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Sue Ducharme

Sue Ducharme - Editor

Wakefield, NH, United States

Capture your readers with vibrant writing. I'm an empathetic, seasoned editor and voracious reader, providing skills your readers demand.

Overview

I've provided editing services to traditionally published professional writers and indie authors since 1998, for a total of nearly 500 books across the genres. Since 2007, the majority of books I’ve edited–around 350 titles– have been for independent publishers (writers who produce and publish their books under their own steam) and self-publishers, who contract for some or all publishing services. My editing style inspires, never intimidates. Clients are impressed by my exceptional work ethic and skill at sharpening their voices without taking over. Several have hired me for subsequent books. Aidan Edwards, author of Cages (Sci-fi fantasy, 2016), says, “Sue is the real deal. Detail-oriented. Professional. Affordable. And, most importantly, collaborative. She took my novel from 70 to 110 percent! I am a thorough person, and I interviewed literally dozens upon dozens of editors; none came close to Sue. She is a true professional, and her work is pure magic."
Today I specialize in fiction (YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal, literary, and general), as well as memoir. I partner with you to ensure your readers will be immersed in your world. To assess whether we are compatible, we begin with a sample edit of about one thousand words. This process serves to establish the editing level I recommend for your book. If you love the results, we will create a customized approach to match your goals and needs, all on behalf of your future readers. Happy readers will devour your book, recommend it, and eagerly wait for the next one. It’s my goal–and my pleasure–to partner with you so that your writing becomes your readers’ dream come true.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Dystopian Fantasy Literature Paranormal Romance Romance Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Freelance book editor

Self-employed
October, 1998 – Present (about 19 years)

Clients:
Rodale, Skyhorse, AMACOM, David Bull Publishing, iUniverse/AuthorSolutions, Adams Media, Lyons Press, Storey, The Experiment, Delphinium Books. Working primarily with independent publishing clients since 2007

April, 2004: Workshop leader, Editing Skills for Writers. University of New Hampshire Division of Continuing Education. Noncredit workshop. Developed syllabus, led a three-hour workshop, provided handouts and exercises. Excellent student reviews.
1998–present: Editor and sole proprietor, TextWorks-EquiText Editorial Services. More than 500 projects completed on time and within budget, without exception.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game

Oscar P. Robertson

Perhaps the greatest all-around player in basketball history, Oscar Robertson revolutionized basketball as a member of the Cincinnati Royals and won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks. When he was twenty-three, in 1962, he accomplished one of basketball’s most impressive feats: averaging the triple-double in a single season—a feat never matched since. Cocaptain of the Olympic gold medal t... read more

Perhaps the greatest all-around player in basketball history, Oscar Robertson revolutionized basketball as a member of the Cincinnati Royals and won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks. When he was twenty-three, in 1962, he accomplished one of basketball’s most impressive feats: averaging the triple-double in a single season—a feat never matched since. Cocaptain of the Olympic gold medal t... read more

Dark Hollow (Hidden Heritage Book 1)

Tara Winters

Tabitha Devins spent 18 years waiting for her mother to tell her whom her father was, where her mother had disappeared to all those years ago and perhaps shed some light on how she got magical abilities. Now it is the summer of her high school graduation and she plans on saving every penny she can earn to get off to college, leave the island of Porta Negra and her mother's secrets behind her. ... read more

Tabitha Devins spent 18 years waiting for her mother to tell her whom her father was, where her mother had disappeared to all those years ago and perhaps shed some light on how she got magical abilities. Now it is the summer of her high school graduation and she plans on saving every penny she can earn to get off to college, leave the island of Porta Negra and her mother's secrets behind her. ... read more

Dark Legacy (Hidden Heritage Book 2)

Tara Winters

Tabitha Devins goes in search of the father she never knew existed. Despite some grave warnings, she finds him to be a charming and pleasant high-ranking official in the land of Windrift. She enjoys the life of a pampered socialite in the whirlwind of her father's political career. Her father showers her with gifts and he shares with her the details of those years her mother spent with him bef... read more

Tabitha Devins goes in search of the father she never knew existed. Despite some grave warnings, she finds him to be a charming and pleasant high-ranking official in the land of Windrift. She enjoys the life of a pampered socialite in the whirlwind of her father's political career. Her father showers her with gifts and he shares with her the details of those years her mother spent with him bef... read more

Modern Art: A Novel

Evelyn Toynton

Belle Prokoff is the last of a famous generation of painters for whom art was a secular religion—worth any amount of struggle and sacrifice for its promise of redemption. She is also the widow of Clay Madden, who revolutionized American art, became a near-mythic figure, and died in a drunken car crash. Blunt, fierce, and scornful of the world’s hypocrisy, Belle has passionately protected her h... read more

