Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe - Editor Tick

New York, United States

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

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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, children's literature, 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.
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 – December, 2016 (about 4 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 (over 9 years)

Novelist and short story writer

Self-employed
January, 1998 – Present (over 21 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 (8 selected works)

The Girl with More Than One Heart

Laura Geringer Bass

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! How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her gra... read more

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! How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her gra... 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. Now, eight jurors must retire to the deliberation room and decide whether David committed premeditated murder--or whether he was a batte... read more

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. Now, eight jurors must retire to the deliberation room and decide whether David committed premeditated murder--or whether he was a batte... 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

Corporate Goad: Case Studies in Transformational Change

Kurt Krauss

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 bright boys and girls.Corporate Goad: Case Studies in Transformational Change is designed to challenge and inspire the change agents of tod... 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 bright boys and girls.Corporate Goad: Case Studies in Transformational Change is designed to challenge and inspire the change agents of tod... 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

Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses

Jean O'Malley Halley

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 comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the “pony book” genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender nor... 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 comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the “pony book” genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender nor... read more

Living the Transparent Life

Kevin Siddle

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 them to the light. Let's become accountable to those who love us. Let's put God in control, remove all the junk that lust brings, and crea... 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 them to the light. Let's become accountable to those who love us. Let's put God in control, remove all the junk that lust brings, and crea... read more

Home Alive: 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police

Geoffrey Mount Varner

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 worries. It is an absolute URGENT READ. Dr. Mount Varner, a Harvard graduate, board-certified emergency medicine physician and father uses ... read more

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 worries. It is an absolute URGENT READ. Dr. Mount Varner, a Harvard graduate, board-certified emergency medicine physician and father uses ... read more

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Harrison Rogers
Incredibly patient and flexible. Great at understanding what clients are trying to accomplish.

Harrison Rogers, December 2018

Matthew Sharpe
Harrison has been great to work with. Communication is easy, his ideas and energy and honesty are great, he's been patient and flexible re scheduling, and he's been very appreciative of my work. V...
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Nathan Dean
Matt was a pleasure to work with, really did a great job at identifying key themes, thoughts and even more important contradictions. Was an overall asset to my work and look forward to working with him again.

Nathan Dean, December 2017


Avner Landes
This was my second time working with Matthew. He was a superb reader, teacher, and editor, who constantly checked to make sure I understood the suggestions and knew how to move forward. As I mentioned in my earlier review, collaborating with Matthew Sharpe is an opportunity to work with one of the true masters of the craft.

Avner Landes, November 2017


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.

Avner Landes, 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!

Harrison Rogers, September 2017

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