aztec Vampire

Michael McCarty, Linnea Quigley, Stan Swanson

Sometimes the screaming never stops. If you thought scream queen Desiree Starr had quite the adventure in Night of the Scream Queen, you won't want to miss this exciting sequel by Michael McCarty, Linnea Quigley and Stan Swanson. You'll follow some of the same characters appearing in the first novel, but many of them do not survive this second encounter with the evil hounding them in the seque... read more

Sometimes the screaming never stops. If you thought scream queen Desiree Starr had quite the adventure in Night of the Scream Queen, you won't want to miss this exciting sequel by Michael McCarty, Linnea Quigley and Stan Swanson. You'll follow some of the same characters appearing in the first novel, but many of them do not survive this second encounter with the evil hounding them in the seque... read more

Wind Up Hearts

Stan Swanson

If one’s heart is constructed of metal and considered indestructible, can love and romance still find a place within? That is the question facing Henry Thackery who spends over a hundred years pursuing the woman of his dreams — Emily Harding. After Henry and Emily become recipients of the Merganthol Circulatory Assistance Device, we follow their journey from 1875 to the present day and Henry’s... read more

If one’s heart is constructed of metal and considered indestructible, can love and romance still find a place within? That is the question facing Henry Thackery who spends over a hundred years pursuing the woman of his dreams — Emily Harding. After Henry and Emily become recipients of the Merganthol Circulatory Assistance Device, we follow their journey from 1875 to the present day and Henry’s... read more

The Spaces Between

Paul Kane

The Spaces Between gathers together all the longer stories and novelettes from award-winning and bestselling genre favourite Paul Kane (Lunar, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy), including one from his post-apocalyptic Arrowhead trilogy--a reworking of the Robin Hood mythology--and the whole of Kane's "Dead" trilogy, the first story of which was filmed ... read more

The Spaces Between gathers together all the longer stories and novelettes from award-winning and bestselling genre favourite Paul Kane (Lunar, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy), including one from his post-apocalyptic Arrowhead trilogy--a reworking of the Robin Hood mythology--and the whole of Kane's "Dead" trilogy, the first story of which was filmed ... read more

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