Razor Sharp Editing

I Cut Because I Care

Freelance editing for genre fiction with a romantic plot or subplot

Please note: I am no longer accepting bookings for Jan-Jun 2018. If you're a current client, please contact me about getting on my wait list for cancellations. If you're a new client, please contact me in January to discuss scheduling your projects for Jul-Dec 2018.


MEET YOUR EDITOR

After getting my PhD in Microbiology and working for years in the biotech industry, I chucked it all to pursue my real passion: comma splices. Okay, not really, but I turned my love of technical writing into a professional career editing science manuscripts. As the Amazon self-publishing wave flooded my e-reader with smoking-hot fiction crying out for an editor, I answered the call, virtual red pen in hand. Now I spend my days battling run-on sentences, filling plot holes, and eliminating that dastardly scourge known as filter words.


TESTIMONIALS

"I was a helpless mess when I finished my second book, and had no idea what to expect when I sent it to her. She ripped it to shreds and I couldn’t have been happier. Elizabeth pointed out character inconsistencies, plot holes, lost plot threads, my horrible usage of commas, words I kept messing up such as lease and leash. Surprisingly those two words mean two complete different things! Who knew? ;)

Elizabeth’s comments, though. Love them. They made what could’ve been a painful and soul-destroying process into something amusing. I giggled my way through the edits because of her insights and snark; although I did tell her not to spare the snark because I enjoy it. A better editor I simply could not ask for, since Elizabeth has my undying gratitude. Does this sound like a love letter? Yeah, it sounds like it. Can’t help it, though, because she is that awesome."

— Veronica Del Rosa, Paranormal Romance Author

"I approached Elizabeth because I needed editing on several projects.  As an author, I’m too close to my work to see it clearly.  Elizabeth helped me by catching inconsistencies, grammar gaffs, and confusing sentences.  The result was a smoother manuscript and a much stronger story line. 

One thing I liked was her ability to give great advice.  Sometimes hearing feedback about something so close to your heart is difficult, but Elizabeth made a point of giving constructive criticism.  Ultimately, the choice to keep or discard something was mine, but having a professional point of view helped me make the call. 

I found the experience helped me look more critically at my own work.  After working with Elizabeth, I can often spot potential issues before I send my work off to beta readers.  This saves everyone time and effort, especially me. 

I would recommend Razor Sharp Editing to people who need all types of editing.  Hiring an editor gives your readers the very best product.  Also, if your aim is to submit to a publisher, a thorough edit is essential.  Elizabeth helped me put my best manuscript forward to publishers and readers alike."

— Nix Knox, Gay Erotic Romance Author

"I was connected to Elizabeth via a mutual friend and am in awe of her ability to flesh out a developmental edit and catch the little buggers of a copy edit. I loved working with her and appreciated that she kept to her schedule for the edit. Her pricing is more than fair for her work and I would highly recommend her as an editor to any author or author to be. As an author and reader, I know she helped make my work better than I could have done on my own. She caught the worst things about my hero and helped me fix them when I didn't even know they were there!"

Jen Winters, Paranormal Romance Author

"Elizabeth is beyond meticulous. Her copy editing is thorough, accurate, and extremely well-annotated. It was incredibly painless to work with her on a 160,000 word manuscript. Although not normally part of copyediting, Elizabeth pointed out rough patches in narrative and a couple of character inconsistencies that made the entire project that much better. One of the best investments in my novels I have ever made. I won’t publish another one without her help!"

— E.G. Manetti, Sci-Fi Romance Author


JUST RELEASED

When the local authorities ask Ruby Simpson to help them find a thief in the small town of Castle Cove, she doesn’t have much of a choice. She predicted the most recent theft, and the cops have no other leads. 

There are just two small problems. 
One, she’s not psychic. 
Two, she’s not Ruby Simpson.

Okay, maybe they’re not small problems. But Charlotte needs a place to lay low with her younger sister, somewhere her parents won’t find her and the locals won’t ask too many questions. Getting involved with the cops, especially Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared, isn’t a smart thing for a reformed con artist to do. But Charlotte has to make a choice: raise her little sister on the right side of the law, or put food on the table. What the real Ruby doesn’t see in her crystal ball won’t hurt her, right?


Iphigenia Holt is a good little witch who grew up under the thumb of a wicked mother and two powerful sisters. Pegged as a caretaker, Iphi hides a secret that would change the way everyone around her views her: she’s an empath. And yet she doesn’t let that stand in her way. A soaring circus performer with a fierce love for animals and the downtrodden, Iphi tumbles her way through life, hiding the hurt just being around others can inflict...

