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Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe - Editor

New York, United States

Editor and ghostwriter specializing in literary fiction, thrillers, memoir, business books, and self-help books.

Overview

Reviews (4)

I work on both full-length books and shorter projects. Some writers I've worked with have been published by mainstream presses and others have self-published. I am an award-winning novelist myself so I know the writing process from the inside out. My longstanding vocation as an author allows me to understand the particular 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, memoirs and family histories, business books on 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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Literature Science Fiction Short Story Thriller

Certifications

  • MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.
  • Have taught writing at Columbia, Wesleyan, Bard College, and elsewhere.

Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction
  • Selected for NBC Today Show Book Club

Work experience

Adjunct Faculty

Graduate Writing Program, Columbia University
September, 2012 – Present (about 5 years)

I conduct 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.

Editor and Ghostwriter

Self-employed
September, 2009 – Present (about 8 years)

Please see my overview above for a description of the work I do.

Novelist and short story writer

Self-employed
January, 1998 – Present (almost 20 years)

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.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Bomb Maker's Son: A Parker Stern Novel

Robert Rotstein

A fugitive from justice shows up on Parker Stern’s doorstep, seeking representation. Ian Holzner—better known as the Playa Delta Bomber—is about to be arrested for allegedly planting a bomb that killed four people in 1975. Parker turns down the case, until the revelation of a startling secret from Parker’s estranged mother all but forces him, against his better judgment, to change his mind. As... read more

A fugitive from justice shows up on Parker Stern’s doorstep, seeking representation. Ian Holzner—better known as the Playa Delta Bomber—is about to be arrested for allegedly planting a bomb that killed four people in 1975. Parker turns down the case, until the revelation of a startling secret from Parker’s estranged mother all but forces him, against his better judgment, to change his mind. As... read more

The Man Who Remembered The Moon (Kindle Single)

David Hull

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 institution until he renounces his belief in a celestial body he calls the moon. Fortunately his doctor, Marvin Pallister, is confident that Da... 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 institution until he renounces his belief in a celestial body he calls the moon. Fortunately his doctor, Marvin Pallister, is confident that Da... read more

Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team Is Waiting For

Jonathan Raymond

"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 thing, where improving your relationships and owning your strengths at work translate directly into the rest of your life. Creating a com... 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 thing, where improving your relationships and owning your strengths at work translate directly into the rest of your life. Creating a com... read more

Soar

Shashank Nigam

An airline has over 50 different brand touchpoints at which it can choose to operate exactly as it has in the past or to exceed expectations at each step and become truly exceptional. This book aims to highlight 10 exceptional airline brands which are thinking differently about branding, and executing brilliantly. There is an exceptional breed of airlines that continue to win in their markets ... read more

An airline has over 50 different brand touchpoints at which it can choose to operate exactly as it has in the past or to exceed expectations at each step and become truly exceptional. This book aims to highlight 10 exceptional airline brands which are thinking differently about branding, and executing brilliantly. There is an exceptional breed of airlines that continue to win in their markets ... read more

Really? Really!: A Diary of Diamonds, Doubts and the Divine

Jaime Rupert

Come through the question mark for an exclamation point life! Really? Really! is every bit a life adventure. Sometimes the book feels like a sitcom, a travelogue and expedition, other times, it is almost so impossible that you really can’t make this stuff up! But all the time, it is based on the true stories of a life magically lived. Jaime starts life with no perspective on what she should do... read more

Come through the question mark for an exclamation point life! Really? Really! is every bit a life adventure. Sometimes the book feels like a sitcom, a travelogue and expedition, other times, it is almost so impossible that you really can’t make this stuff up! But all the time, it is based on the true stories of a life magically lived. Jaime starts life with no perspective on what she should do... read more

Big Things in Tight Spaces

Bram Gunther

Big Things in Tight Spaces is a picaresque novel on sex and pornography, marijuana, lying, stress, dancing, Africa, Amsterdam, King David, sick bowels, Hank Aaron, American politics, urban trees, and Crazy Horse. The book is about a relentlessly ambitious character trying to fit everything that interests and excites him into a space that doesn’t allow for its bulk. At the emotional center of t... read more

Big Things in Tight Spaces is a picaresque novel on sex and pornography, marijuana, lying, stress, dancing, Africa, Amsterdam, King David, sick bowels, Hank Aaron, American politics, urban trees, and Crazy Horse. The book is about a relentlessly ambitious character trying to fit everything that interests and excites him into a space that doesn’t allow for its bulk. At the emotional center of t... read more

Matthew has 4 reviews

Professionalism
Quality
Value
Communication

Avner Landes

Frankly, I jumped at the chance to work with a writer of Matthew's caliber—read Jamestown!—and the experience far exceeded not only my expectations but also the services promised at the start of our collaboration. Matthew is a generous and perceptive reader, and I know where I'm going to turn first the next time I need help with a manuscript.

, September 2017


Harrison Rogers

Even with all the changes I had to make from our original collaboration, Mathew maintained a consistent quality and professionalism. Thanks Mathew!

, September 2017


Kurt Krauss

Matt continued to impress me greatly. I think that my book is pretty good, but only due to Matt's substantive and thorough editing. He is a true professional. I would recommend Matt enthusiastically and without reservation to anyone in need of a top-notch editor.

, August 2017


Kurt Krauss

Matt has been amazing. He has been very responsive to my questions and issues. His work greatly exceeded my expectations. Matt is a real pro. I recommend him without reservation. I am now working through his many suggestions and proposed edits to my original manuscript. I will definitely use him to do a second round of editing once I am done.

, July 2017

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