I'm a literary editor and creative writing teacher and mentor. I help authors create better stories and write better books.
Since 2008 I have helped dozens of authors to get their ideas into writable form and their manuscripts into publishable form.
In all collaboration, I prioritize developing the author's creative and artistic skills over "fixing up" or firefighting. I never suggest any changes without ensuring that the author understands why. And were possible I will teach you how to avoid repeating the same issues or encountering the same obstacles in your next manuscript.
So working relationship with me is long-term; I will stay with you and help you, until you don't need me any more.
My portfolio includes bestsellers and award winners. But I get as much satisfaction working with new writers and traditional "midlisters." Quality, not celebrity (or notoriety) is my core value. I believe that it as true as it always has been that quality is the key to longevity for a creative artist.
Literary editing and story development are my core activity, but I also run creative writing courses and I write, compile, edit and update a book about writing technique and methodology.
Brothers Harry and Jack leave Manchester for New York City for their annual weekend getaway. But upon arrival, they find a silent, deserted JFK, where the few ground crew they can spot have all been slaughtered.Harry and Jack are military veterans, but they’ve never encountered anything like this.As they witness the carnage and stumble across murderous madmen in a post-apocalyptic New York Cit... read more
It began in First Activation, when military veterans Harry and Jack arrived at a silent JFK airport and a New York City full of madmen driven to kill one another.In Second Activation, the two brothers escape from Monroe, Michigan, and head for New York to face down Genesis Alliance, a despotic organization that is implementing the chaos to create a new order. Caught in a race against time, con... read more
The future is here…the future is now! Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Niven have seen the future. Now, you can, too. A constellation of the brightest lights in the Science Fiction and Fantasy firmament have judged these authors to be the best, the brightest, the truest emerging stars in the field. From Alien Invasion to Alternate History, from Cyberpunk to Comic Fantasy to Post-A... read more
Neuroscientist Margaret Hauri has two children to raise, and she's on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough. There's just one problem. She's dead. Length: 5,000 words, a short story Genre: near future hard SF, drama Market: written for adults (no sex, no violence, occasional mild/moderate profanity)
Is the Living Blade real or just a legend?With it… Prince Bashan could win back his kingdom.Master Telen Diaz can free himself of the burden from his past.Owen Smith sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain untold knowledge.… but for Noraya Smith, the Living Blade will bring nothing but suffering and sorrow."Realistic, character-driven fantasy that manages to both sever limbs and warm the hear... read more
Edit Ready is an author's reference book for use during story development, writing and both self editing and when you get your manuscript back from your editor.Put like that, it sounds rather dry, but reference books always do.Actually, though, although it has an exhaustive contents page, three different indices and 6 appendices, this is not a dry reference book. In fact, at any given time, th... read more
"You speak of a war between dragons and wizards that was so long ago it has fallen from the pages of history. That it was dragons who silenced the song of magic for our own vanity and power. Even if all that you say is true, I have never hunted a wizard or man of any kind. Yet you are here to murder an innocent for the alleged wrongs of my ancestors?""I am."——An unknown evil is slaughtering th... read more
"We are all tiny fires burning in the dark. Each one of us good men trying to ward off the cold and the evil in this world. But there will always be more night than fires to light it."——Unseen by the world, in glory to the Blood God, the goblin hordes have amassed and are ready to march. Behind the curtains, a dark leader moves the players like pieces on a game board. And after a hundred years... read more
"The history is still being written. Anarr has been playing this game for a very long time. For a thousand years he has bonded his dragons with humans and elves, ensuring their survival and power in the world, letting them grow in numbers. Now he meddles once more. He is using the crystal to poison the world, just as he did long ago. And all of Gondril will be made to suffer before he is done.... read more
A frozen planet. An impossible quest. A sister who won’t quit."Spine-tingling, breath-holding action!"“I am sure there are finger indentations in my Kindle.”Though she doesn’t know her real name, Thirteen is sure of two things: survival and finding her sister. Nothing stands in her way—not the great Pacifica Ice Sheet nor the slavers she escaped—until her deadly hunt takes a maddening turn.The... read more
Surrounded by enemies. Nowhere to go. Out of time."The series just keeps getting better."“Hooked :)”Volcano in sight, Thirteen is closer than ever to finding her sister. The immense Pacifica Ice Sheet and wrecked slaver ships lay behind her. But in front waits an obstacle unlike any she has seen.A giant rupture in the plateau separates her from her goal. Though she’s desperate to traverse it, ... read more
Over a thousand years ago the Norse reached the Americas, but never stayed.What if they had?Following on from The United States Of Vinland: The Landing comes Red Winter.Eskil's dream of settling the newly discovered lands of the west to honour the Gods is under way. Godsland and Lakeland are no longer alone, as new villages grow and prosper in a world of fjords, valleys, forests and mountains,... read more
What if?What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed?Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin?Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant... read more
When everyone runs, who will stand?For eons a dark force has lurked inside Archalon, waiting.In 2354 the Confederacy set it free. Now the alien uprising is imminent and there’s only one person left to stop it.Nova goes where others dare not. She shoots first, talks little, and carries a chip on her shoulder the size of Boullion 5. Her reckless courage is all that stands between the Ancients an... read more
All Elle wants is a little land to call her own. And she has earned it, finding a measure of peace on a lonely isle near the bottom of the Florida Keys. But others have their own designs, especially Billy, her deadbeat, absent husband who could show up any time to claim her or maliciously destroy what he cannot have.In 1935, as Labor Day approaches, a storm is brewing that will alter Elle's li... read more
Once, in another world—a dark world, the world of Faetta—there lived paladins and pirates, tyrants and scallywags, vampires and the undead. In this world a revolution is brewing. The royalty of Sieunes are in chains, and those priests and paladins who follow the holy word of the gods are under attack. In the west, the kingdom of Kellerhald receives the fleeing priests in their temples of the p... read more
WORTHY OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCECHOSEN BY CBS NEW YORK AS BEST OF BEACH READThis exciting debut novel written by former Secret Service Agent J.A. (Jerry) Ballarotto is by no means an ordinary kiss and tell story. Set in 1963, it sweeps the globe from New Jersey to Las Vegas to Cuba and back to Dallas, as it tells the story of Jake, a young Italian Secret Service Agent who finds himself on the tr... read more
Book 2 of the Shader series (Epic Fantasy)The reavers are swarming and this time their prey is the supreme ruler of the Templum, the Ipsissimus himself.With Shader dead and his piece of the Statue of Eingana in the hands of Shadrak the Unseen, the threat of the Unweaving of all Creation is one step nearer.Dr. Cadman realizes he’s in too deep and there’s nothing for it but to go on the offensiv... read more
Deacon Shader is a man of contradictions. Trained for holiness, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation.When plague strikes at the heart of the city of Sarum and the Abbey of Pardes is attacked by an army of undead, Shader is thrust into the forefront of an ages-old conflict.After being hidden for millennia, the scattered pieces of the artifact that doomed the old world have resurfa... read more
In an outer world that is impossible, an inner world grows out of the wreckage. Built by a little girl too young to know how it might be done, she did it her way and then lived with it all. This is her story. Searing, shocking, yet holding treasures deep where it matters.Granddaughter to the man who invented The Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse, she knew a different man from what the world pe... read more
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