Meghan Pinson

Meghan Pinson - Editor

St. Louis, MO, United States

Expert critique and fearless consulting for authors in pursuit of publication. I specialize in story development and author education.

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Hello, writer!

Thanks for checking out my profile. I work with writers to prepare excellent novels for submission and publication, and I'd love to help you improve your craft. My primary focus is on critique: What's working in this draft, what's not, and what can be done about it.

If you're concerned about point of view, character development, showing vs. telling, plot and pacing, you're ready for professional critique.

Take a look at the services below and see what looks right for your project. I hope to hear from you soon!

Meghan

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MINI CRITIQUE
A mini critique is an excellent way to get an idea of how your current draft would fare in the wild. Would you get a response if you submitted to agents? Would you get good reviews if you indie-published tomorrow? I'll tell you with a mini critique.

Components of a mini critique:
+ Lightly annotated manuscript
+ Editorial letter outlining my recommendations (2+ pages)
+ One-hour phone consultation
+ Review of your first developmental editing assignment

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COMPREHENSIVE CRITIQUE
A comprehensive manuscript critique gives you specific criticism that helps you revise with confidence and clarity. You'll see where I laughed, cried, jumped, and groaned, wanted more, got lost or bored. I'll write a thorough analysis of what's working and what's not, then consult with you on your best next steps. You'll go into your next draft with enthusiasm and an editor in your pocket.

Components of a comprehensive critique:
+ Fully annotated manuscript, including highlighted flab
+ Comprehensive critique letter (7+ pages for manuscripts with over 50,000 words )
+ One-hour phone consultation
+ Review of your first developmental editing assignment
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING
For ongoing guidance through the wilds of improving your writing skills -- both art and craft -- developmental editing is perfect. Must be preceded by a mini critique or comprehensive critique.

Components of developmental editing:
+ Ongoing conversations about your work in progress
+ Assignments that guide you through your next drafts
+ Accountability and problem solving as you work toward your goals
+ Editing & critique of new material
+ Guided research

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My current favorite genres: Historical fiction, magical realism, ghost stories, and adventure stories.
Please no vampires or spaceships.

As of May 1, 2018, I will only accept copyediting projects through Reedsy that I've seen through critique.

I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and the St. Louis Writers Guild. I teach writing, editing, and publishing workshops frequently in St. Louis and annually in Los Angeles.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

Communication Central's "Be A Better Freelancer" Conference
Seminar: Freelancing 101: Launching and Managing Your Freelance Business
Possible co-presenter with Ruth E. Thaler-Carter: Build a Better Website to Promote Your Freelance Business
October 11-13,2019
St. Louis, MO


RECENT ADVENTURES:

Writer's Digest IndieLAB (attendee)
September 2018, Cincinatti, OH

BookFest STL (attendee)
October 2018, St. Louis, MO

BookExpo and BookCon (attendee)
June 2018, NYC


RECENT WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS:

Columbia Writers' Guild's Speaker Series
Seminar: Developmental Editing for Critique Groups
February 3, 2019
Columbia, MO

Kids' NaNoWriMo Workshop
6-week workshop for writers in grades 5-9
The Book House
October-December 2018
St. Louis, MO

Missouri Romance Writers of America
Workshop: Book Description Blast
July 2018
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Writers Guild's Gateway Con
Master Class: Publishing Paths 101: Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid
Workshop: Exposition Exposed
Novel Development Room
June 2018
St. Louis, MO

Missouri Writers Guild's Annual Conference
Writing Mentor
May 2018
Columbia, MO

St. Louis Publishers Association's Speaker Series
Workshop: Book Description Blast
April 2018
St. Louis, MO

ShowMe Writers Masterclass Mini Series Workshop: Exposition Exposed Workshop: Prioritizing Point of View March 2018 Columbia, MO
St. Louis Writers Guild's Speaker Series
Workshop: Novel Revision 101
February 2018
St. Louis, MO

ShowMe Writers Masterclass
Writing Mentor
October 2017
Columbia, MO

West Coast Writers Conference
Workshop: Exposition Exposed
Workshop: Book Description Blast
Workshop: Publishing Paths 101
Writing Mentor
October 2017
Los Angeles, CA

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If you've gotten this far, let's talk.

Meghan Pinson
My Two Cents Editing

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Historical Fiction
Literature
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Founder of My Two Cents Editing

Self-employed
October, 2009 – Present (almost 10 years)

My Two Cents Editing is a small band of literary specialists who provide expert developmental and copy editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. It's our mission to guide writers from first draft to faithful readers along indie, traditional, and hybrid publication paths.

