Crystal Watanabe

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Crystal Watanabe is a co-founder of the AIPP. She is a freelance editor, cookbook author, and mom to three. She currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Pikko's House
Beta Reading, Developmental Editing, Formatting (Ebook), Interior Book Design (Print formatting), Line Editing, Proofreading, Website Design, Website Maintenance
ProofCheck, NetGalley co-op, book mockups, Book Lovers Club
Science fiction, speculative fiction, juvenile fiction, middle-grade fiction, fantasy, crime, thrillers, horror, young adult
English (AU), English (US)


My name is Crystal Watanabe, and I am a freelance editor and professional beta reader located in Honolulu, Hawaii. I started my editing business in 2014, and have since edited over 200 short stories and 190 novels, 40 novellas, and anthologies, including four Future Chronicles anthologies. While most of my experience is in science fiction and fantasy, I will happily work on any genre.

A one-time beta reader of best-selling author Hugh Howey and lifelong lover of books, I am thrilled to finally be doing what I have always meant to be doing—helping bring books and stories to the world. Happy clients have praised my sharp eye and critical thinking skills, but most of them will likely tell you that they simply enjoy working with me.

As an editor, it's my job to help you bring your story to your readers, and with my various editing services, I help authors refine their voice, smooth out their writing, and polish their work to be something they can be truly proud to present to readers and/or agents and publishers. Contact me today to see if I'd be a good fit for you.

Services available include developmental editing, line editing, beta reading, proofreading, and formatting. Complimentary 2-page sample edits are available.