Editing Services for Authors of Fiction

Welcome to West of Mars, LLC, an author services company.

What the heck does that mean? Well, it means we aim to provide the sort of support and services today’s authors need. From editing to brainstorming to helping format your book and choose a cover, we are here to be your one-stop support system.

Are you ready to produce the best book possible?

Contact Susan!


Let Susan (and, when necessary, her crew of carefully selected subcontractors) help you produce the best book possible. From deep content editing to a light proofread, West of Mars will take care of you.

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Susan's Writing

Although primarily an editor these days, Susan still puts her BA and MFA in Creative Writing to its original purpose. Come explore her fictional worlds and words.

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Author Promotions

Promote your book at West of Mars, with two fun features designed to be quick and easy. First-come, first served, so get yours in today!


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Susan Speaks: More Interviews!

The cover of Trevor’s Song, because that novel is as personal as this post. If you’ve read it, please leave a review! If you haven’t, grab a copy at your favorite retailer. I don’t usually get this personal when I… Read More »

#SaysTheEditor Yes, You Need Me

I got a call for guest bloggers last week. I’m not telling you directly about it because: 1: The call was for Pittsburgh-based folks, and most of you aren’t Pittsburgh-based and (here’s the key) 2: It was full of grammatical… Read More »

Clicky Clicky!

Yes, that’s an invitation. My new site design went live just now — well, last night most likely — and I’m showing it off. There are, of course and as always, some bugs to work out. I know some links… Read More »

#SaysTheEditor Series Book Two (or Three, or Four or…)

I did it. I really did. Over at GoodReads, I gave one star to a book I’d picked up without realizing it was the second in a series. The book had arrived here years ago, back during my crazy book… Read More »

Featured New Book Spotlight

Featured New Book Spotlight

Let’s welcome author Toi Thomas to West of Mars! Toi stopped in last week to see what song made her friend Alex think of his book and decided to hang around and step into the spotlight, herself. Brave woman! Let’s get right to it: Toi, what song makes you think of your book? When I wrote the story, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, that of a gray man and his search for a purpose and transformation; romance was the last thing on my mind. During the developmental stage, I realized that… Read More »

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