English & Social Studies Teacher

Los Angeles Unified School District
September, 2006 – June, 2008 (over 1 year)

Bookseller/Manager

Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO
September, 2003 – January, 2005 (over 1 year)

Bookseller/Manager

The Book House, St. Louis, MO
June, 1994 – May, 2001 (almost 7 years)

Portfolio (54 selected works)

Jane the Quene (The Seymour Saga) (Volume 1)

Janet Wertman

All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral mano... read more

All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral mano... read more

The Tigress and the Yogi: Book I of the Sadhana Trilogy

Shelley Schanfield

A talking tigress.A wandering yogi.A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi. Though she is an Untouchable and her very shadow may pollute the holy man, she offers him hospitality, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with... read more

A talking tigress.A wandering yogi.A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi. Though she is an Untouchable and her very shadow may pollute the holy man, she offers him hospitality, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with... read more

The Judas Murders (Whippoorwill Hollow Book 3)

Ken Oder

On a cold February morning in 1967, Sheriff Coleman Grundy finds Betty Lou Mundy dead in her front yard and her husband on the porch with the gun that killed her. It looks like a classic case of revenge on a cheating wife.Until the next murder. And the next. As Cole desperately searches for leads, he’s forced to come to grips with his own wife’s unsolved murder three years earlier, and in the ... read more

On a cold February morning in 1967, Sheriff Coleman Grundy finds Betty Lou Mundy dead in her front yard and her husband on the porch with the gun that killed her. It looks like a classic case of revenge on a cheating wife.Until the next murder. And the next. As Cole desperately searches for leads, he’s forced to come to grips with his own wife’s unsolved murder three years earlier, and in the ... read more

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels Book 1)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at t... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at t... read more

Saving Grace (What Doesn’t Kill You, #1): A Katie Romantic Mystery (What Doesn't Kill You)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesSaving Grace kicks off the What Doesn't Kill You series with voodoo, laughs, and suspense.Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wick... read more

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesSaving Grace kicks off the What Doesn't Kill You series with voodoo, laughs, and suspense.Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wick... read more

(Mis)carriage: A Mother's Story of Why Pregnancy Loss Matters

Regan Parker

"This was supposed to be an exciting moment, the announcement that my baby was coming. I realized that I was going through labor, but at the end of it, I would have nothing." (Mis)carriage is one woman's honest, intimate journey through the loss of her child after eight weeks of pregnancy. Her candid account of loss, grief, and new beginnings shines as comforting proof that hope awaits in the ... read more

"This was supposed to be an exciting moment, the announcement that my baby was coming. I realized that I was going through labor, but at the end of it, I would have nothing." (Mis)carriage is one woman's honest, intimate journey through the loss of her child after eight weeks of pregnancy. Her candid account of loss, grief, and new beginnings shines as comforting proof that hope awaits in the ... read more

Loved: Relationship Rules for Women Who Thought They Knew the Rules

Julie Shafer PhD

Extraordinary relationships don’t break the rules, they embrace them.There are thousands of relationship self-help books that offer countless magical techniques for how to get a man: what to say to a man, how to behave, what to do and not do to reach your relationship goals — but if you’ve tried to follow their instructions and failed, you’re not alone. These books offer relationship advice wi... read more

Extraordinary relationships don’t break the rules, they embrace them.There are thousands of relationship self-help books that offer countless magical techniques for how to get a man: what to say to a man, how to behave, what to do and not do to reach your relationship goals — but if you’ve tried to follow their instructions and failed, you’re not alone. These books offer relationship advice wi... read more

TRANSFORM: The Secret To Unlocking The Perfect You

Dede Barbanti

Finally, a book that will provide you with the answers that change your body and your life! TRANSFORM really is the SECRET TO UNLOCKING THE PERFECT YOU. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Fitness and lifestyle expert Dede Barbanti not only gives you the tools to achieve your weight-loss goals, but helps you dig deep to fix the core issues that keep you from lasting success and your true potential.... read more

Finally, a book that will provide you with the answers that change your body and your life! TRANSFORM really is the SECRET TO UNLOCKING THE PERFECT YOU. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Fitness and lifestyle expert Dede Barbanti not only gives you the tools to achieve your weight-loss goals, but helps you dig deep to fix the core issues that keep you from lasting success and your true potential.... read more

The Trouble with Scarlett (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels Book 2)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell's first novel, takes the world by storm. Everyone in Hollywood knows Civil War pictures don't make a dime, but renegade producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly America has just one question: Who will play Scarlett O'Hara?When Gwen... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell's first novel, takes the world by storm. Everyone in Hollywood knows Civil War pictures don't make a dime, but renegade producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly America has just one question: Who will play Scarlett O'Hara?When Gwen... read more

