Gay and Lesbian Book Editors
Fiction and nonfiction editing
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 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.
- 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 specializes in celebrity interviews with experts in their field. She is also a Publishing and Social Media strategist.
PATTI FRAZIER’s editorial career spans more than 15 years. She has worked with publishing houses such as Llewellyn and Hazelden, as well as with self-publishing indy authors, nonprofit corporations, and Fortune 500 companies. In 2013, Patti was involved in the production of more than 30 books, serving as developmental editor, copy editor, proofreader, or publishing consultant.
With an MFA in Creative Writing, Patti specializes in literary fiction, young adult fiction, magical realism, gay/lesbian fiction and nonfiction, and general fiction. She has also edited several memoirs and business books.
As a developmental editor, Patti can help you strengthen your work, release old habits, and create new, powerful ways of looking at your writing. Her primary goal is to tap into the author’s voice so the editing weaves seamlessly into the manuscript.
As a copy editor, Patti will ensure your writing is clear and concise. She will correct errors in spelling and grammar, including punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and tense. She will also make suggestions and minor editorial changes to improve your sentence and paragraph structure, tone, flow, and word choice.
As a publishing consultant, Patti works with authors through every step of the self-publishing process. She designs/typesets book interiors (for CreateSpace and other print-on-demand companies) and converts files into Kindle and epub formats. She guides authors through steps like obtaining a copyright, a Library of Congress Control Number, an ISBN, and she helps authors get set up on CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and more.
The author of two novels, Patti has taught at the Loft Literary Center and has been a guest speaker at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. She has been on many writing, publishing, and editing panels.
FICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS, MEMOIRS, THESES, DISSERTATIONS (APA Format)
JAMES N. POWELLis "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.
ARLENE W. ROBINSON has developed and edited 500+ full-length manuscripts in a variety of genres since 1996. Her clients include women's fiction author Angie Daniels, London Times best-selling nonfiction author Catherine G. McCall, Bram Stoker Award-long listed Sue Dent, award-winning Young Adult author Hannah R. Goodman, AFCW-nominated Christian fiction author Laura Frantz, and award-winning journalist and Huffington Post contributor Daleen Berry.
Arlene welcomes new or published authors as clients, and enjoys helping journalistic, business and academic writers transform their writings into marketable, polished products for mainstream readers. Arlene's area of expertise include:
- Substantive and Structural editing and Critique (nonfiction)
- Developmental editing and Critique (fiction)
- Stylistic editing and style conversions (fiction and nonfiction)
- Copyediting and Proofreading (fiction and nonfiction)
"This was my first time using an editor, and boy did I hit the jackpot! Arlene not only obviously knows her stuff, she is a pleasure to work with."
"Arlene is everything you want in an editor: thorough, timely and accommodating. If it weren't for her, I certainly would not have landed a publisher for my manuscript. Not only was her editing topnotch, her advice on everything about publishing was very helpful. Arlene really cares about the work she does and it shows!"
"Every writer needs an editor—even someone like me who teaches journalism at the University of Washington and spent a career in newspapers."