susan specializes in editing fantasy, romance, science fiction, and young adult, but is open to editing any commercial fiction genre.

She is excited to help authors, those published and yet to be discovered, hone their craft and take their story to the next level. Whether your needs are developmental, structural, or just an extra eye on the details, Susan offers a variety of options so you can pick the best package for you.

For a quote on a project, please fill out the form below. for all other questions, feel free to reach out to susan directly at susan@susanbarnesediting.com.


Susan moved to New York City to get paid to read books all day.  After editing science fiction, fantasy, and commercial fiction for Orbit and Redhook (Hachette Book Group), she decided to move back to her home roots of Chicago and continue her passion for fiction with freelance editing.