As an editor and proofreader with Macmillan (St. Martin's Press, Tor, Picador), Simon & Schuster, and Vintage Books since the mid-1990s, I've worked with hundreds of authors, including Augusten Burroughs, Liane Moriarty, Brian Doyle, Anita Hughes, Jackie Collins, and the estate of Robert Ludlum. I also offer developmental edits and editorial assessments for self-published authors. I've worked on a variety of genres, but my favorites are literary fiction, women's fiction, thrillers, memoir, and trade nonfiction. Honestly though, it's all about the story for me, and I welcome manuscripts in any genre, fiction or nonfiction.
Authors have remarked on my ability to keep straight scores of details while staying true to their unique voice. I don't try to fix or improve your style. Instead, I attempt to embody your vision, chipping away at whatever doesn't support it and enhancing what does. My goal is to help you translate your story onto the page in the most compelling and evocative way.
Author Brian Doyle wrote, "Susannah, thanks for your close careful respectful understanding gentle sharp-eared sharp-eyed work on my books. I cannot easily explain how much it matters to me to have a copyeditor who is not interested in rewriting me, in editing me, in proving that he or she is good at the job by making changes that need not be made. I am really really grateful for your terrific work.”
Writers are my tribe, and helping them tell their stories is my life's work. I would be honored to collaborate with you.
I have copyedited and proofread trade fiction and nonfiction since 1995. I freelance for Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and several other smaller presses, as well as independent authors. In 2016, I added developmental editing and manuscript evaluation to my offerings. My editing and proofreading services are appropriate for any novelist who's ready for an expert eye.
With a team of other inbound marketing professionals, I set strategy, wrote and edited content, and analyzed metrics for Clariant Creative's clients. I also served as the agency's SEO Specialist. Clariant Creative uses the HubSpot marketing platform.
I assisted USM Interactive's clients with their organic search results through quarterly reports based on Google Analytics data, competitive analysis, and rank tracking. I optimized posts, suggested sources of high-value inbound links, identified technical issues, and advised on social media strategy. I also performed keyword research and content audits.
I researched and wrote blog posts, press releases, web pages, social media posts, newsletters, sales decks, product sheets, email marketing messages, and other content as required. I created and managed the editorial calendar. I assisted with the development of content marketing strategy, and I supported the Director of Communications with redesign of website. I helped develop media pitches and supervised external team members including writers, designers, and researchers.
Wrote press releases and pitched articles about the college and its three MFA programs to media outlets. Planned PR campaigns for regional and national publications. Managed a database of alumni and assisted the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement as needed.
I coordinated all aspects of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, including admissions, residency logistics with 100 students and faculty, program promotions, and all associated administrative details. I served as editor for the program's website.
Through Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, I write magazine-style branded content for HAP Balanced Living, Publix Supermarkets magazine, State Farm Insurance, and MetLife. I also write branded content for Capital One Home Loans.
I write sales pages, landing pages, blog posts, newsletter articles, email marketing messages, and other copy for business and higher education websites.
I wrote features and profiles for the Vermont College of Fine Arts newsletter (award-winning piece for their alumni magazine) and Deerfield Magazine.
At outsource production and editorial division of nSight (formerly Editorial Services of New England), I managed a publishing team that included editorial assistant, copyeditor, desktop compositor, proofreader, and indexer on several book and journal projects.
I coordinated all stages of production from manuscript to bound journal for seven scientific and medical journals. I copyedited two journals online; hired and supervised freelance copyeditors and proofreaders; prepared artwork and manuscripts for compositor; reviewed all stages of proofs; and worked closely with vendors, authors, and in-house departments.
