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book editor and author David AlanLine editing, copy editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters

Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s; Nonfiction: memoirs, history, sports, biographies, military, politics

DAVID ALAN has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic. His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.21 based on nearly 3,000 ratings.

"Excellence is his habit," asserted publisher Les Krantz, "and everybody I’ve teamed him up with (my clients, my authors, namely) loves to work with him. They are very vocal about it."

David edited the award-winning The Holocaust Chronicle, which earned a letter of commendation from Vice President Al Gore. CBS anchorman Harry Smith said on The Early Show about David’s Civil Rights Chronicle, "This should be in every home in America." After reviewing that book, Walter Cronkite agreed to write the foreword for David’s next effort, The Sixties Chronicle.

The Murder of Emmett Till, which David authored, was assigned reading for journalism students at New York University. He cowrote JFK Day by Day, which was featured on Today with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. He has penned biographies on such individuals as Harvey Milk, Magic Johnson, Malala Yousafzai, Mitt Romney, Eminem, Malcolm X, Alex Rodriguez, and Amy Winehouse.

David has edited the writing of many scholars and such esteemed Americans as John Eisenhower, Margaret Truman, U.S. congressman John Lewis, and U.S. senators Daniel Inouye and Ben Nighthorse Campbell. He has written thousands of MLB and NFL player bios for The Topps Company.

David would love to help YOU get your book published.

What David Can Do for You

  • Evaluate your manuscript and suggest what he and you could do to get it "publish ready."
  • Edit the manuscript to the point where it can be published as is.
  • Help you write a polished query letter for publishers and/or literary agents.
  • Offer publishing advice (traditional and self-) and marketing advice.

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THEODORA BRYANT focuses on mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, adventure, and horror titles. She has considerable experience with trade non-fiction. As Editorial Director of her own publishing house, Theodora published almost 100 titles, garnering several awards in "Best Of" categories. Almost half of the titles were bought for paperback reprints, and two were optioned for TV/movies. She has invaluable knowledge about the industry, the type of people who run it, how to work within it, and tips for getting your foot in the door. She's reviewed, evaluated, and edited hundreds of manuscripts through the years, and uses that knowledge to help her clients produce results-driven manuscripts, query letters, and synopses. She works particularly hard at staying in the author's "voice," making sure the facts and dialogue match the time period in which the book is set, and "losing" excess verbiage. She's a good mentor, hard worker, and in many cases, has ultimately become a good friend.


History

Owner, award-winning publishing company, 1994-2001

Freelance editor (with this network only) since 2002

Critiqued and edited hundreds of manuscripts

Dozens of authors now happily selling their books

Specialties

Detailed written critique/evaluation of your manuscript that asks questions, points out conflicts, confused timelines, characterization difficulties, etc., in the manuscript itself so the guide is always there for you to follow as you rework it.

Mentor you with creative ideas, and guide you through the whole gamut of what’s what in the publishing industry (i.e.: whether traditional or self-publishing is best for you).

Hands on content edit (aka copy-edit, aka line edit), structural/stylistic edit of your manuscript, doing everything to get your manuscript ready for a traditional agent, a traditional editor, a self-publishing company, or ready for submission to an e-publisher.

Work with you on a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication, should you want that.

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science fiction book editing historical literaryNote: Michael is not accepting submissions until September 2018.

Substantive editing, copyediting, rewriting

Fiction and nonfiction: literary, how-to, psychology, self-help, crime fiction, adult, young adult, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, true crime, international relations, current affairs, nature and science, military history, forensic science, travel

MICHAEL CARR has edited or copyedited 300+ fiction and nonfiction titles for major publishers and authors. Notable nonfiction authors include Bernard Goldberg (NY Times best-seller Arrogance), CNN anchor Lou Dobbs (Exporting America), Rev. Al Sharpton (Al on America), and CNN Crossfire host Tucker Carlson (Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites). Michael edits most fiction genres but specializes in literary and historical, crime/mystery, drama, fantasy, and science fiction.

Notable fiction authors include Brad Meltzer (#3 NY Times best-seller The Zero Game), NY Times Notable Book of the Year author Archer Mayor (The Surrogate Thief, Gatekeeper, The Second Mouse), crime grandmaster Donald Westlake (the Dortmunder series), and the fantasy master Michael Moorcock (The White Wolf's Son).

Michael has also edited eight published volumes on world affairs and some twenty self-help books (medical, psychological, personal growth, and business) and has translated a dozen novels and other literary works from Spanish to English.

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Developmental editing, ghostwriting, and book proposals for submission

book editor Henry DenardHENRY 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.

He can assist with literary agent and publisher selection as well as the fiction or nonfiction submission package, including query letters and book proposals.

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book editor Ted GasnerWriting Coach, Mentor, Collaborator, and Ghostwriter Editing Services

Contemporary, Mainstream, Creative Nonfiction, Detective, Erotica, Gay/Lesbian, Literary Fiction, Memoir/Autobiography, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

TED GASNER 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.

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

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 the manuscripts.

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"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.

"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

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JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (BA in Theology / MA in Journalism—Professional Writing: Fiction).

You're sitting at your computer, smiling, feeling an incredible sense of satisfaction in your heart. After more hours than you can count, you've finally finished your novel – a story from deep within your soul that you want to share with the world.

But then the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? What should I do with it now?

With nearly twenty years of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive and into print. That's why he'd love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level …

  • Manuscript Critique – With a detailed evaluation document and annotated comments/suggestions throughout your manuscript, find out how you can make your good book even better.
  • Content Editing – Guidance and hands-on editorial help in reorganizing and revising your story to make it even more powerful and engaging. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Copyediting – Line-by-line editing to take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Ghostwriting – Crafting of a book-length manuscript using existing material from author. Also includes a follow-up copyedit. (NOTE: Ghostwriting available for Christian living/spirituality book projects only.)

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James Powell - manuscript editorFICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS, MEMOIRS, THESES, DISSERTATIONS (APA Format)

“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 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.

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Ginny Rogers: Publication Analysis, Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Page and Book Design GINNY ROGERS

Polish provides luster, adds richness, and enhances beauty. It works on fingernails, shoes, furniture, even your car. Ginny Rogers specializes in polishing your writing, whether a book manuscript, a dissertation, or a business manual.

With experience in nonfiction, academic, business, and technical editing, Ginny targets word choice, style, tone, organization, flow, and development in addition to essential grammar, spelling, and punctuation. For fiction, she also addresses character motivation and growth, plot development, action, and consistency. One award-winning client noted:

If what I need is a skilled pen able to sharpen plot development while polishing the edges; to cause prose to leap off the page, gripping a reader with anticipation; and to excite imagination with blazing imagery, then I turn to Ginny Rogers. A highly talented editor and writer gifted with uncanny insight, Ginny Rogers is at the pinnacle of her craft.

Ginny's outside perspective frees you to focus on your ideas and follow your inspiration while she takes care of the details. Targeted assistance includes:

  • Honing your individual writing style.
  • Examining organization, flow, and progression.
  • Editing for clarity and consistency.
  • Proofreading for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style.
  • With fiction, assessing characters, their motivations, and their actions.
  • Refining descriptive word choices.
  • Clarifying publication goals.
  • Analyzing how well the document meets those goals.
  • Designing documents appropriate to both content and purpose.
  • Maintaining style standards across documents.

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