Developmental editing, ghostwriting, and book proposals for submission
Henry Denard is a writer and editor of commercial mainstream nonfiction and fiction.
Denard co-founded and was editor in chief at a publishing company (distributed by Random House) where he oversaw (and often helped to write) dozens of books.
Denard's bestselling nonfiction and fiction authors include Chris Wallace, Catherine Crier, Matthew Modine, Brett Favre, Joe Namath, and Steven Pressfield. Denard's titles have been featured in "The New York Times" (including front page) and on "Sixty Minutes," "Oprah," "The Today Show," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Two of Denard's published books sold to film studios for over $1 million.
Denard has also written for The New York Times Magazine and American Express' Departures magazine.
On the film side, Denard produced The Conspirator, starring James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, and Robin Wright; directed by Robert Redford; Gone in 60 Seconds (Touchstone) starring Nicolas Cage; The Negotiator (Warner) starring Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and Citizen X (HBO). He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA, the screenwriters' union) and uses Final Draft when working with writers of screenplays.
Denard has experience with contract negotiations, film and book production, sales, distribution, marketing, publicity, and subsidiary rights.
Editing and Other Services
In addition to editing, Henry can assist with literary agent and publisher selection as well as the fiction or nonfiction submission package, including query letters and book proposals.
Feedback / Testimonials
"I worked closely with Henry Denard over the past few months on a nonfiction book proposal. Denard was more than helpful on every aspect of my work. He showed me how to choose the right topic for a sample chapter and then how to properly structure, outline, and write the material. It was not an easy process because I was starting from scratch, as a writer and on the project. Denard not only helped me develop the material to the highest level, but along the way he taught me how to write at an entirely different level. His enthusiasm, rigor, and attention to detail made for the most terrific and productive experience." - Katrina Robinson, author, A Yogi Goes to Law School
"I've worked with Henry Denard for over a dozen years now. We've probably done forty or fifty books together. As a book designer, I've always appreciated Henry's ability to make any given book concept work at another level. Whether conceiving, re-writing, or editing, Henry works intensively and professionally while making it the most enjoyable experience. He also has a spider sense for what the reader wants – his commercial instincts are excellent. What's more, he provided a real shot in the arm for me in my own writing." - Timothy Hsu, Hsu + Associates