Citizen Hollywood: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels Book 3)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood, 1939: When Tinseltown begins to woo wunderkind Orson Welles, he stashes himself at the Chateau Marmont until he’s ready to make his splashy entrance. But gossip columnist Kathryn Massey knows he’s there.Kathryn has been on the outs with Hollywood since her ill-fated move to Life, but now that she... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood, 1939: When Tinseltown begins to woo wunderkind Orson Welles, he stashes himself at the Chateau Marmont until he’s ready to make his splashy entrance. But gossip columnist Kathryn Massey knows he’s there.Kathryn has been on the outs with Hollywood since her ill-fated move to Life, but now that she... read more

Searchlights and Shadows: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels Book 4)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships.Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships.Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort... read more

Reds in the Beds: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels Book 5)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood history is more than just colorful. It’s dripping with red.As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace. When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Holl... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood history is more than just colorful. It’s dripping with red.As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace. When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Holl... read more

Old Wounds to the Heart (Whippoorwill Hollow Book 2)

Ken Oder

2016 WINNER International Book Awards & IPPY AwardsAmazon Best-Selling Literary Fiction: Romance: March 2016The second Whippoorwill Hollow novelShenandoah National Park, Thanksgiving Morning, 1967The morning mists are still rising in Whippoorwill Hollow when two aging friends find themselves staring at each other: one pointing a gun and the other beaten and chained to a tree. Their love for th... read more

2016 WINNER International Book Awards & IPPY AwardsAmazon Best-Selling Literary Fiction: Romance: March 2016The second Whippoorwill Hollow novelShenandoah National Park, Thanksgiving Morning, 1967The morning mists are still rising in Whippoorwill Hollow when two aging friends find themselves staring at each other: one pointing a gun and the other beaten and chained to a tree. Their love for th... read more

The Closing (Whippoorwill Hollow Book 1)

Ken Oder

2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistWhen two men meet in a maximum security visitation room on May 5, 1968, they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back. On one side of the window sits Kenneth Deatherage, sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a young woman. On the other side is Nate Abbitt, a successful prosecutor until he drank ... read more

2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistWhen two men meet in a maximum security visitation room on May 5, 1968, they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back. On one side of the window sits Kenneth Deatherage, sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a young woman. On the other side is Nate Abbitt, a successful prosecutor until he drank ... read more

Critical Connection: A Practical Guide to Parenting Young Teens

Andy Kerckhoff

Parenting 10-14 years olds can be the most challenging of all the stages of development. Middle school is a time of tremendous change for families. Critical Connection is for parents of young teens who have said:"So much is changing. I just don't get my daughter any more. I don't want her to slip away.""My son wants to spend every moment on some sort of electronic screen.""My daughter has thes... read more

Parenting 10-14 years olds can be the most challenging of all the stages of development. Middle school is a time of tremendous change for families. Critical Connection is for parents of young teens who have said:"So much is changing. I just don't get my daughter any more. I don't want her to slip away.""My son wants to spend every moment on some sort of electronic screen.""My daughter has thes... read more

Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women's Stories of Trauma and Growth

Walker Karraa

Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression and the growth that they experienced as a result. These women described severe suffering as they had been taken completely by surprise by their depression. They also experienced failure of care providers to screen for or treat depression, and finally reached a place where they determine... read more

Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression and the growth that they experienced as a result. These women described severe suffering as they had been taken completely by surprise by their depression. They also experienced failure of care providers to screen for or treat depression, and finally reached a place where they determine... read more

Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad

Tiffany Tuttle Psy.D

Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad is the first book by clinical psychologist Dr. Tiffany Tuttle. In her attempt to take the “sigh” out of psychology, Dr. Tuttle breathes new life into the field by celebrating self-help. She is unapologetic about her sense of humor and uses it to keep readers engaged so they can learn how to enhance their quality of life. Coming to terms with the past, u... read more

Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad is the first book by clinical psychologist Dr. Tiffany Tuttle. In her attempt to take the “sigh” out of psychology, Dr. Tuttle breathes new life into the field by celebrating self-help. She is unapologetic about her sense of humor and uses it to keep readers engaged so they can learn how to enhance their quality of life. Coming to terms with the past, u... read more

Paw Tracks Here And Abroad: A Dog's Tale

James Mikel Wilson

Paw Tracks Here and Abroad is a book for children ages 6 to 96. It chronicles the adventures of Snickers, a stray dog with a strong will to survive. When Snickers is adopted in Peoria, Illinois, she quickly becomes part of the family--but that doesn't keep her from trying to escape whenever the opportunity presents itself! Over her twenty-two long years as a beloved member of the Wilson family... read more

Paw Tracks Here and Abroad is a book for children ages 6 to 96. It chronicles the adventures of Snickers, a stray dog with a strong will to survive. When Snickers is adopted in Peoria, Illinois, she quickly becomes part of the family--but that doesn't keep her from trying to escape whenever the opportunity presents itself! Over her twenty-two long years as a beloved member of the Wilson family... read more

