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Michael Mohr

Michael Mohr - Editor

San Francisco, CA, United States

Book editor. Published writer. Former literary agent’s assistant. Developmental editing: Fiction, memoir. Query letter prep/assistance.

Overview

I am a Bay Area writer, former literary agent's assistant and freelance book editor. After getting my B.A. degree in writing from San Francisco State, I interned for a literary agent for nine months, learning the trade. The agent had been an acquisitions editor at a publishing house prior to being an agent. Soon I was editing her acquired clients’ books and helping pitch to publishers.

I also began my own freelance book editing business, which I have done fulltime since then. I have worked with dozens of clients, among them Christian Picciolini, author of “Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead,” the true tale of one of America’s first neo-Nazi skinheads who left the movement in 1995, changed his life and formed LIFE AFTER HATE, which battles racism and extremism. The book has sold 15,000 copies and has now been acquired by Hachette Books and will be re-released Dec 26, 2017 as, “WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out.”

My focus is on developmental editing (adult, YA and memoir) zooming in on: Plot, structure, voice, tone, pace, tension, character, dialogue, logic concerns, etc. In addition I work with query letter critique/assistance/prep. As both a published writer and former literary agent’s assistant, I can offer a unique approach and perspective to the book editing process. I am a member of the EFA (Editorial Freelancer's Association, New York City) and BAEF (Bay Area Editors' Forum, San Francisco).

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Literature Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Developmental Book Editor

Self-employed
March, 2013 – Present (almost 5 years)

Developmentally edit manuscripts (adult literary novels, young adult, literature, suspense, memoir) and give written evaluations to authors regarding their book-length works. Most well known client: Christian Picciolini, author of “Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead,” the true tale of one of America’s first neo-Nazi skinheads, how he joined the movement in the late 80s then exited in 1995, changing his life and forming LIFE AFTER HATE, a non-profit that helps kids disentangle from gangs and preaches love, tolerance and non-violence, as well as anti-racism. (Now being re-released by HACHETTE Books, titled, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out, coming Dec 26.)

Literary Agent's Assistant

Kimberley Cameron & Associates
March, 2013 – December, 2013 (9 months)

Slush Pile Query/Material Reader. Helped craft editorial letters for acquired clients for acquisitions editors at publishing houses. Edited acquired clients’ novels and memoir, some of which went on to be published. Assisted senior agent working exclusively with her clients and on her personal email/query inbox. Read through fresh pages to determine whether a good fit for the agency and whether said pages should be reviewed by senior agent at firm.

Published Writer

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Publications: Freedom Fiction; Full of Crow; Bethlehem Writers’ Roundtable; Adelaide Literary Magazine; Fiction Magazines; Tincture; Alfie Dog Press; The MacGuffin; Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine; Milvia Street Art & Literary Journal; Mountain Tales Press; Gothic City Press; etc. Defenestration Contest Finalist, Able Muse Contest Finalist, and San Francisco Writers’ Conference International Writing Contest Finalist. Blog pieces published in Writers’ Digest; The San Francisco Writers’ Conference Newsletter; The Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency Blog; Writer Unboxed and MASH. Have been accepted to read my work at the following reading series: Beast Crawl; Lip Service West; Why There are Words (WTAW); Milvia Street Reading Series; Full of Crow Reading Series.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead

Christian Picciolini

At 14 years old, Christian Picciolini, a bright and well-loved child from a good family, had been targeted and trained to spread a violent racist agenda, quickly ascending to a highly visible leadership position in America's first neo-Nazi skinhead gang. Just how did this young boy from the suburbs of Chicago, who had so much going for him, become so lost in extremist ideologies that would hor... read more

At 14 years old, Christian Picciolini, a bright and well-loved child from a good family, had been targeted and trained to spread a violent racist agenda, quickly ascending to a highly visible leadership position in America's first neo-Nazi skinhead gang. Just how did this young boy from the suburbs of Chicago, who had so much going for him, become so lost in extremist ideologies that would hor... read more

Hustle

Tom Pitts

Two young hustlers, caught in an endless cycle of addiction and prostitution, decide to blackmail an elderly client of theirs. Donny and Big Rich want to film Gabriel Thaxton with their cell phones during a sexual act and put the video up on YouTube. Little do they know, the man they’ve chosen, a high-profile San Francisco defense attorney, is already being blackmailed by someone more sinister... read more

