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This is an index of literary and screenplay editors that provide professional consultation and editing services, and are members of the society in good standing. This does not constitute an endorsement by the society, but is offered as a qualified referral.

Working with an editor should not be like a blind date. We recommend that you meet with more than one to determine the one that best understands you, your work, and your budget. We encourage you to review their qualifications and compare. Always clarify your business arrangement before commencing work, and detail everything in writing.  You may also ask the editor to sign a "work for hire" if that is not built into your written agreement. Rates and fees are negotiated by the individual editor. GLAWS does not accept referral fees from any participant. Your comments are welcome.

 Barbara Ardinger
 Elaine Ash edits fiction writers—from established authors to emerging talent. As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp webzine, Elaine worked directly with writers of all genres to develop stories for publication.

         Some of those writers went on to fame and fortune such as recent Edgar nominee Patti Abbott (Polis), Jay Stringer (Thomas and Mercer), Chris F. Holm (Mulholland), S.W Lauden (Rare Bird), Kieran Shea (Titan), Hilary Davidson (Macmillan) Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur, Delacorte) and many more. Most recently, she is credited as developmental editor on Mental State, a thriller by University of Chicago law professor M. Todd Henderson, due for release in 2018 by Down & Out Books.

         Today, Elaine works with private clients, helping them shape manuscripts, acquire agents and land publishing deals. Her query letter service boasts an 85% response rate from top literary agents. Among the titles Elaine has edited and produced, Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams is especially notable. A first-person memoir by the late Mia Elkovsky Phoebus, it fills in a small piece of history about America’s great playwright, Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire). 

           Under the pen name “Anonymous-9,” Elaine writes the HARD BITE series (#4 in all Kindle e-book sales as of April, 2015). Named one of the Top 5 Debut Novels of 2013 by Book People/ Mystery People it also won two Readers’ Choice Awards from The House of Crime and Mystery (Canada). 

         A "writer's editor," Elaine appreciates original voices and styles, and works with her clients to make the most of their story ideas. In 2017 she invented a patent pending self-editing system called Bestseller Metrics, currently in software development for the publishing industry. She also self-published the book version titled Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game. 


Find writers' services, pricing, testimonials, free stuff and a contact form to reach Elaine directly on    


 Barbara Ardinger
Barbara Ardinger, Ph. D. Do you want to write a book but not embarrass yourself in print? Let me be your editor!

I’ve edited more than 300 books, most of them for authors going to literary agents or to small, vanity, or on-demand presses. Nonfiction projects include memoirs and biographies, philosophy (mostly mainstream metaphysics and a lot of New Age), holistic health, science and technology, political tracts, business topics, Calvinist theology, and history. Fiction includes romance, action-adventure, science fiction, western, mystery, historical, speculative, and horror novels. Other projects I’ve edited have been screenplays, children’s books, academic discourse (textbooks and doctoral and master’s theses), website text, and poetry.

I have also taught university classes in writing and public speaking and worked as a technical editor (four different industries). The Happy Authors page on my website shows blurbs from a nonprofit organization, three publishers, a scientific company, and twenty-two authors of fiction, nonfiction, academic projects, and children’s books.   I do a lot of fact checking for my authors. For various authors, I have double-checked the dates of historical events and persons. I have checked the spelling of names of cities, products, famous people, tools, weapons, animals, Sumerian gods, geological eons, military titles…well, more things than I can think of right now. I have checked historical facts and urban myths, calendars, metric conversions, the names of musical compositions and works of art, metaphysical and religious concepts, and foreign words (which sometimes require accent marks).   If a sentence you wrote is ambiguous, I give you my best guess as to what it says as written and ask if that’s what you really meant. If it’s poor word choice—the wrong word—I make my best guess and give you one or more suggestions as to what the right word might be.  

Education: Ph. D.   Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois Major: English Renaissance literature (emphasis on the drama, emphasis on writing and composition)

Minors: Restoration/18th Century drama, modern continental drama

Extensive reading in history and comparative religion M.A.    Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Major: English Minor: psychology   Publications Secret Lives, a novel of magical realism, September, 2011 Pagan Every Day: Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives, 2006, RedWheel/Weiser Finding New Goddesses, 2003, ECW press Quicksilver Moon, a novel, 2002, Three Moons Media Practicing the Presence of the Goddess, 2000, New World Library Goddess Meditations, 1998, Llewellyn Publications A Woman’s Book of Rituals & Celebrations, 1992, revised edition, 1995, New World Library Seeing Solutions, A Signet New Age Book, 1989, New American Library Poetry, blogs, short fiction, short nonfiction, columns, and book reviews published in a wide variety of anthologies, magazines, and websites during the past 25 years.