The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilders

Marlene Dotterer

The second novel in the Time Travel Journal series The second universe is doing fine. But how is the first one faring? When Sam Altair went back in time to 1906, he created a second universe, one with its own alternate future. In this universe, humans surpass the technology of the first, so that by 1980, their world is cleaner, more free, and less populated than the original. In the alternate ... read more

The second novel in the Time Travel Journal series The second universe is doing fine. But how is the first one faring? When Sam Altair went back in time to 1906, he created a second universe, one with its own alternate future. In this universe, humans surpass the technology of the first, so that by 1980, their world is cleaner, more free, and less populated than the original. In the alternate ... read more

The Pedestal

Daniel J Wimberley

A riveting sci-fi thriller from the award-winning author of The Wandering Tree. Wilson Abby is just another happy consumer, a mere transaction away from contentment at any given moment. In a perfect world he might have remained that way. But when his closest friend mysteriously turns up dead, Wilson can’t resist the urge to play detective. Peeling back a veneer of half-truths, Wilson makes a s... read more

A riveting sci-fi thriller from the award-winning author of The Wandering Tree. Wilson Abby is just another happy consumer, a mere transaction away from contentment at any given moment. In a perfect world he might have remained that way. But when his closest friend mysteriously turns up dead, Wilson can’t resist the urge to play detective. Peeling back a veneer of half-truths, Wilson makes a s... read more

T-Bull and the Lost Men

Paul Moser

Have you heard the one about the lesbian pixie called Tinker Bull, who takes on a shipload of Roman Catholic pirates without the help of her old friend Peter Plan, who has become an investment banker? Or the one about the Crocodazzi, an insatiable investigative journalist who happens to be a crocodile? The punch lines are all in the story called "T-Bull and the Lost Men"--a fun house mirror ma... read more

Have you heard the one about the lesbian pixie called Tinker Bull, who takes on a shipload of Roman Catholic pirates without the help of her old friend Peter Plan, who has become an investment banker? Or the one about the Crocodazzi, an insatiable investigative journalist who happens to be a crocodile? The punch lines are all in the story called "T-Bull and the Lost Men"--a fun house mirror ma... read more

Before the Sun Hits

arthur swan

Reader Views Reviewer's Choice Award - 2016When an unrelenting universe threatens to end Earth in an instant, one man could make a difference . . . In a small North Carolina college town, a disillusioned math professor, Drew Bauer, discovers the sun is dying. His abandoned research could hold the key to survival, but he needs more information, and he needs help against the growing conspiracy t... read more

Reader Views Reviewer's Choice Award - 2016When an unrelenting universe threatens to end Earth in an instant, one man could make a difference . . . In a small North Carolina college town, a disillusioned math professor, Drew Bauer, discovers the sun is dying. His abandoned research could hold the key to survival, but he needs more information, and he needs help against the growing conspiracy t... read more

Box-Shaped Heart

Thomas C. Gahr

Evocative and visually rich, Box-Shaped Heart transports the reader to 19th-century Upstate New York, where society is poised on the brink of the modern world. From dusty rural villages to the smokestacks of industry, the American landscape is changing. Newt Rowell is an up-and-coming industrialist with a bright future. Flush with success, he moves his factory to the boomtown of Batavia, New Y... read more

Evocative and visually rich, Box-Shaped Heart transports the reader to 19th-century Upstate New York, where society is poised on the brink of the modern world. From dusty rural villages to the smokestacks of industry, the American landscape is changing. Newt Rowell is an up-and-coming industrialist with a bright future. Flush with success, he moves his factory to the boomtown of Batavia, New Y... read more

Border Post 99: No Man's Land

Kedar Patankar

March, 2011 - In the pine forest that marks the No Man's Land along the volatile India-Pakistan border, leopards roam freely across enemy lines, instigating fear in a pair of rival soldiers who are each guarding an illegal post and trying desperately to follow the strict orders they've been given: Don't shoot.Lt. Sharma is a 25-year-old Indian rookie, fresh out of military training school and ... read more

March, 2011 - In the pine forest that marks the No Man's Land along the volatile India-Pakistan border, leopards roam freely across enemy lines, instigating fear in a pair of rival soldiers who are each guarding an illegal post and trying desperately to follow the strict orders they've been given: Don't shoot.Lt. Sharma is a 25-year-old Indian rookie, fresh out of military training school and ... read more

The Parts I Remember

A.K. Mills

Act first. Think never. Remember nothing.Welcome to Kelly Rockport’s existence at Haysville University, where responsibility is just an elective. After all, fake IDs, alter egos, and one-night stands are all part of the college experience, right? So what if she blacks out from time to time? Memory is overrated.When freshman year lasts about as long as a one-night stand and is quickly followed ... read more

