Razor Sharp Editing

I Cut Because I Care

Freelance editing for genre fiction with a romantic plot or subplot

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

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.


Ruthless, devious, and ambitious, Lucius Mercio has elevated the Serengeti Group to the third wealthiest cartel in the Twelve Systems, cementing his place among the twelve most powerful members of the ruling warrior class. With Lucius’ rise, his enemies increase in both number and subtlety. Few will dare to attack Lucius directly. Instead, they will move in secret, targeting the most vulnerable aspects of his empire, including his disgraced and reviled apprentice, Lilian. 

As Lilian begins the third and final year of her Trial by Ordeal, she is more determined than ever to survive and repay Lucius’ protection and trust with loyalty and diligence. Expecting only the meager assignments reserved for apprentices, Lilian was stunned to receive the conservatorship of a valuable Vistrite Crevasse—an honor reserved for proven and trusted warriors. When a lethal disaster strikes Desperation Mine and Refinery and imperils Lilian’s conservatorship, hidden adversaries seize the opportunity to plot the downfall of Serengeti.


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.


COMING SOON

Love is bullshit.

My name is Cupid. Yes, that Cupid. Only forget the wings and the cute naked baby. I am not the god of love, I’m the god of desire. But when you’ve seen as much amorous stupidity as I have, well, you’d hang up your bow and call it quits too.

I ran away from Olympus and my messed-up family centuries ago. These days, Sin City is my home, far from the sins of my youth. But when I walk into a bar called Pandora’s Box on Valentine’s Day, that past is about to catch up with me in the form of a cute bartender with freckles on her nose.

Katie isn't interested in anything but a good time. She’s sexy, bold, and best of all? She doesn't believe in love any more than I do. The perfect woman for a night of fun. 


PRODIGY. DESERTER. COMMANDER.

At twenty-two, Commander Ellen Ryu is a little young to be "retired." Yet she’s planned—and bled in—more battles than veterans twice her age. And, well, she didn’t exactly retire so much as desert. Betrayed by her superiors, turned into a science experiment, and nearly driven insane, Ellen seized the chance for freedom when a shadowy organization offered her a ship of her own and an elite, all-female crew. She's got a new mission now: get revenge on the scientist who almost destroyed her. Nobody is going to get in her way this time. Especially not the merc who's just shown up at her cargo hatch, looking to hitch a ride.

MERCENARY. CONVICT. RENEGADE.

In the middle of an op gone wrong, cyborg mercenary Kael Sidassian gets stuck with a mission he can't refuse: carry a capsule to safety, the contents of which would bring the galaxy down on his head if anyone knew what was inside. But he’s also got damaged hardware inside his head and a plan to escape from the merc company that forcibly conscripted him over ten years ago. So when a humanitarian ship grants him passage, he thanks his lucky stars for a job that'll solve all his problems at once. That is, if the attachment he’s forming to the ship’s commander—one that goes way beyond duty and loyalty—doesn’t get in the way.

As a new threat rises, the prodigy and the screw-up discover far more in common than they ever thought possible. Now both their missions will have to wait, because if they aren't audacious enough to work together, they'll never survive what's coming for them. For lovers of romantic space opera, Lois McMaster Bujold, and David Weber, THE EMPRESS CAPSULE is the first volume in the Audacity series.


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