From Susan's Desk

 




I have always been intrigued by the written word; I suppose that's why I ended up with a degree in English Literature. While some consider that a semi-useless achievement, it has served me well. During my 29 years as an educator, I was the go-to editor/proofreader for countless students, colleagues, and friends. I followed that with a two-year stint as Program Assistant at Bay Area Turning Point, a nonprofit that provides shelter and recovery services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, where I served as the unofficial agency proofreader, editing and revising agency letters, documents, and webpage articles for my colleagues. As a reader, I have always been tormented by the little things I stumble across in books: misspelled words, typos, grammar errors, etc. When Richard Stephenson published the sneak peek of his debut novel, Collapse, I took a look, then stopped. The storyline had pulled me in, but the grammatical problems drove me nuts! I emailed him and offered to do some editing . . . and haven’t looked back since.

Back in the good ol' days, writers didn't have the option to self-publish. Things have changed, thankfully, and writers are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into writing projects that can now be made available to the public without the need for a big-time publishing house's seal of approval. That's where a professional independent editor comes into the picture. Whether you’re planning to self-publish or want to pitch your work to an agent, publishing house, or publication, I can help. Take a look at the services I have to offer and contact me for further information.

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