Developmental Editor Susan Mary Malone Pleased with Award for Former Author Client

DALLAS, TX: Susan Mary Malone, (, developmental editor of over 40 books published to traditional publishing houses, recently received notification of one of her author clients receipt of the honorable mention at the Press 53 2013 Open Awards, in the novella category–Negotiating The Narrows, written by Michael Tuohy and Susan Zimmerman. Press 53 is a renowned publishing house dedicated to finding and publishing the best of the fields of short story fiction, novellas and poetry.

The Press 53 Open Awards are a platform wherein the publishing house seeks to find the very best of the literary field of short fiction, novellas and poetry. “Negotiating The Narrows” was one among many submissions, but achieved distinction as one of the top 3 of all entries. The authors, Michael Tuohy and Susan Zimmerman, will be among those invited to Winston-Salem, NC, for the 2013 Press 53 Open Awards presentation ceremony to officially receive their awards.

Susan Mary Malone said of the event: “The moments when book editing is really rewarding are ones like these, where you can step back and see a fully professional author who you helped get to where he is today. I’ll be looking forward to what’s coming next for Michael in the literary world.”

Susan Mary Malone has worked as a freelance book editor since 1993, with a BS in Political Science and minors in English and Journalism. Her client list includes NY Times Bestsellers, Essence Bestsellers and books featured in Publishers Weekly. She is also an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction herself. She participates as a speaker in literary conferences such as the Harriett Austin Writer’s Conference (at the University of Georgia), the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, the SouthWest Writer’s Conference, the East Texas Writer’s Guild, and the Lexicon Writers Conference, among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at