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. 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.
Writing 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
GEOFF SMITH edited hundreds of award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles during his six years as a Supervising Editor for Scholastic Inc. Geoff 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, Geoff 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.
Selected Titles in the Gay and Lesbian Genre
- STRIPPERS ARE NOT THE ONES
- A TOMBOY IN DISGUISE
- THE DEATH OF DOMA
BOOK EDITOR REVIEWS
"Geoff 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
"Geoff was very prompt and did a great job of editing for me." Sarah Gallaway
"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 Geoff, and he is a consummate professional. A talented editor with a keen eye for detail, Geoff 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 Geoff Smith 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. Geoff 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, Geoff 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