Biography, Autobiography and Memoir Editors
Line 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.
NAOMI BLYTHE is a professional copy editor and proofreader. She has worked in-house for two publishing companies: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and Coastal Carolina Press. In 2005 Naomi began freelancing full time as a copy editor and proofreader. As a freelance book editor and proofreader, she has worked for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, University of New England Press, Ave Maria Press, and Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications.
- Academic Editing
- Religion, Spirituality, Inspirational
- Catholic Topics/Catholicism
- Creative Nonfiction
- Memoir, Autobiography, Biography
She can ensure compliance with the Chicago Manual of Style and will edit your cover jacket “blurb,” free of charge, as part of her book editing services.
Judge: Indie Book Awards
Developmental Content Editing, Writing Assistance, Query Letters, Book Proposals, Submissions to Literary Agents and Publishers
BETH BRUNO is a columnist, author, and book editor. Hundreds of her articles have been published in print and online, and her first book, Wild Tulips, came out in 2001 and went into a second printing in 2002. Beth's proximity to New York and her position as President of the CT Authors and Publishers Association give her unique access to literary agents and publishers in and around New York City. Several of the authors whose manuscripts she has edited have been published in the mainstream, thanks to her referrals on their behalf.
Beth’s editing interests are eclectic and include a delicious mix of fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children’s works. Among the 350+ manuscripts she has edited, she has a special affinity for: mystery/suspense, women’s fiction, memoir, psychology topics, romance, self-help, how-to, and both fiction and nonfiction for young adult (YA) readers.
In addition to editing, Beth serves as a judge for the Indie Book Awards, an excellent contest for authors who self-publish. Winners receive cash prizes, publicity, and introduction to literary agents and publishers.
"I want to thank Beth for the spectacular job she did editing my book, which has just been published. When Beth first*** received the manuscript, she understood what was missing and recognized the changes needed to improve the flow, characterization, plot, etc., of my novel. She had a keen eye for small details. Beth was also always very available to discuss suggestions, and she quickly came up with alternatives to solve the problems we encountered along the way. She guided me through the particulars of my novel to the final polished product. The result: A published book." Oscar Medina
PEGGY CAMPBELL has been editing nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers, and several authors return to her for each book they write. She works as a developmental/line editor/substantive editor, copy editor, and proofreader, and is an expert user of the Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian.
Her areas of expertise are history (especially American history), including biography, memoir, and autobiography; journalism; and politics and government, public affairs, and public policy; and equine subjects. She also has extensive experience editing in such disparate fields as African American, American, gay, gender, and women’s studies; business and advertising/marketing; cultural anthropology; law; and social work.
Edited books have won a number of awards and named honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the Tankard Award; Choice Outstanding Book of the Year; National Jewish Book Award; Choice Outstanding Academic Title—and those are the ones she knows about. She has been privileged to edit forewords by such authors as John Kenneth Galbraith and Morely Safer. Campbell’s own work as a reporter and that of her reporters was nominated for several Pulitzers by various newspapers.
Her standards are high, and her motto is “Never give a critic a free lunch.” Her attention to detail is ferocious—authors are amazed by her ability to catch discrepancies, inconsistencies, and redundancies hundreds of pages apart. Her favorite compliment from an author? “You make me sound like me—only better!”
Manuscript Evaluations, Critiques, Organizational and Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Writing Assistance, Ghostwriting
CARLY CANTOR is a twice-published author and a publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor with a New York publisher. She currently represents authors as an agent with a well-established NYC agency. Her extensive experience includes critiquing, organizational and development editing, and line-editing of fiction and nonfiction projects. She is a meticulous hands-on editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details.
Carly has worked closely with memoir-writers and has a knack for preserving an author’s own special voice while helping him/her avoid falling into narrative mistakes that come across as awkward or amateurish. Some of her memoirists have been people documenting struggles with mental illness, addiction, and/or abuse; an adoptee who found her birth mother; a man convicted of the mercy-killing of his wife; a woman born in Korea who was oppressed by the culture’s sexism; a man falsely accused and prosecuted of federal crimes; a son of a Holocaust survivor who learns his father’s story after 50 years of silence; just to name a few.
