“I think with these changes the manuscript is incredibly improved.  I am most grateful for your careful reading and your detailed suggestions for improvement along with the suggestions of the [peer] reviewers…Thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of this book.  It is clearly a far better product due to your efforts.”

~Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and author of When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings


Susan’s particular strength as an editor was that she had the interest and intelligence to understand our topic. Because of that understanding, her re-organization of the manuscript enhanced the presentation of our ideas. Further, we could trust that any passage she found obscure really did need clarifying, and any items she found redundant really did need eliminating. Finally, her line edits never accidentally changed the point being made, because she understood what the point was.

~Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., A.B.P.P. (Clinical), referring to his experience developing Principles of Forensic Report Writing. Karson is a Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver


It’s amazing how far [my book] has come since you first worked on it! Your editing gifts enhanced the end results significantly. Thank you Susan!

~Sarah Griffith Lund, author of Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and the Church (Chalice Press, 2014)

Sarah blogs for HuffPo. For her writing and speaking on mental health she was awarded the Dell Award for Mental Health Education at the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Sarah Griffith Lund and Susan Hord Herman at Trinity University

Sarah Lund and Susan Herman at Trinity University’s Margarite B. Parker Chapel, October 12, 2014


Dear Susan, I have now finished reading through your edits and as I expected, they are more than I had hoped for.  You did a great job getting into my head and your changes were consistent with my intent and captured what I was trying to say.

~Robert Boriskin, teacher at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA, and author of a blog on flipping the classroom


Susan provided insightful advice about improving every aspect of the book you are now reading. She has this wonderful ability to see potential–to see what is currently on the page and to imagine what it can be.

~R. Eric Landrum in the Preface of his book Finding Jobs With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career


…I have enjoyed working with you. Furthermore, I found your reorganization within the chapters invaluable. I think the entire book reads significantly better as a result of your suggested changes. Not only that, but you actually took the time to re-write the introduction, and it is much improved. We like the new and improved version. Moreover, you presented a step-by-step outline to which we could refer and I actually checked off each item as I completed it.

~Judith Horowitz, author of Ethical Issues in Fertility Counseling


Susan, this edit is excellent. I can see what a challenge it was, but I think you have done well in trying to extract more detail and substance.

~Pete Gaughan, Editorial Manager, Sybex/an imprint of John Wiley & Sons


my signed copy of See Me As a Person

My signed copy of See Me As a Person, by Mary Koloroutis and Michael Trout. See Me As a Person was the 2012 INDIEFAB Book of the Year.

American Psychological Association, APA Books

Premier professional organization for mental health researchers, clinicians, school psychologists. In-house developmental editor from 2004-2006; contracting as DE on 6-8 books a year since 2007. Wrote and edited content for Publication Manual of the APA, 6th edition and related products. For this client I have edited in many subgenres of nonfiction including self-help, student how-to books, clinical/counseling, biography/autobiography, history, theory, and research.

Creative Health Care Management

Nursing and health care consulting group based in Minneapolis, MN. Books for nurses and other health professionals’ continuing education.

John Wiley & Sons, Sybex imprint

Tech books for professionals in IT, Building Information Management, design, internet marketing, and 3D animation. Freelance DE since 2008.

John Wiley & Sons, Jossey-Bass

Books for professionals in higher education and other fields.

Harcourt Educational Measurement (now Pearson Assessments)

In-house copyeditor; freelance item writer. Wrote grade-level-targeted fiction and nonfiction passages and writing prompts/reading comprehension items for several states’ criterion-referenced tests. Subcontracted to write content for Pharmacy College Admission Test.

Sacramento State College of Continuing Education

Contracting with the Conference & Training Services department at Sacramento State, I develop curriculum and professional certification materials for California state agencies such as CalFIRE and the California Joint Powers Insurance Association.  I serve as a note taker for meetings, too, from strategic planning to advisory committees, public health ombudsman meetings, focus groups, and contractor summits. In this role I’ve worked with the California Department of Public Health, CalFresh, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Caltrans, Office of Traffic Safety, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, California Department of Business Oversight, and others.


 Individual authors

I also contract with individuals. If you have a book manuscript nearing completion or need help pulling together that book you’ve sketched out in your head, I’d like to hear from you.