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Tera Cuskaden

Tera Cuskaden - Editor

South Bend, United States

Editor with 10+ years of experience specializing in developmental edits and copy editing, with a focus on romance and all romance subgenres.

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Reviews (2)

“Working with Tera was seamless, efficient and most importantly, creatively gratifying. She was able to pinpoint issues with my manuscript and relay her concerns and suggestions to me in a way that made it clear exactly what she wanted to see, and her comments were spot-on throughout the work. She was responsive to emails and questions, and aside from all that, is a super cool chick who will make any editorial/revision experience well worth your time and money.”—Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Hold Me Close

“From the first time we worked together, we clicked. As an editor, Tera never once tried to change my voice or alter my story. She worked toward making my novels the best they could be at all times. I highly recommend Tera as an editor. Anyone who hires her will find themselves with a dedicated, hard-working editor who keeps in contact with her authors and delivers what she says she will on time and with a cheerful, can-do attitude.”—Dana Marie Bell, USA TODAY bestselling author of Cynful​

“From plot, pacing, to character arcs, Tera knows what it takes to make a story shine. She has a critical eye, and her insight into the genre and the writing industry as a whole makes her invaluable to any writer, no matter what stage they are at in their career. She is a gifted editor who is always professional, insightful, and gives feedback in a timely manner. I highly recommend her services.”—Cathryn Fox, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author

“Over the course of more than fifteen books, Tera has helped me grow as an author. Tera possesses a gift for seeing to the core of a story and revealing its heart. That gift extends to the authors she works with. She's been as involved in my books as I have, and it shows in her editing. I am better for working with her.”—Nikki Duncan, author of Her Miracle Man

“Tera Cuskaden has a gift for editing that few possess. Edits can be grueling and although I’ve never been afraid to receive feedback from an editor, Tera makes the editing process a downright pleasure. She has this amazing ability to understand my voice as well as where I’m going with the story and characters. By utilizing her impeccable attention to detail, Tera helps me produce the best book I could possibly write. She shows me where I need to add, tweak, or smooth out the fine details in order to really drive the story home. With a straightforward and firm but gentle hand, Tera massages my voice, my style, and makes me better.”—Dorothy F. Shaw, author of The Donnellys series

"I have been fortunate enough to work with Tera since I started writing in 2015. She is thorough, honest, and has an excellent attention to detail. Through her feedback, I have been able to produce quality books I am proud to call mine. I would highly recommend her to any author looking for an editor and I plan to continue using her services for future novels."—Kishan Paul, author of Blind Love and The Second Wife

I'm a freelance editor with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. I love working with authors to make their work the best it can be, and I'm excited to help you achieve your publishing goals. From plot, to characterization, to romantic tension, to developmental edits, I can help. Below, you'll find a small selection of the 300+ books I have professionally edited.

New York Times best sellers:
Flash Point by Shelli Stevens, which was the first digital-only title to hit this list

USA TODAY best sellers:
Bear Naked by Dana Marie Bell
Cynful by Dana Marie Bell
Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy LGBTQ Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editorial Director

Entangled Publishing
April, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Content Editor

Kensington Lyrical
April, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Editor

Self-employed
March, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Senior Editor

Samhain Publishing
August, 2008 – March, 2016 (over 7 years)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Flash Point (Holding Out For a Hero Book 3)

Shelli Stevens

One taste of her lips, and friendship is off the menu.Holding Out for a Hero, Book 3Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, run far beyond the sibling variety. Not that he’s ever noticed.After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides it’s time to take action. Except she has on... read more

One taste of her lips, and friendship is off the menu.Holding Out for a Hero, Book 3Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, run far beyond the sibling variety. Not that he’s ever noticed.After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides it’s time to take action. Except she has on... read more

Bear Naked (Halle Shifters Book 3)

Dana Marie Bell

To win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own. Halle Shifters, Book 3Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come... read more

To win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own. Halle Shifters, Book 3Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come... read more

Cynful (Halle Shifters Book 2)

Dana Marie Bell

To save the woman he loves, he must push his gifts to the brink. Halle Shifters, Book 2Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate—but she’s not having it. While his Bear screams it’s time to mate, the love of his life wants to date. Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he’s not out to con... read more

To save the woman he loves, he must push his gifts to the brink. Halle Shifters, Book 2Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate—but she’s not having it. While his Bear screams it’s time to mate, the love of his life wants to date. Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he’s not out to con... read more