"An affectionate homage...a loving reconstruction of an era of storytelling now lost." —The New York Times"[A] triumph...If a writer is going to put on Stevenson’s voice, he’d better, as the poets say, 'bring it.' Reader, Doyle has brought it...Adventures is a tonic for our bitter times." —Washington PostThe young Robert Louis Stevenson, living in a boarding house in San Francisco in the 19th ... read more
The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty t... read more
Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Scott than in solving the... read more
"As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes…I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?"When Augusten Burr... read more
For 30 years, Robert Ludlum's novels have set the standard for the finest in international intrigue and suspense. With an unbroken string of bestsellers in almost every country in the world, Robert Ludlum's books have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of readers, and are widely acknowledged as classics in the field. Now, after the bestselling Covert-One novels The Hades Factor and The Cassa... read more
It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agree... read more
Most people think of snipers as shooters perched in urban hides, dealing out death unseen from a considerable distance. But this description barely scratches the surface. Special operations snipers are men with stacked skill sets who have the ability to turn the tide of battles, even when they aren't pulling the trigger. Snipers have played an outsized role in the War on Terror that has earned... read more
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMore people than ever before see themselves as addicted to, or recovering from, addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs, prescription meds, sex, gambling, porn, or the internet. But despite the unprecedented attention, our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded 20th century ideas, addiction as a crime or as brain disease, and in equally outdated treatme... read more
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 contains twenty breathtaking stories—by a vibrant mix of established and emerging writers—selected by the series editor from the thousands published in literary magazines over the previous year. The collection includes essays by the three eminent guest jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and a comprehens... read more
Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. In The Bonjour Effect Jean-Benoît and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daught... read more
One day, Jesse Donaldson wakes up in Portland, Oregon, and asks his wife to uproot their life together and move to his native Kentucky. As he searches for the reason behind this sudden urge, Donaldson examines both the place where he was born and the life he’s building. The result is a hybrid—part memoir, part meditation on nostalgia, part catalog of Kentucky history and myth. Organized accord... read more
Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing "wishing cards," but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart's desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower - but none... read more
NYT bestselling author Nancy Redd’s visual guide to pregnancy and all the bizarre, hilarious, and often unanticipated changes a woman’s body can go through.WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS COULD HAPPEN?!― This is not the thought you want to be having when you’re frantically Googling whether your pregnancy symptom is normal or an emergency. Just when you thought there could never be another pregnanc... read more
After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century.The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world, the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower, and is not merely tolerated but in... read more
"A single spy - in the right place and at the right moment - may change the course of history." Aleksi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Aleksi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the ... read more
The stunning historical fantasy series that began with the Nebula finalist Ironskin continues in Tina Connolly's Silverblind. Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her ... read more
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy! The latest in Jay Bonansinga's New York Times best-selling series! What could possibly go wrong? For one brief moment, it seems Lilly and her plague-weary band of survivors might just engineer a better tomorrow. Banding together with other small town settlements, they begin a massive project to refurbish the railroad between Woodbury and A... read more
Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales' last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, ... read more
Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny B... read more
All American women aspire to have the nonchalant style and grace of French women, that je ne sais quoi that makes all of their habits seem natural and effortless. In Une Femme Française, fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, a Frenchwoman who has lived and worked in the US for thirty years, reveals French women’s secrets for an American audience. Readers who loved Ines de la Fressange’s Paris... read more
From the powerhouse Mind Body Green calls "the Brené Brown of Wonder" comes a book that will shift the way we relate to ourselves and our emotions, and help us reach our full potential."Amber Rae is the Elizabeth Gilbert of her generation." ―Stacy London, New York Times bestselling author of The Truth about StyleWONDER is what we’re born with.WORRY is what we learn.NOW IS THE TIME TO RETURN TO... read more
The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology by New York Times bestselling YA author Amanda Hocking, From the Earth to the Shadows.While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies--and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she's never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all h... read more
From the co-founder of Plated, the home delivery food service, an inspirational business title that is a call-to-arms and investigation into the industrial American food complex.In early 2012, Nick Taranto was twenty-seven years old, recently married, and fresh out of the Marine Corps. He moved back to New York City, started working on Wall Street, and put on twenty pounds in under six months.... read more
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