Story is my passion and I want to share it with you. I will help you transform your manuscript into a novel that will engage readers and be commercially viable. My insight and expertise of storytelling and the psychology of why we read has allowed me to assist authors of all levels to improve their craft. From students to clients I give everything I have to make the passion in the story stand out and connect with the reader.
But don't take my word for it:
"Clark helped hone my story with incisive questions and suggestions for improvement. It was fantastic to have input at this early stage on a new series, especially as I am usually a discovery writer."
-J.F.Penn, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author
Clark Chamberlain KNOWS story and his work PROVES it. He tells you exactly how to reach into a reader’s heart so that they want to tear through your book and get to the next one.
We had "hire a developmental editor" as a sub-item of our 2016 goals. Clark is fantastic, in case you don't yet know him. We didn't hire Clark as an "editor," we brought him on board as a Story Engineer.
Clark dives deep into story structure, developmental editing, and the story planning that will help working authors go from good to great or from great to unforgettable.
I didn’t trust Clark with his smooth words and dashing good looks so I hired him first as an alpha reader. It was a test. He was meant to fail.
Instead he came back with fantastic insight into a few of the characters and offered a perspective that my other alpha readers hadn’t picked up on.
If you want an editor who can respect your original voice as an author and offer incredible feedback for story, then Clark is who you should go with!
–Scott King, author The 5 Day Novel and Ameriguns
"When I read Clark Chamberlain's bio and studied his training material for authors, I knew he was my first choice for doing a detailed edit of my novel. My faith in his background and abilities was not misplaced. Clark gave me several excellent ideas for improving the story. I have taken all of his advice and I'm absolutely convinced that I have a better book as a result."
Daren Falter, Author Tommy's Book
"I was super impressed with the work I received from Clark. I sent him 8K outline and he came back with a two page assessment that included what worked great as well as key Trope Gaps. This was so important to me since I’m writing in a new genre.
In a follow-up call, we brainstormed those gaps and I landed in a much richer place. I highly recommend using Clark at the development stage of your manuscript. He knows his stuff."
"He has a clear-cut, engaging way of discussing the plot (pleasant, authentic, never over-the-top or hyped). His notes contained a LOT of “meat” and very little fluff, and I’ve found it very useful in defining my target audience, fleshing out my primary protagonist, and reconnecting with the emotional levers that made me want to tell my fictional story in the first place. He is detailed, well-organized, and practical. Thumbs up, and a sincere thank you… Highly recommended."
"With an in depth developmental edit, Clark was able to look straight into the foundations of my story and point out several crucial issues involving pacing, continuity, character development, and overall readability. On top of that, he gave me some really fantastic suggestions to overcome these issues and increase story tension at pivotal moments.
I came away with a focused, actionable list of things I could do to take my storytelling to the next level."
Working with Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and other Sterling and Stone authors on multiple genres to make the best possible stories.
Teaching creative writing and professional communications.
He gave up his daughter years ago, but now he’ll risk his life to save hers.Alex Mercer is no stranger to kidnappings. The emotional scars still run deep from his sister’s disappearance years earlier. His daughter Ariana remains safe long after her adoption, and he cherishes the few times a year he gets to see her. The joy is palpable when he takes her on their first one-on-one outing. At leas... read more
What kind of man will fate anoint as the god of war and death? In the cold, dark days of an ice age, humanity huddles around fires for warmth while mists drive men mad. Only the foolish venture out into the wilds.And that’s exactly where Odin is going.Guided by his blood-brother Loki, Odin will stop at nothing to avenge his father’s murder by a frost giant.A mysterious goddess takes notice of ... read more
Praise for Ameriguns:"Hooked on Ameriguns from the opening!" - Create With Joy"A bang up story..." - J. LeBarron"Great plot, tons of tension, and vivid characters..." - V. AdamsClandestine gunmen are terrorizing the nation’s capital!After surviving a shooting, FBI Agent Nathaniel Ryder is forced to confront his worst fears as AMERIGUNS, a secret group of gunmen, put Washington, D.C. under sieg... read more
Cooper Bishop is suffocating.Careening toward a dead-end future in the small Appalachian town of Festus, he dreams of escaping to the crashing waves of the California coast. Cooper longs to break free from his neglectful, alcoholic father and the haunting memories of his family’s broken past. He’s obsessed with writing stories greater than his own life experience, so when opportunity presents ... read more
Some doors should never be opened… Single father Scott Dawson’s life is shattering. His construction business has failed. After discovering Scott’s infidelity, his wife Holly has disappeared without a trace, and his only hope is that she’ll return. With their mom missing and presumed dead, Scott’s children are coming unhinged. His teenage son Hudson lashes out, growing angrier by the day. And ... read more
How does a silent mermaid win a war of song? How does she break the siren song of another that holds her beloved captive?After being touched by the sun at birth, Princess Arianna has grown up imprisoned between two worlds, neither fully mermaid nor fully human. Her life is one of solitude and dreams. But when she loses her family and her kingdom in a war between man and merfolk, she is forced ... read more
Life's not easy, especially when you're invisible. Hank Hudson doesn't stand out in drab Great Depression America. The middle child has always gone unseen and ignored, even before the stock market crashed. When his parents have to move the family cross-country, it's no surprise that they accidentally leave him behind. Seven decades before the invention of cell phones, Hank has to make a choice... read more
If two months ago someone had told Hank Hudson he held the power to turn invisible and store energy from something called ley lines, he'd have said they were crazy. But that was then. He'd learned a few things about this new world: the ley lines, a terrifying force called the Darkness, the power to turn invisible, and the ability to talk with dogs. Set in 1933 Hank Hudson is a fantasy adventur... read more
Are you prepared for the end times?A Bleak New World is a superb anthology packed with ten fantastic stories of the future that didn't turn out like humanity had hoped.Each of the authors paints a unique world filled with social issues, government satire, emotional choices, humorous encounters, and even an inanimate object that falls in love.Be prepared to travel across the galaxy, set foot on... read more
Love is a killer. Words to live by for anyone in the business of corporate espionage and assassination. Especially Mable Young. Her latest job brought her to New York to assassinate the head of the largest corporation in America.This wasn’t how she envisioned her life, but after The Crash a lot of dreams changed. So, she took the skills the CIA taught her and put them to work in the corporate ... read more
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Proofreader and copyeditor with experience at St. Martin's Press and Penguin Random House. I love modern memoirs about wild adventures.
Enthusiastic, friendly editor at Macmillan for 22 years. Favorite genres are women's fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, thrillers, YA.