She loves learning about other people’s experiences and helping them to tell their stories with poignancy and drama so that others might appreciate them.
Carly also edits fiction, with an understanding of the importance of subtlety and nuance. She approaches fiction with an appreciation for how the brain works and for the idea that a reader likes to pick up clues and figure some things out for himself rather than be told everything directly about how characters are thinking and feeling.
One novelist client said, "I have been guided by a number of different editors throughout my career. Without any hesitation, I can say that [she] is the best editor I have ever worked with."
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.
He can assist with literary agent and publisher selection as well as the fiction or nonfiction submission package, including query letters and book proposals.
Before STACEY DONOVAN became a professional editor more than 20 years ago, she worked in a literary agency where she learned how to say no more often than yes, and include reasons why. A stint in advertising followed, teaching her to tell it short and sweet, meet deadlines, and most important: never give up.
Donovan is a ten-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. She has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients. Two became New York Times Bestsellers, and another nominated for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers. She is experienced in many genres: Contemporary/Mainstream; Caper/Detective; Erotica; Gay/Lesbian; Literary Fiction; Mystery; Psychological Thriller; Suspense; Women's Fiction; Young Adult; Memoir/Autobiography; Creative Nonfiction.
- Detailed critique/evaluation of your manuscript
- Developmental/structural/stylistic edit of your manuscript
- Complete revision of your manuscript
- Collaborate with you in a mentoring capacity as you edit your manuscript
- Collaborate with you on a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication
- Determine with you which literary agent would be suitable for representation
- Determine with you whether to pursue mainstream, small, or self-publishing
- Consultation on your initial and/or ongoing Social Media strategy
Donovan is a writing coach, mentor, collaborator and ghostwriter. She has published dozens of non-fiction articles on design and art, and specialized in celebrity interviews with experts in their field. She is also a Publishing and Social Media strategist.
JOAN GIARDINO is an editor, proofreader, and translator with more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing industry. Her clients include major book publishers, authors, illustrators, theater directors, and personal historians.
She has edited or proofread hundreds of award-winning published books—children, middle-grade, and young adult fiction, nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, biographies, and personal memoirs. Since access to the Internet has given the reader the ability to “see” and/or “experience” situations and places far away in time and place, Joan makes certain that the text rings true when editing nonfiction, historical fiction, or fiction that includes real places and events.
Genres: Children, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Autobiograpy, Biography, Science for Children, Middle Grade, and Young Adult
KARIN GRAHAM is a trained editor. She has a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of Virginia, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and a certificate in editing from the University of California Berkeley Extension. Karin honed her skills in turning facts and events into a coherent story in the crucible of the courtroom and her years as an attorney make her utterly attuned to the way that just the right (or wrong) word can change everything. She uses those skills to bring out the best in your work.
If your novel has fight scenes or involves any aspect of police procedures or the law, Karin is your specialist. Karin is a trained martial artist, with a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and years of training in hapkido and Krav Maga (which is a street-fighting self-defense system designed by a man fighting to survive in 1930s Eastern Europe). This means that Karin is uniquely able to evaluate the realism of your fight scenes. She has accompanied police on search warrants, observed autopsies, and been to countless crime scenes. She has training in arson prosecution and investigations and has given lectures to investigors on the subject of search and seizure law and to college students about the insanity defense.
Karin understands that just because editors can change a manuscript doesn't mean they should. An editor's job is to make the author's manuscript stand out, not to remake it as their own.
Copy editing, and developmental editing of memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, self-help books, and religious writing.
Academic editing (especially in Political Science, Film Studies, English Literature, U.S. History)
David Henderson has built up a distinguished career as an editor, writer, and filmmaker. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and meticulous attention to detail has earned him a loyal following of clients in need of copy editing, content editing, or ghostwriting.
