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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 bestsellermetrics.com
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
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
Sarah 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.
Visit my websites at www.scribblerworks.us/blog/ and www.scribblersguidetomyth.com
You can reach me by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by private message on my Facebook page (under Sarah Lucy Beach at https://www.facebook.com/scribblerworks )
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,
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
Email: email@example.com /
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
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
Genres: Any, as long as the story or subject matter is compelling.
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.
- Substantive editing, overall evaluation of a work and possible
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
Located in Montrose, CA 91020
Meier is an award-winning writer, teacher, published poet
and the director of the Summer Writing Institute at Antioch University,
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
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 http://www.twifalls.webs.com and
his blog, http://www.cryptopia-blog.com.
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.
Contact Mike at: email@example.com