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Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards - Editor

Tampa, FL, United States

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

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Reviews (8)

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
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Humor & Comedy Literature Paranormal Romance Plays & Screenplays Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Design Photography Sex & Relationships

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

Editorial Director/Chief Operating Officer

EC for Books (formerly Ellora's Cave Publishing)
January, 2005 – October, 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.

Editor in Chief

Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing Newspapers
May, 1998 – November, 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.

Copy Editor

Tampa Tribune Newspaper
March, 1995 – April, 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.

Technical Writer/Editor

Psychological Assessment Resources
February, 1994 – February, 1995 (about 1 year)

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

Director of Program Services/Literary Grants Panelist/Arts Writer and Editor

Arts Council of Hillsborough County
September, 1985 – October, 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.

Freelance Editor/Writer/Teacher

Self-employed
September, 1980 – Present (almost 37 years)

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.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

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 family estate near Milan. Having quit the CIA, he misses the excitement of life as a spy. His friend, undercover Israeli agent Rabbi Amos Cad... read more

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 family estate near Milan. Having quit the CIA, he misses the excitement of life as a spy. His friend, undercover Israeli agent Rabbi Amos Cad... read more

Operation Road Trip: How a video camera, a bottle of rum and a car renewed my faith in the future

Janet Roberts

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 making it happen. Along the way, experience the quirky insights and passion of your driver Jan Roberts, who embarked on a solo road trip... 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 making it happen. Along the way, experience the quirky insights and passion of your driver Jan Roberts, who embarked on a solo road trip... read more

My Lover's Keeper

Kerri Zane

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 fell in love with her. The bitch. Now I have a new plan. I'm going to do whatever it takes to straighten out this mess of my good deed ... 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 fell in love with her. The bitch. Now I have a new plan. I'm going to do whatever it takes to straighten out this mess of my good deed ... 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 that open his heart to love, his mind to the truth and his body to erotic pleasures he never imagined.

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 that open his heart to love, his mind to the truth and his body to erotic pleasures he never imagined.

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 depression, she throws herself into the work and discovers chilling similarities in a series of disappearances. She digs deeper and finds... read more

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 depression, she throws herself into the work and discovers chilling similarities in a series of disappearances. She digs deeper and finds... read more

Catch Me When I Fall: A Story of Punk Rock, Addiction and Recovery

CJ Gunn

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 things on my incredible journey. One is that, no matter where you start, you can reach the stars. The other is, you'd better watch your st... 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 things on my incredible journey. One is that, no matter where you start, you can reach the stars. The other is, you'd better watch your st... read more

Adventures in Cuntopia: The Life of a Punk Rock Prom Queen

Colleen Caffeine

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 of playing in clubs and festivals all over the world in the band she created, Choking Susan. Fueled by her passion for punk rock and unus... 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 of playing in clubs and festivals all over the world in the band she created, Choking Susan. Fueled by her passion for punk rock and unus... read more

Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers

Taylor Cole, Justin Whitfield

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 you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to... 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 you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to... 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 in an attack by a sadistic alien race and Alexia must grow from the misfit everyone thought she was into the leader she is destined to b... read more

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 in an attack by a sadistic alien race and Alexia must grow from the misfit everyone thought she was into the leader she is destined to b... read more

Sporked in Time (The Totally Dope West Hollywood Adventures of Busty Russell and Tope McWhite)

Jaid Black, Nicholas Grant

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 spork for him, the clueless duo set out on an adventure that lands them in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1391. Get ready Clan Bannoc... 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 spork for him, the clueless duo set out on an adventure that lands them in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1391. Get ready Clan Bannoc... read more

Reprogram Your Subconscious: How to Use Hypnosis to Get What You Really Want

Gale Glassner Twersky ACH

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 facet of your life. Learn about Gale's specialty Reprogramming Hypnosis and self-hypnosis to keep your subconscious supporting your desi... 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 facet of your life. Learn about Gale's specialty Reprogramming Hypnosis and self-hypnosis to keep your subconscious supporting your desi... read more

Defining Miracles

Dodie Ulery

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 understand how powerful human beings can be when they learn to tap into their true creative power.

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 understand how powerful human beings can be when they learn to tap into their true creative power.

Bite Mark: Paranormal Threesome Romance

Lily Harlem

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, sophisticated Aimery promised to help me.But Aimery’s friend Ryle wanted in on the action. My head was spinning, my body reacting to theirs wh... 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, sophisticated Aimery promised to help me.But Aimery’s friend Ryle wanted in on the action. My head was spinning, my body reacting to theirs wh... read more

Cursed Kiss

Kris Eton

Marissa can make any man her sex slave with a single kiss. But sex without love has begun to feel empty, turning her magical gift into a curse. The only way to get rid of it is with a counter-spell from her family’s spell book. Unfortunately, a rival witch has stolen it. To get it back, Marissa accepts the witch’s challenge. She must make a man fall in love with her without using her power.Jus... read more

Marissa can make any man her sex slave with a single kiss. But sex without love has begun to feel empty, turning her magical gift into a curse. The only way to get rid of it is with a counter-spell from her family’s spell book. Unfortunately, a rival witch has stolen it. To get it back, Marissa accepts the witch’s challenge. She must make a man fall in love with her without using her power.Jus... read more

Susan has 8 reviews

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Nathaniel Schmeling

Susan far exceeded the scope of her job and very much understood how to work within the necessities of my specific book. I feel confident in saying that the same would be true for you as she has a natural talent at deciphering the artist's intentions', great enthusiasm for her work, and is easy to communicate with when it comes to details.

, June 2017


KR W

Susan, once again, was super helpful, explained edits so that I could learn from mistakes ,and also responded quickly and throughly to any questions asked. I highly recommend her.

, May 2017


KR W

VERY good experience. She really whipped my hard work into shape.

, April 2017


KR W

Super helpful and thorough!

, April 2017


Barbara Dzikowski

Working with Susan Edwards exceeded my expectations in every way! She is a knowledgeable, competent, skillful, and sensitive editor, who brings a wealth of experience to her profession. Susan made suggestions that caused me to look at my manuscript with fresh eyes, and her insights will elevate my novel to a much more polished level. Most important of all, Susan truly honored my vision of wh...

, April 2017

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