After earning his master's degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent five years working for an academic press and later for a major publishing house before committing to freelancing full-time. His long track record has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including academic manuscripts, short- and long-form fiction, business communications, scholarly non-fiction works, self-help books, Christian and other religious-themed writing, manuscripts by non-native English speakers, humor writing, exposés, legal materials, and private correspondence. As a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, David is also an authority on screenwriting for short or feature films.
David has helped guide a number of manuscripts to publication and looks forward to continuing to apply his critical insight and editorial skills to help bring more projects to fruition. In addition to an eagle-eyed ability to spot errors of mechanics and a thorough comprehension of even the most arcane points of grammar, his best attribute as an editor lies in his proficient knowledge of what makes a piece of writing work (and, importantly, what doesn't). David relishes the process of working with the author to get at the heart of the substantive components of a novel, dissertation, or other text and finding ways to allow those parts to cohere into a functional, unified whole. Being an effective editor often also necessitates being an educator of sorts, especially when working with less experienced authors. Hence, David strives not only to revise and critique an author's work but also to imbue him or her with a deeper understanding of the craft, which also ensures that he or she understands my own editorial changes and suggestions. He has found this approach to be very effective for producing polished works of fiction as well as satisfied clients.
Christian - Fantasy - Memoirs
ANA HOWARD is the author of seven well-reviewed and award-winning children’s novels and has helped many others with their manuscripts, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels. After working in public schools for many years, she has now been a part of the publishing industry for fifteen years and provides a creative and supportive environment. She is passionate about children’s literature and offers the following services:
• Developmental, substantive and content editing
• Formatting and guidance on the submission process
• Query letters and synopses
• Advice for self-publishing authors
Publishing Credits Include:
- Water at the Blue Earth, young adult historical fiction (Roberts Rinehart)
- A Ceiling of Stars, middle grade contemporary fiction (American Girl)
- Nowhere, Now Here, middle grade contemporary fiction (American Girl)
- The Magic of Ordinary Days, adult historical fiction (Viking Penguin)
- Under a Stand Still Moon, young adult historical fiction (Brown Barn Books)
- Call Me the Canyon, young adult historical fiction (Brown Barn Books)
- Nicki, contemporary middle grade fiction (American Girl)
- Thanks to Nicki, contemporary middle grade fiction (American Girl)
She has seen one of her novels made into film (for Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions on CBS) and has won numerous literary awards. She believes that even in today’s tough publishing climate, it is still possible for new writers to enter the business and succeed. Second to writing her own novels, she loves to mentor others to help them achieve their goals. She knows firsthand how writers benefit from the help and support of other writers and/or editors.
"My novel had lingered in the offices of editors at the Big Six for years. Ana’s editing was timely and skillful and showed an understanding of my work. I used 95% of her suggestions and cut 200 pages from a 600 page manuscript. End result is a book with a clean, compelling narrative that has been called 'a gripping read'. Reader reviews of my book at Amazon and Goodreads have been very gratifying and allowed me to enter the top 100 for science-fiction/fantasy. Kirkus Reviews selected Prophets of the Ghost Ants as one of their Best of 2011. I would recommend Ana Howard's services to any author whose work needs an edit. Cost of the service was more than fair and the end result was priceless." —Clark T. Carlton
FLOYD LARGENT has helped many writers polish their memoirs and autobiographical works. In addition to assisting with copyediting, his close working relationship with his clients brings an empathetic touch to his editing, making their tales more immediate and emotional to the reader. Memoirs should be more than just dry recitations of facts and memories; they should reach out and grab the reader by the heart. Most memoir writers provide the right raw material; Mr. Largent feels it’s his job to chip away the excess, find the gems within, and polish them up to their maximum brightness. He works carefully to retain the author’s style, theme, and tone, whether it involves a humorous look at the middle-age dating scene after a long marriage, or the poignant but optimistic outlook of a young girl abandoned to raise her brothers and sisters by neglectful parents. No matter your story, Mr. Largent will live it himself as he edits, with a heartfelt enthusiasm for the narrative.
In addition to developmental editing and polishing, Mr. Largent can provide publishing assistance (especially in regard to manuscript mechanics, query letters, book synopses, and proposals), manuscript evaluation, and mentoring services. He’s especially proud of his close relationships with the authors with whom he works, and always has time to talk writing.
