Query Letters – Book Proposals – Submission Packages

Our published writers and professional book editors help write or revise query letters and nonfiction or fiction book proposals. You want your first contact with literary agents or acquisitions editors to do the best possible job of convincing them to read your manuscript, and we can help.
Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Developmental Editing, Manuscript Critiques, Work-in-Progress Beta Reading, Query Letters and Book Proposals

Former Locus magazine editor, Amy Bennett is a critically acclaimed and agented novelist with knowledge of both the craft and the business of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing. She has seen a number of writing careers start while working at the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop, and she is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop with many years of critique experience. As an editor for Shueisha English Edition), she edited and helped package novels and collections over multiple genres, including young adult, thrillers, literary fiction, and erotica, and she is sensitive to the needs of translated texts and authors whose first language is not English.

Beth Bruno

Beth Bruno

Developmental Content Editing, Writing Assistance, Query Letters, Book Proposals, Submissions to Literary Agents and Publishers

Fiction and nonfiction: adventure, children’s books, contemporary, education, humor, memoir/biography, mystery, romance and women’s fiction, historical, creative nonfiction, literary fiction

Beth has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them now award winners. Her favorite genres are: women’s fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction, and general nonfiction.

Beth also offers reading critiques, which are less costly than line-by-line editing, and include: reading of the complete manuscript, plus written comments about structure, character development, plot, pace, reader engagement, tone, voice, clarity and richness of language, and overall marketability.

Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan

Award-Winning Ghostwriter, Author and Book Editor

Co-Author of the Red Shoe Diaries series — Erotic Romance

STACEY DONOVAN is a ten-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. DIVE, Her first, critically acclaimed novel was published in 1995 (Penguin) and reissued in 2015 (Open Road Media). THE ART OF LONELINESS, a sexy novella, is currently available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s RED SHOE DIARIES is also available.

Donovan has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim: Two became New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); another won International Thrillers Awards First Novel Finalist (Thriller); another won Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2017 Silver Medal Award (Memoir), Foreword Reviews 2017 INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir), and Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies 2016; another won Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2017 Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction).

Marlo Garner

Marlo Garner

Children’s Book Writer, Editor, Illustrator

MARLO GARNER has been editing books and teaching writing since the late 1990s. She teaches Writing for Children’s Books (picture books), Writing Chapter Books for Children, and various other writing and revision workshops.

She also works in an editorial advisory capacity, and a copyeditor and illustrator for a number of independent or educational publishers.

Her chapter book series—which contains numerous poems and rhyming verse—was released in 2010, and she is the author and/or illustrator of a number of other published books for children, including a picture book for Internet security giant AVG.

Marlo received first place in the ‘published’ division of the New England SCBWI 2013 illustration awards.

She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) .

Ana Howard

Ana Howard

Book Editor and Author of Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Fiction, Memoirs, Historical Fiction

Ana specializes in fiction and offers a unique editorial perspective as the author of eight novels. Her books include contemporary and historical children’s, young adult, and adult literature. She has worked with both small independent publishers, such as Roberts Rinehart and Brown Barn Books, and large publishing houses, such as Penguin Putnam and American Girl.

She has seen one of her novels made into film and has won numerous literary awards.

She believes that even in today’s tough publishing climate, it is still possible for new writers to enter the business and succeed. Second to writing her own novels, she loves to mentor others to help them achieve their goals. She knows firsthand how writers benefit from the help and support of others writers and/or editors.

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editing and Proofreading Services

Fiction: Short Stories, Literary, Commercial, Mainstream, Young Adult and Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Detective/Mystery, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Erotic, LGBTQIA

Nonfiction: Memoir, Biography, Self-Help, How-To, Religion, Spirituality, New Age, Business, Technical

As an editor, Marie is vigorous yet hands-off: she will find errors and inconsistencies with a sharp eye but lets the work stand for itself. She won’t change anyone’s work into her own. She finds each author’s unique qualities and makes those resonate. Besides offering an objective critique, Marie provides advice on presentation. This can involve discussions on formatting the manuscript as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.

  • Manuscript Evaluations
  • Copyediting and Proofreading
  • Query & Synopsis Development
  • Structural Editing
  • Permissions Assistance
  • Formatting

Marie has passed the rigorous proofreading test of this editing network, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. Marie knows how to identify inconsistencies in structure as well as style and spelling of key terms. She is fluent in Chicago Manual of Style as well as AP Style. She will adapt to your project’s own particular style and make sure it is consistent.

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