The SOOP Editing staff operates under a few simple principles:

  • Do no harm.

  • The editor is not the writer’s adversary; he or she is the writer’s ally and champion.

  • We will work with a mastery of the “rules” but also a sense of when those rules can and should be broken.

  • We will work patiently and transparently.

  • We will help protect and enhance the writer’s voice but will never detract from or dilute it.

  • Everything we do should ultimately serve the story (even in non-fiction) and the reader.

Our main goal is establishing a true partnership with the writer, in which we work together to give each book its greatest chance of success. While an initial draft may be terrific, even inspired, we will help to create a final draft which is the best version of itself: clean, clear, and ready for prime time. Along with that path, we offer all levels of service: from simple proofreading, to copy editing (light and heavy), to developmental editing and story consulting.

Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennet

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award-winning photographer and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year 2013 and has also won first places with National Geographic and The World Photography Organisation to name but a few. Eleanor’s photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and as the cover of books and magazines extensively throughout the world. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Los Angeles and Hong Kong amongst many other locations.

Email Address: [email protected]



Esther Doucet Edior

Esther Doucet

Ranked within the top 1% of professional freelancers on Elance.com, the world’s largest online service of its kind, Esther Doucet is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a colorful background of expertise. Fields she has excelled in include administration, marketing, journalism, and business communication, among others, resulting in a well-rounded knowledge and experience base. However, where her true passion lies is with the art of written communication, thus she has chosen to specialize in ghostwriting, manuscript editing and author coaching as a professional freelancer. Esther studied Business Communication and Creative Writing at the University of Alaska and holds her TEFL Master’s Diploma as well as certifications of expertise in Business Writing and Administrative Assistance.Esther’s editing services cover a range of needs from proofreading, basic copy editing, to in-depth developmental revisions. She is experienced working with both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, emails, blog articles, newsletters, legal documents, and much more. Beyond editing, Esther strives to work with authors to improve their writing and truly hone their craft. She offers substantial feedback and guidance on many areas of authoring including grammar and writing styles, story and character development, self-publishing versus traditional publishing and their pros and cons, contacting and working with agents, social media marketing, and book design and formatting. Her passion for developing meaningful and helpful connections with each of her clients is the core of all she does, and it shows. Contact her today to discuss your editing and writing needs and embark on the adventure of turning your dream into reality. Website link: http://www.estherdoucet.com/ Email address: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esther-Doucet-Editor-Literary-Consultant-Ghostwriter/836379153059223?ref=hl Twitter: @EstherJDoucet

Jennifer Felton

Jennifer Felton has been editing and proofreading for almost ten years now! She started out her editing career by working on academic papers for college students, and slowly moved to fiction.  Today, she has over twenty books under her belt that have gone on to become Amazon bestsellers! Now, she is an editor, proofreader, and book manager for Booktrope Publishing, as well as runs The Red Pen of Doom, a manuscript services company.  As a writer herself, she understands the importance of the written word, and making sure it is used properly.

Current services offered: Developmental editing Editing Proofreading Formatting Media kit prep

You can stalk her using the following links:

Email: [email protected] Website: www.theredpenofdoom.com Business Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/theredpenofdoom15 Author Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/jenniferfelton15 Twitter: @redpenofdoom15

Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes

efa_logoaces_logoI’m a freelance editor with a BA in English Literature and 30 years’ experience as an educator. I use my writing, editing, and teaching skills to guide writers through their manuscripts with a firm but friendly approach and a double dose of humor.  I’ve edited a variety of fiction and nonfiction works, including pre-submission op-ed pieces for publication in The Huffington Post and Fox News Latino, poetry, novels, short stories, and scripts for TV pilot proposals. I also provide contract editing work for the College and Career Readiness Department at Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Texas. Email: [email protected] My Independent Editor Facebook Twitter GooglePlus LinkedIn “Susan is a consummate professional, her work is always on time and she is a pleasure to work with. More importantly, her eye for editorial nuance to make a piece of writing pop with meaning is unmatched.” Charles, P. Garcia CEO ALPFA National “Susan takes good writers and makes them great writers.  Susan came to me highly recommended by a very particular writer. I can see why, from the start, her professionalism was fantastic. We started with one piece which she edited beautifully. The publication then requested that it be cut in half. I wouldn’t have know where to start and with a full day of work ahead of me, there was no way for me to meet the deadline. Susan turned around a beautiful edit in half an hour. My second piece was submitted for publication prior to editing, again, a tight deadline was at issue. It was not picked up. Susan edited it, I re-submitted and the piece was published that day.  Throughout the process, Susan anticipated my concerns, answering them with informative and thorough responses. Easy to work with? You bet! She’s also a media pro who helps to promote the published work. I look forward to a long and productive working relationship with Susan. “ Jill Carpenter Managing Director, Decision Calculus Associates “It gives me great pleasure to write this testimonial for Susan Hughes. I have always been a little skeptical of what an editor brings to the table, thinking that perhaps they were mere “blue penners” looking for the errant solecism. Boy did Susan prove me wrong! Of course she caught the grammatical and stylistic faux pas: the overused comma, the misplaced apostrophe, the stylistic redundancies, etc. But more than that, she helped with the logic, the pacing, and tone of my work, in the process improving the end product tremendously. For too long I have thought that writers must be islands unto themselves, that they, and they alone, were responsible for what made it onto the page.  In working with Susan I have come to realize that creating the works we can be proud of truly takes a “village.” Make sure that Susan is one of your close neighbors!” Mark Schroeder Co-Founder/Partner at FindMyAudience Award-winning author, lecturer, and software designer

