What You Can Expect…


Your book is a unique creation. It’s very personal and important to you, and thus it becomes personal and important to me. I won’t be turning it over to a “team leader” or an editor in India. I’ll be working one-on-one with you.


I work only with novels and book-length nonfiction. I know what literary agents and commercial book publishers are looking for, so I can help you make sure your book meets that threshold. If you need help with a short story, magazine article, term paper, collection of poems, or PhD dissertation, I can’t help you. If you need help with a novel or nonfiction book for middle grade, young adult, or adult readers, then I’m your guy.


If I agree to critique, edit, or rewrite your book, you’ll have my full attention. I’ll reserve enough time on my schedule to do the work without distraction, and I’ll put everything I’ve got into it. If your book has potential to meet the threshold of traditional commercial publishers, then you can be assured that I’ll do everything I can to make that happen. If you decide to self-publish your book, I’ll help you make sure it’s a book that will snare the kinds of reviews that can generate respectable sales numbers.


Any healthy relationship needs open communication. This is especially true for those of us who work in the book publishing business. My clients know they can pick up the phone and call me or shoot me an email if they need advice about a publishing contract, have a question about a plot element they’re wrestling with, or want to discuss a story idea. I’m in my office from 9 to 5 weekdays, and I’m here many evenings and weekends. With most of the large editing firms, you won’t be able to communicate directly with the editor assigned to your book. Why? Because direct communication between author and editor is too disruptive to production-line editing.


Over the years, I’ve re-edited dozens of books that have already been “professionally” edited. Simply put, the work of many of the large editing firms is pathetic. I’ve re-edited manuscripts that were full of punctuation errors, run-on sentences, capitalization errors, and improper grammar. This was after the manuscripts had been edited! Most of these manuscripts also suffered from dull, mangled prose that had either been created by or ignored by the so-called editor. Unfortunately, many of these manuscripts had been published by their authors before the authors learned the hard way (from reader reviews) that the edit had been shoddy.


I’ve been writing novels and nonfiction books for more than thirty years. In this tough business, I think that’s a pretty good track record. I’ve been successful because I know what commercial publishers are looking for, and I can help you give it to them.
I have one of the best jobs in the world. I spend my workdays reading, writing, critiquing, and editing books, and the best part is that it gives me the opportunity to work with new writers who are taking their first tentative steps into this business.
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