Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards – Editor

Professional fiction and non-fiction editor with 30+ years' experience helping writers to hone their craft and tell their stories.

Overview

I'm a highly experienced editor of fiction and nonfiction available to help authors and writers finish or polish their work. As a writer myself, I understand the importance of tact, encouragement and constructive feedback in the editing process. From developing an idea into a finished manuscript, to getting unstuck, to fact-checking and copy editing, I can help you make your writing shine.

Here's what a few authors have written about working with me:

“Your honest and professional opinion, along with your immense knowledge base, is greatly appreciated. Thank you for everything. You are a rock star! I feel so lucky to have worked with you, and I sincerely thank you for everything you've done for my stories.”
~NM Catalano, Amazon bestselling author

“I am so grateful to have found you! I utilized all of your suggestions and edits and am so thankful. Thank you for answering all my questions. Your help has been instrumental in moving forward and resurrecting why I began this process in the first place.”
~Kali Rae Wheeler, author of Losing Kali

“She is credible, humble, experienced, dedicated, creative, on time, flexible, kind and focused. Extremely better than I expected and imagined.”
~Candan Esin, MD, psychotherapist and author of He-Goat Product Manual and User Guide

“As always, thank you for the lessons you bring, the aid you continually offer, and the grace within all of it. Sooo beyond appreciated. PERPETUAL thanks for the way you have chosen to communicate with me and work with me every step of the way, and I am also grateful for the language you used to instruct me in the editing process. It makes your points very easy to understand and see the logic of.”
~Micah Blacklight, empowerment coach and author of Cult of the Serpentari
Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Plays & Screenplays Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural Documentary, Miami Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Newsmaker Award, National Education Association
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
  • First Place in Foreign Reporting¸ Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State
  • First Place in Feature Reporting-Serious, Society of Professional Journalists Mid-Florida Chapter
  • First Place-General Excellence in a Weekly Periodical, Florida Press Club

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 1980 — Present

I've edited dozens of fiction and nonfiction books on every subject imaginable (and some I never imagined!). Conducted writing workshops and classes in memoir, fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting for universities and professional organizations. Wrote award-winning television documentaries; co-authored Tropical Splendor, a book about Florida architecture published by Knopf. Wrote and edited magazine articles for local and national publications, technical instructional software manuals, and ad copy, as well as training, orientation and recruitment videos. Produced videos, reports, brochures, newsletters, advertisements in all media and other publications and materials for private industry and public agencies.

EC for Books (formerly Ellora's Cave Publishing)

Jan, 2005 — Oct, 2016 (over 11 years)

Managed editorial, design, publishing, and marketing departments of a multi-million-dollar, international, digital-first publisher. Acted as acquisitions and developmental editor on all imprints as well as special book projects and first books in new lines and imprints. With books in 11 languages and a backlist of more than 8,000 titles by more than 600 authors, Ellora’s Cave was one of the world’s first digital publishers releasing 8 to 12 new ebooks and 2 print books per week.

Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing Newspapers

May, 1998 — Nov, 2005 (over 7 years)

Managed, trained, coached and assigned writers, editors, copy editors, photographers and designers. Launched and oversaw annual fiction competition and published winners. Wrote articles, columns and reviews on fiction, news, arts, politics, travel, gardening, cooking, education, business, architecture, transportation and dozens of other subjects. Won awards for both my writing and editing.

Tampa Tribune Newspaper

Mar, 1995 — Apr, 1998 (about 3 years)

Wrote headlines and photo captions, and edited all newspaper articles for length, accuracy, readability, grammar, and adherence to Associated Press style.

Psychological Assessment Resources

Feb, 1994 — Feb, 1995 (about 1 year)

Wrote and edited technical manuals, research and background materials for psychological assessment instruments.

Arts Council of Hillsborough County

Sep, 1985 — Oct, 1993 (about 8 years)

Served on literary grants panels and as site reviewer for state of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and other funding agencies. Created and administered state-wide literary competition. Provided management consultant services, technical assistance and resource referral to writers, artists and arts groups.

