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Susannah Noel

Susannah Noel - Editor

Montpelier, United States

Enthusiastic, friendly editor at Macmillan for 22 years. Favorite genres are women's fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, thrillers, YA.

Overview

Reviews (7)

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.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Finance & Accounting Health & wellbeing
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
June, 1995 – Present (over 22 years)

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.

Content Strategist

Clariant Creative Agency
January, 2016 – November, 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.

SEO and Digital Marketing Specialist

Union Street Media Interactive
December, 2015 – April, 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.

Marketing Copywriter

Maponics (Pitney Bowes)
July, 2013 – October, 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.

Communications Specialist

Vermont College of Fine Arts
December, 2009 – February, 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.

Assistant Program Director, MFA

Vermont College of Fine Arts
January, 2007 – December, 2009 (almost 3 years)

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.

Freelance Writer

Self-Employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 14 years)

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.

Project Manager

nSight
June, 1997 – November, 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.

Production Editor

Wiley-Blackwell
October, 1992 – August, 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 (23 selected works)

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson

Brian Doyle

"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

"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

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 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

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

Rose Hill (Rose Hill Mystery Series Book 1)

Pamela Grandstaff

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

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

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

Augusten Burroughs

"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

"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

Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option: A Covert-One Novel

Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds

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

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

Christmas in London: A Novel

Anita Hughes

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

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

Modern American Snipers: From The Legend to The Reaper---on the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers

Chris Martin

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

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

Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

Maia Szalavitz

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

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

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

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

The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed

Julie Barlow, Jean-Benoit Nadeau

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

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

On Homesickness: A Plea (In Place)

Jesse Donaldson

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

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

Paris Is Always a Good Idea: A Novel

Nicolas Barreau

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

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

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 frantically Googling whether your pregnancy symptom is normal or an emergency. Just when you thought there could never be another pregnanc... 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 (Carter & Lovecraft)

Jonathan L. Howard

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

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

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 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

"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

Silverblind

Tina Connolly

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

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

Jay Bonansinga

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

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

Between Two Fires: A Novel

Mark Noce

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

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

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 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

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

Une Femme Française: The Seductive Style of French Women

Catherine Malandrino

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

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

Susannah has 7 reviews

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Jerad Wolfrum

Susannah is fantastic! She did a great job at communicating the timeline and expectations throughout the project. The edits for grammar and comments on the story line were extremely helpful. This is my first attempt at writing fiction and having a professional like Susannah involved in the editing process has brought my writing to a level that I could not have achieved on my own. Not only d...

, December 2017


shannon esposito

Susannah has exceeded my expectations with the editorial review I received from her. Very fair, professional and insightful! I highly recommend giving her a shot to improve your manuscript.

, December 2017


Christine McKillip

Working with Susannah has been great. This was the second time through my manuscript and Susannah gave encouraging and targeted advice to take the book to the next level. It was exactly what I needed to finalize the manuscript. I'm looking forward to the next collaboration.

, November 2017


Story Matter

Susannah is professional and thorough. I'll hire her again!

, November 2017


Patty Richmond

It was a pleasure to work with Susannah. She was professional, honest, and thorough with every part of the editing process. I feel confident she guided me to the best direction possible for the order and overall content in my book. I will work with her again for my next project.

, October 2017

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