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Carol Gaskin

Carol Gaskin - Editor

Sarasota, FL

Full time independent editor of fiction and nonfiction; adult, YA, and children's. I offer extensive critiques and revision guidance.

Overview

General, developmental/content, and line editing; thorough, constructive critiques; assistance with book proposals, queries, bios, other marketing materials.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure African American fiction Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Health & wellbeing History New Age Parenting & Families Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Social & Behavioral Sciences

Awards

  • 1987 Best Children's Book List, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Books & Films. Author of highest-rated title of the year on physics for kids.

Work experience

Editor/Literary Midwife

Editorial Alchemy (editorial service)

December, 1999 – Present (almost 17 years)

Freelance manuscript editor/ghostwriter/coach 1992-present
Producer/content director/head writer, CD-ROMs, HyperQuest, 1995-1996
Contributing editor, various periodicals, Boardroom Reports, 1982-1998
Producer/writer, women's interest television talk show, 1993
Producer/writer/owner, Carol Gaskin Consortium (advertising agency) Gold Addy, 2 Silvers, 1988-1990
Author, 15 books, fiction and nonfiction, mostly children's/YA, one adult; 1985-1990
Picture editor, two Time-Life series and other publications; various positions in publishing and bookselling since teens, from stocking parents' bookstore to fact-checking to writing to manuscript editing.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Different Strokes: An Intimate Memoir for Stroke Survivors, Families, and Care Givers

Steven Boorstein

“Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in America, and for the ‘lucky’ stroke victims who don’t die, about half will spend the rest of their lives trying to recover.” Roughly 700,000 American suffer a stroke each year and around 140,000 of them are fatal. Different Strokes is an in-depth look at what surviving, or not surviving, a stroke can mean. And Steven Boorstein should know—at age... read more

“Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in America, and for the ‘lucky’ stroke victims who don’t die, about half will spend the rest of their lives trying to recover.” Roughly 700,000 American suffer a stroke each year and around 140,000 of them are fatal. Different Strokes is an in-depth look at what surviving, or not surviving, a stroke can mean. And Steven Boorstein should know—at age... read more

Center of The Storm

Katherine Harris

The battle for the White House following the election of November 7, 2000, was arguably one of the biggest controversies in U.S. history. And one woman stood at the center of the storm-Katherine Harris, Florida's secretary of state. As the Florida recount unfolded in a maze of bizarre events, Harris was faced with the challenge of a lifetime. What enabled her to maintain her integrity, stick b... read more

The battle for the White House following the election of November 7, 2000, was arguably one of the biggest controversies in U.S. history. And one woman stood at the center of the storm-Katherine Harris, Florida's secretary of state. As the Florida recount unfolded in a maze of bizarre events, Harris was faced with the challenge of a lifetime. What enabled her to maintain her integrity, stick b... read more

STORYTELLER

Edward Myers

“Once upon a time,” begins the narrator of this richly imagined novel. But what follows is no ordinary fantasy full of dragons, elves, and wicked stepmothers. Yes, the tale involves a boy named Jack. But he’s not the one who climbed a beanstalk or slew seven giants with one blow. This Jack is a storyteller, a seventeen-year-old farm boy who sets off to seek his fortune in the royal city of Sun... read more

“Once upon a time,” begins the narrator of this richly imagined novel. But what follows is no ordinary fantasy full of dragons, elves, and wicked stepmothers. Yes, the tale involves a boy named Jack. But he’s not the one who climbed a beanstalk or slew seven giants with one blow. This Jack is a storyteller, a seventeen-year-old farm boy who sets off to seek his fortune in the royal city of Sun... read more

Brooklyn Love

Yael Levy

For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules . . . especially when you're falling in love. But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it's especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy - any guy! - before marriage. No dating - unless they are considering marriage - and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents' checkl... read more

For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules . . . especially when you're falling in love. But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it's especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy - any guy! - before marriage. No dating - unless they are considering marriage - and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents' checkl... read more

The Clever Mill Horse

Jodi Lew-Smith

Winner of the 2014 James River Writers Indie Novel Contest 1810, upstate New York. 21-year-old Ella Kenyon is happiest gliding through the thick woods around her small frontier town, knife in hand, her sharp eyes tracking game. A gift for engineering is in her blood, but she would gladly trade it for more time in the forest. If only her grandfather's dying wish hadn't trapped her into a fight ... read more