Portfolio

A gripping true-life tale of one young man’s journey from poverty, isolation and desperation to health, happiness and financial success.Nine-year-old Alex Broches’ life is suddenly turned upside down when his father is arrested for a shockingly violent crime, ... read more
Torn between caring for her boyfriend who's crippled with phobias or breaking away to the life of her dreams, Jewell Caldwell, a beautiful you genius, contrives a plan to ease Josh's agoraphobia so she can move cross country to find the life of her dreams.In t... read more
Renowned management consultant Dr. Dan Trix has been hired to market a luxury golf course in Hawaii. So why is someone trying to kill him? Trix is no stranger to violence. And he particularly doesn’t appreciate being attack by dogs or thrown off cliffs. From o... read more
The Lolly Box

Roland, J.

An Ambiguous Grief

Hunter, Dominique

Nancy's world changes forever when she meets Zack, a tall, dark and handsome stranger, just as the mystical fortune tellers predicted. Venture to Magickal Arabia, with Nancy to reunite with Zack and meet the mystical Ali-Din. Friends, the forthright Sharon, an... read more
Dr. Dan Trix is considered for the presidency of a prestigious university in Berlin− until he is charged with sexual abuse of a board member. Elaine Newman’s foundation sponsors a seminar to recognize the philanthropy of a local company. A woman who attended s... read more
Timing the Infinite

Nathaniel Schmeling

College programmer Stranger is an anxiety-ridden over-thinker who takes psychoactive drugs while contemplating the heretical philosophical gambit of techno-anarchy to Satanism. Masking this underlying nerdiness with the public persona of an alpha-male heavy dr... read more
Krystle J Bailey has a passion for encouraging women to live their best life from the inside out. Doing so begins with learning to love and embrace the beautiful soul living within you. In Nourish, Krystle shares her journey from self-hate, negative self-talk,... read more
Tips, tools and tricks for taking your relationship to a higher, deeper, more satisfying level from a very happy couple. But they weren’t always this happy. In fact, after ten years of marriage, they were ready to sign the divorce papers and stomp away from ea... read more
A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the nearby Smoky Mountains, a bluegrass tavern may hold clues to the te... read more
Stranger: Book 1

N.M. Catalano

**Re-edited, re-released**I couldn't resist submitting to him. I still can't, no matter the cost.I thought I was fine, I thought my life was ok. Until I met him. One night of erotic abandon blew open the door to the prison of my life and there was no way I wan... read more
Kali Rae Wheeler is growing up in Newport Coast, an affluent section of Orange County, is part of a picture-perfect family, and has plenty of friends. She is an A-student, varsity athlete, and superlative-holding 8th-grader. Her future is gleaming bright.As an... read more
Why did the president of a small Midwestern university kill himself the day after Dan Trix arrived? The internationally renowned management consultant was hired to review the accomplishments of a research institute inside the university. How will this affect h... read more
Cursed Kiss

Kris Eton

With her magic, Marissa can make any man her BDSM sex slave with a single kiss. But bondage sex without love has begun to feel empty, turning her paranormal gift into a curse. The only way to get rid of it is with a counter-spell from her family’s spell book. ... read more
Life in London as a butcher girl was hard enough, but when my best friend Denny went missing it became miserable. Stumbling into the Worshipful Company of the Ancient Order while searching for him was like a breath of fresh air. Especially because sexy, sophis... read more
Defining Miracles offers a doorway out of the darkness and a path to the Light. With the guidance of a channeled entity, the author learns how to attract a loving relationship, create prosperity and to heal herself and others. In the process, she comes to unde... read more
Open the door to your subconscious mind, your silent, invisible partner that is responsible for how you think, feel, and behave. You'll discover how to reprogram your subconscious mind-sets, beliefs, and behaviors, so you can get what you really want in every ... read more
Sexy, flamboyant and hilarious female punk rock singer-songwriter Colleen Caffeine started out as a forgotten, overweight, confused and sheltered child born in troubled and destitute Detroit. In spite of it all, she has managed to live out her teenage dreams o... read more
At sixteen, I was just another poor kid in Cleveland learning to play power chords on my guitar. It never crossed my mind at that time that in a few years, I'd be playing onstage in Argentina with my musical idol in front of 17,000 rabid fans. I learned two th... read more
Cult of The Serpentari

