About the Editor

profile photoElliott Bay Editing is operated by me, Leslie Karen Lutz. I have an MA in English from Southern Methodist University and earned my Certificate in Editing from the University of Washington in 2013. I am the founder of the North Texas Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the secretary of the DFW Writers’ Workshop, and a published poet.

Below you will find a list of my editing projects published in 2017 or forthcoming in 2018. The services for all but one of those recent projects included a developmental editing pass. Below that list you can browse all my projects, separated by genre.

For developmental editing, I specialize in following genres: mystery/thriller, young adult speculative, horror, fantasy (high and low), soft sci-fi, and romance. Although I enjoy reading contemporary young adult and hard sci-fi, I don’t perform developmental editing on them (I am not familiar enough with those markets to give you the best big-picture advice). However, I am happy to perform a line edit or copyedit on any fiction genre. I no longer offer nonfiction services.

–Recent Projects–

Secrets of Moldara by Brianne Earhart (Myth Machine, forthcoming in 2018)

Excise by Danielle Girard (Thomas and Mercer, November 2017)

Skin Trade by Scott Lyerly (forthcoming in 2018)

The Burial Place by Larry Enmon (Crooked Lane Books, April 2018; UK rights to Bloodhound Books, titled Wormwood, November 2017)

Kidnap.org by Peg Herring (self-published, 2017)

Genocide by Pat Krapf (self-published, 2017)

The Christmas Star by Robert Tate Miller (Waterfall Press, October 2017)

Imminence by Kat Stiles (self-published, 2017)

The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudececk (TCU Press, 2017)

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter by Shilpa Anthony Raj (September 2017, featured in the Netflix film, Daughters of Destiny)

Broken People by Glenn Fain (self-published, forthcoming in 2017)

Slithers by W.W. Mortensen (self-published, 2017)

The Heart of an Agent by Tracey J. Lyons (Waterfall Press, November 2017)

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese (Waterfall Press, September 2017)

 

–Complete List of Projects Separated by Genre–

 

Mystery/Crime/Thrillers

Excise by Danielle Girard (Thomas and Mercer, November 2017)

Skin Trade by Scott Lyerly (forthcoming in 2018)

The Burial Place by Larry Enmon (Crooked Lane Books, April 2018; UK rights to Bloodhound Books, titled Wormwood, November 2017)

Kidnap.org by Peg Herring (self-published, 2017)

Genocide by Pat Krapf (self-published, 2017)

Dead for the Show by Peg Herring (LL-Publications, 2014)

Kill the Crazy by Lucy Carol (self-published, 2014)

Killing Despair by Peg Herring (LL-Publications, 2014)

Killing Memories by Peg Herring (LL-Publications, May 2013)

And I Love Her by Brett Wallach (Wild Child Publishing, 2013)

Dead for the Money by Peg Herring (LL-Publications, April 2012)

The Dead Detective Agency by Peg Herring (LL-Publications, Winner of the EPIC eBook Award for Best Mystery 2012)

Ultimate Justice by Ryder Islington (LL-Publications, 2011)

Young Adult Speculative and Fantasy

Secrets of Moldara by Brianne Earhart (Myth Machine, 2018)

Imminence by Kat Stiles (self-published, 2017)

A Calling of Quarrels by Shannon Wendtland (self-published, 2016)

A Quarrel Called by Shannon Wendtland (self-published, 2016)

Connected by Kat Stiles (Wild Child Publishing, June 2015)

Horror

Slithers by W.W. Mortensen (self-published, 2017)

Omnipotent Blood: Sisters in Blood, Book 2, by C.M. Michaels (Freya’s Bower, October 2015)

Tease by Glenn Fain (self-published, 2014)

Dangerous Waters: Sisters in Blood, Book 1, by C.M. Michaels (Freya’s Bower, 2013)

Pillar’s Fall by Ben Larken (LL-Publications, Winner of the EPIC eBook Award for Best Horror 2012)

Fantasy and Paranormal

The Wolf Lords: The Fylking, Book 2 by F.T. McKinstry (self-published 2017)

Outpost: The Fylking, Book One by F.T. McKinstry (self-published, 2015)

The Woman of My Dreams by Glenn Fain (self-published, December 2016)

Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O. Howard (Wild Child Publishing, 2016)

The Angel Experiment by Glenn Fain (self-published, 2016)

Water Dark by F.T. McKinstry (Wild Child Publishing, 2014)

Destined: The Arcanus Series, Book 1, by Catriana Sommers

Arcanum Academia by Christopher C. Newman (Silver Publishing, 2011)

Romance (sweet = sw/ spicy = sp)

The Heart of an Agent by Tracey J. Lyons, sw (Waterfall Press, November 2017)

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, sw (Waterfall Press, September 2017)

Operation Home by ML Rosado, sp (Hartwood Publishing, February 2017)

Operation Italy by ML Rosado, sp (Freya’s Bower, August 2015)

Operation Interrupted by ML Rosado, sp (Freya’s Bower, 2015)

Love and Lattes by Heather Thurmeier, sp (Silver Publishing, 2011)

Mr. Popsalos by Lisa Worrall, sp (Silver Publishing, 2011)

The Nobleman and the Knave by Pelaam, sp (Silver Publishing, 2011)

Caleb by Rie McGaha, sp (Silver Publishing, 2011)

A Nanny for Nate by Lisa Worrall, sp (Silver Publishing, 2011)

Memoir

The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudececk (TCU Press, 2017)

Misdirection by Maritess Zurbano (forthcoming)

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter by Shilpa Anthony Raj (September 2017)

Climbing Mountains by Sarabjit Parmar (Wild Child Publishing, 2014)

Baby Daddy by David Serchuk

Literary Fiction

Broken People by Glenn Fain (forthcoming in 2017)

Refrain by Karen Lyn Christopher

Christian Inspirational

The Christmas Star by Robert Tate Miller (Waterfall Press, October 2017)

Note: A New Shade of Summer and The Heart of an Agent are also Christian.

Testimonials:

“Leslie is beyond thorough, and an indispensable tool for a writer who wants his or her work to shine. Questions she presented about my story and specific chapters not only helped clarify fuzzy writing, but sparked some creative bursts that made my novel so much better than it was before. She has a great feel for what makes intriguing storytelling, and I can’t wait to send her my next one.”

Ben Larken, author of Pillar’s Fall, two-time winner of the EPIC eBook award for horror fiction

“I actually look forward to Leslie’s edits of my work. She approaches each manuscript with a sharp eye, clarifying what I’ve written and making it more engaging. I write two very different series, but she slides into the essence of each piece, sensing how the storytelling should go. Leslie never changes my style; she simply polishes the rough edges so my work appears before the world as shiny and focused as it can possibly be.”

–Peg Herring, author of The Dead Detective Mysteries and the Loser Series, winner of the EPIC eBook award for mystery fiction.

“Leslie’s constructive comments undoubtedly improved my book. She suggested ways to strengthen the voice of the main character, clarify the motivations of characters, and streamline scenes. Her advice on writing strong introductory chapters was particularly helpful to me. I highly recommended her and will ask her to edit future manuscripts.”

Karen Lyn Christopher, author of Refrain.

 

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One thought on “About the Editor

  1. Peg Herring says:

    Leslie,
    I hope things are going well for you.
    Since we worked together before, I thought I’d ask you before I go looking for a new editor as an independent author. You know what I write and how much revision it requires, and I liked you how worked with me to make the Dead Detective and Loser series better.
    I wonder if you’d consider taking on my newest story, which runs about 100,000 words.

    Peg Herring

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