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Arlene Prunkl

Arlene Prunkl - Editor

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Besides extensive experience, what I'll contribute as your editor is passion few can surpass. Contact me so I can share my passion with you!

Overview

With over a dozen years of experience and 150 edited manuscripts to her credit, Arlene Prunkl of ​PenUltimate Editorial Services provides top-calibre professional freelance editing, proofreading, manuscript consultation and other edit​orial services to ​both self-publishing ​authors ​and those seeking traditional publication​. With my guidance​ and expertise, you’ll have the smoothest editing experience possible. Together, we’ll make your words sparkle! Bonus: I'm gentle with authors.

Services

Work experience

Freelance book editor, fiction and nonfiction

PenUltimate Editorial Services

September, 2002 – Present (over 14 years)

See my extensive experience editing over 150 books at www.penultimateword.com.

Portfolio (33 selected works)

The Guardian

Jack Whyte

Quartet for the End of Time: A Novel

Johanna Skibsrud

Giller Prize–winning author Johanna Skibsrud spins a masterful tale about memory and war. Inspired by and structured around the chamber piece of the same title by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time is a mesmerizing story of four lives irrevocably linked in a single act of betrayal. The novel takes us on an unforgettable journey beginning during the 1930s Bonus Ar... read more

Giller Prize–winning author Johanna Skibsrud spins a masterful tale about memory and war. Inspired by and structured around the chamber piece of the same title by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time is a mesmerizing story of four lives irrevocably linked in a single act of betrayal. The novel takes us on an unforgettable journey beginning during the 1930s Bonus Ar... read more

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

Dan Poynter

The Self-Publishing Manual, more effectively and successfully than any other book, has turned writers with an idea into successful authors with books by providing solid, usable information in clear, concise, readable lanugage. This is not the stuff of theory, it is the product of hard-earned experience.

The Self-Publishing Manual, more effectively and successfully than any other book, has turned writers with an idea into successful authors with books by providing solid, usable information in clear, concise, readable lanugage. This is not the stuff of theory, it is the product of hard-earned experience.

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Volume 2)

Dan Poynter

Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2, the sequel to the best selling Self Publishing Manual describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.

Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2, the sequel to the best selling Self Publishing Manual describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.

From Miles to Millions: Aviate / Syndicate / Accumulate

Bill Grenier

When he became a pilot at age nineteen, Bill Grenier never imagined that one day he’d be a wealthy man. But he would ultimately control an empire worth nearly a billion dollars—all on his days off from flying! With liberal doses of wit and humour, From Miles to Millions shows what a little luck, lots of perseverance, and an appetite for adventure can do. From boarding house to boardroom, from ... read more

When he became a pilot at age nineteen, Bill Grenier never imagined that one day he’d be a wealthy man. But he would ultimately control an empire worth nearly a billion dollars—all on his days off from flying! With liberal doses of wit and humour, From Miles to Millions shows what a little luck, lots of perseverance, and an appetite for adventure can do. From boarding house to boardroom, from ... read more

Virginia's Ghost

Caroline S Kaiser

Antiques specialist Virginia Blythe of Gable & Co. Auctioneers is working late one night when she hears mournful wailing. Following the sound to its source, she gasps in astonishment: a breathtakingly beautiful flapper who looks like a refugee from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is lingering in the shadows of the company’s basement. Later the disconsolate young woman returns to offer Virginia he... read more

Antiques specialist Virginia Blythe of Gable & Co. Auctioneers is working late one night when she hears mournful wailing. Following the sound to its source, she gasps in astonishment: a breathtakingly beautiful flapper who looks like a refugee from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is lingering in the shadows of the company’s basement. Later the disconsolate young woman returns to offer Virginia he... read more

Once upon a Mulberry Field

C. L. Hoang

. Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 22nd Annual Book Awards (2014) . Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards . Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest . Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards . 5-Star Ratings from Amazon Hall-of-Fame Top Reviewers . As Roger Connors, a widower with no children, ponders w... read more

. Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 22nd Annual Book Awards (2014) . Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards . Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest . Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards . 5-Star Ratings from Amazon Hall-of-Fame Top Reviewers . As Roger Connors, a widower with no children, ponders w... read more

Shadows in the Lake: A Military Policeman in Palestine (Volume 1)

Elizabeth Urbahn

Victor White is a British Palestine Policeman living in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee in the tumultuous years immediately preceding the creation of Israel. His life is constantly under threat and he experiences fallout from political and ethnic unrest and observes ghastly acts of terrorism as Palestine hurtles towards civil calamity. As unrest reaches its peak,Victor and his wife have 24 hour... read more

Victor White is a British Palestine Policeman living in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee in the tumultuous years immediately preceding the creation of Israel. His life is constantly under threat and he experiences fallout from political and ethnic unrest and observes ghastly acts of terrorism as Palestine hurtles towards civil calamity. As unrest reaches its peak,Victor and his wife have 24 hour... read more

Eye Spy (Sojourning Souls Book 2)

Kevin J. Hallock

Eye Spy is a 106,000-word paranormal thriller about a psychic agoraphobe, the bodies he visits, the sister who saves him, and the people they protect. CJ lives in fear. Fear of the outdoors. Fear of strangers. But his fear disappears when his mind secretly hitchhikes in someone else’s body. Undetectable, he goes where his hosts go, and he senses what they sense. As a spy hidden beyond others’ ... read more

Eye Spy is a 106,000-word paranormal thriller about a psychic agoraphobe, the bodies he visits, the sister who saves him, and the people they protect. CJ lives in fear. Fear of the outdoors. Fear of strangers. But his fear disappears when his mind secretly hitchhikes in someone else’s body. Undetectable, he goes where his hosts go, and he senses what they sense. As a spy hidden beyond others’ ... read more

Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate

Doreen Pendgracs

Chocolatour is all about chocolate travel in which the author takes the chocolate lover on a sumptuous journey around the world in search of the best chocolate, most passionate and innovative chocolatiers and chocolate makers, and most exciting chocolate events and attractions. Chocolatour makes a great gift book and contains 61 color photographs, most of which were taken by Pendgracs. The boo... read more

Chocolatour is all about chocolate travel in which the author takes the chocolate lover on a sumptuous journey around the world in search of the best chocolate, most passionate and innovative chocolatiers and chocolate makers, and most exciting chocolate events and attractions. Chocolatour makes a great gift book and contains 61 color photographs, most of which were taken by Pendgracs. The boo... read more

Majestic Thompson River: Guidebook, Events, and Tales

Bernie Fandrich

More than a guidebook for people planning to run the Thompson River and its rapids, the Majestic Thompson River - the largest tributary of the Fraser River - explores the changing nature of the river and the country it has carved through, along with splendid photographs and information on geology, history and botany. A host of entertaining anecdotes and unusual historical tales and information... read more

More than a guidebook for people planning to run the Thompson River and its rapids, the Majestic Thompson River - the largest tributary of the Fraser River - explores the changing nature of the river and the country it has carved through, along with splendid photographs and information on geology, history and botany. A host of entertaining anecdotes and unusual historical tales and information... read more

3 Off the Tee: No Excuses: The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book (Volume 3)

Lorii Myers

In life, as in golf, approach every day as if it’s a new round. By using strategic methods to get the maximum impact or the best shot for that day, you can ensure that you are on a path of continual improvement as you move toward your ultimate goal. This enlightening new guide by Lorii Myers shows you that by living smart, practicing, planning, and removing excuses, you can’t help but succeed.... read more

In life, as in golf, approach every day as if it’s a new round. By using strategic methods to get the maximum impact or the best shot for that day, you can ensure that you are on a path of continual improvement as you move toward your ultimate goal. This enlightening new guide by Lorii Myers shows you that by living smart, practicing, planning, and removing excuses, you can’t help but succeed.... read more

