I am a Substantive and Developmental editor and multiply published essayist and fiction writer. My short fiction has appeared in the Sanskrit Literary Journal, Hip Mama Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine, Script Magazine and the Times of Israel. I am a long time Huffington Post contributor.
I have taught storytelling technique at Warner Bros. Studios and the London Screenwriter's Festival.
I am the author of Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas and my essay The Freaking Autumn of my life was featured in Ageing, an Apprenticeship, with fellow contributors Gloria Steinem, Judy Blume and Ellen Gilchrist.
I focus on working with fiction and creative non-fiction writers whether from an idea, a work-in-progress, manuscript evaluation or full substantive editing. I provide guidance, feedback, and suggestions about narrative style, dramatic structure, plot and character development, consistency, syntax and logic. I help ensure that your manuscript is an immersive, page-turning experience for readers.
My background as a Hollywood story analyst gives me a sharp eye toward the overall "entertainment factor" of your work.
Films I have story consulted on are:
*The Blue Dress *Oriented
*Five Hour Friends *The Last Hurrah
*The End Again
Films I have provided pre-production story analysis for:
*City of Ember
For over twelve years I have worked with major film producers in evaluating manuscripts for adaptation, as well as indie authors and their manuscripts. In addition to story and developmental editing, I have ghostwritten, provided writer coaching to project completion, and write logline and synopses.
When Oliver Naughton joins the Tenth Avenue Writers Underground, headed by literary wunderkind Wilson Knight, Oliver figures he’ll finally get some of his wild imaginings out of his head and onto paper. But when Wilson takes an intense interest in Oliver's writing and his genre stories of dragons, aliens, and spies, things get weird. Oliver’s stories don’t just need to be finished: they insist... read more
After her mother’s death, Sky is forced to leave her city life behind and move in with her aunt and uncle in a small Australian town. But the city isn’t all that she leaves behind. Trying to fit in with her new friends means doing things she never dreamt she’d do. And falling for the School Queen’s crush is the least of her worries when she’s confronted by tightly guarded family secrets. Just ... read more
A gypsy curse. A shadow pirate. An ancient treasure. An adventure beyond mystery and magic! Eleven year-old Jim Morgan once had a home, a life of comfort, and a future full of promise. But all that changed the night his father was murdered. Now Jim is on the run from his father's enemies, a wicked count and his vengeful son, and at the same time, trying to decipher the secret to the last myste... read more
From the moment Julian steps into the mysterious swirling portal in his granddad’s clock shop he realizes that there is no going back.Instantly, he is sucked into the wormhole and spit out into a world very different from his own - a dimension frozen in time.There, Julian must battle a maniacal villain bent on controlling time if he is to save his kidnapped grandfather before more portals are ... read more
Explore your worst fears imaginable with this shocking suspense thriller inspired by disturbing true events. After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt’s (Scott Speedman) remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as three masked strangers invade. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to... read more
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More than 24 years' experience on fiction and non-fiction titles as an editor, developer, writer and proofer – eBooks, online and in print.
I've been a freelance editor for 25 years, working with clients on novels and memoirs later published by Dutton, W.W. Norton, Scribner, etc.