Susannah Noel

Susannah Noel – Editor

Friendly, supportive editor at Macmillan for 25 years. Teacher of editing. Favorite genres are women's fiction, memoir, historical fiction.

Overview

As a copyeditor and proofreader with Macmillan (St. Martin's Press, Tor, Picador), Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House since the mid-1990s, I've worked with hundreds of authors, including Randy Rainbow, Augusten Burroughs, Liane Moriarty, Brian Doyle, Anita Hughes, Jackie Collins, and Robert Ludlum. I've worked on a variety of genres, but my favorites are literary fiction, women's fiction, memoir, and historical fiction.

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. 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.”

I also cofounded Editorial Arts Academy, an online training organization for aspiring freelance trade book editors. It aims to help others become trade book editors, no matter their age, location, or background. That's how much I love this career!

Writers are my tribe, and helping them tell their stories is my life's work. I would be honored to collaborate with you.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

St. Martin's Publishing Group, Macmillan Publishers

Apr, 2022 — Present

I manage the production editorial side of trade books for St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin, and Minotaur Books. I hire and supervise copyeditors and proofreaders and work with the acquisitions editors to achieve high-quality books.

Self-employed

Jun, 1995 — Present

I have copyedited and proofread trade fiction and nonfiction since 1995. I freelance for Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, and several other smaller presses, as well as independent authors. My editing and proofreading services are appropriate for any novelist who's ready for an expert eye.

Editorial Arts Academy

Jan, 2018 — Present

I'm the cofounder of Editorial Arts Academy. We are an online community dedicated to helping people become freelance book editors through training, support, and referral. We have a passion for helping wordsmiths - those who love to read, write, correct grammar mistakes, and critique stories - prosper from their natural affinities. Our goal is to spread the word that freelance editorial work is within reach for anyone dedicated and interested enough, no matter their age, background, or location.

Clariant Creative Agency

Jan, 2016 — Nov, 2016 (10 months)

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.

Union Street Media Interactive

Dec, 2015 — Apr, 2017 (over 1 year)

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.

Maponics (Pitney Bowes)

Jul, 2013 — Oct, 2014 (over 1 year)

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.

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Dec, 2009 — Feb, 2010 (2 months)

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.

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Jan, 2007 — Dec, 2009 (almost 3 years)

I coordinated all aspects of the MFA in Writing for Children and 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.

Self-Employed

Jan, 2004 — Present

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.

nSight

Jun, 1997 — Nov, 1997 (5 months)

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.

Wiley-Blackwell

Oct, 1992 — Aug, 1996 (almost 4 years)

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.

Portfolio

"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 p... read more
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Playing with Myself

Rainbow, Randy

Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Bad Luck Bridesmaid: A Novel

Greenberg, Alison Rose

Copy Editing
Never Tell

Montgomery, Selena

Copy Editing
Olga Dies Dreaming

Gonzalez, Xochitl

Proofreading
Copy Editing
Cubicles Anonymous

Pahler, Brett

Copy Editing
Fluent Madness: Memoir

Margitov, Nicolas

Copy Editing
The Inland Sea

Clark, Sam

Editorial Assessment
Copy Editing
Editorial Assessment
Jon was a physicist who wanted nothing more than a simple life with few responsibilities and someone to share it with. In the middle of an ordinary day, a horrible accident leaves him stranded... read more
Copy Editing
At Windemere School for Girls, one of America's elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry... read more
Copy Editing
Egglike

Adi Gelbart

“I never fast before medical procedures—it gives me joy to confuse the doctors. I think they like it, too, gives them more of a challenge. Once, on the way to have my kidney removed, I stopped... read more
Copy Editing
A Different Drummer

William Melvin Kelley

"Brilliant....The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting."—Kathryn Shulz, The New YorkerJune, 1957. One hot afternoon in the backwaters of the Deep South, a ... read more
Proofreading
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,... read more
Proofreading
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 ... read more
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
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, fashi... read more
Copy Editing
Hounded

David Rosenfelt

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 sh... 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 tom... read more
A Single Spy

William Christie

"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... read more
Copy Editing
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 So... read more
Pregnancy, OMG!

Nancy Amanda Redd

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 fr... 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 i... 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... 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 E... 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 understa... 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 t... 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.... 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 re... 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 dream... read more
Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

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 a... read more

Susannah has 23 reviews

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Suzanne W.

Suzanne W.

May, 2022

Susannah has been an amazing editor and very easy to work with. I love her editing style and she worked with me to fill the needs that I was looking for in a copy editor. Also her feedback on my novel has been extraordinary. If I ever need another copy editor I would absolutely use Susannah Noel again. I can't say enough great things about Susannah.
Nina N.

Nina N.

Feb, 2021

Susannah is a gifted editor. I chose a “deep copyedit,” and her work far exceeded my expectations. She flagged grammatical errors and repetitive word choices I hadn’t noticed, but even more impressive is her skill in streamlining prose without altering the author’s intent or style. Her comments were always positive, insightful, and showed a deep understanding of my ms. There’s no question I’ll ...
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Dione M.

Dione M.

Dec, 2020

Susannah did an amazing job! She was extremely thorough and thoughtful about her feedback and has an amazing eye for detail. In addition to editing, she fact-checked and corrected broader issues such as inconsistencies. I know the final version of my novel will be much stronger thanks to her edits and feedback - a work that I can be even more proud of. So happy I chose her and that she was avai...
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Pamela S.

Pamela S.

Nov, 2020

If only I could give six stars ... I am a professional editor but needed an outside opinion. I tried several editors, and Susannah outpaced all others by a mile. She's talented, insightful and simply knows her stuff. Highly, highly recommend.
Fran T.

Fran T.

Sep, 2020

I could not have been happier. Susannah was very responsive, friendly, and let me know exactly what I was getting, when it was coming, and then delivered it. She not only wrote up a document with specific notes on my manuscript, but also went through the actual manuscript and put in detailed notes. After that, she even offered to chat on the phone, which was great, because we got to connect in...
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