Fracture Gradient

Jim McCulloch

It's the 1980's, Ronald Reagan is President, and America has recovered from the crippling energy shortages of the 1970's when OPEC nearly squeezed oil-dependent economies to death. But now the U.S. energy industry is faltering as OPEC again manipulates the international oil markets to wrestle back dominance and force America to her knees one more time. Out of nowhere, rumors of an astonishing ... read more

It's the 1980's, Ronald Reagan is President, and America has recovered from the crippling energy shortages of the 1970's when OPEC nearly squeezed oil-dependent economies to death. But now the U.S. energy industry is faltering as OPEC again manipulates the international oil markets to wrestle back dominance and force America to her knees one more time. Out of nowhere, rumors of an astonishing ... read more

Struffel Cares: Struffel's New Pet: Struffel's Garden

Susan M. Maithya

Struffel Cares is a marvelously illustrated children's book about Struffel a little bear, and his pleasant encounters with his family and friends. In the first story, Struffel is rewarded with his favorite pet, an enticing story that depicts how animals are cared for. In the second story, Struffel and his friends utilize their time in a positive manner to do good deeds in the neighborhood. Thi... read more

Struffel Cares is a marvelously illustrated children's book about Struffel a little bear, and his pleasant encounters with his family and friends. In the first story, Struffel is rewarded with his favorite pet, an enticing story that depicts how animals are cared for. In the second story, Struffel and his friends utilize their time in a positive manner to do good deeds in the neighborhood. Thi... read more

Gadgets (A Darcy McClain Thriller) (Volume 2)

Pat Krapf

Meet The Carver—Albuquerque’s most brutal serial killer. Only one person can end his carnage—Darcy McClain. That is, if he doesn’t kill her next. Since her parents’ deaths, former FBI Special Agent Darcy McClain has leaned on lifelong friend Randolph Colton, but now he has his own battle to fight. Severe cuts in the government’s defense budget have forced his company, Colton Aerospace, to down... read more

Meet The Carver—Albuquerque’s most brutal serial killer. Only one person can end his carnage—Darcy McClain. That is, if he doesn’t kill her next. Since her parents’ deaths, former FBI Special Agent Darcy McClain has leaned on lifelong friend Randolph Colton, but now he has his own battle to fight. Severe cuts in the government’s defense budget have forced his company, Colton Aerospace, to down... read more

Brainwash (A Darcy McClain Thriller) (Volume 1)

Pat Krapf

Darcy McClain has discovered unbelievable atrocities hidden deep within the basement labs at Los Alamos, and she can’t escape . . . Former FBI Special Agent Darcy McClain and her sidekick Bullet, a giant schnauzer, are in Taos, New Mexico, when they stumble upon a flash drive in an arroyo on the property she’s inherited. The drive belongs to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Darcy pockets... read more

Darcy McClain has discovered unbelievable atrocities hidden deep within the basement labs at Los Alamos, and she can’t escape . . . Former FBI Special Agent Darcy McClain and her sidekick Bullet, a giant schnauzer, are in Taos, New Mexico, when they stumble upon a flash drive in an arroyo on the property she’s inherited. The drive belongs to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Darcy pockets... read more

Brain School: Stories of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Who Changed Their Lives by Improving Their Cogn

Howard Eaton

In Brain School, Howard Eaton explores how, applying the principles of neuroplasticitiy, Barbara Arrowsmith Young developed cognitive remediation exercises, founded the Arrowsmith Program and opened the first Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Ontario over 30 years ago. Mr. Eaton then discusses how difficult it was for him to move from traditional remediation methods for learning disabilities to se... read more

In Brain School, Howard Eaton explores how, applying the principles of neuroplasticitiy, Barbara Arrowsmith Young developed cognitive remediation exercises, founded the Arrowsmith Program and opened the first Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Ontario over 30 years ago. Mr. Eaton then discusses how difficult it was for him to move from traditional remediation methods for learning disabilities to se... read more

Simple Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life

Curt Remington

Meditation can help you do much more than just reduce stress. It can activate that inner spiritual part of you that is already calm, content and wise. Through Simple Meditation, you will discover easy steps to connect with the replenishing peace and beauty of nature. The exercises and information will help you to improve your relationships, tap into psychic abilities and use quantum energy to ... read more

