Master the romance of storycraft

Writing romance is a calling. But to make a living from it, you must stand out.

While every author's path is different, the one thing all successful career writers share is a hunger for more. I am a professional romance book editor, and it is my passion to help you explore your strengths, set your goals, challenge your mindset, and craft your storytelling voice into something memorable

romance book editor
romance book editor
author Sara Whitney

An empowering, upbeat, step-by-step approach

When Sue says she’s focused on empowering romance authors, she’s not exaggerating. The Three Fixable Reasons guide is straightforward and actionable. Sue's 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.

Sara Whitney  //  2019 RWA© Golden Heart© award finalist

Rosalie Redd, Award-winning paranormal romance author

An absolute must-have for any author looking to hone their craft!

The Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook gives concrete examples and step-by-step instructions on how to dive into your writing style. Absolutely worth the price tag! The examples and instructions were key in helping me identify ways to take my writing to the next level. It can help you, too! Great guide!

Award-winning paranormal romance author  //  Rosalie Redd

Author Stacy Finz

My expectations were high. I was not disappointed.

Three Fixable Reasons confirmed for me that focusing on advertising and promotion, which I hate, and following trends aren't necessarily the answers.

Stacy Finz  //  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance

Author C.P. Rider

I had an AHA! moment in the story I'm working on.

I wish I'd read Three Fixable Reasons when I first started writing. Having said that, I can definitely see the benefit it would have for a writer at any stage in their career.

Urban fantasy romance author of The Sundance Series  //  C.P. Rider

What I specialize in

(besides editing kissing stories)

Not sure I'm the right fit for your writing and learning style? Trust, a comfortable rapport, and a sense of connection are essential for a healthy editor/writer relationship. I offer self-service options and also work one-on-one with writers as a romance book developmental editor. Take a peek at the spirit of what I do below. 


Never. Stop. Learning. That's my philosophy in life, and I carry it over into my business. Teaching authors how to harness your creative energy in a way that works for you is my goal. Together, we'll build rock-solid foundations in storytelling elements like characterization, story structure, and healthy prose.


To write stories that resonate and earn you life-time one-click readers, you must grow beyond the storytelling basics. This is when mastering the nuances of your voice becomes essential, when your books become journeys for your readers, not just stories about characters. Enriching your storytelling means understanding how and when to dig deep.


Your words have weight. They have power. They mean something to someone out there. Believing in yourself and finding reasons to be proud and celebrate even your smallest wins can fuel you through the tough times. I strive to help authors recognize and embrace the strengths and uniqueness within themselves in everything I do.

About Sue

I'm a seasoned, comprehensive romance book editor.

I do it all, from story to copy, but I am most on fire about educating and empowering authors who write romantic fiction.

When it comes to sharpening your skills as a writer, there will never be a better time than nowEvery time you invest in yourself and in doing what you love, your joy finds its way into the world. Whether you're a published author or just starting out, tapping into the heart of your work will benefit not just yourself, but all the friends, family, and communities of readers who need your unique voiceNow is your time.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it count.

What authors are saying about my work as a romance book editor

Author Evie Drae
Evie Drae

2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist

I’ve never worked with a more tuned-in, savvy, or humbling creative. Sue can see through to the very heart of a story, then weaves pure magic to draw the very best from your words.

Author Asa Maria Bradley
Asa Maria Bradley

2016 RWA® RITA® Finalist

Can’t say enough good things about editor @davincikittie! Kickass insight & suggestions. #HireHer #EditingSkillz

Gail Carriger

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. [...] She’s extremely helpful.

Ready to start mastering your craft?

Click below for find out more about working with me. Whether you're a brand new author confused about getting started in the romance genre or a seasoned professional who wants specific feedbacks, tweaks, and avenues for personal growth, I have a service for you. Let's stay in touch!