Two young hustlers, caught in an endless cycle of addiction and prostitution, decide to blackmail an elderly client of theirs. Donny and Big Rich want to film Gabriel Thaxton with their cell phones during a sexual act and put the video up on YouTube. Little do they know, the man they’ve chosen, a high-profile San Francisco defense attorney, is already being blackmailed by someone more sinister... read more

The Road at My Door

Lori Windsor Mohr

The Road at my Door follows protagonist Reese Cavanaugh on a dark journey to save her family without destroying herself. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the sexual revolution, Mohr examines cultural forces shaping family life in a decade of upheaval. Road is a perfect storm of conflicting needs and beliefs about love of self, love of another, fast-changing attitudes about sex, and... read more

The Road at my Door follows protagonist Reese Cavanaugh on a dark journey to save her family without destroying herself. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the sexual revolution, Mohr examines cultural forces shaping family life in a decade of upheaval. Road is a perfect storm of conflicting needs and beliefs about love of self, love of another, fast-changing attitudes about sex, and... read more

Adelaide Literary Magazine No.8, July 2017 (Volume 8)

Mr. Stevan V. Nikolic, Mrs. Adelaide Franco Nikolic

Adelaide Literary Magazine is an independent international bimonthly publication, based in New York and Lisbon. Founded by Stevan V. Nikolic and Adelaide Franco Nikolic in 2015, the magazine’s aim is to publish quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and photography, as well as interviews, articles, and book reviews, written in English and Portuguese. We seek to publish outstanding liter... read more

Adelaide Literary Magazine is an independent international bimonthly publication, based in New York and Lisbon. Founded by Stevan V. Nikolic and Adelaide Franco Nikolic in 2015, the magazine’s aim is to publish quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and photography, as well as interviews, articles, and book reviews, written in English and Portuguese. We seek to publish outstanding liter... read more

Tincture Journal Issue Five (Autumn 2014)

Daniel Young

Tincture Journal is a quarterly literary journal based in Sydney, Australia and collecting interesting new works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction from Australia and the world.

Tincture Journal is a quarterly literary journal based in Sydney, Australia and collecting interesting new works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction from Australia and the world.

This Land is My Land: Short Reads for Lazy Days

Alfie Dog Fiction

‘This Land is My Land’ and ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ are ‘his and hers’ holiday reads from Alfie Dog Fiction. The collections bring together some of the best short stories from 37 authors across the globe. ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, while ‘This Land is My Land’ is more action and adventure driven and both contain storie... read more

‘This Land is My Land’ and ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ are ‘his and hers’ holiday reads from Alfie Dog Fiction. The collections bring together some of the best short stories from 37 authors across the globe. ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, while ‘This Land is My Land’ is more action and adventure driven and both contain storie... read more

Conviction: Anthology of the Con (Volume 2)

Gothic City Press

Deep within the bowels of The Con are untold secrets and treasures to be gleaned if you are willing to don costumes appropriate to the genre and arm yourself with the correct accessories. The question remains though, what will it cost you and can you get out alive? Let your curiosity lead you into the next issue of Con(viction) where convention attendees hold all the cards and weave macabre ta... read more

Deep within the bowels of The Con are untold secrets and treasures to be gleaned if you are willing to don costumes appropriate to the genre and arm yourself with the correct accessories. The question remains though, what will it cost you and can you get out alive? Let your curiosity lead you into the next issue of Con(viction) where convention attendees hold all the cards and weave macabre ta... read more

eFiction Vol. 07 No. 05

Contents: The Fish, Barbara van Schaik-A powerful man and his female companion begin to feel trapped on holiday in the Greek islands. The Artist and Her Chaplain, Andrew Lee-Hart-A friendship between a dying artist and a defrocked vicar starts in Naples and ends in occupied Paris. What Became of Her Sisters, David R. Grigg-After twenty years in a coma, a man discovers what happened on that Gre... read more

Contents: The Fish, Barbara van Schaik-A powerful man and his female companion begin to feel trapped on holiday in the Greek islands. The Artist and Her Chaplain, Andrew Lee-Hart-A friendship between a dying artist and a defrocked vicar starts in Naples and ends in occupied Paris. What Became of Her Sisters, David R. Grigg-After twenty years in a coma, a man discovers what happened on that Gre... read more

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