Meditation can help you do much more than just reduce stress. It can activate that inner spiritual part of you that is already calm, content and wise. Through Simple Meditation, you will discover easy steps to connect with the replenishing peace and beauty of nature. The exercises and information will help you to improve your relationships, tap into psychic abilities and use quantum energy to ... read more

The Truly Alive Child: For Those Who Seek A Grander Vision For Our Children

Simon Paul Harrison

This is a life-altering book. It shows us there is a different way. It provides the tools to guide and support our children to lives of unconditional love, lasting peace, great joy and deep purpose, and to lead them back to life itself. Humanity is at a crossroads. We can choose a path of peace and harmony, walking hand in hand with life, or we can continue to create a world of fear, of compet... read more

This is a life-altering book. It shows us there is a different way. It provides the tools to guide and support our children to lives of unconditional love, lasting peace, great joy and deep purpose, and to lead them back to life itself. Humanity is at a crossroads. We can choose a path of peace and harmony, walking hand in hand with life, or we can continue to create a world of fear, of compet... read more

Desert Priestess: A Memoir

Anne Key

Visit a temple in the Nevada desert and live vicariously through Dr. Anne Key as she shares her experience of living as a 21st century priestess. After years spent as a college administrator, Anne followed her heart to the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. In this memoir, she shares the journey: the exhilaration she felt upon discovering Sekhmet... read more

Visit a temple in the Nevada desert and live vicariously through Dr. Anne Key as she shares her experience of living as a 21st century priestess. After years spent as a college administrator, Anne followed her heart to the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. In this memoir, she shares the journey: the exhilaration she felt upon discovering Sekhmet... read more

The Last Alaskan Barrel: An Arctic Oil Bonanza that Never Was

John M. Miller

In The Last Alaskan Barrel, the author analyzes whether Arctic Alaskan North Slope oil was worth the investment risk for the companies and shareholders that risked billions of dollars to make it happen. His results challenge universally held beliefs about exorbitant profits in Alaska. The Last Alaskan Barrel begins with abridged histories of Alaska and the oil age leading to exploration of the... read more

In The Last Alaskan Barrel, the author analyzes whether Arctic Alaskan North Slope oil was worth the investment risk for the companies and shareholders that risked billions of dollars to make it happen. His results challenge universally held beliefs about exorbitant profits in Alaska. The Last Alaskan Barrel begins with abridged histories of Alaska and the oil age leading to exploration of the... read more

Parents' Handbook: NLP and Common Sense Guide for Family Well-Being

Roger Ellerton

Note from the author: For this version of Parents’ Handbook, I changed publishers and fixed a few typos. Now you get the same great content at a lower price. I look forward to receiving your thoughts and feedback. Roger Ellerton. "Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexi... read more

Note from the author: For this version of Parents’ Handbook, I changed publishers and fixed a few typos. Now you get the same great content at a lower price. I look forward to receiving your thoughts and feedback. Roger Ellerton. "Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexi... read more

Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe

Robert L. Piccioni Ph.D.

Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein & the Universe allows the reader to enjoy exploring the mysteries of the universe, from the micro-world to the cosmos, and explains the major discoveries of modern physics, astronomy and cosmology in ways everyone can understand. Nothing is dumbed down; this is real science made accessible to real people by replacing technical jargon and math with English an... read more

Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein & the Universe allows the reader to enjoy exploring the mysteries of the universe, from the micro-world to the cosmos, and explains the major discoveries of modern physics, astronomy and cosmology in ways everyone can understand. Nothing is dumbed down; this is real science made accessible to real people by replacing technical jargon and math with English an... read more

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself

Candace Plattor

Are you feeling exasperated and helpless about your family member's addiction?Are you at your wit's end, having tried everything you can think of to make them stop?If someone you love is engaging in addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders, smoking, gambling, Internet addiction, sex addiction, compulsive over-spending, or relationship addiction, you are undoubtedly... read more

Are you feeling exasperated and helpless about your family member's addiction?Are you at your wit's end, having tried everything you can think of to make them stop?If someone you love is engaging in addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders, smoking, gambling, Internet addiction, sex addiction, compulsive over-spending, or relationship addiction, you are undoubtedly... read more

Everyday Golfer's Guide to Shooting Lower Scores: I Learned to Break 80 - You Can Too!