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

You have something to say to world; Rebecca Miller wants to help you clean off your microphone and get your message out.As a lifelong wordsmith, playing with words is Rebecca’s favorite thing to do. During her young adult years, she wrote feature articles for local and national publications. She graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, IA with a degree in English and a focus on Creative Writing. She served as the managing editor of her college’s literary journal, The Muse. Following a seminary education, she spent three-and-a-half years as a parish pastor while keeping her communication skills sharp through weekly sermon writing, regular newsletter articles and newspaper columns, and lots of interaction with a broad variety of people. She moved to the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana in December of 2010 and began a new phase of life. She now works as a freelance writer, editor, and blogger.Rebecca can help with basic proofreading, fact-checking, or more comprehensive content editing. In content editing, she takes a step back and views projects with a wide lens, carefully identifying areas of strength and weakness, ensuring clear organization and a consistent message, and fortifying the power and impact of the writing. She is conscientious, committed to helping clients achieve their goals, and able to meet deadlines. Rebecca is looking forward to helping you meet your writing goals. Website link: http://flatheadmama.blogspot.com/p/wordsmith-for-hire.html

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler
Vice President of Publications

FEATUREDSOOPCHEFMichael Schindler is a writer, book editor, and filmmaker currently living between Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary.  After receiving his Creative Writing degree from the University of Kansas in 2003, he moved to L.A. to pursue a career in writing and filmmaking.  Since then, Michael has written a number of short stories and screenplays, and has developed and produced five films, including a $5 million feature. The common thread in all these endeavors also happens to be his passion: story, well told.  Michael’s natural ability to partner with other writers, his knack for getting to the heart of a story, and his devotion to detail have led him to a new focus in his career: story consulting and editing.  In editing several screenplays and book manuscripts, he has prided himself on clarifying and maximizing what’s on the page without ever losing the author’s voice.  He provides all levels of editing services, from proofreading to full developmental edits, with collegiality, care, and love of craft.

Valerie Simons

Valerie Simons
Blog Editor

FEATUREDSOOPCHEFValerie J. Simons is an active wordsmith who lives in “Napa North” – the beautiful Okanagan valley of British Columbia, Canada.  As a technical editor of many Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) and TechNet user articles, Valerie helped ensure that accurate information was presented in a way that facilitated comprehension and execution. (Sample KB article). She also helps the boss look good when outgoing business communications make sense and present the product or service in grammatically correct fashion. As one of eZine’s basic expert authors, her articles cover a range of topics and her expertise has grown in to several fields beyond software support. Currently building familiarity with relationship management software to the financial industry, Valerie knows that profitable messaging depends on using the right words in the right places. After all, your point deserves to be well said.


Alison Jack

I launched my freelance editing business in January 2014 since when I have worked extensively with independent authors and self-publishing service providers. I specialize in fiction aimed at an adult or teenage market, but I also have experience of editing business books and children’s stories. Having completed the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ Copy-editing 1 and 2 courses I am now qualified to upgrade my membership to intermediate and am now studying to become an SfEP mentor for new fiction editors. I am happy to offer a free no-obligation sample edit to authors in order for them to decide whether or not they’d like to work with me and to help me gauge the level of editing required.

Current services offered: 

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Ghost Writing
  • Blog Editing

You can stalk her using the following links:

Email: [email protected] 

Website: http://www.alisonjack-editor.co.uk/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonJackAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonEditor1

Other link: https://alisonjack-blog.com/


Ravikant Bharati

Being creative makes a whole lot of difference in the quality of work we do. I have been creating & editing content for the past 10 years now. I also paint, write, photograph, make music & poetry in my spare time. Give me a chance & please don’t judge me by my past; I don’t live there anymore. I keep flowing all the time.

Service Offered:

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Cover Design
  • Interior Book Design
  • Other Graphic Arts
  • Blog Editing
  • Book Reviews

Email Address: [email protected]

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravikant-svateerth-18a9341a?trk=hp-identity-name

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravikant.svateerth

Twitter: https://twitter.com/svatee

Other links: http://svateerth.blogspot.in/



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