Act first. Think never. Remember nothing.Welcome to Kelly Rockport’s existence at Haysville University, where responsibility is just an elective. After all, fake IDs, alter egos, and one-night stands are all part of the college experience, right? So what if she blacks out from time to time? Memory is overrated.When freshman year lasts about as long as a one-night stand and is quickly followed ... read more

The Golden Apple of Discord (The Discord Trilogy Book 1)

Lauren Hodge

***Winner of the Compulsion Reads Quality Book Endorsement***Taralie Severin and her three sisters are a powerful coven of modern-day witches who banish mythical creatures in between classes and shifts at the police station. But when Taralie is kidnapped by vampires and converted into the undead, her sisters are ordered to execute her for crimes against the Milunfran order. Refusing, the siste... read more

***Winner of the Compulsion Reads Quality Book Endorsement***Taralie Severin and her three sisters are a powerful coven of modern-day witches who banish mythical creatures in between classes and shifts at the police station. But when Taralie is kidnapped by vampires and converted into the undead, her sisters are ordered to execute her for crimes against the Milunfran order. Refusing, the siste... read more

Bordello Politique

Hank Chapot

Dolly Fine called it: “There’s only one mob in San Francisco—the police.” Bordello Politique is a historic crime novel based on the true story of San Francisco’s most notorious madam, a clever and resourceful woman trapped in the police graft scandal of 1937.

Dolly Fine called it: “There’s only one mob in San Francisco—the police.” Bordello Politique is a historic crime novel based on the true story of San Francisco’s most notorious madam, a clever and resourceful woman trapped in the police graft scandal of 1937.

Text. Love. Power. The Ultimate Girls Relationship Guide for Texting and Dating in the New Millennium

Vanessa Taylor

Text. Love. Power. rejects the idea that women should be open and easy-going with their dates, and orders them to put down the smartphone if they want to get their man.In this riveting, controversial dating guide for the new millennium, Vanessa Taylor continues the work of Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, authors of The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right.Endorseme... read more

Text. Love. Power. rejects the idea that women should be open and easy-going with their dates, and orders them to put down the smartphone if they want to get their man.In this riveting, controversial dating guide for the new millennium, Vanessa Taylor continues the work of Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, authors of The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right.Endorseme... read more

Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know

Jennifer Pallanich

The ultimate guide for Flack-Hack relationshipsWhat separates effective PR people from ineffective ones? For every public relations professional who lands a story in the industry’s most prestigious trade magazine, some don’t achieve those results.Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know will let you stop wondering why trade journalists don’t run your stories, don’t call y... read more

The ultimate guide for Flack-Hack relationshipsWhat separates effective PR people from ineffective ones? For every public relations professional who lands a story in the industry’s most prestigious trade magazine, some don’t achieve those results.Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know will let you stop wondering why trade journalists don’t run your stories, don’t call y... read more

Homebirth Cesarean: Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers

Courtney Key Jarecki

The term "homebirth cesarean" has only recently entered the birth world's lexicon. The phrase, which refers to a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room, now represents new understanding and healing pathways for mothers, families, and birth professionals. In capturing more than 250 voices from across the birth world—from mothers and partners, to midwives, OB/GYNs... read more

The term "homebirth cesarean" has only recently entered the birth world's lexicon. The phrase, which refers to a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room, now represents new understanding and healing pathways for mothers, families, and birth professionals. In capturing more than 250 voices from across the birth world—from mothers and partners, to midwives, OB/GYNs... read more

Texas Alligators: A Wildlife Profile

Darlene Prescott

Focusing on the American alligator in Texas, the updated book offers a brief, but comprehensive, look at this fascinating reptile, including its range and where the public can view gators in the state. The anatomy of the alligator and its life cycle are discussed, as well as hunting and farming regulations. A glimpse of the animal's history reveals the almost extinction and recovery of the all... read more

Focusing on the American alligator in Texas, the updated book offers a brief, but comprehensive, look at this fascinating reptile, including its range and where the public can view gators in the state. The anatomy of the alligator and its life cycle are discussed, as well as hunting and farming regulations. A glimpse of the animal's history reveals the almost extinction and recovery of the all... read more

Wilfair

Alysia Gray Painter

A late-blooming heiress runs a posh hotel next door to a shy guy and the little motel he oversees. Strange things happen, adventures are had, feelings are felt, and cheese dip is eaten.

A late-blooming heiress runs a posh hotel next door to a shy guy and the little motel he oversees. Strange things happen, adventures are had, feelings are felt, and cheese dip is eaten.

Redwoodian: Wilfair Book 2

Alysia Gray Painter

A late-blooming heiress visits her family's mountain lodge with her cute, motel-running neighbors. A strange building follows them, there's some romantic bickering and a cozy camp-out. And, most importantly, the young hotelier takes a stand on a life-changing issue.

