Deanna Crouse, “Nine Months, Nine Hundred Masks” (personal essay, 2021)
You will want Sue on your writing team. She edited my “Nine Months, Nine Hundred Masks” article (publication date, January 2021). She is a joy to work with. She valued my writing voice. Her suggested edits and comments (all of which I accepted) lifted my spirits and confidence. My inner author shall be bursting forth, I have no doubt, knowing I will have Sue’s skills, work ethic, and deep professional experience standing beside me. Thank you, Sue!
A. M. Waters, Placebo (thriller), agent interest 2020.
5 STARS FOR SUE!
I found Sue through Publisher's Marketplace to edit my most recent novel. Working with her was an enjoyable and incredible experience. Through her coaching and edits, she pushed me to become a better writer. Sue's notes were precise, educational. The process was easy to work with. She kept all of her promises to me with time and budget. Thank you, Sue, for making me a stronger writer!
Brandon McNulty, Bad Parts (supernatural thriller), 2020.
Sue put the thrill in my supernatural thriller! Her vigorous line edit ensured that no lazy sentences would interrupt the tension I worked so hard to create, and as an added bonus she caught several plot-related inconsistencies that I overlooked. Her ability to restructure sentences for maximum clarity and impact is a skill I envy, and her efforts shine throughout my novel.
Elizabeth Stern, Hijacked by Heroin (memoir) 2019.
Sue Ducharme proofread/edited my memoir, and I couldn’t be more pleased. She caught things I missed and suggested language changes that always improved what I had. Because she paid critical attention to the structure, she noticed when a section would serve the narrative better if it were moved. She was always right.
Sue works quickly and professionally. The turnaround was faster than I had hoped. I would hire her again without hesitation.
L.C. Barlow, Pivot, California Coldblood (supernatural thriller), 2019.
Sue did such a fantastic job copyediting both PIVOT and PERISH (the first two books of the JACK HARPER trilogy), to the point that I described the process as "magical" to anyone who asked. By the time we were done with PIVOT, my word count had been reduced from 102,000 words to 74,000 words with no plot changes (and believe me, this reduction was needed). The sentences popped, the word variety increased dramatically, and the "I filter" became reduced; all of this resulted in a higher quality novel. I can't thank her enough. Recently, PIVOT received a rave review in Publishers Weekly, and I am so glad I took the time to hone the novel with Sue before it made its way to them. I will definitely contact Sue to copyedit future novels, including PEAK (the third book of my horror trilogy). Lastly, Sue provided an invaluable creative edit on a dark fantasy novel I have been working on, and this edit has helped me revise the book to its greatest potential. Sue is a fantastic copyeditor and creative editor, and I can't recommend her services enough.
Mark Moore, https://marksmoorebooks.com/2018/11/29/editing/
Sue, from the beginning, was the leader. Few editors left such a great first impression. Her editing was top-notch and she had the most impressive work experience of anyone who contacted me. I was, at first, surprised that she would want to work with a debut author like myself. Never once did I feel like Sue was unwilling to answer my questions. She mixed professionalism with kindness. Her edits were pristine and about as perfect as I had seen.
Jennifer Smith, Defying Gravity, The Rare Pearl, The Forsaken Pearl, The Vanishing Pearl, Flying Backwards (romances), 2015 - 2018.
Sue, you are great to work with. You are professional, positive, and you know your stuff! I'd gladly work with you again and recommend your services to other authors.
Tom Sheridan, The Streets (literary) 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Streets-LP-Novel-Tom-Sheridan-ebook/dp/B07BY8MZR1 www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tom-sheridan/the-streets/
I pride myself on being meticulous in my writing and well-informed of grammar rules. Still, Sue's expertise and experience illuminated extensive considerations and changes for me to reflect on regarding conventions and consistency throughout my manuscript. Sue was also able to balance grammatical formality with my unique voice. She helped me arrive at a professionally reviewed novel that retained its originality. And, last but not least, Sue is a pleasure to work with!
Cort M. Chambers, Synthetic Horizon (sci-fi, YA), 2017.
I cannot say enough good things about Sue Ducharme. She is extremely professional and delivers the work on schedule. I found her edits and comments invaluable as I worked through the difficult process of completing my first novel. I plan to write two more books in this series, and I wouldn’t think of using another editor. She surpassed all of my expectations. I highly recommend her services.
Jen Davies, Marnie's Plan (romance, 2016).
Working with Sue Ducharme on Marnie's Plan was an education! She is straightforward, honest, and delivers what she promises. For me, an editor is a vital part of my team and someone who I hope is as invested in the success of the book as I am. I believe Sue is such an editor. She is committed to making your work shine and makes you go back and dig deep when you haven't given her enough. She makes me a better writer.