Beg for It

Megan Hart

He’s gonna have to beg for it…Corinne was young once. She did everything—girls, boys, drugs, toys—and did it in high funky fashion. Reese wasn’t her first lover, but he was the first to submit to her. For a while they had something special, but it ended badly.She’s a little older now. And the wealthy businessman who just bought the company she works for bears little resemblance to that boy. He... read more

He’s gonna have to beg for it…Corinne was young once. She did everything—girls, boys, drugs, toys—and did it in high funky fashion. Reese wasn’t her first lover, but he was the first to submit to her. For a while they had something special, but it ended badly.She’s a little older now. And the wealthy businessman who just bought the company she works for bears little resemblance to that boy. He... read more

The Billionaire's Ink Mistress (Billionaires in Bondage)

Joely Sue Burkhart

His desire for her pierces deeper than skin.Billionaires in Bondage, Book 2The LawyerJackson Montgomery Warring never lets opposing counsel see him sweat. Juggling a dozen billionaire clients on a daily basis, he’s always perfectly prepared, calm, cool and collected. Until he meets his best friend’s fiancée, the luscious Mistress L. Now he wants a Mistress for himself. Badly. Except the one wh... read more

His desire for her pierces deeper than skin.Billionaires in Bondage, Book 2The LawyerJackson Montgomery Warring never lets opposing counsel see him sweat. Juggling a dozen billionaire clients on a daily basis, he’s always perfectly prepared, calm, cool and collected. Until he meets his best friend’s fiancée, the luscious Mistress L. Now he wants a Mistress for himself. Badly. Except the one wh... read more

Thirty Nights (American Beauty)

Ani Keating

Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.American Beauty, Book 1After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.She’s one... read more

Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.American Beauty, Book 1After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.She’s one... read more

Unworthy Heart (The Donnellys)

Dorothy F. Shaw

Opposites not only attract, sometimes they spontaneously combust.The Donnellys, Book 1Ryan Donnelly’s past relationship may have failed, but he’s determined to make single fatherhood and his career a resounding success. He’s got his eye on the top of the ladder at an L.A. marketing firm when his gaze snags on co-worker Maiya Rossini.She’s a feisty, witty, tattooed redhead who’s nowhere near hi... read more

Opposites not only attract, sometimes they spontaneously combust.The Donnellys, Book 1Ryan Donnelly’s past relationship may have failed, but he’s determined to make single fatherhood and his career a resounding success. He’s got his eye on the top of the ladder at an L.A. marketing firm when his gaze snags on co-worker Maiya Rossini.She’s a feisty, witty, tattooed redhead who’s nowhere near hi... read more

Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters)

Dana Marie Bell

When two hearts speak as one, no words are needed.Halle Shifters, Book 4Chloe Williams has waited four long years for her mate to acknowledge her. Time and again he has turned her away for being too young, even when she was hospitalized, recovering from a beating that left lingering aftereffects. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to ... read more

When two hearts speak as one, no words are needed.Halle Shifters, Book 4Chloe Williams has waited four long years for her mate to acknowledge her. Time and again he has turned her away for being too young, even when she was hospitalized, recovering from a beating that left lingering aftereffects. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to ... read more

Grimm's End (Grimm's Circle)

Shiloh Walker

He would walk into hell for her. Hell’s not willing to let him back out.Grimm’s Circle, Book 9Years have passed since Will flung himself headlong into demon central. Everyone has told Mandy he’s lost to them, but she still won’t believe it. He was her heart and soul—still is—even if he never admitted they belonged together.When a friend is nearly torn through a rip between the worlds, Mandy ge... read more

He would walk into hell for her. Hell’s not willing to let him back out.Grimm’s Circle, Book 9Years have passed since Will flung himself headlong into demon central. Everyone has told Mandy he’s lost to them, but she still won’t believe it. He was her heart and soul—still is—even if he never admitted they belonged together.When a friend is nearly torn through a rip between the worlds, Mandy ge... read more

Final Protocol

J. C. Daniels

Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember. She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and... read more

Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember. She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and... read more

A King Undone (Noble Pleasures Book 1)

Cooper Davis

Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart…Noble Pleasures, Book 1In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are a... read more

Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart…Noble Pleasures, Book 1In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are a... read more

Good Girl Gone Plaid (The McLaughlins Book 1)

