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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Says the Editor: Respect The Reader

I had picked up a book while it was on sale. No big deal; I do it all the time when the book sounds good. As a single parent who runs a microbusiness and has a mortgage and one college… Read More »

Gotten Your Rights Back? Here’s a Deal

The King Trevor cover because Lex did the ShapeShifter logo for my many years ago. Have you gotten your rights back to a book that was previously published? I’ve got a deal for you. My friend Lex Valentine is offering… Read More »

Says the Editor: The Hard Work

Been doing a ton of samples lately. Prospective clients. Summer approaches. Noticed a trend. Big one. Sending a lot of samples back with message: “I can work on this now, but I think your money’s more wisely spent if you… Read More »

Susan’s Decoder Ring: Execution

As an editor, I work with words — duh, right? Except part of “work with words” means I need to know how to bury something, how to pump it up, how a word’s placement in a sentence affects the reader…. Read More »

Featured New Book Spotlight

Well, this is a LONG time coming for this post, and let’s start off with a HUGE apology to Lynn. First her mail to me wound up in my spam folder. Then it got buried in an avalanche I had at the start of the month. And then it took four tries to dig it out of that mess. But we’re here, and Lynn’s here, and it’s all good, right? Let’s talk about her new book, Animals, Acrobatics, Attitude, and Amore. Lynn! Yay! We’ve connected! Tell us what song makes… Read More »

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