...Until she meets an enigmatic vampire and his three hot shapeshifting cousins. Drawn to the brightness she shines into their lives, each man promises to transport Iphi from the monotony of her life into a world truly filled with magic. They offer her love, protection—and an unconventional arrangement that will make her the scandal of Distant Edge.

But when a rogue vampire attacks Iphi, it’s time for the men to step up and for Iphi to fight back the only way she knows how: with love, compassion, and her inner radiance. If love can’t conquer evil, her four protectors are more than willing to bare tooth and claw at her side—whether she’ll have them or not.


The hookup she ditched is just the man she's looking for.

Cash Walker always leaves a lady's bed before morning--after all, he has a day full of chores waiting on his ranch. So when he wakes up one morning to his latest catch creeping out of the room, he figures he had it coming. Until later the same day, when she shows up in his barn. Turns out, she's come to town to talk about the one subject Cash refuses to discuss with anyone.

Abbi Daniels is tired of being the responsible woman her parents expect her to be, but even she can admit that jumping into bed with the last guy to see her brother alive wasn't her smartest move. Cash won't talk about the day her brother was killed, but she refuses to leave town without answers. Only the more she's around Cash, the less she wants to return home and the more she feels like her old self again.

With Abbi around, Cash's no-commitment resolve breaks down. Around Cash, Abbi finds the freedom she's craved for so long. But how will their fragile connection survive when all the things left unsaid between them come to light?


COMING SOON

Fired, close to eviction, and determined not to ask anyone for help, Amaya Reynolds's last hope is a job at the local vampire blood bank. But on her first night there, she learns that blood isn't the only thing on the menu—and consent isn't always required. When dark and mysterious Vasily rides to her rescue, she's grateful, then confused when the vampire insists she’s something special. But she’s not. She’s just another boring human living in Distant Edge, where supernaturals roam free. Or is she? 

Synergist: The Vectum is book one in a five-part reverse harem serial. Each part is approximately 10,000 words and is meant to be read in order.


Charlotte, a.k.a. Ruby the town psychic, has a good thing going in Castle Cove. Her baby sister Paige is blossoming under their newfound stability. Charlotte is becoming a pillar in the quirky beachside community, thanks to her new friends and neighbors. And Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared has finally wedged himself into her life with a heart big enough to make them a real family.

But Charlotte should have known better than to let a con run too long.

Her parents have found them, and the inveterate con artists won’t let Paige out of their clutches unless Charlotte helps them rob the innocent people of Castle Cove blind—including Jared. As the clock ticks down to meet the parents’ demands, it gets harder and harder to prevent her exposure as the fraud she is. But Charlotte won’t stop until she finds a way to protect everyone. At any cost. Even if it means losing everything.


Her past. His secrets. They have more in common than she knows.

Maisy is happily content with the life she’s built for herself and her young son in small-town Prescott, Montana. Her child is thriving, her business is growing, and her family is as close as they’ve ever been. But when a handsome stranger walks into the lobby of her motel, her simple life is swept up in a wave of affection for his gentle heart. None of those feelings can be trusted, though. She made that mistake before with another man. The man she murdered.

Hunter was a different man when he first saw Maisy Holt from afar. He took one look at her and ran in the opposite direction. But years later, he’s back in Montana and unable to keep his distance. He shouldn’t have tried to find her but he never was good at rejecting temptation. The promise of the good she could bring into his life is too hard to resist. Maybe if he can disguise the lies and hide the deceit, he can keep her from learning the truth. Because his only chance at a future with her is by burying his past.


Last in the Enforcers and Coterie series, Poisoned Message delves deeper into a world where magic co-exists peacefully with the ordinary, for the most part…

After thousands of years under the thumb of the Overlord, Nicor is on the cusp of freeing his people. He should be focused on cementing his allies, building his army, and hiding the rebellion—not courting a mage who would sooner throw a fireball at his head than admit she has something so useless as feelings.

As an Elite Enforcer and a powerful mage from a tainted bloodline, Alina clings to the ruthless training that strips Enforcers of any emotion—making her a competent, lethal machine. But when her boss orders her to work with a treacherous demon, one who refuses to accept her cold exterior, it’ll take every ounce of her training to keep her distance.

Nicor and Alina have only a month left until the world is brought down by a virus engineered to kill preternaturals and make Earth vulnerable to attack. But as Nicor peels Alina’s emotional armor away, she’s left exposed to enemies closer than she knows. As armies collide and centuries of secrets come to light, Nicor and Alina must overcome their mutual suspicions—and their mounting attraction—to stop the Overlord before there’s no one left on Earth to save.


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