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editorial services :
Sarah Cypher

Since going freelance in 2003, I've edited New York Times bestsellers and helped clients on their way to deals with Big Five publishers, foreign publishers, and production companies. Self-published clients have generously funded their books on Kickstarter, and earned a monthly income from their sales.

Most important, though, I love working together with a writer to find the story. I started out as a university press editor, but now, wouldn't trade the "ah-ha" moments of a good developmental editing project for anything. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing, Phi Beta Kappa, from Carnegie Mellon University. My own writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Oregonian, Fodor's,, and Publishers Weekly. By being a working writer *and* editor, I can offer a savvy look at query letters, concept development, and marketability.

I work with novels of all stripes, but am a sucker for multicultural fiction and stories with a quirky speculative element.

My services include the following:

- Substantive and/or developmental book editing and critiques, specializing in fiction
- Copyediting for a variety of projects, including nonfiction and academic writing
- Prepublication services for indie authors
- Regular free advice on my blog
- A book! The Editor's Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists
- A quality guarantee

Additional qualifications include a social media certificate through Brazen Careerist's seminars, and upper-level coursework in Arabic Language and Culture through California University of Pennsylvania.

Visit my site for testimonials and to learn more about services, rates, and availability.

years experience: 15
Developmental editing, Line-editing, Writing
General fiction, Fantasy/science fiction, Multicultural, Memoir