Developmental Editor Helps Author To Successful Publication In Romantic Suspense Genre

DALLAS, TX: Professional editor Susan Mary Malone ( recently saw the publication of another novel where she assisted in the book editing process. The author, Rory Church, wrote the novel, “Home by Christmas,” in the Romantic Suspense genre. Susan Mary Malone assisted the author in the capacity of developmental editor in the process of preparing the manuscript. The book was published to traditional book markets as well as made available to the online market this November.

The story centers on Special Forces agent Morgan Raush and her Russian counterpart, who are forced to work together to survive the harsh winter and enemy fire in the rugged mountains of Uzbekistan. The book enjoyed positive reception upon opening. The book can be found on Amazon here:

The author, Rory Church, states the following on working with Susan Mary Malone: “I was able to take my writing to a higher level with the valuable help of Susan Malone. As I am a Romantic Suspense writer, Susan had to perform double duty – editing as well as advising from the female perspective. Certainly I owe a lot to my wife in that regard but I have to admit, once my wife reads Susan’s review and says, ‘See… I told you so.’ Well, that pretty much seals the deal. My first book “Home by Christmas,” a holiday novella, was released by Black Lyon Publishing in early November. The advice I received from Susan regarding dialogue and pacing in the midst of conflict along with her hammering on active tense made for a much improved story. I have received great reviews and hope to collaborate with Susan again in the near future.”

Susan Mary Malone stated: “It was a pleasure to work with Rory as the developmental editor on the book. The book is a thrilling and entertaining one, an excellent work of fiction. It’s always so exciting to see an author make it on the first one, officially entering the ranks of published authors! I know we can expect more great things to follow from this one!”

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