Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe – Editor

Editor and writing coach specializing in literary fiction, thrillers, memoir and other narrative nonfiction, business books, and self-help.


Greetings, fellow writer. As well as being an editor and writing coach, I'm a published author and former Ivy League creative writing prof.

I work on both full-length books and shorter projects. Many writers I've worked with have been published by traditional presses and others have self-published or hybrid-published. Because I'm a working writer myself, I know the writing process from the inside out. My longstanding vocation as an author allows me to understand the technical and psychological challenges of writing a book, and to help other writers surmount them and produce the best work they are capable of. My goal is always to support and enhance the vision and singular voice of the writers I work with.

I have experience helping people with literary fiction, thrillers, speculative/science fiction, children's literature, memoirs and family histories, business books on leadership/management and branding, and self-help and prescriptive books. I'm always looking to expand the kinds of projects I do, so if the genre you're working in does not appear in the preceding list, please contact me anyway and let's discuss.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Short Story Thriller & Suspense
English (US)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction
  • Selected for NBC Today Show Book Club
  • MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.
  • Have taught writing at Columbia, Wesleyan, Bard College, and elsewhere.

Work experience

Graduate Writing Program, Columbia University

Sep, 2012 — Dec, 2016 (about 4 years)

I conducted fiction workshops, seminars, and master classes at this Ivy League university in New York City. I have also taught fiction writing and literature at Wesleyan University, Bard College, Pratt Institute, and elsewhere.


Sep, 2009 — Present


Jan, 1998 — Present

I have published four novels—You Were Wrong, Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible—and a collection of short stories—Stories from the Tube. My fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harper's, BookForum, Zoetrope, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. I've won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and my novel The Sleeping Father was featured on the NBC Today Show Book Club.


There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious. Find Her! it says. Be Your Own! Ho... read more
Black Buck

Askaripour, Mateo

THIS BOOK WILL GET YOU HOME ALIVE Are you tired of the news reports of police killings? Do you worry if your son or loved one is next? Are you concerned if your child or loved one knows what to say or how to respond to the police? Home Alive will ease your wor... read more
What would you be like if lust was removed from your life? Would you have a healthier marriage? How would your relationship with God be? Lust can destroy everything good that God has given us. Instead of hiding our sins and failures in the dark, let's bring th... read more
Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O’Malley Halley, a self-professed “horse girl,” contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it ... read more
A haunting, teasing, and enigmatic tale of longing and loss. "A Chekhovian 'Ward No 6' for the new millennium. Beautifully executed, hypnotic shape-shifter." - Christine Fischer Guy, author of The Umbrella MenderDaniel Hale will not be released from an institu... read more
In business, change is a constant. All successful companies are making changes all of the time. And change agents are the people who develop, socialize, and lead such initiatives. They are the sine qua non of the transformation process. It is hard work for bri... read more
"Required reading for anyone who wants to do more than merely manage people. Good Authority is a modern classic, and it will redefine what it means to be the boss." - Seth Godin, Author, Linchpin Imagine a world where personal and professional growth are one t... read more
We, the Jury

Robert Rotstein

Told from the perspective of over a dozen participants in a murder trial, We, the Jury examines how public perception can mask the ghastliest nightmares. On the day before his twenty-first wedding anniversary, David Sullinger buried an ax in his wife's skull. ... read more

Matthew has 28 reviews





Pav M.

Pav M.

Apr, 2024

From the get go Matthew took a look at my sample and gave me feedback that I resonated with . Before going on Reedsy I had enrolled into a different writing mentor program and was quite disappointed with that, so I was thrilled to see that Matt was on the same page as me and that he "got" my book. After deciding to work together, Matt gave incredible advice and I gained important insight. I was...
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Mar, 2024

This was my first time using Reedsy, and although it was a bit overwhelming to sift through the great talent available, I ended up choosing Matthew. I couldn't be more pleased with the decision. I would recommend him to anyone looking to elevate their work to the next level.
Victor T.

Victor T.

Aug, 2023

I commissioned an editorial assessment on my literary novel from Matt and got the most insightful and useful read I think anyone's ever given my book. His feedback was thorough and clearly articulated, the criticism was sensitive but direct, and more importantly, actionable. And the praise felt genuine. Getting honest, unfiltered feedback can (and should) be a little painful. It should also ene...
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Tim B.

Tim B.

Jul, 2023

I'm only at the beginning stages of this project but Matt has already given me feedback that has completely changed my writing. I don't know if I'll ever write anything that is truly publishable. I hope I do. But I do know that what I was writing before talking to Matt was NOT publishable, and I didn't recognize the problem. Having spent only about an hour talking to him and having him review a...
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Paul C.

Paul C.

Jul, 2023

I have now worked with Matt on three occasions and my appreciation for his skill as an editor continues to grow. Matt clearly understands my purpose and goals as a writer, and has helped me become a better writer while never suggesting that I change my style. Beyond his expertise in the mechanics of writing, Matt understands the conceptual themes that are so important to me and my stories, and ...
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