Every compelling story is about transformation. Especially yours.

Sue Brown-Moore, Story Consultant for Romantic Fiction

Sue Brown-Moore

Story Consultant & Educator

My name is Sue, and I empower women to dig deeper, reach higher, and write their own Happily Ever Afters. Through the stories they craft and the challenges they embrace.

I work with romance writers one on one and through my self-study programs. My techniques teach authors how to spot the emotional gaps in a story and focus on bringing characters to vibrant life, flaws and all.

Sue Brown-Moore

Story Consultant & Educator

Author Evie Drae

Romance writer, 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist

Sue has an effortless control over the art of storytelling that allows her to mold plot structure, character motivation, and story arcs into things of utter beauty.

Sue Brown-Moore

Story Consultant & Educator

Author Evie Drae

Romance writer, 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist

Sue has an effortless control over the art of storytelling that allows her to mold plot structure, character motivation, and story arcs into things of utter beauty.

Author Evie Drae

Romance writer, 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist

Sue has an effortless control over the art of storytelling that allows her to mold plot structure, character motivation, and story arcs into things of utter beauty.

What I do for authors

The heart of my work is rooted in developmental editing. When most people think of editing, they go straight to grammar and spelling and punctuation. But those aren't what make or break a story. 

Think about the last time you read a book or watched a movie that made you feel something. The main character probably went through some sort of positive personal transformation. Crafting stories that resonate is a complex, multi-layered process that writers can spend their entire lives learning to master. 

You may be a published author looking for targeted help with a specific problem. Or maybe you're an aspiring writer, full of energy and passion but not sure where to start. Whatever your personal challenges, I can help you bridge the gap between the"This book was just okay"  and "OMG you need this book right now!" reader experiences.  

My mission is to empower you to become the happiest, most successful writer that you want to become. And we'll take that journey together on your time. 

author Sara Whitney

Romance writer, 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Award Finalist

When Sue says she’s focused on empowering romance authors, she’s not exaggerating. Her Define Your Storytelling Style workbook will help you discover insights you didn't know you had. I could feel her rooting for me to make a breakthrough in every line.

How I work with authors

Like the characters we pen, each writer is unique in how they learn, what they need to thrive, and what kinds of stories they want to create. A one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn't work.  

Just like I'll push you to dig deep and find the humanity—flaws and all—in your characters, I'll do the same for you as an artist. You are creating stories that move people, and you deserve to feel that same empowerment as you tackle your own challenges and conflicts.

But don't get too comfortable. When we work together, you'll set high standards and push hard toward your goals. My services are not for writers who are lazy or settle for "good enough". 

My teaching techniques are based in the study of human emotion. Love, loss, need, desire, anger, frustration, and acceptance are all important pieces of a character's—and an author's—growth journey. But so are hope and positivity, and I weave encouragement into every element of my work. 

I champion bold, progressive stances and dare my writers to embrace transformative themes that will inspire readers to reach today for the life they want to live tomorrow.

Author C.P. Rider

Award-winning urban fantasy writer

Sue has a way of making me feel like she loves my story even as she rips it apart. It’s a gift. 

Ready to work? 

Here's how I can empower you.

Self-Paced Education

I offer targeted workbooks, workshops, and in-depth courses for people who write character-driven fiction (especially in the romance genre). Here's what's currently open. Join my mailing list to find out what I'm teaching next.

Free Guide: Build Your Editing Dream Team

Free Guide: Become a Better Romance Writer in 3 Essential Steps

Story Consultation

In your one-hour Story Consultation, we'll talk about your (and your story's) needs. I'll tailor the experience to your unique situation. You can ask me anything storycraft-related, whether it's about your publishing career or what technique might suit you. Or we can talk through specific problems with your work in progress.

Speaking & Workshops

I also teach storycrafting theory to small groups and at conferences. If you're interested in hiring me as a presenter, panelist, moderator, or motivational speaker, send me an email (click below) and we'll chat about all the details. 

Kat Ryan, author of small-town romance

Author of small-town romance

My Story Consult hour with Sue was literally the best way I could have spent my money. I'm so grateful I met with Sue.

Some examples of how I teach

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Who I am

Sue Brown-Moore, professional romance book editor

Sue Brown-Moore

Story Consultant & Educator

I edit romance books

I'm a seasoned, comprehensive editor—I have done it all, from acquisition to story to line and copy—but I am most on fire about educating and empowering romance writers.