Janet Wood, Firewater (political thriller, 2016).
Crisp, sharp, magical, professional are a few of the words that describe my manuscript after Sue’s edits. I accepted 99 percent of her edits and comments. I’m a first- time novelist, so it was an invaluable experience to have an expert in her field aid me with improving my manuscript. I highly recommend her service—-friendly, accommodating and professional.
Aidan Edwards, Cages (sci-fi fantasy, 2016).
Sue is the real deal. Detail-oriented. Professional. Affordable. And, most importantly, collaborative. She took my novel from 70 to 110 percent! I am a thorough person, and I interviewed literally dozens upon dozens of editors; none came close to Sue. She is a true professional, and her work is pure magic
Juliana Hutchings, in A Horse to Treasure (YA novel, Little Egypt Press, 2014).
Thanks to my wonderful editor Sue Ducharme, who helped transform this story into something worth reading!
Tara Winters, YA series Dark Hollow, Dark Legacy, Dark Sacrifice (Wintermoon Publishing, 2014, 2015).
I would not trust my work to anyone but Sue. She is professional and expedient, and the quality of her work is outstanding. I am amazed at the crisp and professional manuscript I have in my hands after reviewing her edits. Sue also watches content and flow to make sure that my tangents are not inconsistent with my storyline! I appreciate the detail she takes with my projects and as I wrap up book 3 of the Hidden Heritage Series, Sue is already slated as my editor. Every writer needs a trusted editor for their work, and I have found mine with Sue Ducharme!
Phil Kelton, Power Shift (nonfiction, 2013).
[Sue's]friendly tone and artful edits demonstrated that she would be a partner--ready and willing to collaborate for project success. Having now completed Power Shift with Sue as editor and proofer, I can say that she surpassed all my expectations. In addition to her editing prowess, Sue conducts her business the way I aspire to conduct mine—efficiently, reliably, and with integrity. She met every schedule commitment (18 years running, as I understand it!) and delivered on every promise. I heartily recommend Sue with no reservation.
Kevin Zdrill, No Kiss Good-Night (iUniverse, 2012), Boom Chicka Wah Wah (iUniverse 2013), Crazy, Mixed-Up World (iUniverse, 2014), The Ukrainian in Me (iUniverse, 2015).
From the opening edits, I immediately felt Sue had truly connected with my novels. She shows brilliance with her editing. When she touches the words, she brings the author’s style to life. Her comments are encouraging, heart-warming, and inspirational. When Sue edited my book, she nurtured my confidence as a writer, and I took the plunge and wrote a second novel. I have enjoyed Sue’s supportive guidance on that project as well, which I know will transform it into one helluva of read! If you are looking for an editor with superior skills and a passion for each author she works with, you have found her. Now you can get back to writing.
James A. Craig, American Eagle: The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy, Portsmouth [NH] Marine Society Press, 2014) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/arts/design/the-colorful-man-behind-the-carved-eagles.html?_r=2
All in all, this has been the most painless edit I have ever done. Ninety-nine percent of the edits in the manuscript are perfect. Sue, thank you so much for respecting my voice as an author!
Bill Huey, Carbon Man (Kindle, 2010).
After a couple of false starts, I discovered Sue Ducharme on Publishers Marketplace. Not only did she straighten out a number of writing faux pas, she picked up on several potentially fatal flaws in the timing and logic of the novel. Her attention to detail and faultless delivery inspired confidence through two revisions and a final proofing. I am a very experienced writer, but I could not have been happier with the editing Sue provided.Highly recommended.
Ruth Zekowski: Sue edited my book Spare Them? No Profit. Remove Them? No Loss (iUniverse, 2010) by Chhalith Ou and R.Z. Halleson (my pen name). I'm a pretty good editor myself, but Sue found many ways to make my manuscript much better, including finding mistakes that I had missed. Her suggestions for improving the manuscript were creative but never intrusive. I was impressed with her work and would highly recommend her.
Steven D. Price, editor and author: ... copy editor [Sue Ducharme] ... is the best ... in the business with regard to horse books. I've long admired the work Sue did on books I've edited (and, for that matter, written); no wonder she's in such great demand.
Kaylea May, Elo'esh: A novel (iUniverse, 2009).
Ms. Ducharme, I just wanted to thank you personally for your work on the content edit of my manuscript. As a rookie, I found your input invaluable and have learned a great deal from it. If all goes well, I will be writing a sequel and would love to have your input on that as well. You're a gem. My sincere thanks.