A late-blooming heiress visits her family's mountain lodge with her cute, motel-running neighbors. A strange building follows them, there's some romantic bickering and a cozy camp-out. And, most importantly, the young hotelier takes a stand on a life-changing issue.

Taco Gnome and Other Tales

Christopher Painter

Here are sixteen tales of lust, longing, and lousy fast food.They are told by ghosts who are not dead, and vampires who do not consume blood; by office workers who don't know what they do, and retail customers who don't know what they're buying; puddles of oil that divine the future, and time travelers who cannot change the past.They all take place on the same city block, in a singular collect... read more

Here are sixteen tales of lust, longing, and lousy fast food.They are told by ghosts who are not dead, and vampires who do not consume blood; by office workers who don't know what they do, and retail customers who don't know what they're buying; puddles of oil that divine the future, and time travelers who cannot change the past.They all take place on the same city block, in a singular collect... read more

Dear Maude (The Dear Maude Trilogy Book 1)

Denise Liebig

A Time Travelling Romantic Suspense Novel"Beautifully written, this story brings time travel to life!"Upstate New York, 2012. Emily Stanton, a sociology major, graduates from college and is obligated to work for the mysterious company that funded her education. But a job with Evergreen Research Corporation is not what she expected. From fancy balls and operas to corsets and kid gloves, Emily l... read more

A Time Travelling Romantic Suspense Novel"Beautifully written, this story brings time travel to life!"Upstate New York, 2012. Emily Stanton, a sociology major, graduates from college and is obligated to work for the mysterious company that funded her education. But a job with Evergreen Research Corporation is not what she expected. From fancy balls and operas to corsets and kid gloves, Emily l... read more

Leaving Annalise (What Doesn't Kill You, #2): A Katie Romantic Mystery

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesLeaving Annalise picks up the What Doesn't Kill You series with more romance, hilarity, and thrills.One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys ... read more

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesLeaving Annalise picks up the What Doesn't Kill You series with more romance, hilarity, and thrills.One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys ... read more

Finding Harmony (What Doesn't Kill You, #3): A Katie Romantic Mystery

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!Finding Harmony takes you on a high stakes race through the islands, with mystery, suspense, romance, a little voodoo, and laughs.Katie’s already on edge when a dead guy shows up at Estate Annalise and shady locals claim there are slave remains in the foundation, but when Nick doesn’t come home to her and the kids one day after work, she’s ready... read more

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!Finding Harmony takes you on a high stakes race through the islands, with mystery, suspense, romance, a little voodoo, and laughs.Katie’s already on edge when a dead guy shows up at Estate Annalise and shady locals claim there are slave remains in the foundation, but when Nick doesn’t come home to her and the kids one day after work, she’s ready... read more

Going for Kona (What Doesn't Kill You, #4): A Michele Romantic Mystery

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

2014 USA Best Book Award Winner, Fiction: Cross GenreGoing for Kona has it all: unforgettable characters, an epic love story, and a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and... read more

2014 USA Best Book Award Winner, Fiction: Cross GenreGoing for Kona has it all: unforgettable characters, an epic love story, and a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and... read more

Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans (Women's Health and Triathlon)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Women's Health Winner in USA Best Book Awards!Middle-aged Endurance Athletics Meets The Hormonally ChallengedWomen get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable fo... read more

Women's Health Winner in USA Best Book Awards!Middle-aged Endurance Athletics Meets The Hormonally ChallengedWomen get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable fo... read more

The Clark Kent Chronicles (ADHD And Asperger's)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Are you one of "those" parents? If so, pour a cup of coffee, grab a tissue, and stay for a while. You're in the company of a good friend.A Mother's Tale Of Life With Her ADHD And Asperger's SonThey’re the parents who other people secretly believe must be doing a crappy job, the ones whose children don lacrosse gloves to weed the flowerbed, won’t turn in their homework, and throw age-inappropri... read more

Are you one of "those" parents? If so, pour a cup of coffee, grab a tissue, and stay for a while. You're in the company of a good friend.A Mother's Tale Of Life With Her ADHD And Asperger's SonThey’re the parents who other people secretly believe must be doing a crappy job, the ones whose children don lacrosse gloves to weed the flowerbed, won’t turn in their homework, and throw age-inappropri... read more

How to Screw Up Your Marriage (Divorce and Re-Partnering)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

LOL Funny Relationship Book Full of Great AdviceDo-Over Tips for First-Time FailuresLet's face it. People keep getting into relationships. Yet over 40% of first marriages end in divorce and up to 67% of second do, too, with statistics becoming predictably more dismal as the number of trips to the altar rack up. It seems like, for many of us, the longing to be half of a couple so in love they m... read more

