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Mary-english-arabic-translatorMary Boureau is a writer, editor, proofreader, and translator. She has worked for major trade and academic publishers, including the American University in Cairo Press, Berkley/NAL/DAW (mass market fiction), Penguin Press/Viking (non-fiction and literary fiction), and Perigee (coffee table/novelty books), and NYU University Press and Oxford University Press (Arabic/English projects, including transliterated text).

In her years of experience working with publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House, she has worked on a variety of novels, including genre fiction in the romance, science fiction, and thriller categories, among others. In addition, she worked extensively on trade nonfiction projects, including self-help and business manuals. Her expertise includes editing for grammatical correctness, adherence to house style, and internal consistency. She has experience as a copy editor for a newly-launched dual-language Arabic/English imprint, copyediting classical Arabic texts and their translations using in XML Mind.

Mary is a sensitive and thorough reader of multiple genres of fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction. She has a keen eye for detail and a solid understanding of the larger structural considerations required for developmental editing. As a result of her experience with the nitty-gritty of grammar and stylistic consistency, as well as with larger pacing-/plot-/character-based developmental editing, Mary is a one-stop shop for all of your fiction and non-fiction editing needs.

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published author editor erotica gay lesbian mystery thrillerBefore 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 six-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. She has edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen 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.

Editing Specialties

  • 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.

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hopkins-mystery-book-editorSARA HOPKINS

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, and Ghostwriter

With over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry Sara Hopkins has edited or copyedited nearly three hundred manuscripts for clients around the globe. Sara was employed full-time at Bantam Dell in New York before striking out as a freelancer for such major publishers as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Rodale.

Praised by authors and publishers alike as a detail-oriented editor with an eye for plot and character inconsistencies, she believes the devil is in the details and a fine-tooth comb is essential to bring a manuscript to its full potential. Motivated by her love of a fabulous book, Sara knows what it takes to turn a good story into a great read without compromising the author’s unique perspective and voice.

“Sara did a fantastic job of editing my novel and returning it in a timely fashion.  She was both professional and friendly and answered any question that I may have had. I would recommend her services or the network to anyone who needs to have editing services.” Sabrina Asper

"Sara is the most talented editor I have ever encountered. What makes her different is her keen ability to understand the author’s voice and not impose hers on top. She gets it. I would not even think about using someone else for my next book.” Richard Steiner

"Her input and suggestions has proved extremely valuable and there is no question in my mind that it has gone a long way in helping take the novel to the next level.” Matt Zietsman

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James Powell - manuscript editorNovels, short stories, creative nonfiction, mainstream trade, religion, philosophy, adventure, romance, science fiction, erotica, action/military, travel/lifestyle, gay/lesbian, ethnic/culture, literary journalism, memoir/autobiography, New Age, spirituality, poetry  

“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. POWEL 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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Book Editor David RoseDAVID ROSE has edited more than seventy published books, both  fiction and nonfiction. Dave appreciates the interdependence of clear writing with clear thinking. He enjoys helping writers clarify their language and their thoughts, analyzing arguments, plot lines, and pointing out issues or inconsistencies that detract from a good story. Dave likes how the process of writing, rewriting, and editing leads to that aha moment of—yes, that is what I want to say, and I’ve said it well. Dave respects a writer’s individual style, keeping voice and tone intact while ensuring for consistency, correct grammar, and usage.

Dave got his start as a business reporter and went on to write for major corporations. He’s experienced in business and investment writing, book editing, communication planning, and public policy research. In addition to his editing, Dave writes for a wealth management advisor, developing web content and keeping clients abreast of market developments through letters and research reports.

Dave earned a BFA in Film from New York University and an MA from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Copy Editors Society.

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ali-book-editors Ali is not available until February 2016.

ALI WILLIAMS is a well-published author and editor, with 10 years of experience in literary and genre fiction, and a strong literary background. Her work has been seen in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio. She is on the editorial board of noted literary magazine Brevity.

A successful veteran of the query process, Ali knows how to help you present your book in its very best form. She edits and critiques literary fiction and a broad range of genres, including romance, erotica, mystery, horror and young adult fiction, memoir and travel essays.

Editorial Services:

Manuscript Evaluation, Critique, with Editorial Letter: Receive feedback on the overall concept and execution of your manuscript, with questions and suggestions for further work.

Developmental Editing and Writing Assistance: Includes story-shaping and structural guidance.

Line-editing: Evaluation and suggestions for improvement.

Copy-editing and Proofreading : Grammar and typo fixes.

Mentorship: Includes guidance for a specific publication or your writing career.

Query Coaching: Includes agent research.

Dramaturgy for Playwrights.

Ali excels at identifying strong, engaging writing and evaluating which elements of a manuscript are not serving the writer’s purpose. She gives explicit and specific notes in language the writer can receive and use. It's not fun or easy to hear it straight. But if you're up for it, Ali’s your editor. She’s not nasty or cutting, but she’s not kind. She doesn’t care about your self-esteem unless it affects your ability to keep writing, and she’ll only praise stuff that's genuinely right. Your work deserves it. You deserve it.

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