Here are some of my testimonials and the projects I’ve been involved with in the past, as well as my ongoing credits:
The Hex is In – Mike Resnick
I was asked to help edit this anthology after Mike had sadly passed away. It is a collection of the stories he wrote for his wife, starring Harry the Book, a bookmaker in a fantasy New York where mages, dragons and zombies are a natural part of the landscape. When the hex is in, Harry has to send in his own pet mage to break it, or his punters may break the bank and put him out of business (again). I thoroughly enjoyed working through this piece. I’m proud to have been involved. Buy it on Amazon.
“I’ve been working with Tarryn for well over a year now and have found her diligent, thoughtful, and prompt. She’s versatile in her ability to work with both American and British English, and has a considerable knowledge base which allows her to better edit for content rather than just grammar and punctuation. When asked to proofread work edited by other professional copy editors she often finds all sorts of things the others have missed. But more importantly, she’s a pleasure to work with as she frequently offers a kind word or a witty joke to go along with her editorial suggestions.” ~ Alex Shvartsman
The Rosetta Archive
I am very proud and happy to have been part of this project. I was brought on to do the copy editing and proofreading of this anthology, as well as admin functions and communication. It was a learning curve for me but I enjoyed it so thoroughly.
This anthology would not exist if not for the Rosetta Awards, instituted by the Future Affairs Administration in China. The stories chosen include some others as well that were not entered into the Awards pool, but which stand on their own merits. We have stories from China, Brazil, Sweden, Russia and Korea, among others.
Buy it on Amazon.
The Missing Professor – Andrea Instone
Andrea Instone has written a series of mysteries in the German language starring the character of Emma Schumacher, and this very first in the series has been translated into English by Rachel Reynolds for an imprint by Nightshade and Moonlight publishers.
The Missing Professor is part coming of age story, part love triangle, part traditional mystery, with some cosy elements. The characters are finely drawn, the 1920s setting immersive and deeply enjoyable. I hope there will be many more translations of these beautiful manuscripts. Order it here on Amazon.
Eridani’s Crown – Alex Shvartsman
Proofreader and Beta Reader
Alex Shvartsman has been running UFO Publishing for some years, and has released several anthologies. His short stories have also been published in magazines like Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, and many others.
Eridani’s Crown is at heart a grimdark exploration and deconstruction of fantasy tropes. It comprises a fascinating hero’s journey and comes to one of the best concluding scenes I’ve ever read. Buy it on Amazon.
Future Science Fiction Digest
Future SF is a magazine specialising in translated stories by authors from non-Western and non-English first language markets, making foreign talent accessible to new audiences. It is released quarterly.
I’ve had the absolute privilege of copy editing this magazine from its very inception. It’s been a steep learning curve, but it’s been enormous fun and very enlightening. Buy it here.
Break-In and Eggs – CG Foutz
The more I edit, the more I enjoy mysteries. Cosies particularly. And this cosy checks every box. It has the cute dog, the cute female sleuth, a recipe for the baking-inclined, and of course a corpse in the kitchen.
In a small town, hidden rivalries and dark secrets can lead to murder. Even in a town as beautiful and outwardly calm as Blue Haven. Veronica Walker has only recently arrived, having inherited her grandmother’s house. She’s left her job in New York behind her, and now she and her dog, Scout, are living the small town life. But all is not as it seems inside the cheerful storefronts on the Atlantic coast boardwalk. Veronica makes a living walking dogs and food blogging, but is drawn into the excitement of the Quiche on the Beach Bake-Off. And it seems the stakes are higher than just a small prize and bragging rights. Veronica finds the previous year’s winner lying dead in her own kitchen. Now she’s determined to find the culprit, before something worse happens.
Buy it here.
Blueburied Waffles – CG Foutz
Veronica Walker and Scout are back, and this time it’s not murder. Nevertheless something nefarious is happening in Blue Haven.
Someone seems intent on pulling a series of pranks, but they quickly spiral out of control. Everyone is baffled. Veronica has been very busy in her role of food blogger, scoping out various food carts, market stalls and little breakfast bistros along the boardwalk in her incognito disguise of Von Reklaw. But now she’s up to her ears in the mystery of why someone is determined to sow discord and chaos on the beachfront in Blue Haven. And it doesn’t hurt that there’s a handsome detective also on the case…
Buy it here.
