Editing packages available to support authors in their quest for publication of any kind. Please see website for pricing levels of service available. I works across genre but am not your best bet for horror, graphic erotica, or gore of any kind. Books I've edited/proofread have gone on to earn best-seller status (specifically a True Crime novel) and won multiple awards, including Killer Nashville (Best Fiction Book of the Year and Best Suspense Book of the Year), Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards (Thriller), WILLA Award Finalist status, and a Western Fictioneers Award (YA).
“Meg Welch Dendler edited both of the cozy mysteries I published with Pen-L Publishing. She did a terrific job, uncovering errors that, if gone unnoticed, would have ruined my books! Meg was thorough and patient. She really understood what I was trying to say and helped me to express myself clearly and concisely. An excellent editor.” Carolyn Wilkins, author of the cozy mysteries “Melody for Murder” and “Mojo for Murder”
“Meg W. Dendler, freelance editor and award-winning author, edits manuscripts for publishing houses and for independent authors. My publisher hired her to edit the manuscript for my first full-length novel, ‘Waking Up in Medellin,’ published in March 2016. Meg’s thorough review of my novel impressed me. She went far beyond the expected work an editor performs. She even verified the names of streets and landmarks I’d mentioned, which required research on her part since my novel takes place in Medellin and Cartagena, cities located in Colombia, South America. Her suggestions throughout the manuscript were right on, yet what impressed me the most was her ability to improve my manuscript without changing the spirit of the story. Meg’s editing most definitely made my novel a much better book to read. I highly recommend her if you are contemplating an editor for your creative writing. She will work closely with you to ensure the highest quality for your manuscript.” Kathryn Lane “Waking Up in Medellin” has been honored as the Best Fiction Book of the Year and Best Adult Suspense Book of the Year for 2017 by Killer Nashville and with a Pinnacle Book Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs. The sequel, “Coyote Zone,” won a 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Thriller category. Meg edited them both.
“My publisher, Pen-L, chose my editor for me when my first novel was being published. Meg Welch Dendler did an amazing job for me, and she ‘got’ my style of writing right away. When my second novel, 'The Canyon House,' was ready, I asked for Meg. First-rate editing is essential for every author. ‘The Canyon House’ was recently awarded the WILLA Finalist Award from Women Writing the West. There is no doubt that Meg’s editing helped me acquire the honor. I hope she is available for my third book!” Janice Gilbertson, author of “Summer of ’58” and “The Canyon House,” a WILLA Award Finalist.
Proofreading for blogs, submission letters, and book blurbs is also available. The schedule is sometimes limited since I'm also involved in my own writing career and do contract work with an indie publisher, so please contact in advance. I will always give you a clear and specific start and expected end date.
I would love to discuss your project with you and see if I am a good fit for your needs. Free consultation and brief sample edits are always available.
Handsome Colombian men and life-threatening danger were not normally a part of Nikki's auditing job, but this assignment was anything but normal. Despite her emotional wounds, she accepts the challenge as a way to overcome the loss of her young son in a tragic event. In the midst of the male-dominated business world in Colombia, she investigates mismanagement allegations and uncovers a siniste... read more
Silver Falchion Award Finalist for Best Thriller in 2018 byKiller Nashville International Writers’ ConferenceNikki Garcia is an unlikely Sam Spade: a former international auditor turned private investigator who lands an assignment in Mexico to find a missing ten-year-old girl, Bibi Lombardi. The child’s estranged parents have been fighting over custody of her and one of them could be responsib... read more
Do you believe in magic? There's a hex on Charley Howard's Hot Links Emporium, and Charley, a.k.a. the Hot Sauce King, is furious. He suspects that the Jamaican psychic who's been "advising" his gullible wife Mabel is a phony, and he asks choir director Bertie Bigelow to do a little amateur sleuthing to help him prove it. But Bertie's already got all the drama she can handle. The high-profile ... read more
Welcome back, Pastor Maggie! Pastor Maggie, of Loving the Lord Community Church, has settled into her new position and finally gained the trust and respect of her congregation, but they will all be tested when the church comes under attack through a series of malicious break-ins and vandalism. Maggie tries to hold everyone together and determine if the threat is from an outsider or someone act... read more
From the best-selling author of Blind Rage “Blood from two bullets fired at close range into the head of the man and two bullets into the head of the pretty girl with long, light-brown hair.” The Staton Slaughter is one of the saddest true-crime events of the 1980s, told by the best-selling author of Blind Rage. In the vein of In Cold Blood, Closing Time is the stunning story of good and evil ... read more