Micah BlackLight

Intent on glory, Kithiik enters the forbidden tunnels to slay a legend and become one himself. What happens next sets him on an electrifying journey through exotic lands, and changes him from a reckless, violent and angry boy to a man with intuitive powers tha... read more
I had it all. The perfect life. A loving husband and a hot, sexy lover. But then my lover decided he wanted more. He was ready for a real relationship. And that was not me. I didn't get mad. I decided I was going to help. I hatched a plan. But it backfired. He... read more
Enjoy an upbeat and illuminating ride through an explosion of on-the-ground initiatives around the country that are creating a caring future for people and the planet. Meet the artists, economists, teachers, media folks, neighbors and social activists who are ... read more
The Vatican Strategy

Alan Champorcher

John Adams Conti, descendant of American presidents and Italian farmers, returns to action in Rome when he learns of a plot to usurp the power of the Catholic Church for political ends. In The Vatican Strategy, Conti finds himself bored with managing the famil... read more
Vapid West Hollywood socialite Busty Russell and her equally self-absorbed gay best friend Tope McWhite own the most exclusive—and inept—private detective agency in Tinseltown. When a wealthy, dying benefactor hires Busty & Tope to discover the origin of the s... read more
The Earthen

S.A. Cary

Alexia is a troubled teenager whose mysterious and violent past has left her scarred and misunderstood. Since the loss of her family, she longs for acceptance and love, only to find rejection and suffering.In one fiery night, everything changes. Earth is lost ... read more
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a male strip club? Are those guys gay? How do they stay so ripped? Do they stuff their trunks? How did they get into such a business? How much money do they make? Do they have wild sex every night? This book takes ... read more
The Unforgotten

Charmaine Ross

Crippled by grief after the death of her only child, Australian police detective Allison White makes a mistake on the job that nearly gets herself and another officer killed and results in her demotion to investigating cold cases.Angry, isolated and fighting d... read more

Susan has 44 reviews

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T.H. M.

T.H. M.

Mar, 2024

This is my second time working with this excellent editor! Not only did she perform the editing and deliver it ahead of schedule, she was also extremely thorough providing notes and suggestions that enhanced the story being told. Definitely hiring her again for my next book.
Susan E.
Thanks so much, Tarik. It is such a pleasure to work on your books and, especially in this case, an honor! Thanks for trusting me with your story. I wish you much, much success.
Larry B.

Larry B.

Oct, 2023

Susan did a wonderful job. I cringe at the plot holes she uncovered and thankful that this manuscript won't go out into the world without the revisions she suggested.
Susan E.
It was so much fun to work on this project! Larry's book is really funny, and it addresses some serious issues. I was very happy to help him polish it up.
Cynthia T.

Cynthia T.

Aug, 2023

I couldn’t be happier with my collaboration with Susan. She quickly grasped what I was trying to accomplish and stayed true to that while at the same time providing constructive criticism and guidance. She is very responsive and provided regular updates throughout the editing process, which I much appreciated. Her Editorial Notes were informative and gave me direction as to my next steps. Her e...
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Susan E.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Teal. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with you on your beautiful book. It was a challenge to make any improvements whatsoever to an alr...
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Fred T.

Fred T.

Feb, 2023

Susan was an exceptional copy editor. After reviewing all of the changes she made, I accepted all of them. I found no fault with them and they made my book much easier to read. I highly recommend her and thank her greatly for her work.
Susan E.
Thank you, Fred, for trusting me with your manuscript. It was a privilege to work with you on it!
Tanguera W.

Tanguera W.

Nov, 2022

Working with Susan has been inspirational. She pointed out what was already working and why and showed me the parts that could use further expansion or revision. She also provided comprehensive suggestions for how one could accomplish what was lacking. She further answered all my other questions in detail. Working with Susan surpassed all my expectations.
Susan E.
Thank you so much, Barbara. I really enjoyed working with you on your elegant and inspiring book!

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