Winner of the 2014 James River Writers Indie Novel Contest 1810, upstate New York. 21-year-old Ella Kenyon is happiest gliding through the thick woods around her small frontier town, knife in hand, her sharp eyes tracking game. A gift for engineering is in her blood, but she would gladly trade it for more time in the forest. If only her grandfather's dying wish hadn't trapped her into a fight ... read more

South of Even

Russell Hatler

In the world of casino gaming, larcenous souls tip the scales of fortune in their favor. Casinos don't stop players from cashing in if the win is honest. But if the rules in the game are bent, casinos counter the results. James "Jimmie Quick" Silver knows life on both sides of the fence. He was a dealer, a player, a winner, a loser and a fugitive run to earth. Now he's a high-tech-gadget totin... read more

In the world of casino gaming, larcenous souls tip the scales of fortune in their favor. Casinos don't stop players from cashing in if the win is honest. But if the rules in the game are bent, casinos counter the results. James "Jimmie Quick" Silver knows life on both sides of the fence. He was a dealer, a player, a winner, a loser and a fugitive run to earth. Now he's a high-tech-gadget totin... read more

Sundown Town Duty Station

John Zerr

In March 1968, Navy Lieutenant Jon Zachery has just received orders to report to his new duty station in Meridian, Mississippi, for basic jet pilot training. But after he and his wife, Teresa, arrive in what they are initially told is a friendly little town, they soon learn what it means to live in a sundown town. When Jon and Teresa attend Mass on their first Sunday in Meridian and enter a pe... read more

In March 1968, Navy Lieutenant Jon Zachery has just received orders to report to his new duty station in Meridian, Mississippi, for basic jet pilot training. But after he and his wife, Teresa, arrive in what they are initially told is a friendly little town, they soon learn what it means to live in a sundown town. When Jon and Teresa attend Mass on their first Sunday in Meridian and enter a pe... read more

The Retreat

Carol Kortsch

Carol Kortsch weaves the complex story of the weekend retreat journey of Mei, Sam, Raquel, and a cast of characters from diverse backgrounds who join together with the purpose to reconnect who they are with the work they do in the world. The story is evocatively set in a former Benedictine monastery, and is narrated by the mysterious plural voice of the ancient wisdom of a garden sanctuary. Ch... read more

Carol Kortsch weaves the complex story of the weekend retreat journey of Mei, Sam, Raquel, and a cast of characters from diverse backgrounds who join together with the purpose to reconnect who they are with the work they do in the world. The story is evocatively set in a former Benedictine monastery, and is narrated by the mysterious plural voice of the ancient wisdom of a garden sanctuary. Ch... read more

Santa Rita Stories

Andrew J Rodriguez

Welcome to Santa Rita, a Cuban fishing town populated by a colorful cast of saints and sinners, con men and fishermen, athletes and hunchbacks, politicians and priests...where everyone eventually knows everyone else's business and the collective memory reaches backward for generations. To help him unravel the deeply rooted traditions and gossip of this tropical melting pot, fifteen-year-old Ca... read more

Welcome to Santa Rita, a Cuban fishing town populated by a colorful cast of saints and sinners, con men and fishermen, athletes and hunchbacks, politicians and priests...where everyone eventually knows everyone else's business and the collective memory reaches backward for generations. To help him unravel the deeply rooted traditions and gossip of this tropical melting pot, fifteen-year-old Ca... read more

The Family Intervention Guide to Mental Illness: Recognizing Symptoms and Getting Treatment

Bodie Morey, Kim T. Mueser

Over 50 million Americans have a mental illness, but as many as 20 million don't have their illness detected. And many others get substandard treatment. Family members play a crucial role in recognizing mental illness, and helping a loved one get the treatment they need. The early signs of mental illness are clear if you know what to look for, and getting rapid and effective treatment will hel... read more

Over 50 million Americans have a mental illness, but as many as 20 million don't have their illness detected. And many others get substandard treatment. Family members play a crucial role in recognizing mental illness, and helping a loved one get the treatment they need. The early signs of mental illness are clear if you know what to look for, and getting rapid and effective treatment will hel... read more

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