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Looking for an editor?

by Sue Brown-Moore

Finding the right editor can be tough.

You want someone you can trust with your work and your self-confidence, someone who knows what to look for and how to coach you in a positive way.

When you’re investing so much in your stories, you want to know your editor is tenacious about rooting out problem sections, thorough in her approach, and confident enough to tell you what your story needs without crushing your ego.

And she better be able to work on a deadline too, because your deadlines become her deadlines.

And wouldn’t it be great if she specialized in your genre?

All of that? It’s a lot to ask. It’s a lot to look for.

But finding the right editor for you is not an impossible task.

In my e-course on How to Avoid the Top Five Newbie Author Mistakes, I offer a worksheet you can use when you’re vetting your editor candidates. Check out the article here, then sign up at the bottom to start receiving the e-course by email. You’ll get the editor-vetting worksheet on Day 2.

Choosing the right editor is SO IMPORTANT! Whether that person is me or someone else doesn’t matter—what matters is that your stories get the respect, expertise, and timely work they deserve.

If you want to learn more about what types of books I edit and what to expect from my editing style, check out my Book List and What Authors Are Saying on my About Me page.

  • I had the honor of working with the fabulous Sue Brown-Moore on several different occasions. I’ve also met her lovely self in person. To say her charming personality matches her awe-inspiring developmental editing abilities would be putting it mildly. I’ve never worked with a more tuned-in, savvy, or humbling creative. Sue can see through to the very heart of a story, then weaves pure magic to draw the very best from your words. She has an effortless control over the art of storytelling that allows her to mold plot structure, character motivation, and story arcs into things of utter beauty. I cannot thank her enough for the lessons learned and the writerly growth she’s provided. If you ever have a chance to work with this talented and beautiful soul, do yourself a favor and jump on it. You won’t regret it.

  • Sue is my developmental editor. DE is basically the same kind of editor as my acquiring editor at a traditional publishing house. I chose Sue because her specialty is romance and my novellas tend to lean that direction. I wanted someone who would have that focus. She’s extremely helpful and I find if she and my beta’s agree on anything, then it must be altered in the story.

  • Cheryl P. RiderCheryl P. RiderAuthor of urban fantasy & paranormal romance

    You have a way of making me feel like you love my story even as you rip it apart. It’s a gift. 😉

  • Is there an editor appreciation day? Because there should be. The good ones are wizards and they’re worth it. Thank you Sue Brown-Moore @davincikittie #writerslife #editing #amwritingromance

  • I think working with a developmental editor is always crucial, and is even more important when you’re working on a series. A good developmental editor can guide the writer from the beginning on the creation of a series bible (a must for any series), managing ongoing plot lines, ensuring continuity between books, and coming up with a bevy of other considerations the writer may have never thought of.

    I discovered Sue while working on the third novel in my urban fantasy series — she was invaluable in pointing out the areas not only where I needed to work more on the series concepts, but in spotting possible characters or plot points that would spin nicely into future books. Thanks to her feedback and guidance, I now have a full fledged series bible and have sketched out my entire series from start to finish.

  • Sue is naturally gifted to spot plot holes and developmental problems in a story. When she returns one of my manuscripts, she includes numerous constructive comments that literally set my mind on fire with ideas. She is a true collaborator who aims to help an author build the best story he or she can write. Her feedback and input are invaluable, and my stories wouldn’t be nearly as magical without her assistance.

    In self-publishing, it’s harder to find good developmental editors than it is to find good copy editors. Sue fills that need on both fronts. Not only is she adept in copy editing, but her content-focused feedback can turn a good story into a great one. I would recommend working with Sue to any author looking to improve not only her writing, but also the overall impact her story has on readers.

  • Can’t say enough good things about editor @davincikittie! Kickass insight & suggestions. #HireHer #EditingSkillz

  • I went from wanting to burn the manuscript in a fire back to loving it.

  • Sue has been my developmental editor since I started publishing my books in 2016, and I’m so grateful for her guidance. I love working with her and I recommend her to other authors all the time. Several of my friends now happily use her for their books! Thank you, Sue!

If you have questions or want to chat about partnering for an edit, use the form at the bottom to send me a message. My schedule is usually full 4-6 months in advance, so if you’ve got a project coming up and you need an editor, don’t delay! Scroll to the bottom of the linked pages above to see if I’m accepting new clients. If I’m not, you’ll find a yellow note in the email section.

Keep writing and growing!

<3 Sue

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