Deanna Brady at GLAWSSarah Beach offer editing to writers of all sorts, providing services ranging from simple proofreading to full story notes. I bring to the process an education as a scholar of English literature, plus experience as a researcher for the quiz show Jeopardy.  I have edited everything from prose fiction to serious academic works, in the widest range of writing formats. From short stories and novels to serious non-fiction, screenplays, stage plays, and graphic novels, I can help writers meet the demands of the particular medium they are working with.

I have both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English, with a minor in History and Classics. I worked to train myself as a writer by studying literature. In addition to my years as a researcher, I also spent time learning the craft of screenwriting. I focus on what the writing will convey to the audience when I edit.

I’ve published a book on mythic motifs for writers, The Scribbler’s Guide to the Land of Myth, which explains the underlying patterns in stories that draw upon mythic power, no matter what genre you are working in. I’ve also written Creating Graphic Novels, which explains graphic novel scripting to writers who do not have a deep knowledge of the comics/graphic novel business, from what is needed in the script to some of the business basics of the arena.

I work with my clients to shape my services to their needs and budgets. I’ve worked in many genres and formats. My goal is to help each client produce their best work.

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You can reach me by email to or by private message on my Facebook page (under Sarah Lucy Beach at )


Deanna Brady at GLAWS Deanna Brady is a highly versatile freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience. She ghostwrites, rewrites, and edits novels, literary and genre fiction, creative nonfiction, biographies, scripts, self-help and how-to books, articles, essays, proposals, cover and query letters, business communications, and Web content. In addition to writing several children’s textbooks, she has been an award-winning author of short fiction and poetry. She taught in the Continuing Education department at California State University for a dozen years. She also has an extensive background in the film and television industry and is a voting member for the SAG and Spirit Awards.

Known as an “editor’s editor,” Deanna is adept with ESL, dialects, and translated text. In addition to fantasy, romance, historical, and young adult fiction, she specializes in projects concerning spirituality, ecology, Native American Indian and other indigenous cultures, psychology, and complementary medicine. For ten years, she was editor of an internationally published inspirational magazine. She has volunteered her services on behalf of several charitable organizations, and her grant proposals have garnered nearly half a million dollars for nonprofit groups.

Deanna works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals to major corporations, in widely varied fields. She has written and edited nearly every type of literature, including advertising and marketing copy, prospectuses, and training materials for such diverse clients as IBM, AT&T, Omnicom Group Worldwide, George Marciano/Guess, Learning Tree International, Crabtree Publishing Company, Canon Communications, and the RAND Corporation.

Editor (copy/line, stylistic/substantive, content/developmental), book doctor, script doctor, ghostwriter, copywriter

Fiction and nonfiction categories and genres include: fantasy/speculative fiction, historical, romance, adventure, young adult and children’s literature, creative/narrative nonfiction, memoir/biography, self-help, how-to, media, indigenous cultures, psychology, spirituality, complementary/alternative and allopathic medicine, fitness and health, entertainment, fashion, ecology, and political/social issues.

Email: /
Office:(310) 826-2770

Dave CunninghamDave Cunningham has written, edited, ghost-written or contributed to 16 books, including the critically acclaimed “Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace,” co-authored with Jamshid Hosseini. He’s a published fiction and non-fiction author as well as a screenwriter, actor, director, artist and drummer.

As a journalist, he interviewed four U.S. Presidents (Nixon, Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush), entertainers from Aretha Franklin to Frank Sinatra, and sports stars from Muhammad Ali to O.J. Simpson. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Sporting News, The Orlando Sentinel and hundreds of other periodicals worldwide. Cunningham served as president of the nation’s oldest professional writing organization, the California Writers Club (founded in 1909), and was a 2004 winner of the Jack London Award.

He won six national and regional writing awards and taught creative writing at California State University (Fullerton). He also was the original guiding voice and mentor to the founders of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society.

Services: Editing and ghost-writing for fiction, non-fiction and screenplays.
Genres: Any, as long as the story or subject matter is compelling.


