Help for New Authors

I’m a professional author, book editor, and ghostwriter. If you’ve written a book and want to see it on bookstore shelves, I can help. Here’s how.

A Plague of Gods at Amazon.com

Manuscript Evaluation – This is the question you should be asking yourself: Is my book good enough to appeal to a major commercial publisher? That’s where my manuscript evaluation comes in. I’ll read your novel or nonfiction book, evaluate its market potential, and give you an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. If your writing career is worth $285 to you, this is the place to start.

Manuscript Critique – My critique will show you how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value. I’ll give you clear feedback and practical, detailed advice about ways to improve plot structure, scene development, characterization, viewpoint, narrative style, and other elements. I’ll show you how to bring your characters to life, how to give your scenes more dramatic focus, and how to keep your story line on track.

The Pandora Stone at Amazon.com

Book Editing – I’ll correct the mechanical errors in your manuscript (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, etc.), polish the prose to improve clarity and narrative flow, set it up in the proper format, and give you a new manuscript in electronic form ready for submission to literary agents and publishers. Click here to view editing samples.

Book Proposal – You’ll need an effective book proposal to get your foot in the door of the publishing business. I’ll prepare one for you, and I’ll give you the names and addresses of the right literary agents for your book. I’ll help you avoid the mistakes that can make the difference between sale and rejection.

Major Rewrite – You’ve written a rough draft of your book, but you know it needs a lot of work. I’ll develop a rewrite plan and go over it with you to make sure we’re in agreement with the scope of the work to be done, then I’ll overhaul your manuscript from the ground up. I’ll also prepare a book proposal and compile a list of literary agents who will be right for your book. Click here for samples of my writing.

Ghostwriting – I’ll ghostwrite your book based on your story idea or outline. My goal will be to produce a marketable book while remaining true to your vision of the story you want to tell. I’ll also prepare a book proposal and compile a list of literary agents who will be right for your book. Click here for samples of my writing.


What clients are saying:

Bill, being a first-time author, I was wary of shopping for a good editor. You’ve exceeded my expectations in every way, and I’m amazed at how much you’ve enhanced the flow, development, and clarity of my manuscript. How you managed to tie everything in together so that the story makes more sense is astounding to me. You’re like a literary sharpshooter! Most of all, the education I received from you is invaluable and worth every penny. But you’re not just an editor, you’re also an amazingly effective teacher, and I consider you a “personal trainer” for authors. You really held my hand through the whole process, motivating me and essentially teaching me the art of writing fiction. It has been a fantastic journey for me. The effective way in which you apply and tailor your teaching to the writer’s manuscript is genius! And the extensive feedback you provided at every avenue was always pertinent and to the point, helping me to learn from my mistakes. Now I’m confident that every new book I write will be better than the last. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you on my first novel, I could never thank you enough!

Jeff Geraci
author of young adult fantasy novel Paramnesia

(More Client Testimonials)


My credentials:

  • First and foremost, I’m a writer. My first novel Timejumper was published by Leisure Books in 1980. The Tartarus Incident, The Pandora Stone, and Starjacked! were published by Ace/Berkley in 1983 through 1988. Clarion was published by Tor Books in 1990, and Bloodright was published in 2011. An update and reissue of The Pandora Stone was also published in 2011, and The Tartarus Incident was reissued in 2012. A Plague of Gods was published in January 2016, and The Prince of Blue Peril and The Shattered Man are scheduled for release in 2017 and 2018.
  • I’m a freelance editor, book doctor, and ghostwriter. For more than twenty years I’ve been helping writers get their first books published. Those books have included mainstream novels, suspense thrillers, historical novels, mystery novels, science fiction, horror, chick lit, and other genres as well as autobiographies, memoirs, exposés, and other nonfiction books.
  • I’m a member of Authors Guild and Editorial Freelancers Association.

If you need help from a pro, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll critique, edit, rewrite, or ghostwrite your manuscript. I’ll write a winning book proposal, and I’ll help you find the right literary agent to represent your book.


What clients are saying:

Wow, this is the most amazingly helpful evaluation (or input of any kind) I’ve ever had as a writer. I can’t quite express how thankful I am to have found your help. Your thoughts are so insightful. Every point you make has the clearest ring of truth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

M. Talmage Moorehead, MD
author of fantasy/literary novel Cipher of the Nephilim

(More Client Testimonials)


Ready to take the first step toward getting your book published? Click here for information about my $285 Manuscript Evaluation.

If you have questions, please write or call.

William Greenleaf
6003 Redondo Sierra Vista NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: (505) 796-6895
Fax: (505) 435-9001
Email: william@wgreenleaf.com

Tell me about your book, and I’ll tell you how to sell it to a major commercial publisher. Call me at (505) 796-6895 or Click here to send me a message.