The Satyr of Fulton Manor – Brad Mathews
I particularly enjoyed preparing this novel for publication. It’s a fast moving and rather interesting action adventure that’s thrilling and sometimes introspective. Buy it on Amazon.
“Tarryn provided me some much-needed insight on my project. Her passion for editing, eye for style, and utmost professionalism are traits all authors look for in an editor. She understands tone and pace without compromising the integrity of the prose. I will be returning to her for future projects. Thanks for the fabulous work!” ~ Brad Mathews
Blood and Water – Alexes Razevich
Blood and Water was the first Oona Goodlight book I ever edited, and I found its alternate San Francisco worldbuilding to be fantastic and very well done. At heart it’s a murder mystery, with strong magical fantasy elements. The sort of project I blaze through and thoroughly enjoy. Buy it on Amazon.
“I’ve worked with Tarryn for copy editing on two books now. She is quick, professional, and has an eagle eye for typos, homophones, misused words, and all the other little gremlins that seem to slip by in a manuscript no matter how many times we self-edit. I’m finishing up a new book and will definitely be hiring Tarryn again.” ~ Alexes Razevich
The Bichir Handbook – Joshua Pickett
The bichir is an interesting fish with a prehistoric lineage and an ability to breathe air. It is raised by a niche sector of aquarists and has several subspecies, some of which are startlingly beautiful. This book has been written as a detailed and useful reference for anyone eager to learn more about these fascinating fish. Buy it here.
Space for Evolution – Zurab Andguladze
Space for Evolution is a massive space opera set across many planets, and is focused on humanity’s desire to expand across space. Many colony ships are sent out, but only one system is viable. And on that one, the communication system breaks down, so that no one on Earth knows about it. Can the colonists repair their transceiver in time to contact Earth and tell of their existence? Buy it here.
The Bone Card – Alexes Razevich
In this final Oona Goodlight book, the protagonists have to deal with outbreaks of strange and sometimes violent emotions in the people of the Bay Area. They also meet a tarot card reader whose gift of prescience helps them uncover the solution to the dangerous mystery they have encountered. I’m very sad that this series has ended. Buy The Bone Card here.
Unidentified Funny Objects 8
Associate Editor, Proofreader
This humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology is usually released once a year. Some luminaries that have graced its pages include Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner and Jody Lynn Nye.
I got my start at UFO Publishing as an associate editor, reading slush for this anthology. I have many fond memories of devouring mounds of stories and voting on whether they were a good fit. Again, a steep learning curve, but very satisfying. Buy it here.
Fighting Broken – KM Lewis
This is not an easy read. There is murder, suicide, kidnapping, torture… It runs the whole gamut. Nevertheless it’s about empowering yourself against the odds. It’s sensitively handled and I think succeeds in its treatment of the topic. I do recommend it.
Buy it on Amazon.
Red Dress ~ A Blue Caveat – Amena Khan
A new genre for me, this is an Islamic clean romance. It is a well-structured examination of romantic tropes and a subversion of reader expectations. I just know romance aficionados will find it an enjoyable read. Buy it on Amazon.
“Tarryn Thomas is open-minded and a great editor to work with. Her main editing genre is sci-fi, whereas mine was women’s fiction and romance. She took up the challenge and had no negativity towards doing my editing, and instead inspired me a lot, which I needed as a newbie. I have learned a lot from her, including managing my critical thinking, and many other gray areas of the writing process. I should say she held my hand and walked me through this imaginative world of writing. I sometimes felt like giving up on my work but she has lifted my soul and shown me the light. I feel free to contact her any time regarding my writing skills up till now. Because of her selfless help, I became more confident and contented. I look forward to working with her on my next writing project and getting her valuable inputs.” ~ Amena Khan
A Magical Camping Trip – Maryam Kydd
Just one of many adorable children’s books by this author that I have edited. She has a real connection to kids and their ability to imagine and play. I really enjoyed editing her books, and look forward to seeing more of them. Buy this one here.
“It has been a pleasure working with Tarryn. Tarryn understands my style of writing and does a great job with maintaining the integrity of my work, while bringing it to life. She has been quick to respond to all of my questions, and is very thorough and yet returns all projects in a very timely manner. She is personable and gives me positive feedback about my writing. I look forward to working with her again on future projects.” ~ Maryam Kydd