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Fiction and nonfiction editing

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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“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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