Nonfiction Book Editors | Writing Nonfiction Book Proposals
Nonfiction genres include self-help, how-to, psychology, music, modern art, art history, religion, philosophy, science and technology, cookbooks, arts and crafts, architecture, computer science, information technology, essays, travel, geography, history, biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.
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
Manuscript Evaluations, Critiques, Organizational and Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Writing Assistance, Ghostwriting
CARLY CANTOR is a meticulous hands-on editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. For several years, she was an acquisitions editor at Carol Publishing Group in New York, where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of history and current events, how-to, memoir, and pop culture.
She currently represents authors as an agent with a well-established NYC agency, (Joëlle Delbourgo & Assoc.), which provides her with a foot in the New York publishing world (and access to the current thinking about what is hot and what is not).
Carly often works with academics, psychologists, and medical doctors on high-caliber material in the social and life sciences, helping to make their writing more accessible to a trade audience. One thrilled client, a medical doctor, said of her, “She is a consummate wordsmith, with the facility of not only understanding and integrating scientific and technical material but also illuminating arcane and otherwise opaque descriptions.”
Carly has authored two books: Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and The Mexican War (The Child’s World, 2003).
DAVID A. CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copyeditor, copywriter, art director, and proofreader for almost 20 years. He has written, co-written and edited over 40 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed a dozen films and has shepherded dozens of writers through the editing and publishing process.
David's areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, screenplays, creative nonfiction, business writing, how-to/self-help, autobiography and historical fiction. His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace and his friendly, honest approach.
Services offered: Writing, Ghostwriting, Manuscript Evaluation, Developmental/Substantive Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Book Proposal Development
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.
George di Pietro has more than 25 years of experience in academic and trade book publishing. His services include line editing (language and paragraph-by-paragraph organization of content), copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage) and substantive editing (structural work on an existing manuscript/development of a new one).
He has edited books about American, European, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history; constitutional law; political science; social science; arts and the humanities; media; and health and medicine.
George is the author of a well-reviewed cultural studies book (An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America, Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributing author to many other titles, including Mafia Movies: A Reader, The Essential Sopranos Reader, The Routledge History of the Italian Americans, Witness to Revolution, and Reggae, Rasta, Revolution. His articles and reviews have appeared in many print and online publications, including The Nation, PopMatters, Film Comment, Gay City News, the New York Journal of Books, and Rootsworld. He also is an authority on ethnicity, especially Italian American, and has contributed articles and essays about the Italian American experience to the Italian American Review (City University of New York), Voices in Italian Americana (Purdue University), and the Internet publications La Voce di New York and I-Italy. He has consulted to and appeared in the documentary films The Italian Americans (PBS, 2015), The Godfather Legacy (History Channel, 2012), and Beyond Wiseguys (PBS, 2008).
He is well-versed in various style guides, including Chicago, Turabian, APA, MLA, New York Times, Associated Press, and Butcher's (UK style). Having worked with physicians, researchers, and other health and medical professionals on their publications, he is not intimidated by technical or specialized material.
George also is a member of the Authors Guild and the National Book Critics Circle.
His editing credits include:
- In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel. Avraham Burg (2017)
- Can We All Get Along? Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics. Paula D. McClain, Jessica D. Johnson Carew (2017)
- Modern History of Iraq. Phebe Marr (2016)
- American Constitutional Law, Volumes 1 and 2. Rossum and Tarr (2016)
- Parliamentary Bills of Rights: The Experiences of New Zealand and United Kingdom. Janet L. Hiebert and James B. Kelly
- The International Law of Disaster Relief. David D. Caron, General Editor
- Global Environmental Constitutionalism. Jim May and Erin Daly
- European Bank Restructuring During the Crises. Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions) (2015)
- Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730–1850. Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt, eds. (2014)
Developmental Editor, Copyeditor
KARIN GRAHAM is a trained editor and versatile writer who is able to produce excellent work in areas as divergent as law, anthropology, blogging, and fiction. 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. She has published a dozen academic/technical articles, herself. Furthermore, she has over fifteen years of experience as a trial lawyer, both in criminal law and in child welfare. She has tried fifty jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, suppression motions, and pretrial and posttrial motions. She has taught search and seizure law to investigators and lectured about the insanity defense to college students. She has lectured to attorneys about the topic of the CSI effect on jury verdicts.
Karin knows the difference between terms of art and jargon, and understands that too much jargon can put off even subject-matter experts. She has a laser eye for detail and a professional and scholarly background spanning fields as diverse as psychology, literature, and law. Her work ethic is second to none.
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
JO-ANN LANGTREE writes and edits books, stories, and articles in the following fields: business, medical, insurance, health, holistic health, spirituality, religion, psychic phenomena, young-adult fiction, children's books, mystical experience, self-help, New Age, nutrition, diet, exercise, saints & masters, gurus, theosophy, Christianity, homeopathy, vitamins & minerals, herbs, and food supplements. She was a writer and editor for Aetna Life & Casualty. As editor of Life NEWS, she had sole responsibility for finding, developing, writing, editing, and proofing all articles. Topics included new products, sales campaigns, insurance-agent interviews, accolades, seminars, Company acquisitions and policies. Jo-Ann also edits personal and business sites.
Editing (copyediting and developmental)
Spirituality, metaphysics, religion, theosophy, psychology, holistic health, food supplements, homeopathy, nutrition, veganism, psychic phenomena, lucid dreaming, mystical experience, self-help, saints, masters, and gurus
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
HOLLY MONTY, MA MAC ELS
APA format, Chicago Manual of Style
Since operating as a freelance editor and writer, Ms. Monty, a Microsoft Word and LaTeX expert, has worked on books and articles published by many of the world’s leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, W. W. Norton, Sage, John Wiley, Springer, Lawrence Erlbaum, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Praeger, Greenwood, Blackwell, and other top names in academic and nonfiction publishing. To date, she has edited more than 2,000 published journal articles, more than 150 nonfiction books, and a wealth of dissertations and theses. Ms. Monty is proud to have worked with a diversity of students and academics from a broad range of our nation's universities. Given her wealth of experience, she is adept at working within the precise terms of your university's thesis/dissertation guidelines or with the publication guidelines of any peer-reviewed journal.
"Holly was FANTASTIC. She was SO thorough and submitted everything back to me earlier than I needed it! Even after she was done with the edit, I had some questions, and she was very speedy in her responses. I appreciate that she took time to answer my questions. She really went above and beyond! My paper not only needed to follow APA guidelines, but my university had guidelines as well. She did both perfectly." - Nicole Foster, Trinity International University.
Novels, 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.
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.
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.