Award-winning Editor And Author Susan Mary Malone Gives Advice On Novel Revision

DALLAS, TX: Developmental Editor Susan Mary Malone ( recently issued a public statement for writers to seek professional editorial assistance in undertaking multiple revisions of a book. The publication was addressed to up and coming writers and professional authors alike, the focus being on what to do when a story’s first or second draft is complete but the manuscript lacks refinement. The full text of the statement can be seen on her blog:

Susan Mary Malone has been an editor for nearly 20 years, and in that time she has helped over 50 of her writer clients to get published with traditional publishers.

Ms. Malone stated: “One of the most important aspects of working with a great book developmental editor is an intangible one. Writing is such a solitary endeavor. We strive, sweating blood and tears and losing pounds of proverbial flesh in the process, wondering whether the work is good or awful, great or terrible; should we chunk the whole thing and start over. And while authors need outside eyes regarding the nuts and bolts, the elements of plot and characterization and style, these simply provide the framework for the editing and revision. Great insight comes from seeing not only what works, but also what doesn’t, and quite importantly, why on both. Most vital here is guidance on how to fix the problems…Few things are more gratifying than to hear that excitement in the voice, that quickening of the pulse, and to know—because it always happens—that a new and better writer has been born. And with that, the beginnings of a great book as well.”

Susan Mary Malone has worked as a freelance 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, and the East Texas Writer’s Guild, among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at