Suzanne Uchytil

Suzanne Uchytil - Editor

Provo, UT, USA

I'm a developmental editor and line editor specializing in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA, and nonfiction, and I've edited 20+ published books.

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Overview


I empower writers to conquer the publishing world. I point out your strengths, act as a sounding board for ideas, and remind you that you're doing better than you think. I've worked with dozens of authors in fiction and nonfiction genres, and seeing a writer happy with the results is the greatest feeling.

I will help you tone up your literary voice so that it catches the attention of agents and editors, refine your manuscript until it’s error free, and organize your unique ideas into impressive works ready for publication. My goal is to get you to the point where you're holding that beautiful printed book in your hands.


Education

I am a professionally trained developmental editor, line editor, proofreader, and formatter. I developed my editing skills in a 4-year mentored editing program at a high-value university. In addition, for a decade I have studied writing techniques and observed the book-writing process, and I know how to help writers apply those techniques.


Areas of Expertise

Fiction (developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading):
• Middle Grade
• YA
• Suspense
• Fantasy
• Science Fiction

Nonfiction (line editing, copyediting, proofreading):
• Self-help
• Business
• Academic
• Inspirational


Contact

To find out more, contact me or check out my website:
suzannetheeditor.com




“Not only is she super professional, but she’s really helping fine-tune my ideas so that they’ll bring true value to the reader. If you’re looking for someone who loves what they do . . . I’d get in touch with her immediately.”

—Edmond Abramyan

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Inspirational
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Line Editor and Designer

Editing Research BYU
August, 2022 – November, 2022 (3 months)

Line editor and design team member for Editing Research. Edit academic research articles for grammar, style adherence, usage, inclusivity, logic, cohesion, coherence, and concision. Design image quotes for social media.

Publications Editor and Designer

BYU Graduate Studies
June, 2022 – Present (8 months)

• Collaborate with team to discuss Graduate Studies publications and design projects.
• Format and provide illustrations and graphics for pamphlets, newsletters, cards, stickers, t-shirts, tablecloths, banners, and more.
• Substantive-edit and copyedit pamphlets, newsletters, manuals, and more.
• Contact and consult with printing vendors for upcoming publications and designs.
• Review and edit text for grammar and spelling errors, faulty usage, style inaccuracies, and outdated or erroneous information.

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

Covenant Communications, Inc.
February, 2021 – Present (about 2 years)

• Proofread novels, novellas, and nonfiction manuscripts for ebook and print publishing using Adobe Acrobat.
• Copyedit novels, novellas, and nonfiction manuscripts for correct grammar and spelling and for adherence to Chicago style and Covenant Communications' style.

Editor and Typesetter for the Faculty Publishing Service

Brigham Young University
June, 2020 – June, 2022 (about 2 years)

• Typeset the fall 2020 issue of the Journal of Response to Writing to prepare it for publication.
• Partnered with Faith Matters Foundation to typeset and provide interior book design for a self-help book.
• Copyedited academic manuscripts and other nonfiction content for correct grammar, spelling, and clarity, and for adherence to CMOS, APA, MLA, IEEE, and other styles.
• Substantive-edited (line-edited) academic manuscripts and other nonfiction content for coherence, cohesion, concision, organization, accuracy, tone, and usage.
• Designed brochures and flyers for the BYU TESOL and Linguistics master's programs.
• Compiled Table of Cases and Table of Legislature for a nonfiction book by Justin Collings, Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Teaching Assistant—Freelance Editing Class

Department of Linguistics and English Language, BYU
April, 2020 – December, 2020 (8 months)

• Reviewed and graded substantive edits from 40+ undergraduate students in the Editing and Publishing major and minor.
• Edited, reviewed, and graded essays, articles, résumés, cover letters, and online portfolios written and created by undergraduate students.
• Taught lessons about freelance and substantive-editing principles in professor's absence.
• Discussed and addressed students' academic concerns.
• Updated the class schedule, syllabus, assignments, and readings.

Managing Editor and Russian Translator

Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
September, 2019 – June, 2021 (over 1 year)

• Spearheaded the Russian–English translation and copyediting process for the book Materials on the History of the Jews in Latvia, vol. 1.
• Reduced project duration by collaborating with Brigham Young University's Russian department and Linguistics department to assemble a copyediting team to work concurrently with the translation team.
• Provided translation and copyediting instructions and feedback.
• Advertised current and future translation and editing projects.
• Created a production schedule for the project outlining the steps required for publication and determining the necessary participants.
• Tracked and managed 20+ translators' hours and work.
• Translated sections of text from Russian to English.
• Copyedited, typeset, and proofread the book Materials on the History of the Jews in Latvia for ebook and print, to be published by the Shamir Association.

Freelance Developmental Editor, Line Editor, and Copyeditor

Self-employed
August, 2014 – Present (over 8 years)

• Copyedit clients' fiction and nonfiction content for correct grammar and spelling and for adherence to house style.
• Substantive-edit (line-edit) fiction and nonfiction content for coherence, cohesion, concision, organization, accuracy, tone, and usage.
• Developmental-edit novels, novellas, and short stories for structure, voice, plot, characters, dialogue, tone, and pacing.
• Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of manuscripts' structures, plots, voices, characters, dialogue, tones, and pacing.
• Typeset and convert manuscripts into print format.
• Provide sample edits.
• Utilize Excel to calculate quotes for services.
• Consult for two-time Whitney Award–winning author Sandra Grey.
• Partnered with Covenant Communications to provide acquisitions editing, developmental editing, substantive editing, copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and cover design for novellas.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Oak and Ivy

Isert, Rebekah, Davis, Kaylyn

Heirs of Falcon Point

Abramson, Traci Hunter, Bessey, Sian Ann, Edwards, Paige, Sowards, A. L.

Red Cicada

Luke, Gregg

Brides and Brothers

Walker, Anneka R.

Not Dead Yet (Guardian, #6)

Abramson, Traci Hunter

Crow Country

Sullivan, Emily V.

The Holly and the Ivy

Eden, Sarah M., Hatch, Esther, LeCheminant, Dana, Walker, Anneka R.

Leading Edge, Issue 76

Twiselton, Jake, Whatcott, Elizabeth, Haynes, Bryan, Maxwell, Alan, Miner, Abigail, Watson, C., Lyons, Melissa

Engaging Emma

Adams, Elle M.

Heart in the Highlands

Kimball, Heidi

The Danger with Diamonds

Abramson, Traci Hunter, Bessey, Sian Ann

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