LOL Funny Relationship Book Full of Great AdviceDo-Over Tips for First-Time FailuresLet's face it. People keep getting into relationships. Yet over 40% of first marriages end in divorce and up to 67% of second do, too, with statistics becoming predictably more dismal as the number of trips to the altar rack up. It seems like, for many of us, the longing to be half of a couple so in love they m... read more

How To Screw Up Your Kids (Divorce and Stepparenting)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

USA Best Book Winner in Parenting/Divorce!Blended Families, Blendered StyleMarried couples with children divorce 40% of the time. In less than three years after that divorce, chances are both mom and dad are remarried, and probably each to someone who has kids of their own. The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting.Wouldn't it be nice if we all lived in a b... read more

USA Best Book Winner in Parenting/Divorce!Blended Families, Blendered StyleMarried couples with children divorce 40% of the time. In less than three years after that divorce, chances are both mom and dad are remarried, and probably each to someone who has kids of their own. The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting.Wouldn't it be nice if we all lived in a b... read more

Puppalicious And Beyond: Life Outside The Center Of The Universe

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

USA Best Book Award Winner in Narrative NonfictionWho says a whacked sense of humor and animal stories don't mix?Do you rank Where The Red Fern Grows along with Wuthering Heights amongst your favorite books of all time? All Creatures Great and Small with Pet Sematary? If so, chances are you get it: there’s something magical about giving literary immortality and a sometimes irreverent voice to ... read more

USA Best Book Award Winner in Narrative NonfictionWho says a whacked sense of humor and animal stories don't mix?Do you rank Where The Red Fern Grows along with Wuthering Heights amongst your favorite books of all time? All Creatures Great and Small with Pet Sematary? If so, chances are you get it: there’s something magical about giving literary immortality and a sometimes irreverent voice to ... read more

Twisted Boulevard: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television?After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for hisway back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with adisgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that themisdeeds of th... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television?After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for hisway back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with adisgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that themisdeeds of th... read more

Tinseltown Confidential: A Novel of Golden-Age Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels) (Volume 7)

Martin Turnbull

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called televisionis poaching Hollywood's turf, inch by inch. If the studios don't dosomething drastic, they may lose the battle.When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europeoffered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of ... read more

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called televisionis poaching Hollywood's turf, inch by inch. If the studios don't dosomething drastic, they may lose the battle.When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europeoffered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of ... read more

The Karma Code

Daniel Davidsohn

DOES CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVE?CAN WE CONTACT IT?A man staggers his way through the snow. His final words ignite an international chase that will cross countries, continents, and perhaps even centuries. After a controversial American researcher is murdered in a remote Finnish village, Boston investigator Harry Walker receives a call from Candice--the victim's grieving niece. Determined to uncover ... read more

DOES CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVE?CAN WE CONTACT IT?A man staggers his way through the snow. His final words ignite an international chase that will cross countries, continents, and perhaps even centuries. After a controversial American researcher is murdered in a remote Finnish village, Boston investigator Harry Walker receives a call from Candice--the victim's grieving niece. Determined to uncover ... read more

The Mountain Goddess (The Sadhana Trilogy Book 2)

Shelley Schanfield

A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.Rebellious Dhara runs away from her Himalayan clan to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and extraordinary mental pow... read more

A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.Rebellious Dhara runs away from her Himalayan clan to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and extraordinary mental pow... read more

The Path to Somerset (The Seymour Saga) (Volume 2)

Janet Wertman

After the tragic romance of Jane the Quene, the second book in The Seymour Saga trilogy, The Path to Somerset, takes a dark turn through an era in which King Henry VIII descends into cynicism, suspicion and fits of madness – and in which mistakes mean death. Edward Seymour’s future is uncertain. Although his sister Jane bore Henry the son he’d sought for twenty years, when she died in childbir... read more

After the tragic romance of Jane the Quene, the second book in The Seymour Saga trilogy, The Path to Somerset, takes a dark turn through an era in which King Henry VIII descends into cynicism, suspicion and fits of madness – and in which mistakes mean death. Edward Seymour’s future is uncertain. Although his sister Jane bore Henry the son he’d sought for twenty years, when she died in childbir... read more

Lighthouse on the Hill

Dennis E Smith

A mysterious lighthouse. A dark secret. And a boy who changes a town.In a small 1929 town, children who misbehave are sent to a landlocked lighthouse where someone, or some thing, known only as the Caretaker punishes them. Or so the story goes.When 14-year-old Will Sumner discovers a family secret, everything he believes is about to change. About an uncle who died in the Great War. About the p... read more

