In addition to being an author, I’m a professional editor and book coach. Currently, I serve as a lead fiction editor with Indigo Editing & Publications in Portland, Oregon, and a book coach with Author Accelerator.

My areas of expertise include plot, structure, and characterization, with an emphasis on effective strategies for revision. I believe that the role of an independent editor is not simply to improve the manuscript, thereby improving its chances in the marketplace, but to help the author achieve his or her unique vision for it.

Genres: Literary, speculative, historical, mystery/thriller, YA.

“If you are in need of an independent developmental editor, I highly recommend Susan DeFreitas. I recently hired her to do a last read on my new novel and she slayed. Brilliant insight, and not afraid to point out areas that need work.”
–Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

“A genius editor.”
–Cathrine A. Hamilton, author of Nine Days

“Susan saved my second book (and maybe my whole series)! She was able to take my first draft, sort through the mess, and find the story I really wanted to tell.”
–Brian Tashima, author of the Joel Suzuki series

“My experience with Susan DeFreitas: months later I’m still dumbfounded by how deep she sees into your story, then takes you up to a high place so you can look down and have a clear vision of what she’s unearthed.”
–Steve Arndt, client

“Thank you for all the time, effort, and attention you’ve brought to my piece. You do great work, and, as always, I’m grateful for your input. :)”

–Maddie DeLange, author of Grayland

For rates and scheduling, drop a line to susan (at) susandefreitas (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you.