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Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Developmental Book Editor, Proofreader, Copy Editor, Writing Coach, Mentor, Collaborator, and Ghostwriter

Contemporary/Mainstream, Detective, Erotica, Gay/Lesbian, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Memoir, Psychological Thriller, Young Adult, Women's Fiction

TED GASNER has edited hundreds of award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles during his six years as a Supervising Editor for Scholastic Inc. Ted developed book series for print, eReaders, and websites, then assigned topics to authors, helped them with their outlines and first drafts, and then took over from there to copyedit the final product.

Experience

As a freelance editor, Ted has edited novels, memoirs, marketing and advertising materials, textbooks, research papers, websites and whatever else has come his way. He has a strong background in fiction, history, the sciences, and sports.

Freelance Editor, New York, NY

  • editing for Scholastic (short story anthologies and marketing catalogs), Kaplan (textbooks), Ceneveo (textbooks), McGraw-Hill (textbooks), ONCEKids (memoirs and Asian-themed picturebooks), and other publishers

Supervising Editor, Scholastic Inc., New York, NY

  • assigning and editing book-length nonfiction manuscripts for middle schoolers
  • writing sidebars, online copy, and manuscripts
  • website development (wireframing, designing, and bugging webpages)
  • program development (creating concepts for whole series of books)
  • developing eBooks for tablets (bookmapping, layout, assets, functionality)
  • website management (trafficking digital assets; coordinating between editorial, design, and engineering teams)
  • copyediting, proofreading, indexing, fact-checking

 

Editing Services

Ted specializes in developmental editing, copyediting, line editing, and proofreading. A strong communicator, he works as a team with authors to help them bring out the best of their manuscripts.

Books Published/Edited

Wicked History - AminHitlerMaoStalin

Attila the HunCixiFrancisco PizarroHannibalHenry VIIIIvan the TerribleLeopold IIMary TudorOtto von BismarckRobes PierreSir Francis DrakeTorquemadaVlad the ImpalerBody SnatcherHindenburgSamurai

Explore with Marco PoloPompeiiSalem WitchSecret AgentSkyscraper BuilderStatue of Liberty WorkerBrooklyn Bridge WorkerFound Guilty

Animal InstinctsFamily TiesIn the MarginsLife and DeathNever Say DiePlanting SeedsPOWReporting LiveSchooledSky HighState of EmergencyID

Attack on Pearl HarborIs It Hot Enough for YouPopulation 1.3 BillionUltimate Guide to BaseballUltimate Guide to Footballhe 10

 

Editing Articles

Nine Mistakes that Authors Make—And How to Fix Them

How Editors and Authors Work Together

Feedback / Testimonials

"Ted brings an uncommon sensitivity and thoughtfulness to his edits." —Wilson Muir, author of Citizen Lansky

"I loved Ted's work and I'm so happy we chose to work with each other. He did what a good editor should do—take a writer who's in shorts and a T-shirt and put him in a fine suit. It's still the writer, but he looks freakin' awesome!" —Scott Service, author of Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq

"I eventually hit the 'accept all' button as I went through Ted's incredible edits. All of his comments were truly spot on as well, which brilliantly helped to flesh out where I was trying to go." —Tiffany FitzHenry, author of Animus

"I am SO SO pleased with the improvements Ted's edits have made to my manuscript. The improved word flow, the more interesting details, the character development, and a special bonus has been his knowledge of China and Mandarin, electronics, and of course the Mets." —Valerie Stauffer, author of Shanghaied

"It was a pleasure to work with Ted, who was always challenging me to create a better story. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I am grateful for all his hard work and thoughtful analysis." —George Tan, author of Declaration

"Ted really pushed me to think at a deeper level—his feedback helped me as a writer and a human being." — Suma Subramaniam, author of Being Gandhi

"This is my first novel and I had a nirvana going through Ted's suggestions on improvements and world building, which is exactly what I had hoped he would do. Though I purchased a critique, he instead went beyond what was required and went through my manuscript chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph. When I went through the whole of his edits, it finally clicked as to what the story was missing. I returned to the beginning and built upon his suggestions. I reimagined the whole story, expanding and elevating it beyond what I hoped it would be. He opened my eyes." —Joe Nutter, The Dark Fortress

"Ted was fantastic and patient with me while I learned to write my first novel. Thank you so much for everything." —Tess Manchester, author of Pivot Point

"Ted did a fantastic job. He was on time, did more than he had to, had excellent ideas in developmental editing, and provided very detailed copyediting. I chose him over cheaper bids and am happy to say he's worth every penny if you want a quality product." —Don McGann, author of Stilettos in Vegas

"Choosing the right editor is essential to maximizing a story's potential, and I was very lucky to have found Ted Gasner. He did an exceptional job of editing, formatting, and proofreading my debut novel. After he purged the superfluous text, he meticulously prepared the manuscript for publication, seemingly leaving no word unturned. If you are seeking an editor who not only has a superior command of the English language but is also passionate about making your work the best it can be, I decidedly recommend Ted. I'll certainly be utilizing his talents again." —Brian Sloan, author of Double-Crossed

