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Novels, Short Stories, Creative Nonfiction, Mainstream Trade, Religion, Postmodernism, Philosophy, Adventure, Romance, Science fiction, Erotica, Action/Military, Travel/Lifestyle, Gay/Lesbian, Ethnic/Culture, Literary Journalism, Memoir/Autobiography, New Age, Spirituality, Poetry

James edits novels, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

"James Powell examines the symbols of language the way a biologist examines cells."
-New York Times Review of Books

"James Powell assures us that the universe is a silent partner
in a dialogue that goes on all the time."
-New York Times Review of Books

"James Powell is "a good literary surgeon."
-An accomplished writer of fiction, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Experience

With MA degrees in both English Literature and Religious Studies, Jim is a former Professor of English Literature. He has been editing, coaching, and tutoring writers and students for years. He has been an in-house APA proofreader of doctoral dissertations at the Fielding University since 2000. He excels at working both with beginners and established writers.

Jim also works with international / ESL students. Specializing in APA, MLA, and non-academic Chicago styles, he is an internationally published author, with books issued by major houses: Prentice Hall, William Morrow, Hosei University Press (Japan), Pensamento (Brazil), Thassalia (Spain), Hans-Ulrich Möhring (Germany), and  Sterling (India).

Editing Services

My expertise is in manuscript evaluation and critiques, fiction, creative nonfiction, APA editing, essays, student papers, journalism, and business documents.

Do you have a novel, short story, or work of creative nonfiction that needs polishing? Please read my essay, "Some Thoughts on Editing," below, which will inform you of some of the writing problems I encounter in most manuscripts. I work on a continuing basis with noted fiction writers who tell me that I am able to ferret out the blind spots in their prose. My own work—both fiction and nonfiction—has been published by major publishing houses worldwide.

If you have a dissertation, thesis, or paper that needs to be in APA format? Rather than attempting to master the 272-page Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, turn your manuscript over to an editor with years of APA experience. I have edited doctoral dissertations published at the following universities, to name just a few: Adelphi University, Adler Graduate School, Alliant University, Antioch University, California State University, Argosy University, California Institute of Integral Studies, Capella University, Century University, City University of New York, Concordia University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fielding Graduate University, Grand Canyon University, Harvard University, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College, John F. Kennedy University, Kwangwoon University, Leiden University of Social Sciences, Liberty University, Longwood University, Medaille College, Morgan State University, Northcentral University, Nova Southeastern University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pepperdine University, Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Regis University of Professional Studies, Rider University, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Saint Mary’s University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of California, University of Florida, University of Hartford, University of Kansas, University of Miami, University of Oslo, University of Phoenix, University of Texas, University of the West Indies, University of Wisconsin, Walden University, Warren National University, William Howard Taft University, Yeshiva University, and York University.

Biography

JAMES N. POWELL is "a good literary surgeon," as one of his accomplished clients noted. As an editor of fiction and non-fiction, he views manuscripts with comprehensive vision and an eye for detail. He will read your fiction with an eye to making it believable and your non-fiction with a knack for making it both convincing and engaging.

His books and short stories have been translated into many languages and are known throughout the world. His list of publications includes The Tao of Symbols (Morrow 1982), Energy and Eros (Morrow 1985), The Prentice Hall Global Employment Guide (Prentice Hall 1983), Mandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism (Sterling 1980), Derrida for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1996), Postmodernism for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1998), Eastern Philosophy for Beginners (2000), Deconstruction for Beginners (2005), and Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book (2008).

His short story "The Silence of the Hummingbird" was published in Spanish in Revista Katharsis, in Malaga, Spain, and his journalism has appeared in Spirituality & Health, Tahiti Beach Press, the Santa Barbara Independent, and Montecito Journal.

