Developmental Editor Susan Mary Malone Counsels Writers On Completing Manuscripts

DALLAS, TX: Developmental Editor Susan Mary Malone, (, a book editor of over 40 client books published to traditional publishers, recently offered some rather unusual advice to book authors who have just recently completed a manuscript. Ms Malone has over 20 years experience in book writing, and so has written many articles addressed to those new to the literary field.

Ms Malone stated: ?…once you?ve finally finished that novel or book-length non-fiction, and hopefully have sent it off to that developmental editor, taking a break from writing follows next. Working with a true editor takes time. And the very best thing you can do at this point is to forget entirely about that work, and inhale long and deep. And not a drive-around-the-lake kinda breath, or a quick trip to Starbucks. Nope, now?s the time for an extended one; a place for your mind to cool a bit from the frenzy and let the chaotic miasma unravel and come back to rest.?

She amplified the above with further data on the editing process that follows a completed manuscript. The full text of the article can be seen on her blog:

Ms Malone also stated: ?Many of my authors have made this mistake, that?s why I wrote this article. It can be hard to let go and take the time needed to breathe! If you?re working with a fully professional editor, it will all come out all right in the end.?

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, the East Texas Writer?s Guild,and the upcoming Lexicon Writer?s Conference. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at

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