True love is like a ghost. Many believe in it, but few encounter it. Chloe Clark stumbles on both but, burned by romance and riddled with low self-esteem, she's unable to recognize true love when it finds her. Agreeing to care for her great-aunt Edwina, she travels to Door County, Wisconsin. There she meets Hud, a charismatic Menominee Indian man, who initiates her in sunset cruises on Lake Mi... read more
The desert wind sings eerie music . . . Is it whispering secrets in Angela Brannon’s inner ear? Evidence of the past and whiffs of her future? Is it Kokopelli, the trickster god, playing his flute? Or is it just a coyote howling? She listens for the messages. Inexplicable clues take Angela across time, across Texas. Her quest begins as a dream—or is it a vision? She is lured to the mammoth fos... read more
A violent felon unexpectedly set free. An anonymous tip to a newspaper reporter. An ugly scandal that threatens a gubernatorial candidate. Together, they amount to another high-stakes crisis for Jonas Hawke—especially since the newspaper reporter is his son and the violent felon a former client. With the election drawing close and his son eager to run with a story he can't verify, it's up to J... read more
Winner of the Maryland Writers’ Association 2017 Best Book Award It's his word against hers, and the stakes couldn't be higher. When a teenager accuses a key official of a local charity of blackmailing her for sex—and then abruptly disappears—a mystery turns into a crisis, raising concerns about the girl's safety, the charity's survival, and the career and reputation of a man who says he is in... read more
The Will & Buck Series: Book Two For Readers 8 - 12 | Grades 3 - 7 by award-winning author Alice V. Brock Crates of stolen army supplies hidden in a cave. A fresh grave. These mean trouble for twelve-year-old Will and Two Feathers, his half Comanche adopted brother. Will's father is accused of stealing army goods and murdering a soldier. The boys set out to discover the true thief and murderer... read more
2017 Best Western YA/Children Fiction Awarded by the Western Fictioneers!2017 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist for Western Fiction—Younger Readers!Will Whitaker's eleventh summer is one thrill after another.A cattle drive with a famous Texas Ranger, a Comanche trying to steal his horse, a buffalo stampede, thirst-maddened cattle crossing eighty miles of alkali desert to a dangerous ford on... read more
What if you traded your identity and couldn't get it back? Could you live your life as someone else?After the shocking death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Julie Morgan discovers that she has also lost her home because of a risky identity swap. Designed to save her from shame and disgrace, the "perfect scheme" backfires, forcing her to masquerade as her lookalike, Carmen. Frightened and alo... read more
A secret rules her life. Trapped by the consequences of a serious misstep, Julie Morgan faces the shame and rejection doled out to those who break the rigid social code of the 1950s. Desperate, Julie turns to lookalike Carmen, who proposes an outrageous scheme. If it succeeds, it will save the day. Encouraged by Elvis Presley’s long-distance friendship, Julie risks everything for this “perfect... read more
One trivial decision can change a whole life The pain of being an unpopular Dilbert mushrooms like a nuclear cloud when Julie Morgan makes an innocent decision to attend a concert by new singer named Elvis Presley. Already burdened with low self-esteem because of her broken home, Julie becomes desperate when her only three friends dump her at the concert. To make matters worse, on that fateful... read more
What's a young, idealistic, novice pastor got to learn from the congregation at Loving the Lord Community Church? A lot!Twenty-six and single, Maggie Elzinga has just graduated from seminary and received a call to pastor a church in the town of Cherish, Michigan. Idealistic, impetuous, enthusiastic, and short on life experience, Maggie jumps in with both feet.With her on the journey are a cast... read more
What's Pastor Maggie up to now? Life at Loving the Lord Community Church in Cherish, Michigan, isn't always easy. Learning how to adjust to a new marriage while caring for her many parishioners keeps Pastor Maggie on her toes. And things get more complicated as she prepares a group of church folks for the coming holidays—AND a two-week mission trip to Ghana, Africa. While in Ghana, the expecta... read more
A true story of sin, sex, and murder in a small Arkansas town. When Ruie Ann Park-a pillar of the Van Buren, Arkansas, community-was found beaten to death and lying in a pool of blood in her home, the police and local residents assumed the son was the murderer. But the years would uncover a more sinister story. Up till that night, the Park family seemed to have it all. For fifty years they own... read more