Belle Prokoff is the last of a famous generation of painters for whom art was a secular religion—worth any amount of struggle and sacrifice for its promise of redemption. She is also the widow of Clay Madden, who revolutionized American art, became a near-mythic figure, and died in a drunken car crash. Blunt, fierce, and scornful of the world’s hypocrisy, Belle has passionately protected her h... read more

Elo'esh: The Whispers of Angels

Kaylea May

Do you believe in angels? Brooke Jacobs doesn't. Brooke Jacobs is successful by outward appearances. She's young, she's a doctor, and she has nothing tying her down. But she knows that all is not as it appears. She is aware of her own dysfunction and inability to connect with other people. She has never bonded, never cried or loved, never truly experienced the divinity of life. It is not until... read more

Do you believe in angels? Brooke Jacobs doesn't. Brooke Jacobs is successful by outward appearances. She's young, she's a doctor, and she has nothing tying her down. But she knows that all is not as it appears. She is aware of her own dysfunction and inability to connect with other people. She has never bonded, never cried or loved, never truly experienced the divinity of life. It is not until... read more

Dreamstrider

Lindsay Smith

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join t... read more

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join t... read more

People We Know, Horses They Love

Jill Rappaport, Wendy Wilkinson

A beautifully designed, full-color photo-essay celebrating the intimate bond between some noted equestrians and the horses they own, ride, train-and love!Leading man Richard Gere fell for a girl on horseback. For actress Alfre Woodard and her daughter Mavis, the connection with horses is spiritual. Chevy Chase says his Icelandics "get very hairy during the winter, but then so do I." And Robert... read more

A beautifully designed, full-color photo-essay celebrating the intimate bond between some noted equestrians and the horses they own, ride, train-and love!Leading man Richard Gere fell for a girl on horseback. For actress Alfre Woodard and her daughter Mavis, the connection with horses is spiritual. Chevy Chase says his Icelandics "get very hairy during the winter, but then so do I." And Robert... read more

The Single Girl's Survival Guide: Secrets for Today's Savvy, Sexy, and Independent Woman

Imogen Lloyd Webber

What’s life like for the single girl in the post-Sex and the City and Bridget Jones era? Imogen Lloyd Webber—who’s 30 and happily unwed—tells all, in a smart and sassy guide to work, mind, body, home, friends, socializing, and, of course, dating and sex. She even creates her own shorthand for discussing relationships, explaining what the difference is between a SMBF (Straight Male Best Friend)... read more

What’s life like for the single girl in the post-Sex and the City and Bridget Jones era? Imogen Lloyd Webber—who’s 30 and happily unwed—tells all, in a smart and sassy guide to work, mind, body, home, friends, socializing, and, of course, dating and sex. She even creates her own shorthand for discussing relationships, explaining what the difference is between a SMBF (Straight Male Best Friend)... read more

To Dance in the Rain - A Mother and Daughter's Journey of Hope and Healing

Clare A Keating

Alicia Townsend, at sixteen years old was an outgoing, loving, talented, and intelligent high school junior, a dedicated swimmer and had been voted to be the next season s co-captain. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, and involved in a variety of activities in and out of school as well as multiple volunteer organizations, including Venture Crew and Relay for Life. Offseason,... read more

Alicia Townsend, at sixteen years old was an outgoing, loving, talented, and intelligent high school junior, a dedicated swimmer and had been voted to be the next season s co-captain. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, and involved in a variety of activities in and out of school as well as multiple volunteer organizations, including Venture Crew and Relay for Life. Offseason,... read more

The Rare Pearl (Broken Water Series Book 1)

Jennifer W. Smith

In 1989 a hidden discovery found in a tiny New England coastal town sends 23 year-old Harmony Parker into an evolutionary altered realm. She uncovers a secret that not only connects her to this other world but could explain why her family members have mysteriously drowned throughout her life. Eager to find a way home, she solicits help from Kodiak Night, a conceited underwater treasure hunter.... read more

In 1989 a hidden discovery found in a tiny New England coastal town sends 23 year-old Harmony Parker into an evolutionary altered realm. She uncovers a secret that not only connects her to this other world but could explain why her family members have mysteriously drowned throughout her life. Eager to find a way home, she solicits help from Kodiak Night, a conceited underwater treasure hunter.... read more

Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa

Karin Muller

Looking to gain a competitive edge in her judo practice and maybe a fresh perspective on "meaning" in her own life, documentary filmmaker Karin Muller commits to living in Japan for a year to deepen her appreciation for such Eastern ideals as ritual and tradition. What she's after--more than understanding tea-serving etiquette or the historical importance of the shogun--is wa: a transcendent s... read more

Looking to gain a competitive edge in her judo practice and maybe a fresh perspective on "meaning" in her own life, documentary filmmaker Karin Muller commits to living in Japan for a year to deepen her appreciation for such Eastern ideals as ritual and tradition. What she's after--more than understanding tea-serving etiquette or the historical importance of the shogun--is wa: a transcendent s... read more

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