I'm a fiction editor (developmental especially) with my own company--Simply Devine Communications. My claim to fame is authoring five novels -- several international best-sellers, with traditional publishers in London (Andre Deutsch) and New York (Simon & Schuster). My novels are family sagas: big, meaty stories brimming with politics, history and enduring female characters in exotic locations. I am currently writing a memoir and a slice-of-life novel based on my experiences as a hospice chaplain. What I bring to the editing table is a lifetime of high-level work in journalism and broadcasting as well as novels. My gifts are artful insights on spine and scope, a sculptor's eye for cutting to the heart and most of all abiding respect for an author's creative vision. I love working with promising new authors, including independents.
I have been writing and editing in various forms and media for more than 40 years and currently have my own editing company specializing in fiction book editing and grants for nonprofits. My fiction editing focuses on developmental editing and manuscript assessment, where I use the writing skills mastered in the writing of my own five novels, which were published in London by Andre Deutsch and in New York by Simon & Schuster. What I bring to the editing table is astute gift of assessing the strengths and challenges of a client's novel, including spine and scope, flow, authenticity, characterization and pacing. I'm a writer's editor mindful and respectful of an author's creative vision and value communication. In addition to my fiction writing and editing, my career and perspectives have been fashioned by a major journalism and broadcasting career for some of the most respected U.S. media centers (NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, The Boston Globe), as well as 20 years living in London, Cairo, Athens, Geneva and Dublin. I also earned a theology Master's Degree and worked for a decade as a healthcare chaplain, most notably providing compassionate support in hospices for 10,000 dying people and those who loved them.
A beautiful young Greek woman encounters early Christians and is profoundly impacted by their manifestation of love. A chance encounter with the apostle Paul, her perils, her broken heart and her personal losses make this an enthralling adventure as well as a glimpse into first century life of the early follows of Jesus.
Set in the early 1980s, Priscilla J. ("PJ") Austin is a bright, carefree, enterprising young woman strongly bound to her father-a Methodist minister and consummate politician about whom she has conflicted feelings. Shortly after she begins her career as an assistant professor of political science at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, her father mysteriously asks her to relocate closer to h... read more
It is 1949, and Greece is in the turmoil of civil war. Beautiful 19-year-old Marika is determined to ensnare her childhood sweetheart, Christos, and bind him to her for life, before he leaves to lead the guerrillas in the mountains. By the author of "Nile" and "Saudi".
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Editing fiction is my bag: young adult, memoirs, mysteries - you name it! Making manuscripts the best they can be is my life's work.
Creative, experienced editor specializing in adventure stories for all ages. Let's prepare your manuscript for publication together.