In my freelance work as a developmental editor, I've partnered with some truly standout and award-winning romantic fiction voices, including authors Gail Carriger, CP Rider, Asa Maria Bradley, Sara Whitney, and Lea Kirk. Romantic fiction was my first love, and it's my professional specialty. I have always been drawn to positive, hopeful, character-driven stories, so those are my favorite techniques to teach.

As the Acquisitions Editor for the Dreamspun category romance lines, I edited and collaborated with some incredibly talented authors in the LGBTQ romance space, including Amy Lane, EJ Russell, Bru Baker, and Evie Drae.

These days, I chase my own dreams, and I couldn't be more excited to make learning the craft of writing romance more accessible to women who want to build a career doing what they love. 

I edit romance books

I'm a seasoned, comprehensive editor—I have done it all, from acquisition to story to line and copy—but I am most on fire about educating and empowering romance writers.

In my freelance work as a developmental editor, I've partnered with some truly standout and award-winning romantic fiction voices, including authors Gail Carriger, CP Rider, Asa Maria Bradley, Sara Whitney, and Lea Kirk. Romantic fiction was my first love, and it's my professional specialty. I have always been drawn to positive, hopeful, character-driven stories, so those are my favorite techniques to teach.

As the Acquisitions Editor for the Dreamspun category romance lines, I edited and collaborated with some incredibly talented authors in the LGBTQ romance space, including Amy Lane, EJ Russell, Bru Baker, and Evie Drae.

These days, I chase my own dreams, and I couldn't be more excited to make learning the craft of writing romance more accessible to women who want to build a career doing what they love. 

Author Sebastian Black
Sebastian Black

Author of gay paranormal romance

Sue Brown-Moore [is a] ridiculously creative and eagle-eyed editor who has a passion for nurturing new writers. Without her tireless help, I wouldn't have gotten far. Thank you for believing in me before I believed it could really happen.

But I started out as a Blogger and Podcaster

You know those people who just can't sit still and seem to be doing a million things all the time? Well, that's me! Before I started editing romance books, I was a voracious consumer of them. I have no idea how many kissing books I've read in my 40+ years, but I'll bet it's over 1,000. I'm a feminist who believes romance should be as inclusive as possible, that every body deserves a happy ending, so I loved blogging and podcasting about all things romance. And I know this publishing genre inside out.

My blogging and podcasting now completely focus on my mission of empowering women to write their own HEAs, both figuratively and literally.

If you're new to my brand and want to experience how I empower writers, sign up for my 3-Day Belief Mindset email series here.

Where my story really started

It's easy to look at someone successful and think they're just naturally confident or that they've probably always had their shit together. But let me tell you, I was not a confident kid.

And I've struggled with self-belief for most of my adult life. My motto in my 30s was "fake it til I make it", and that kinda worked. But as a child, I wasn't even phoning it in.

I cheated myself of opportunities.

Remember in Phys Ed class when the teacher would force you to play team sports? Well imagine yourself as a shy, introverted bookworm with low self-esteem being told you have to play kickball—or worse, tetherball or dodgeball—with ham-fisted dudes twice your size. It was terrifying. You might even know exactly how I felt.

A lead weight in my tummy, my feet literally dragging, I dreaded P.E. on sports days. I was so afraid of that ball hitting me in the face that I pretty much resorted to cheating. I'd putz around at the back of the line and let other people go in front of me for a while. Then, when I'd get to the middle of the line, I'd slink my way back to the end again when the teacher wasn't looking.

Because I let fear control me.

I was so afraid of being embarrassed, mocked, and judged that I refused to try rather than try and fail. And the teachers let me do it. What I really needed was a mentor, a cheerleader, someone who recognized my strengths and encouraged me to lean into them.

For most of my life, I approached my personal growth in the same timid way, choosing to be willfully ignorant of my flaws, my needs, and sometimes even my desires. Repressing our needs reinforces our own self-loathing and chains us to the basement of our potential. 

So I became the mentor I wished I'd had.

We need to empower one another, celebrate each others' strengths, and gently strategize about our weaknesses.

On so many levels, romantic fiction has always been a bastion of hope for me. The more I studied the human elements of these stories, the more I realized that we are all just characters in our own never-ending growth journeys.

By helping writers strengthen their storytelling skills, I'm empowering them to reach for their dreams. And, hopefully, transform into their truest, most powerful selves along the way. 

