Editing is war.

Who am I?

Crystal Bryant, Plot Ninja, at your service. I’ve been editing professionally since 2011, with a focus on genre books. Does your book have aliens, wizards, fae, energy guns, creatures of mythology, or super powers? You’re right up my alley.

My passion for story isn’t beyond the nuts and bolts of grammar and technique. It incorporates them. The structure draws the reader’s eye, supports revelations and plot turns, prepares the reader for the finale. The details keep the reader’s attention: sentence structure, word choice, punctuation.


Crystal is exactly the kind of editor I was looking for. She helps to flush out plot, characters, setting, everything I needed, BUT, and this is a big but, she didn’t ignore my need to keep the story in my own voice.

So many times, I hear about traditionally published authors who have had their stories reworked by editors to the point that they have a hard time finding what’s left that’s still truly their own. It’s a shame, and part of the reason I decided to go Indie. However, as an Indie, I needed to find professionals I could hire to make my book everything I wanted it to be. Crystal is one of the professionals I chose, and I’m so pleased I did.

My experience with Crystal was a positive one, and proved to me how talented and thorough she is. I look forward to utilizing her to help me mold my future works, and highly recommend her. She really is the Plot Ninja.

Teal Haviland

Crystal has a keen eye for the rules of grammar while keeping in mind the stylization of my writing and knowing how to bridge the two.

Not only is Crystal an editor, she is a writer as well. This helps her guide her writers along as she understands the process and how a story is grown.

Mark Steinwachs

Best editor ever! Crystal and I have worked on several projects and there isn’t anyone better. Her attention to detail, both in content editing and line editing, is unmatched. Plus, she is just a joy to work with.

I’d worked with her on an anthology for the NWMG which she was the editor. I was very impressed with the quality of the work that she’d chosen and cleaned for the book.

Moving forward with my writing and publishing future, I will be utilizing her skills and recommend that you do as well.

D. Alan Lewis

We can do this one of two ways.

(Both are the easy way.)

Test Run

Request a sample edit.

Not sure how tough I am? Want to put me through my paces?

I’ll take 10 pages of your manuscript (about 2,500 words) and give it the full treatment. No holds barred.

The cost is $30, and if you decide to recruit me for the full manuscript, that goes toward your down payment.

Head First

You’re ready to work with me on a full project.

I like your decisiveness.

Next steps

If you want a test run, attach your 10 pages in a Word or RTF file when you message me. (Make sure you also tell me you want a test run. Just to be clear.) I’ll send you an invoice for $30, and sharpen my red pencil.

Whether you’re ready to begin, or just curious about the editing process, let’s start talking.

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