Mr. Largent’s published memoir/autobiographical authors include:
- Chris Ayres, author of The Love Chest, a brief illustrated memoir of her relationship with her aged grandfather as a teenager in Brazil, published by CreateSpace.
- Tom Marino, author of Tomorrow May Be Too Late: a Love Story, a memoir of his experiences as a gay young man in New Jersey. Self-published inCharleston, SC.
- Doris Mercado, author of The Armor of Love and Hope, a memoir of a young Puerto Rican girl’s journey through abuse and abandonment to eventual success and happiness. Published by Floricanto Press and Berkeley Press, Los Angeles.
- Marie Rundquist, author of Cajun by any Other Name: Recovering the Lost History of a Family and a People, ahistory of her Cajun ancestors. Published by Infinity Books, Conshohocken, PA.
- Chad Stone, author of Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet: One Man’s Brave Adventure into Dating Again in the 21st Century, published by Soulmate Media.
- Developmental content editing
- Manuscript mechanics and formatting
- Book proposals
- Submission advice
E. M. Levy, a professional editor for 30+ years, has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards.
For nearly two decades, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.
Topic specialties include social sciences and humanities: education, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, performing and visual arts, law and politics, public affairs, theology, religion, New Age topics, spirituality, Judaism, biography, public affairs, memoirs, biographies, health, medicine.
He has been praised for his ability to translate scientific and medical material into readable prose without losing the acuity of the original text
Mr. Levy often works with writers who need to start from scratch to restructure their nonfiction manuscripts, but he works with writers at every step of the writing, editing, and submission process.
- Association of Academic Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award
- Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year
- Independent Publishers Book Award
- Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award
- V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association
- Substantive editing
- Developmental editing
- Line editing
- Copy editing
Kendra is booking for December 2017.
KENDRA LUND, PhD, is a book doctor, book editor, author, writing coach, and publishing consultant. Kendra specializes in books on the spiritual end of the self-help spectrum, along with memoir writing and fiction. She is a passionate advocate for authors with a message that inspires positive change in our lives.
Kendra loves the process of collaborating with authors to develop a book project, but also enjoys working invisibly behind the scenes to ghostwrite books for clients. Besides wearing the editor's hat, Kendra offers private coaching sessions for aspiring writers. As a publishing consultant, she is happy to assist authors in the art of crafting a good book proposal to submit to trade publishers. She also serves as an agent for clients seeking traditional publishing opportunities and facilitates the creative use of independent publishing resources. For authors who want to publish independently, she can skillfully oversee the manuscript preparation and pre-publication process (book designing and typesetting).
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.
MARIE VALENTINE's editorial work ranges from conceptual and developmental brainstorming to copy editing and proofreading, as well as the nitty-gritty of print and Web production. She has worked in acquisitions and production for the renowned new age book publisher Llewellyn Worldwide. She has also served as a news editor and writer, business technology editor, poet and small press publisher of experimental works by contemporary writers. Marie will use her knowledge in literature and nonfiction to clarify your thoughts with minimal alteration, but she is also open to experiments and will adapt easily and quickly to your perceived vision and goals. A flexible editor and proofreader with a light touch, Marie will help your prose shine while keeping your personal style intact.
- 10+ years proofreading experience (print, web, digital, books, magazines, news weeklies, chapbooks and more)
- 6 years business and technology editing experience
- 5 years book manuscript editing experience, both fiction and nonfiction
- 4 years publisher acquisitions experience - Ruminator (small press), university press (U of MN), commercial press (Llewellyn). She knows what publishers look for in a book.
- 9 years academic editing and formatting
- Content organization
- Structural and substantive editing
- Formatting and style editing (MLA, Chicago, APA, AP, project-specific)
- Copy editing
DON WHITE is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years' publishing experience. He's worked on three New York Times bestsellers and three Los Angeles Times bestsellers. Among the notable writers he's edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.
He's equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he's freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.
Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he's authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He's also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.