Sue Brown-Moore and Shannon Gallagher at the 2019 RWA Golden Heart Finalist reception

Sue with author Shannon Gallagher at the 2019 RWA Golden Heart Finalists reception. Photo credit: Amanda Bellamy (@amandabellamyphoto)

But some journeys take time

If I went back and told my 15-year-old self that one day I'd become a successful, respected romance book editor, I'd have said, "Girl, get real!" I didn't even know what being an editor meant. I had no idea just how many different types of editors there are or how perfect a fit this profession could be for me.

What we do is not who we are.

But the thing about "professions" is that we start to see ourselves as what we do and ignore who we are. When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, you get some traditional answers—firefighter, CEO, doctor—but sometimes they surprise you with something completely unconventional and (you might think) unrealistic.

Those ambitious aspirations come from kids who haven't yet bought into society's limiting beliefs. They haven't yet learned to feel unworthy. 

And our opportunities are turning points.

There are two turning points in my life that I remember with absolute clarity. And both pushed me to be a better human and to strive for more in my career.

My first turning point happened on an airplane. I was sitting next to a woman who ran her own events coordination business. Just hearing her talk about her job felt freeing. I had a million questions. How did she get started? Where did she find her first opportunity? How did she get experience as a newbie? What made her even consider something so non-traditional?

It was the first time someone had opened my mind to possibility. It was the first time I realized that jobs don't have to be J-O-Bs (Journeys Of the Broke). That what I wanted might actually matter.

But I found most of her answers frustrating. She'd just fallen into the role. She'd just worked her way up, etc. And I pledged right then that I would never give such boring, vague advice to a woman who might ask me the same thing one day. I'd give her details. I'd give her direction. I'd help her find a starting point.

Because there's nothing more frustrating to a badass, go-getter woman than being shown possibility, then having it shrouded in mystery and hopelessness. And although I was still fumbling my way through the post-college world and holding on to a lot of my childhood limiting beliefs, at least my eyes were finally open. I had hope, even if my "Aha! Moment" wouldn't come for another decade.

But sometimes our turning points are hidden by our limiting beliefs.

The second pivotal moment that shaped my career happened in my late thirties. I've been a romance book addict—ahem, enthusiast—since I can remember reading books. I probably read my first romance book somewhere around age 10. I have read hundreds and hundreds of romance stories throughout my life, so I'm definitely a connoisseur of the genre.

I intuitively understand nuances in romantic fiction like a painter knows their brush strokes and color theory. But I didn't even know that the job of Developmental Editor existed until an author told me I'd be good at it. I'd been beta reading for a writer whose work I really liked, and I just gave her the kind of feedback that came naturally. 

I left notes in the margins of the manuscript. I summarized possibilities and opinions and suggestions and delivered multi-page essays with my thoughts. I wasn't getting paid for it—beta readers rarely do—and I didn't realize that I could do something like that for pay. Until she said, "Hey, you should charge for this. What you're doing for me is actually Content Editing, and you're really good at it."

Mind. Freaking. Blown.

So turn your doubts into possibilities.

There's a lot more to my story, but what I really want you to take away here is that turning points—personal and professional—can be multi-pronged. And self-worth can be our biggest enemy.

I needed my mind opened to the possibility of possibility before I could see where the path to my HEA might begin. 

I had to try a lot of random things and wade through some unhappy situations to understand what I truly needed—and wanted—from a career.

Knowing you can and believing you can are two completely different stages. And we need to experience both before we can set our sights on the stars.

Can you see how seamlessly your strength of self-belief can carry over into crafting your story and character arcs?

Our stories are worth telling. We just have believe.

Sue Brown-Moore with angel wings at Coastal Magic 2020

Sue at Coastal Magic Convention 2020. 

Why authors work with me

Author Donya Lynne

Author of paranormal romance

Sue is naturally gifted to spot plot holes and developmental problems in a story. She is a true collaborator who aims to help an author build the best story he or she can write. Her feedback and input are invaluable.

Author Narcisse Navarre
Narcisse Navarre

Fantasy author

I went from wanting to burn the manuscript in a fire back to loving it.

NYT bestselling author

Sue is my developmental editor. DE is basically the same kind of editor as my acquiring editor at a traditional publishing house. I chose Sue because her specialty is romance and my novellas tend to lean that direction. I wanted someone who would have that focus. 

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

Never settle for "good enough".

If you're passionate about writing character-driven stories...

If you're ready to work hard and push your limits as a creator...

If you're willing to open your mind to new possibilities and ways of doing things...

You and I may be a Happily Ever After match. 


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