James has taught meditation to many around the world, including Michael Jackson’s Neverland staff as well as the family of Beach Boy Mike Love, simplicity guru Elaine St. James, and Lithuanian-born archeologist Marija Gimbutas. The Santa Barbara meditation center he chaired for ten years provided ongoing meditation instruction for over ten thousand Santa Barbarans of all ages and backgrounds. He was Ayurvedic consultant to Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington (as well as Ellie, and Bianca) at the Center for Perfect Health, which he co-founded, with Deepak’s lectures drawing audiences over a 1,000. In addition he produced Santa Barbara concerts for some of India’s most revered musicians, including Debu Chaudhuri as well as Tanima Thakur and her daughter.

He was trapped atop a Swiss peak (Thyon) for two months with Andy Kaufman, and survived.

He cut line for Smokey on many western wildfires–back when that bear considered it virtuous–working winters surveying and building trail, while gradually awakening to Chumash and Vedic wisdom of fire ecology.

As a boy his chores included keeping coyotes out of the chickens, keeping the wild dogs out of the herd during calving season, riding fence, branding, baling hay, milking, planting, harvesting, and the rather spiritual calling of converting bulls to steers.

Books I've Published

The Tao of Symbols - book author, James Powellnew age book editor The Tao of Symbols (William Morrow): Posits a complete philosophy of language by viewing language philosophy in widely diverse cultures.

The Tao of Symbols - book written by our editing consultant James PowellEnergy and Eros (William Morrow) examines the realm of human sexuality in various cultures. This book has become a cult classic in Japan, where it sparked the "Polynesian sex" vogue. Japan's über author and Buddhist philosopher, Hiroyuki Itsuki, wrote two books based on Energy and Eros and the head of Japan's national Family Planning Association recommends the teachings on Polynesian lovemaking in Energy and Eros in order to make Japanese couples happier in the boudoir.

The Prentice Hall Global Employment Guide is listed by Library Journal as one of the top 10 business books of 1985.

Derrida for Beginners and Deconstruction for Beginners are lucid guides to the contemporary world’s most obscure philosopher, the late Jacques Derrida. They whittle down the confusing brambles of Derrida’s thought to prose you can get a handle on.

Postmodernism for Beginners cuts through the pomo-babble to give you a clear look at this important cultural era.

new age book editingEastern Philosophy for Beginners is an illustrated tour of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan religious systems.

writing spirituality booksSlow Love, author and book editorSlow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book: Enlarging on the success of Energy and Eros, delves more deeply into traditional Polynesian lovemaking.

writing spirituality booksMandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism was published in India and relates the mantras of the Rig Veda to fire ecology and mantra yoga.

 

Books I've Edited

  • Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection by Allan Karl
  • Saint Junipero Serra: Making Sense of the History and Legacy by Christian Clifford
  • Conquest by Vik Rubenfeld
  • HUMAN INTERRUPTED: The Social Crime Against Humanity by Roshanna Evans
  • Sacred Geometry by Albert Haust
  • September by Robert Winter
  • Deluxe: Foil Stamping, Embossing and Debossing in Print Design by Sendpoints Publishing, China
  • Japanese Graphics by Sendpoints Publishing, China
  • Under the Sea by Charlie Wilshire

Forks A Quest for Culture Cuisine and Connection by Allan-Karl Saint Junipero Serra: Making Sense of the History and Legacy by Christian Clifford Conquest by Vik Rubenfeld HUMAN INTERRUPTED: The Social Crime Against Humanity by Roshanna Evans Sacred Geometry by Albert Haust
September by Robert Winter Deluxe: Foil Stamping, Embossing and Debossing in Print Design by Sendpoints Publishing, China Japanese Graphics by Sendpoints Publishing, China Under the Sea by Charlie Wilshire

 

Short Stories

  • On the Way Home by Fatima Jamal
  • Crack The Spine Literary Magazine
  • Apeiron Review
  • Glimmer Train

On the Way Home by Fatima Jamal Crack The Spine Literary Magazine Apeiron Review Glimmer Train

 

Poetry

  • The Fortnightly Review
  • Orbis · International Literary Journal

The Fortnightly Review Orbis · International Literary Journal

 

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