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Diane O'Connell

Diane O'Connell - Editor

Rego Park, Queens, NY, United States

I'm an expert book editor and coach, dedicated to helping first-time authors achieve publishing success.

Overview

Guiding unpublished writers to successful careers has always been my mission — especially during my years as an editor at Random House.

I know what it’s like on both sides of the editor’s desk. I know what editors look for, and I understand the passion that drives authors, their desire to follow their dreams, and their determination to create their own publishing destiny.

I work with authors at every stage of the writing and publishing process: whether you are just starting out and need help developing your idea, or have a complete manuscript and need a full developmental edit.

Over my 25+ years in publishing, I have nurtured the careers of numerous first-time writers, some of whom have become bestselling authors. I thrive on working with truly committed writers and will push you to be the best writer you can be so that you end up with a book that makes you proud.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Inspirational Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & wellbeing True Crime

Certifications

  • B.A., Hunter College, Media Studies

Awards

  • Gold "IPPY" Independent Publishers Award for Best Writing/Publishing Book of 2015

Work experience

Editorial Director

Diane O'Connell is self-employed

October, 2007 – Present (about 9 years)

Write to Sell Your Book is a book development company dedicated to helping first-time authors write, revise and publish their books. We work with fiction, nonfiction and memoir authors.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Earnest

Kristin von Kreisler

“Von Kreisler takes us deeper into the powerful connections between humans and animals.”--Jacqueline Sheehan From the bestselling author of An Unexpected Grace comes a richly insightful novel of matters of the heart—both human and canine—in an uplifting story of love, loyalty, and new beginnings… Earnest. It’s the perfect name for a sweet, eager-to-please yellow Labrador retriever. Anna and he... read more

“Von Kreisler takes us deeper into the powerful connections between humans and animals.”--Jacqueline Sheehan From the bestselling author of An Unexpected Grace comes a richly insightful novel of matters of the heart—both human and canine—in an uplifting story of love, loyalty, and new beginnings… Earnest. It’s the perfect name for a sweet, eager-to-please yellow Labrador retriever. Anna and he... read more

Shadow Man (Smoky Barrett)

Cody McFadyen

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever. Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel... read more

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever. Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel... read more

The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

Susan Newman P.h.D.

Although parenting approaches change, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past. The negative stereotypes―lonely, selfish, bossy, spoiled, socially maladjusted―make parents think their child will be at a disadvantage when compared to those who grow up with siblings. The Case for the Only Child debunks the myths, taking into account the many chang­es the nuclear family has experien... read more

Although parenting approaches change, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past. The negative stereotypes―lonely, selfish, bossy, spoiled, socially maladjusted―make parents think their child will be at a disadvantage when compared to those who grow up with siblings. The Case for the Only Child debunks the myths, taking into account the many chang­es the nuclear family has experien... read more

The Art of the Visit: Being the Perfect Host/Becoming the Perfect Guest

Kathy Bertone

This practical and humorous guide establishes the ground rules for successfully spending time with those people who are most dear to us: our family and friends. From visiting with and hosting children to pets and older adults, this book has it all. The "Visit Wizard Tips" throughout the book are at once humorous and heart-felt and will have you going from stressed-out host to the veritable Aud... read more

This practical and humorous guide establishes the ground rules for successfully spending time with those people who are most dear to us: our family and friends. From visiting with and hosting children to pets and older adults, this book has it all. The "Visit Wizard Tips" throughout the book are at once humorous and heart-felt and will have you going from stressed-out host to the veritable Aud... read more

The Painter of Time

Matthew S O'Connell

Contemporary/Historical Suspense set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy Bronx born and bred, Mackenzie Ferrara is both nervous and excited to begin her career as a restorer of fine art at the prestigious Cloisters in New York City. The star of the restoration team is a handsome and reserved Italian, Anthony Bataglia. On loan from the Ufizzi, he is ren... read more

Contemporary/Historical Suspense set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy Bronx born and bred, Mackenzie Ferrara is both nervous and excited to begin her career as a restorer of fine art at the prestigious Cloisters in New York City. The star of the restoration team is a handsome and reserved Italian, Anthony Bataglia. On loan from the Ufizzi, he is ren... read more

Silent Source: An Action Adventure Thriller

James Marshall Smith

The hate is deep. The death is slow. The cause is silent.You know that Atlanta PD has given up on a case when they call in Dr. Damon Keane. The sleuth scientist is quietly famous in forensic circles for unraveling the most daunting technical puzzles, but this case is bewildering. Two people are already dead. The third victim, a priest, is dying by inches in an Atlanta hospital, and the cause i... read more

The hate is deep. The death is slow. The cause is silent.You know that Atlanta PD has given up on a case when they call in Dr. Damon Keane. The sleuth scientist is quietly famous in forensic circles for unraveling the most daunting technical puzzles, but this case is bewildering. Two people are already dead. The third victim, a priest, is dying by inches in an Atlanta hospital, and the cause i... read more

Smokescreen

Khaled Talib

At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve - once and for all - the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidenc... read more

At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve - once and for all - the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidenc... read more

Plunder of the Ancients: A True Story of Betrayal, Redemption, and an Undercover Quest to Recover Sacred Native American Artifacts

Lucinda Schroeder

Plunder of the Ancients is a rare look inside an undercover investigation in which special agent Lucinda Schroeder reveals the details of her case in which she was assigned to expose Indian Art thieves and dealers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who out of unmitigated greed, were exploiting sacred artifacts for huge sums of money. Her final task was to bring the criminals to justice; recover the sacr... read more

Plunder of the Ancients is a rare look inside an undercover investigation in which special agent Lucinda Schroeder reveals the details of her case in which she was assigned to expose Indian Art thieves and dealers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who out of unmitigated greed, were exploiting sacred artifacts for huge sums of money. Her final task was to bring the criminals to justice; recover the sacr... read more

Crossing the Horizon

Deanna Emberley Bailey

Engulfed by a deadly house fire on Christmas morning, 12-year-old Solon and 10-year-old Liam Bailey succumb to the smoke and leave their bodies on Earth below. As their souls navigate a mysterious new realm, the boys yearn to return home — but discover any attempts to contact and comfort their heartbroken parents are dangerous. In their quest to reconnect with their former world and bring peac... read more

Engulfed by a deadly house fire on Christmas morning, 12-year-old Solon and 10-year-old Liam Bailey succumb to the smoke and leave their bodies on Earth below. As their souls navigate a mysterious new realm, the boys yearn to return home — but discover any attempts to contact and comfort their heartbroken parents are dangerous. In their quest to reconnect with their former world and bring peac... read more

The Novel-Maker's Handbook: the no-nonsense guide to crafting a marketable story

Diane O'Connell

A comprehensive method for crafting a novel Whether you're a first-time author or seasoned novelist, you know the challenges that come with writing fiction. The Novel-Maker’s Handbook guides you through every step of crafting your novel, from concept to completion in a process designed for your success. Inside, veteran book editor Diane O’Connell helps you master the storytelling and individua... read more

A comprehensive method for crafting a novel Whether you're a first-time author or seasoned novelist, you know the challenges that come with writing fiction. The Novel-Maker’s Handbook guides you through every step of crafting your novel, from concept to completion in a process designed for your success. Inside, veteran book editor Diane O’Connell helps you master the storytelling and individua... read more

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