Ken HughesKen Hughes is an editor who has worked professionally with novelists and film companies, as well as in nonfiction with clients such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is the author of over a dozen novels, most recently the paranormal thriller SHADOWED.

Subjects: Ken works with novels and short stories, not poetry or scripts. His specialties are science fiction, fantasy and horror/paranormal, but works with fiction of any kind.

Services include:

  • Substantive editing, overall evaluation of a work and possible improvements.
  • Line editing (usually following substantive editing), working line by line to help your words create the effect you want.
  • Copy editing, to ensure correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistent voice and style, and examine any awkward wording or possible issues in basic plot structure.
  • Proofreading, for general consistency such as between revisions: typos, grammar issues, formatting issues (italics, quotes, et cetera), and other consistency needs.

For more information and an estimate, please contact


Dave CunninghamGabi Lorino is a professional writer and copy editor who offers copy editing services that include checking grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and she also includes an evaluation of the content and makes content recommendations if they are needed. Once the author has reviewed Gabi’s changes and suggestions, she is able to format text-only books for various e-publishing platforms, including Kindle Direct Publishing, and she offers this service as well.

Gabi says, “It’s my goal to do all the background work so that the author’s writing and message reaches the audience easily and clearly. I’ve been a writer for almost 20 years, and I don’t need to be the star or have the by-line all the time. That’s the author’s job. What I like to do is work with other writers on their writing. It enables me to learn about so many different topics and genres that I wouldn’t ordinarily come across, and it inspires my own writing as well. If you are generally satisfied with the content of your fiction or nonfiction book and you want a second pair of eyes to look it over, I am the person you should contact. I will make sure that your message comes across professionally and has the desired impact on your readers.”

After graduating from the University of South Florida with a journalism degree, her love of writing resulted in work, first as a freelance journalist and then as a business writer, scientific/technical writer, copy editor, and documentation specialist in the nonprofit/corporate world. The publications she wrote for were based in Florida and include the St. Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Ocala Star-Banner, and the University of Florida alumni magazine. In addition, she contributed articles and copy edited company newsletters. She continued to work as a freelance writer and assist others via copy editing while working full-time.

She launched Word Nerd Book Services to help other writers achieve their goals. So far, she has worked with authors who are choosing the self-publishing route in an effort to “get discovered” or further their careers in various fields. She enjoys working with authors of all genres and aims to help them produce the best books possible.

Located in Montrose, CA 91020
Phone: 813-546-8240


Marcia MeierMarcia Meier is an award-winning writer, teacher, published poet and the director of the Summer Writing Institute at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.

The author of two books (her most recent is Navigating the Rough Waters of Today's Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders), she has freelanced or written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Writer magazine and Santa Barbara Magazine. She has been a contributing writer to Pacific Standard Magazine online and an occasional blogger with The Huffington Post.

As a developmental editor, my goal is to help you reach your writing goals. Overall, my services include, but are not limited to, coaching; brainstorming fiction and nonfiction projects; narrative arc, dialog, characterization and plot development in fiction; nonfiction book proposal preparation; query letters; manuscript critique and editing; marketing and publicity advice; and publishing advice.

Phone: 805 455-8698


Mike RobinsonMike Robinson has been writing since age 7, when his story Aliens In My Backyard! became a runaway bestseller, topping international charts (or maybe that was also a product of his imagination). Nevertheless, he did go on to write professionally at age 19, when he sold his first short story to the magazine Storyteller.

He has published fiction in a dozen magazines (print and electronic), literary anthologies and podcasts. His first novel, Skunk Ape Semester, released by Solstice Publishing, was a Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He now has three novels contracted with Curiosity Quills Press, one of which, The Green-Eyed Monster, is set to release October 23, 2012. 

Mr. Robinson is charter member of GLAWS who lends his editing efforts to managing the society's official magazine, Literary Landscapes, which publishes stories, poetry, excerpts and articles by members. See his official website at and his blog,

As a freelance editor, Mike has worked on memoirs, novels and screenplays. A wide reader, he is familiar with most genres, but is especially at home with Speculative Fiction (Paranormal, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy), Mystery, Magical Realism / Metaphysical, Spiritual, Literary (Mainstream, Experimental, Quirky), and Narrative Non-fiction. You won't find any MFA or Embittered Teacher Dogma here: possessing a bit of an experimental streak, he knows there are many, many ways a story can work, and so seeks to fully understand and appreciate the author's intention(s), and to edit within that framework to do justice to the original vision.

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