A mysterious lighthouse. A dark secret. And a boy who changes a town.In a small 1929 town, children who misbehave are sent to a landlocked lighthouse where someone, or some thing, known only as the Caretaker punishes them. Or so the story goes.When 14-year-old Will Sumner discovers a family secret, everything he believes is about to change. About an uncle who died in the Great War. About the p... read more

Matt Miller in the Colonies: Book One: Journeyman

Mark J. Rose

American scientist Matt Miller is torn from his own century and dropped into Colonial America with nothing except a backpack. His phone, his money and his identity are all useless and he quickly finds that he is foreign and alone in his own country. Matt must meet the challenge to survive in a newly forming society where he seemingly has no relevant skills and no one he can count on. He suspec... read more

American scientist Matt Miller is torn from his own century and dropped into Colonial America with nothing except a backpack. His phone, his money and his identity are all useless and he quickly finds that he is foreign and alone in his own country. Matt must meet the challenge to survive in a newly forming society where he seemingly has no relevant skills and no one he can count on. He suspec... read more

Matt Miller in the Colonies, Book 2: Prophet

Mark J. Rose

American scientist, Matt Miller, has been torn from his own century and dumped into Colonial Virginia with only his backpack and his wits. He has come to terms with where he is and when, and has surrounded himself new friends, but has also made an enemy who has sworn his destruction. Matt now leaves Virginia to make his fortune in Philadelphia, with the hope of returning and claiming the hand ... read more

American scientist, Matt Miller, has been torn from his own century and dumped into Colonial Virginia with only his backpack and his wits. He has come to terms with where he is and when, and has surrounded himself new friends, but has also made an enemy who has sworn his destruction. Matt now leaves Virginia to make his fortune in Philadelphia, with the hope of returning and claiming the hand ... read more

The Alexandrite: A Hollywood Time-Travel Noir

Rick Lenz

Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show busi... read more

Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show busi... read more

What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? (Writing, Publishing, Promotion)

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

USA Best Book Awardwinner in Business: Writing/Publishing, With March 2016 Updates!Relatable and hilarious, you will wear the pages of this book out. Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Whether you have published before or are contemplating your first book, Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources,... read more

USA Best Book Awardwinner in Business: Writing/Publishing, With March 2016 Updates!Relatable and hilarious, you will wear the pages of this book out. Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Whether you have published before or are contemplating your first book, Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources,... read more

In the Country of the Blind

Matthew Arkin

"A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date."So begins In the Country of the Blind, a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned building superintendent Zach Brandis. When Zach abandoned his promising legal career, it confused everyone, including himself. Now, with no apparent purpose in life, he has time enough on his hands to get into some very hot water... read more

"A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date."So begins In the Country of the Blind, a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned building superintendent Zach Brandis. When Zach abandoned his promising legal career, it confused everyone, including himself. Now, with no apparent purpose in life, he has time enough on his hands to get into some very hot water... read more

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Naomi Litvin
Meghan, I am thrilled that you like my book!!!

Naomi Litvin, August 2019


Carol Cairns
Meghan is the best thing I did for myself and my book. She pushed when I needed a kick in the butt, and praised when I deserved it. I felt overwhelmed at times, but I survived. One of the best things I learned was how to read my own book honestly. As I told her, "You make me feel like a real writer."

Carol Cairns, July 2019


Steve Rosenbloom
Before I began to work with Meghan, I believed I had a story and maybe a finished novel. With inspired coaxing and ruthlessly efficient outlining exercises, Meghan showed me how wrong I was while happily leading me to consider alternate endings and story arcs. NOW I have a story. Her editing skills and teaching background were the reasons I wanted to work with Meghan. They have propelled me to ...
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Steve Rosenbloom, June 2019

Meghan Pinson
I'm so glad you're inspired to keep developing your novel, Steve! It's been a pleasure to talk with you about this story. You're on the right track -- keep up the good work and stay in touch!

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Carol Cairns
I am a better writer as a result of working with Meghan. She asked pointed questions so that I could see my manuscript in a new way. She has always been gracious, even when I threw some crazy idea at her, and she needed to bring me back to reality. The best recommendation I can give is that Meghan has treated me like a professional from the very beginning.

Carol Cairns, April 2019

Meghan Pinson
Thank you, Carol! You are very kind. I'm excited to see what you've done with your novel since this mini critique. Just a couple of weeks until the next draft is all mine! Keep up the good work -- ...
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Tom Roberts
Meghan provided me with a three-page "mini" critique of my manuscript. She identified several suggested areas of improvement which I found useful. She pointed out the novel's strengths while also highlighting some places in the opening scene where she thought the writing could be improved. I have had this scene critiqued by 4 or 5 other editors and copyedited by another Reedsy editor and believ...
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Tom Roberts, March 2019

Meghan Pinson
Thanks for the feedback, Tom. I wish you the best of luck with your novel.

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