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Ghostwriting Services

Whether you seek a royalty-paying print or electronic publisher or plan to self-publish, our writers can assist you from start to finish. If you have a story to tell but lack the time, resources, or skill to produce a professional finished product, let our writers work with you to turn your story into a marketable manuscript.

Our ghostwriters provide as much or as little input as you desire, and the final product is all yours. If your project is nonfiction, our fact-checkers will help with research and presentation. If you have started a project but need a professional to help with the final touches, collaborating with our writers or ghostwriters may finally be the key to get your manuscript considered for publication. (Obviously, we cannot guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted by an agent and/or published.)

Note: Our writers, ghost writers, and editors do not work on spec (speculation)—a promise of payment from future royalties.

Our Ghostwriters

The following network members perform ghostwriting services:


manuscript evaluation critiquing developmental content editing writing assistanceManuscript Evaluations, Critiques, Organizational and Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Writing Assistance, Ghostwriting

CARLY CANTOR is a publishing industry veteran who has worked in-house at a New York publisher as an acquisitions editor and is a two-time published author (history books). Most recently, she has worked as an independent consultant and project editor for Random House and Prentice Hall. She also represents authors as an agent with a well-established NYC agency. Her extensive experience includes critiquing, organizational and development editing, and line editing of fiction and nonfiction projects. She is a meticulous hands-on editor who "becomes one" with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details.

 

She has often worked with academics, psychologists, and medical doctors on high-level material in the social or life sciences and has helped them make their writing more accessible to a trade audience. One thrilled client, a 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. She expertly shapes the structure of a presentation for better narrative flow, simplifying complex material to make it reader-friendly."

Carly also edits fiction, with an understanding of the importance of subtlety and nuance. She approaches fiction with an appreciation for how the brain works and for the idea that a reader likes to pick up clues and figure some things out for himself rather than be told everything directly about how characters are thinking and feeling. One novelist client said, "I have been guided by a number of different editors throughout my career. Without any hesitation, I can say that [she] is the best editor I have ever worked with."

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Developmental editing, ghostwriting, and book proposals for submission

book editor Henry DenardHENRY 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.

Rogue WarriorCharacterFavreWar of Art

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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 ten-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. She has edited or ghostwritten dozens of 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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david-hendersonDAVID 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 ghostwriting, developmental editing, or content editing. From novels to non-fiction works to memoirs, David will take the raw material of your ideas and develop them into a finished work, tailored to your own unique voice and style and ready to submit to publishers or finalized for self-publishing.

After earning his master's degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent many years working for an academic press and later for a major publishing house before committing to freelancing full-time. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and other print and digital publications and he has ghostwritten several projects large and small. Most recently, he penned a book for a prominent Washington, D.C. therapist and educator. As a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, David is also an authority on screenwriting for short or feature films.

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JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (BA in Theology / MA in Journalism—Professional Writing: Fiction).

You're sitting at your computer, smiling, feeling an incredible sense of satisfaction in your heart. After more hours than you can count, you've finally finished your novel – a story from deep within your soul that you want to share with the world.

But then the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? What should I do with it now?

With nearly twenty years of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive and into print. That's why he'd love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level …

  • Manuscript Critique – With a detailed evaluation document and annotated comments/suggestions throughout your manuscript, find out how you can make your good book even better.
  • Content Editing – Guidance and hands-on editorial help in reorganizing and revising your story to make it even more powerful and engaging. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Copyediting – Line-by-line editing to take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Ghostwriting – Crafting of a book-length manuscript using existing material from author. Also includes a follow-up copyedit. (NOTE: Ghostwriting available for Christian living/spirituality book projects only.)

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short story editing service journal editor FLOYD LARGENT specializes in history, natural history, anthropology and the sciences on the non-fiction front, and speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and allied fields) otherwise. He's published his own e-book on fiction marketing (100 Great Places to Sell Your Short Stories, Both On and Off the Web), and is intimately familiar with technical writing, having worked as a technical writer and editor for ten years. He's also been published in most of the popular American history magazines, including American History, America's Civil War, Old West, and True West.

Mr. Largent can provide publishing assistance (especially with short stories and journal articles), content development, manuscript evaluation, and mentoring services, supplemented with advice concerning manuscript mechanics, query letters, book synopses, and proposals.

 

  • Developmental editing
  • Book proposals

"I handed Floyd my 65,000 word manuscript on June 6th and got it back, polished to within an inch of its life, on July 25th. Floyd did a fantastic job."

"I've been going through the story and I'm about halfway through the review.... So far, the work is incredible. I really like what you've done with it to say the least. Satisfaction would be an understatement."

"Floyd Largent did an outstanding job with my manuscript. [H]is attention to detail, knowledge, and professionalism surpassed my expectations. I could not have been happier with the final product, or picked a more qualified editor to work with."

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James Powell - manuscript editorFICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS, MEMOIRS, THESES, DISSERTATIONS (APA Format)

“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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