Susan Chang

Susan Chang - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

You can hire me to edit your query package or manuscript with the expertise honed by 30 years at Big Five Publishers.

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Hello. My name is Susan Chang and I am a freelance developmental editor. Over the course of my nearly thirty-year career as an acquisitions editor at Big Five publishers in New York City—including HarperCollins and Tor Books (Macmillan)—I’ve worked with many award-winning and bestselling authors. You may want to hire me if you are:

A traditionally published author who needs help with an early draft or final polish before sending a manuscript off to your agent or in-house editor

An aspiring author who has been invited to revise and resubmit and needs an encouraging yet tough editor to help propel you to the finish line and get that offer of representation or publication

An independent, hybrid, or self-published author who constantly strives to improve your craft and craves constructive feedback


“I can absolutely vouch for her being one of the best editors in the business. She gets an enthusiastic recommendation from me.”—Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“She taught me how to write books for children.”—W. Bruce Cameron, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose and the Puppy Tales

“Susan was a terrific partner in creating books I am fiercely proud of.”—Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

“She’s what every author wants: a collaborator who won’t intrude on your vision for the novel, but who isn’t afraid to deliver straight talk.”—Andrew Fukuda, award-winning author of This Light Between Us, Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about her sharp eye as an editor.”—Jane Yolen, award-winning author of more than 400 books for children and adults

“I was so lucky to have Susan as my editor for my debut novel, 96 Miles. She is fantastic! Anytime a reader tells me this book was a page-turner, I have to give credit to Susan. She is brilliant with pacing and tension! She has a sharp eye for story and character, and early on, suggested some key changes that not only added dimension to the plot, but emotional depth to my characters. Her comments and notes were always spot-on. And she was an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her!”—J. L. Esplin, award-winning author of 96 Miles

"Susan gave me thorough, thoughtful feedback on my query letter, combing through it word by word to show me how to make it stronger. That new, improved version helped me get a top-notch agent and a two-book deal with a great publisher." —James L. Sutter
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance developmental Editor

January, 2022 – Present (9 months)

As a former acquisitions editor with 30 years of experience at Big Five publishers, I know what editors—and readers—are looking for. I can help make your query package or manuscript shine.

Senior Editor

Macmillan Publishers / Tor Books
January, 2004 – July, 2021 (over 17 years)

Acquired and edited award-winning books for Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Books, a Macmillan Publisher

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Rithmatist Series

Sanderson, Brandon, McSweeney, Ben

96 Miles

Esplin, J. L.

Lily to the Rescue (Lily to the Rescue! Book 1)

Cameron, W. Bruce, Meyer, Jennifer L.

Susan has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nathan Landrum
Working with Susan was awesome! She was very easy to communicate with, accommodating, and always on top of things. From our first interaction onward, I felt that she both understood my intention for my manuscript and wanted to help me get there. Every interaction we had also assured me of her knowledge, skill and experience, as she provided insights into the professional market. Her development...
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Nathan Landrum, April 2022

Susan Chang
Hi, Nathan. Thank you so much for entrusting me with your work! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and look forward to seeing your book on the shelves. You've inspired me to visit more National ...
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