Hi, I’m Randy Surles. I have about 5 years of writing and editing experience. Before that, I spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army as a Ranger and Green Beret, working in the Middle East, South America, and Africa. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso.
I’m one of only a small handful of Story Grid Certified Editors in the world. I trained as an editor under Shawn Coyne, who originated the Story Grid method based on his 25 years’ experience in New York publishing. I’ve been using Shawn’s techniques to write my own books for the past four years. I began editing last year, and I finished my certification in early 2019.
While I am open to editing all genres, because of my background I find I am a huge benefit to novels with a military flavor. I am a big fan of Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, and Fantasy novels. My goal is to create better writers. I love a good story, but I want my clients to become writers of great stories. To do that, I give them recommendations on how to move their projects forward, identify those parts that are ‘just not working’, and make them better writers overall.