While two armies inflict mutual carnage in a series of virtual draws, the Union Navy slowly encircles the South, closing its harbors one by one. Wilmington, NC remains the last port through which flow the imported military supplies necessary to keep the Army of Northern Virginia in the field. And Wilmington is protected by Fort Fisher, the impregnable "Gibraltar of the South." The mission of t... read more
WILLA Award finalist 2017!Even the most beautiful summer can turn dark and cold in a moment. For nine-year-old tomboy Poppy, moving to the wilderness of the canyon and the ramshackle house was a dream come true. Nature was her playground—she could let her imagination runwild. Poppy thought starting a new school in the fall would be the worst thing to ever happen.But as the temperature dropped ... read more
How long can you keep a secret to protect someone you love? Forever? That's what Angela Garrett promised the man in the dark.Estranged from his daughter, bronc rider Lanny Ray decides he'd better try to mend their relationship before it’s too late. It is a dream come true for Angela when they roll out of Jewel, New Mexico, to travel the summer rodeo circuit. In spite of her reluctance to make ... read more
Can prejudice and mistrust threaten an ex-con drug addict's new beginning? After spending three years in a Texas prison on drug charges, Katie Smith is released to rebuild her life. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, whom she had to give away. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to cont... read more
WHO KNOWS WHAT LURKS IN THE HEART OF THE OZARKS? A gruesome murder on the banks of Skunk Creek leads to a mystery and a rollicking adventure story. Populated by the crusading editor of a small town newspaper, an oversized Sheriff, a lovable band of merry misfits, and an evil cult, an Ozarks village is steeped in beauty, tragedy, love, and lust. Hardlyville and her colorful, unforgettable Hardl... read more
Who knows what lurks in the deepest, darkest corners of the Ozarks? The residents of Hardlyville! And what do a local environmental disaster of unprecedented proportions, a series of ghastly murders, corrupt state politics, a bedouin shivaree, crooked investment bankers, and Noodler's Anonymous have in common? Skunk Creek! For Sheriff Sephus Adonis, congressman Pierce Arrow, and his true love ... read more
Evil tends to snatch away the best-laid plans. Life is finally coming together for reporter Danni Edens. Her mother's mental illness seems to be under control, her career is taking off after a major setback, and she's found love. But a mistake from her past comes back to rob her of that newly found happiness and possibly more. As Danni struggles with the biggest loss of her life, the challenge... read more
Hollywood stars! Politicians! Betrayal! Murder! And a by-the-book cop just trying to do her job in the middle of it all. To solve the murder of a movie star just weeks before the Academy Awards, Detective Frankie Ryan has to navigate through a web of Hollywood secrets and political landmines, not to mention the "old boys club" in her own police department. The presence of a new designer drug a... read more
A mysterious man with a Midas touch delights the world but still seeks release from his own personal nightmare. Mark Wladika can do just about anything. As a high school sophomore, he demonstrates an uncanny grasp of quantum physics. As a young Marine, he is a master of hand-to-hand combat, capable of taking out men twice his size with a single blow. He is a cosmologist, a philosopher, an obse... read more
A simple trek through Spain becomes a life-changing journey through fear and hope. A daddy's girl born on Father's Day, Gwen Alton lost faith in men when her father emotionally abandoned her. Despite her impending marriage, she has doubts. A spiritual orphan with trust issues, Gwen lets no one crack her shell of self-reliance. When the young photojournalist sets out on her family's pipedream o... read more
Five years removed from his 1990 Juilliard graduation, Donald Braswell is set to be "the next Pavarotti." Braswell's successful career ends, however, not with a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, but alone, lying in a dirty ditch. Following the hit-and-run accident that steals his voice and future, the "Texas Tenor" struggles with depression and despair-until the night his daughter, Aria, is b... read more
What are you willing to risk to break free? Smothered by her husband's expectations and the rigid gender roles of the 1970s, Lydia Colton sees a chance to rediscover and unfetter herself—if only she can find out the truth about a wealthy man's suspicious death. According to history in the small town of Tanner, North Carolina, Howard Galloway died from accidentally drinking poison moonshine, le... read more
The stillness of the warm, Kentucky afternoon on Copperhead Cove is shattered by the echo of a high-powered rifle, sending birds flying and two famous basketball coaches to a watery grave. Bo Paxton, their fishing guide, becomes collateral damage, thrashing through the murky waters of Quail Hollow Lake for his life while a Chicago hit man hunts him down, beginning a life-and-death manhunt for ... read more
The Civil War changed many lives and sometimes created monsters from men.Alf Bolin had simple desires: to become rich and to marry Emmy Ann Granger. But he faced two obstacles—he was a poor fellow without any real prospects, and Emmy Ann's father promised to kill him if he so much as laid eyes on him.In 1856, the seeds of conflict had already taken hold in the Ozark Mountains. In what became k... read more
Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in Eye for an Eye. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical proto... read more
Everyone is gifted, but some never open their package. Spirits are everywhere for those privileged to see. Angela Maria Brannon, the adopted baby from Sacred Choices, has a sacred gift. Her connection with the Aztec goddess Tonantzin and Our Lady of Guadalupe empowers her to see ghosts. At first, people think her having ‘imaginary friends’ is cute, but at school she’s branded ‘different’ and l... read more
When mere survival blossoms into love . . . For the past decade, Matty Bell has lived safe in a self-made monochromatic life of work-eat-sleep-survive. Living vicariously through her best friend Claire's perfect life wasn't the plan, nor her ideal. However, Matty learned long ago that it's easier to run and hide from life than to deal with the pain of the post-traumatic stress she’s suffered f... read more
On the South Side of Chicago, one SOUR note can lead to MURDER. When recently-widowed college choir director Bertie Bigelow reluctantly accepts a New Year’s date with Judge Theophilous Green, she never imagines the esteemed civil rights pioneer and inveterate snob will be found shot to death the next morning. She’s even more surprised when her talented but troubled student LaShawn Thomas is ar... read more
The vast blue sky. The endless flow of pristine waters. The days of summer that seem to have no end. All this belongs to Scotlin Bright as he gallops from one adventure to the next with no thought of tomorrow. Tomorrow is for grown-ups. Today belongs to Scotlin. Every summer since his eighth birthday, he's run the trot-lines on the Stream River, eaten fried fish, and tried to play his Uncle Ro... read more
Best Juvenile Book 2018 from the Oklahoma Writers' Federation! Fire-breathing dragon headed her way! Princess Bianca had never set foot outside the castle walls. Not once in her over-protected, pink, fluffy life. But when a dragon was spotted in the land and fear spread that the monster had conquered the king and his brave knights, Bianca realized that it was her duty to protect her kingdom. S... read more
#1 Best Selling Dog Adventure Story!!Dog-gone wild! Max didn't mean to run away, but when he found himself alone in the moonlit woods, he saw his chance for freedom. No humans to tell him what to do. No cats running the house. No one to call him Bad Dog. No fences and no rules. He could be wild and free and never have to answer to anyone again! But will that freedom turn out to be the fantasti... read more
Dottie didn’t mean to run away. But when she accidentally slipped out of her collar on the Razorback Greenway Trail during a Saturday walk, she began a day of adventure—exploring the town and the University of Arkansas campus. Along her journey she meets new friends and even learns how to Call the Hogs. She always planned to be home before dark, but will she still be able to find the way back ... read more
How can a young cat pick between everything she has ever wanted and everyone she has ever loved? Kimba lives the care-free life of a much loved house cat, but what she really wants is freedom and the wild life for which she was born. Then she learns a secret that changes everything, including her destiny. Will she join this mysterious cat conspiracy? Kimba must choose between the freedom she c... read more
Book 2 in the Cats in the Mirror series, honored with a Silver Mom's Choice Award for juvenile book series. AMAZON.COM BEST SELLING CAT BOOK FOR KIDS! Story Monster Approved.Destiny is a tricky thing. By its very nature, it cannot be avoided. Hiro and Kimba thought they were free from the pull of their destiny and the scheming of the alien Cats in the Mirror. But when the family goes away on a... read more
Book 3 in the award-winning Cats in the Mirror series.Jealousy is a festering emotion, and Miss Fatty Cat was wallowing in it. Boiling over with envy of the pampered and privileged life she thought Kimba and Hiro enjoyed—both on Earth and as members of the space-traveling cat royal family—Miss Fatty Cat enters into a partnership with the rebel group who opposes the monarchy. All of their treac... read more
Agent Onyx, also known as Slinky by her human family, was more than happy to spend her Earth-life hiding under beds and cuddling with her girl, Mindy. But when it’s time for Mindy to go away to college, Slinky finds herself being moved to a strange new apartment, away from her sister and the comfort of her home. Just as Kimba is taking big steps toward being an agent in training and Slinky is ... read more
Dead, but not gone. Penny had been stuck in the same cozy diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Over the years she served ice cream to those who stopped by on their way to the next level of existence, helping to ease their transition into The Light, a place she couldn’t go. But it didn’t matter to Penny. She was safe and content. Then ridiculously handsome bad boy biker Jake dropped i... read more
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