Since becoming a freelancer I have worked with many clients on both fiction and non-fiction titles. I have done manuscript assessments and full developmental edits across a range of genres, including literary fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science-fiction, memoir, and more. I was also retained to write a book of creative non-fiction, which has not yet been published.
In addition to the work I did as senior editor at Toby Press, after my promotion I also helped choose the books for our list, supervised junior editors, managed a team of freelancers, and traveled to sales conferences in New York, London and Toronto twice a year. A fuller description of my work and a recommendation from my boss can be found on my website in the 'About Me' section.
Toby Press published a wide range of fiction and a few select non-fiction titles. I was one of two editors on staff. I edited half the books on our list (doing both developmental and line editing), and proofread the other half. I also read manuscripts for assessment, and where necessary, wrote critiques for authors suggesting improvements and changes. I wrote cover copy and marketing copy for our books.
From the black jazz clubs on Central Avenue in Watts, to the tidy homes of the war widows he cons, Louis Greenberg lives life on the outside. No matter how charming and passionate he is, an outsider he will always be. He is white, a Jew, and that never goes away.
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BECOME A WOLF BEFORE YOU CAN BE A MAN Meet 18 year-old Greg Samstag. With his high cheekbones, slanted green eyes, and all-too-graceful gestures, he seems more like a cat than a wolf. Yet a shadowy, nameless force has been haunting Greg, tempting him to lead the simple, brutal life of a wolf. And Greg is sorely tempted. As a wolf, he can return to a long-lost innocence. H... read more
Throughout history, numerous famous and infamous men and women have contributed in their sometimes perverted but almost always intriguing ways to the world of gastronomy. The stories of those people, their culinary habits and the dishes either created by them, named after them or cherished by them, are the subject of this book. Kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, chefs and restaurateurs, no... read more
With is the sensual, suspenseful and irresistible tale of Robin Kerr, a young girl abducted from her family and brought to a remote Ozark mountaintop, where she is left to fend for herself. Over the course of a decade, Robin grows up without human relationship, but with the company of animals and an inhabit, the half-living ghost of a young boy. In this magical novel in the Stay More series, H... read more
Forty years ago, Donald Harington created the little town of Stay More, hidden away in the hills of the Ozarks. He populated it with generations of families in search of open space, green pastures, freedom from convention, sweet air and water, or, simply, a world where time and history didn't matter. In Enduring, Harington continues the themes of the Stay More series and reveals, for the first... read more
"One has to write with considerable authenticity to pull off a story steeped in magic and swamp water that examines race and class, death and rebirth, Haitian voodoo, and the beginnings of jazz in 1891 New Orleans. Maistros's gritty debut novel follows the interconnected lives of the Morningstar siblings--all lovingly named by their father after disease-- as they wrestle with a powerful demon,... read more
It is 1955. Achsa is a lonely, passionate and precocious fourteen-year-old. Isolated at school by her intelligence and disfigurement, troubled at home by the undercurrents in her parents' relationship, she finds comfort and inspiration in the tunes and rhythms she hears on her radio. Hearing a recording by an unknown 20-year-old country singer named Elvis Presley, she fires off a fan letter, t... read more
When the curtains are drawn back on the cabinet of wonders, every individual you meet is an original, the indelible mark of their uniqueness shaped in their flesh. Molly and Faye are spirited teenagers - and conjoined twins. Saffron is the Wolf Girl, her female form covered head to toe in fur. Alex/Alexandra is a seductive hermaphrophodite, her male/female parts irresistible to many. To the ru... read more
Every time Hoppy enters a town in his truck, he is greeted with delight and anticipation, showered with warmth, offered meals, and more often than not, pretty girls trying to catch more than just his eye. It's not that Hoppy is so special; it's the pitcher shows that he brings with him, the shoot-'em-ups and giddyappers that all the Ozark folk adore that have them lining up to welcome him. Hop... read more
A scholar, returning to her family home in Jerusalem becomes embroiled in a family dispute over a discovered Codex, brought home originally her great-great grandfather. Set against the backdrop pf a hundred and thirty years of change, this is a novel of exile and belonging, displacement and the quest for both love and a true promised land.
There are good people and bad on both sides of the tracks that divide Laureate from 'Colored Town'. Our instruction in that hard truth comes as we follow two African-American teens, Cilla Handsom and Joe Billy King, as they endure the backlash resulting from the integration of their segregated school with the all-white school run by Lafayette County's all-white school board. The issue of the e... read more
The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy.
He wants to get away from it all. Despite a satisfying career as chief curator of a museum devoted to the vanished American past, he finds he himself wants to vanish. So with the help of a book on the life and culture of a vanished tribe of Indians known as Bluff-dwellers, he takes up residence in the wilderness of the Ozark mountains, with only a dog for company and only an atlatl - a primiti... read more
What would it be like to have a God who doesn't care about rules and is purely interested in one thing; the love and preservation of his own creation? Jim Gudsen is just a regular guy, newly returned from the killing fields of Vietnam - cynical about life in general and religion in particular. His older brother Herkimer is different - always has been. Jim is about to find out just how differen... read more
The journey begins when Sarah, a strong, aging, haunted woman, defies Sam Ridley, lord of her small English village. After a cruel punishment prompts Sarah's swift, unforgettable revenge, Ridley takes his own brutal oath of vengeance. Forced to flee the village, Sarah meets Bill, a sin eater, who believes himself infected by the crimes of the unforgiven dead. Sarah's compelling need to heal Bi... read more
The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings readers into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, J... read more
Jacob's Return invites readers into the hearts and minds of one family, the Strongblood Goldmans, while on vacation in Hawaii. There they face tragedy and the Navy's sonar program, technology which threatens the survival of marine mammals. This is a heroic journey in which the family must surrender fiercely held beliefs in order to reconcile nature and tradition, and that which threatens them.... read more
In this hard boiled detective novel, Patrick Grimes, a WWII veteran and reporter, investigates the murder of a young woman in a seedy area of NYC. He uncovers truths that jeopardize not his only his life but his sanity.
Blackmail, a secret organization hiding within the elite society of New Orleans, a white supremacist running for governor of Louisiana; these are the key ingredients in this fine Southern crawfish boil of a novel about guilt, privilege and racism in one of America's most exotic cities.
Andrew Carpenter was a celebrity doctor, a star in his field. Now he's dead, killed in a hit-and-run on the streets of Manhattan. The police think it was an accident, but his devastated wife is sure it was murder.Private detective Nathaniel Singer agrees to take the case. Singer had once dreamed of being a poet, but he's discovered that his true calling is the art of saving lives. He soon disc... read more
A long overdue retelling of New Grub Street—George Gissing’s classic satire of the Victorian literary marketplace—Grub chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a group of young novelists living in and around New York City.
J.J. Spencer is one of the many hungry young lawyers eager to climb the corporate ladder to the great future awaiting him. With his first annual review approaching, J.J. is confident his keen work for the top Manhattan law firm he is employed by will be praised all the way to the bank. Until, that is, he gives in to a sudden surge of compassion during a chance encounter at a diner. J.J. discov... read more
The children of the Israeli town of Keshet are born with the ability to bend nature to their will and 13-year-old Jordan has just discovered his gift of the power to transform into water. All of Jordan’s friends have unique powers: Noam can alter cloud formations, Ellah can spin webs, and little Eden can create the strange animals she sees in her dreams. No one knows the source of these powers... read more
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Hello: I'm Lesley, an experienced fiction editor specialising in sci-fi/fantasy, crime, thriller. Polishing your prose: keeping it yours.