Mick Gyure

Still Shooting Over 100? Can't understand why you're not improving? Everyday Golfer's Guide to Shooting Lower Scores will help you create your own practical approach to the game. Through a series of specific objectives, you'll learn why you haven't made progress in the past, how to make true improvements in your game, and how to overcome common barriers to achieve lasting results. Lower your s... read more

Still Shooting Over 100? Can't understand why you're not improving? Everyday Golfer's Guide to Shooting Lower Scores will help you create your own practical approach to the game. Through a series of specific objectives, you'll learn why you haven't made progress in the past, how to make true improvements in your game, and how to overcome common barriers to achieve lasting results. Lower your s... read more

Tamara's Child

B K Mayo

Tamara's Child is an award-winning novel about the struggles of a homeless pregnant teenager, set against a backdrop of murder and deceit. The book has been called a mystery and a drama with a lot of heart, because although it's essentially a family drama, it reads more like a suspense novel. It won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in th... read more

Tamara's Child is an award-winning novel about the struggles of a homeless pregnant teenager, set against a backdrop of murder and deceit. The book has been called a mystery and a drama with a lot of heart, because although it's essentially a family drama, it reads more like a suspense novel. It won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in th... read more

Super Virus: Immortal Sins (Boatwright Chronicles)

Lawrence Lapin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never age? Geneticist Adam Boatwright finds out--and he becomes terrified at what he sees.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never age? Geneticist Adam Boatwright finds out--and he becomes terrified at what he sees.

5 Minute Marketing: Five-minute articles on the hottest Canadian topics in marketing today!

Mary Charleson

Get the marketing knowledge you need first and fast! Mary Charleson makes a complex subject simple and does it in over sixty short articles for the time-starved reader. Utilizing Canadian research and business examples, she gives readers the marketing tools to succeed. Pithy, often irreverent, but never short on actionable detail, this is the marketing book you’ll wish you had discovered long ... read more

Get the marketing knowledge you need first and fast! Mary Charleson makes a complex subject simple and does it in over sixty short articles for the time-starved reader. Utilizing Canadian research and business examples, she gives readers the marketing tools to succeed. Pithy, often irreverent, but never short on actionable detail, this is the marketing book you’ll wish you had discovered long ... read more

Sales Encyclopedia

Jean Marie Reheuser, Robert J. Chapin, John J. Chapin, Kyle Andrews, Bill Hall, Keith Mooradian

For 100 years or more, the best salespeople have been slowly developing and cataloging best practices for their own use. Nowhere has all of this information been assembled at once until now. With the publication of Sales Encyclopedia, salespeople and sales managers have a single-volume source for information on every facet of the sales process. In 47 chapters and 678 pages, six authors with a ... read more

For 100 years or more, the best salespeople have been slowly developing and cataloging best practices for their own use. Nowhere has all of this information been assembled at once until now. With the publication of Sales Encyclopedia, salespeople and sales managers have a single-volume source for information on every facet of the sales process. In 47 chapters and 678 pages, six authors with a ... read more

Resurrecting Randi

David Shepherd

A troubled student demolishes a professor's carefully arranged life in this disturbing yet compelling story of love and loss. Praised by Kirkus, Pulitzer Prize winner David Oshinsky, and Nobelist J. M. Coetze, Resurrecting Randi is the modern-day Lolita.

A troubled student demolishes a professor's carefully arranged life in this disturbing yet compelling story of love and loss. Praised by Kirkus, Pulitzer Prize winner David Oshinsky, and Nobelist J. M. Coetze, Resurrecting Randi is the modern-day Lolita.

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