Although I do love writing, my passion has always been bringing the best out of my author's work. I provide my authors with a comprehensive (and I do mean comprehensive) analysis of each book that looks not just at the whole, but all the moving parts that go into great writing. After the analysis, I do a one to two hour phone (or video) call with my author to discuss in detail the analysis I've created. The phone call is absolutely key. It's during that give and take discussion that epiphanies occur. When one of my author's has an awe-inspiring insight into their work, that's when the magic happens.
As the publisher of a small, traditional royalty based press (CBAY Books), I have edited, designed, and published high quality fantasy and science fiction middle grade and young adult books for the past 13 years. Some of our titles included:
HOMER'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE— "An origin story for the ages takes readers on an epically hilarious adventure … snappy, anachronistic humor make this an entertaining laugh-out-loud adventure … Recommend to fans of Percy Jackson, epic stories, and mythology looking for new fodder with a twist." —School Library Journal (Middle Grade Fantasy/Mythology)
SHORTCUTS— "The story feels like a blend of Willo Davis Roberts' nerdy-psychic classic The Girl with the Silver Eyes (1980) and the Stephen King novel Carrie (1980)." — Kirkus Reviews (Middle Grade Science Fiction)
UNCERTAIN SUMMER— "Kids on the cusp fumble toward coming-of-age with the odd cryptid and charging boar for thrills." — Kirkus Reviews (Middle Grade Adventure)
I have been privileged to work with a wide range of authors from people completing their first novel to experienced authors with decades of experience. Here are some of their comments:
"I had the great privilege and even greater learning experience working with Madeline on my first two novels. When my newest project was ready to submit, I was smart enough to first go to Madeline. As always, she didn't simply find the errors in grammar, logic, pacing ... the usual suspects, but after we talked, no, while we talked, she fired up my muse with much deeper considerations. Once again it was like I had handed her an outline of a story, and she poked and prodded until I opened the door on a larger glorious story. I can buy a computer program to find basic problems, or hire Madeline, an inspired editor who is an Olympic coach who drags the best out of me." — Kath Boyd Marsh
"Madeline's editorial advice was encouraging, specific, and helped take my novel to the next level. Her background in publishing is extensive, and I particularly appreciated her expertise in children's literature in particular. I highly recommend her editorial services!" — Jessica Lee Anderson
I cannot wait to work with you on your project.
As the publisher of a small, traditional royalty based press, I have edited, designed, and published high quality fantasy and science fiction middle grade and young adult books for the past 13 years. As the publisher, I took novels through the entire editorial process including acquisitions, developmental and comprehensive edits, and multiple rounds of revision, copy editing, and proofing. I have also compiled and edited numerous anthologies, including a few listed in the portfolio below.
In my spare time between publishing projects for my small press, I have occasionally taken on editing clients. In the past I have worked mainly through referral or with authors I met at the conferences where I would speak and critique. Usually, my most common service has been a critique of the first ten pages of a manuscript, but I prefer to work on entire books.
At St. Edward's University, I taught several graduate level writing courses with a focus on children’s literature and publishing. Classes covered basic writing of everything from board books to young adult novels as well as more advanced classes in middle grade novels and overall publishing in the children's market. I provided editorial feedback on every writing assignment and on master thesis projects.
At Blooming Tree Press, I started as an intern and worked my way up until I ran the children's division, which produced the bulk of the books published each year. I personally edited a majority of the titles in our division, only leaving with the successful launch of my own small press. As the Editorial Director, I took a wide range of books from picture books through YA through the entire editorial process including acquisitions, developmental and comprehensive edits with multiple rounds of revision, copy editing, and proofing.
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More than 15 years of experience. Fiction + nonfiction. New York Times bestsellers. I'm friendly, fun, and flexible.
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