Shelli Stevens

Falling for the bad boy is even more dangerous the second time around. The McLaughlins, Book 1In high school Sarah fell for her best friend's older brother--one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she'd been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Jap... read more

Falling for the bad boy is even more dangerous the second time around. The McLaughlins, Book 1In high school Sarah fell for her best friend's older brother--one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she'd been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Jap... read more

The Dysfunctional Test

Kelly Moran

A Top 10 Read by USA Today HEA and Readers Choice Finalist!You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point. Worse, if her family finds out she's si... read more

A Top 10 Read by USA Today HEA and Readers Choice Finalist!You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point. Worse, if her family finds out she's si... read more

Flight Risk (Antiques in Flight)

Nicole Helm

Flying too close to love could get her heart burned. Antiques in Flight, Book 1After losing his mother to cancer, Trevor Steele has taken a leave of absence from the FBI to get his little sister through her last months of high school. But once she’s settled in college next fall, he’s leaving Pilot’s Point and heading back to Seattle. Now if only he could keep his mind off childhood friend Call... read more

Flying too close to love could get her heart burned. Antiques in Flight, Book 1After losing his mother to cancer, Trevor Steele has taken a leave of absence from the FBI to get his little sister through her last months of high school. But once she’s settled in college next fall, he’s leaving Pilot’s Point and heading back to Seattle. Now if only he could keep his mind off childhood friend Call... read more

No Greater Glory (The Cutteridge Family Book 1)

Cindy Nord

Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home. Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land. With a defiance born of des... read more

Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home. Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land. With a defiance born of des... read more

Blind Love

Kishan Paul

She doesn't need a hero. But a sexy Marine...that'll work. Though Lauren Baxter's world is a blurry mess of colors, she has no tolerance for pity. With the help of her guide dog, Jack Sparrow, she's built a good life for herself. She has everything she wants: her PhD, a thriving counseling practice and her independence. When she meets her new neighbor, the man's warm Texas accent and clean mal... read more

She doesn't need a hero. But a sexy Marine...that'll work. Though Lauren Baxter's world is a blurry mess of colors, she has no tolerance for pity. With the help of her guide dog, Jack Sparrow, she's built a good life for herself. She has everything she wants: her PhD, a thriving counseling practice and her independence. When she meets her new neighbor, the man's warm Texas accent and clean mal... read more

Her Miracle Man

Nikki Duncan

A last wish brings them together. Only love can keep them there.Children’s hospital administrator Ryland Davids was attracted to event planner Jennalyn James the moment he saw her. He thought there would be plenty of time to get to know her—until her younger sister, Sabrina, was admitted with complications from traumatic brain injury.Sabrina’s bright courage broke through Ryland’s wall of prof... read more

A last wish brings them together. Only love can keep them there.Children’s hospital administrator Ryland Davids was attracted to event planner Jennalyn James the moment he saw her. He thought there would be plenty of time to get to know her—until her younger sister, Sabrina, was admitted with complications from traumatic brain injury.Sabrina’s bright courage broke through Ryland’s wall of prof... read more

His Best Friend's Girl (In the Line of Duty Book 5)

Cathryn Fox

With a little help—and a little kink—from her friend, she might just get her man.Skylar Redmond’s Sky Bar is regularly wall-to-wall hot soldiers. Yet she is alone—and getting tired of it. Forget about finding a man who’ll rock her world in the bedroom. She’ll settle for a guy who’s stable, kind and compassionate.Too bad that guy still sees her as the pigtailed girl from their youth, not the st... read more

With a little help—and a little kink—from her friend, she might just get her man.Skylar Redmond’s Sky Bar is regularly wall-to-wall hot soldiers. Yet she is alone—and getting tired of it. Forget about finding a man who’ll rock her world in the bedroom. She’ll settle for a guy who’s stable, kind and compassionate.Too bad that guy still sees her as the pigtailed girl from their youth, not the st... read more

Tera has 2 reviews

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Catherine Dershem

First of all she waited until the day before the due date to tell me she didn't have the full length copy to edit. She made the deadline because it was only eleven thousand words. What she delivered was an edited document that i'm unable to print out.

, July 2017


Nina Brottman

I am unpublished (so far) and Tara's expertise was very helpful to me. I've been inspired by her suggestions and believe they will make my book stronger. I am very happy with our collaboration and recommend her highly! (much better than the editor I previously found on my own off the internet) Thank you Reedsy!

, April 2017

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