"I am so happy with the great editing job Ted did on my manuscript and book blurb! Both are now hugely improved; his outstanding work made everything more colorful and fun." —Jane Koprucki, author of Suddenly Single at Sixty

"It was great to work with Ted. He did a wonderful job cutting out a lot of extraneous verbiage and sharpening the book, and I think the pace and flow of the story is much, much better. I couldn't have done it without him!" — Greg Emmerth, author of The Game

"I've had the privilege of working with Ted, and he is a consummate professional. A talented editor with a keen eye for detail, Ted always offers fresh and creative ideas to help strengthen my prose without compromising my voice. If you are looking for a caring, prompt, thorough editor, he is definitely the person to contact." —Lisa Fox, author of Knightly Desire

"Ted vastly improved my novel. There was a lot of stuff that he cut and while sometimes my first reaction was 'why did he cut this?' usually after comparing the 'before' and 'after' it was better with the cuts, which definitely reduced a lot of redundancy. He actually really helped me see what I was doing wrong and I think this will help when I write my next book." —Michael Seidelman, author of The Garden of Syn

"Ted Gasner edited my manuscript and he did an amazing job. He's a pro who knows the ins and outs of editing, style, diction, chapter headings, the works. He doesn't miss anything. Again and again, he figured out what I was trying to say, then said it in fewer words, better words, cleaner images, tighter logic, and style." —Tom Sulcer

"Ted has an amazing ability to boil it down to the best moments in the least amount of words! I really like all the sophistication he brings to the writing. Casual tone but with varying sentence structures that keep it interesting." —Eileen Wacker, author of The Mom's Code

"I probably used 95–97% of Ted's edits. He was the biggest help I've ever received in my five years of developing this story, and he was amazing with the action scenes. THANKS SO FRICKIN' MUCH!" —David Farris, author of The Jestivan (Erafeen)

"Ted's a mad genius! His edits were phenomenal! I'm so happy!" —Tiffany FitzHenry, author of Aurora

"Two years into writing my book, I found myself suffering from a serious case of writer's block and the anxiety that comes with it. I sought help from freelance editor and book doctor, Mr. Ted Gasner. With his insightful guidance and developmental edits, I found my stride again. Another year passed, and I again found myself struggling to come up with additional material to finish the book. For a second time, I sought the help of my amazing editor, Mr. Gasner. He resurrected my dream from the bottom of the grave by providing fresh insights that I needed to continue writing. He later provided the final 'spit and polish' by working his copyediting magic and providing yet more sage advice. He went above and beyond my expectations." —Mike Kowis, author of Engaging College Students: Cursing, Dirty Jokes, and Other Effective Tips

"Working with Ted has been stress-free and a pleasure. He is extremely responsive with his communications and goes the extra mile. Ted understood the nuances of our project and helped craft it into a much better product. We will definitely work with him again!" —Michael Garcia

"Ted did a developmental edit of my book. This was my first experience with a freelance editor. I thought my manuscript was nearly ready to be submitted for publication—I was wrong. Ted sent me 184 suggested changes, and he gave me sound advice on how to restructure my story. You can be sure that I will not send another book to a publisher without first having Ted edit the manuscript." —William Turner

"Ted has an amazing ability to boil it down to the best moments in the least amount of words! I really like all the sophistication he brings to the writing. Casual tone but with varying sentence structures that keep it interesting." —Eileen Wacker, author of The Mom's Code and Once Kids' Fujimini Adventure Series

"I glanced over the edits - I don't like them - I LOVE THEM!!! You're a genius! You really made my girls pop! I had to laugh at a couple of your comments. Great catch about Facebook age appropriateness.  So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all that work! It's so much red, I feel like a failing kid in seventh grade." —Yvette.

"Ted was very prompt and did a great job of editing for me." —Sarah Gallaway

"I've had the privilege of working with Ted, and he is a consummate professional. A talented editor with a keen eye for detail, Ted always offers fresh and creative ideas to help strengthen my prose without compromising my voice. If you are looking for a caring, prompt, thorough editor, he is definitely the person to contact. —Lisa Fox, author of Knightly Desire

"I chose Ted Gasner over cheaper proposals because of his sample edit. He was worth every penny as he put MORE into the project than he needed to. Nice quality work and easy to work with." —Don McGann

"As a children's book author I was looking for an editor that would look at the interaction of the words along with the pictures on every page, not just the words on a typed document. Ted handled this task with mastery: He made each sentence as efficient as possible, while keeping a consistent style throughout. Always prompt in returning his edits, Ted made his comments and annotations directly on my PDF, making it a breeze to implement his feedback."—Alan Quinonez, author of Benito, You Can Do it! Series

"An educated man myself, I am humbled by your excellent understanding of the English language and writing skills.  What I sent to you now appears to be pretty rough, but it was the best I could do!!  Nice to have you on my team. After all this effort, I hope this book goes somewhere...and if it does, you will be a big reason why it did."  —Dan