Michele Budka

Michele Budka - Editor

Chicago, IL

I'm a book editor who specializes in narrative nonfiction, memoirs, business, self-help, short-fiction anthologies, and women's fiction.

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Overview

I'm an editor with more than a decade worth of experience developing original content for books and the web. I have a deep understanding of writing, editing, and the publishing industry. Currently, I work with a select number of clients on a freelance basis, shepherding their projects through the publishing process, from start to finish. My services include developmental editing, proofreading and copyediting, marketing and jacket copywriting, advice on self-publishing platforms and distribution strategies, and consultation on author websites and social media channels.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
January, 1999 – Present (over 19 years)

After years writing for the corporate world and writing my own books and stories on the side for fun, the explosion of self-publishing inspired me to evolve. Vanity publishers, hucksters, and get-rich-quick scams sprang up overnight. Writers, editors, and consultants seemed to pop out of every bush. Because of my successful writing career, more and more people came to me for advice on how to navigate these turbulent new waters of publishing. My referral numbers grew along with my client list.

As an editor and author experienced in traditional publishing and self-publishing, with a strong desire to ethically and conscientiously serve others, I saw a need for sage advice and individualized help in many creative areas. So, I assembled a skilled crew and began to offer a port in the storm for clients in need of a lifeline and a team they could trust.

I offer clients individualized service, patience, and the skills needed for safe passage through a sea of challenges. I look out for your best interests, whether you’re self-publishing or looking to publish with one of the biggies. I'll treat you like family (how I want my partners to treat me when I work with them on my own projects). I smooth the bumps of the overall creative process and make it easy and fun to get things done.

The extra mile is familiar to me. I'm not happy until you are. I won’t sell you something you don’t need, and I’ll never let you look bad. I will think of things you may overlook and help you move forward confidently and with pride. I am straightforward and knowledgeable, professional, yet laid-back, easy-going, with an eye for details.

I guarantee your satisfaction and never hide behind small print.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Reinventing You: The 10 Best Ways to Launch Your Dream Career

Lisa Lockwood

People reinvent themselves for different reasons—to have a better life, to be more respected, to make more money, to be happier, to develop a stronger body, to build better relationships, to get to know God, or to have a more fulfilling life. If your ears perk up when you hear about the lawyer who gave it all up to become a fashion designer, or the auditor who ditched her accounting firm to st... read more

People reinvent themselves for different reasons—to have a better life, to be more respected, to make more money, to be happier, to develop a stronger body, to build better relationships, to get to know God, or to have a more fulfilling life. If your ears perk up when you hear about the lawyer who gave it all up to become a fashion designer, or the auditor who ditched her accounting firm to st... read more

Your Epic Life Blueprint: Quit the Rat Race and Create a Happier Life!

Rock Thomas

Design an EPIC Life!“In Your Epic Life Blueprint, Rock Thomas challenges long-held notions about what it takes to be successful and offers a solid, well-researched action plan that will help you see the world in new ways and change your life.” HAL ELROD, bestselling author of The Miracle MorningYour Epic Life Blueprint is not so much a self-help or personal-growth book as it is a personal chan... read more

Design an EPIC Life!“In Your Epic Life Blueprint, Rock Thomas challenges long-held notions about what it takes to be successful and offers a solid, well-researched action plan that will help you see the world in new ways and change your life.” HAL ELROD, bestselling author of The Miracle MorningYour Epic Life Blueprint is not so much a self-help or personal-growth book as it is a personal chan... read more

Immoral (Tales of a Vampire Hunter Book 1)

Zander Vyne

#1 Bestseller - paranormal dark fantasy Over two years in the top 100 Over 150 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads When you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should fall for.A VAMPIRE HUNTER BREAKING ALL THE RULESFalling for a mysterious vampire girl is crazy, but Oliver Ripley breaks away from his controlling family o... read more

#1 Bestseller - paranormal dark fantasy Over two years in the top 100 Over 150 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads When you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should fall for.A VAMPIRE HUNTER BREAKING ALL THE RULESFalling for a mysterious vampire girl is crazy, but Oliver Ripley breaks away from his controlling family o... read more

Depraved (Tales of a Vampire Hunter Book 2)

Zander Vyne

Against all odds, Oliver and Miranda fell in love after discovering the shocking truth about their mutant vampire hunter/vampire genetics. In this sequel to the #1 bestselling erotic, paranormal thriller, Immoral, they fall into the trap of ancient, powerful creatures who seek to use their unique abilities for their own sinister desires. Do they trust the mysterious werewolf who claims to be o... read more

Against all odds, Oliver and Miranda fell in love after discovering the shocking truth about their mutant vampire hunter/vampire genetics. In this sequel to the #1 bestselling erotic, paranormal thriller, Immoral, they fall into the trap of ancient, powerful creatures who seek to use their unique abilities for their own sinister desires. Do they trust the mysterious werewolf who claims to be o... read more

Bespelled (Tales of a Vampire Hunter Book 3)

Zander Vyne

The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling "Tales of a Vampire Hunter" series.Oliver Ripley is older, wiser, and harder . . . a vampire hunter mutant drowning in pain and excess and guilt, hell-bent on punishing himself and taking down as many vampires as possible in the process. Once more, his enemies draw close, setting an irresistible trap. But, Oliver no longer wants to run. A different m... read more

The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling "Tales of a Vampire Hunter" series.Oliver Ripley is older, wiser, and harder . . . a vampire hunter mutant drowning in pain and excess and guilt, hell-bent on punishing himself and taking down as many vampires as possible in the process. Once more, his enemies draw close, setting an irresistible trap. But, Oliver no longer wants to run. A different m... read more

Tales of Vampire Hunter: The Complete Trilogy (Tales of a Vampire Hunter Book 4)

Zander Vyne

All 3 books in the bestselling trilogy in one convenient, discounted bundle.Tyranny. Love. Revenge. Hope.A dark hero breaking all the rulesFalling for the sexy and mysterious vampire is crazy, but vampire hunter Oliver Ripley breaks away from his manipulating family determined to make his own rules...and he's starting with her.A young vampire desperate for answersRipley's vampire-hunter magic ... read more

All 3 books in the bestselling trilogy in one convenient, discounted bundle.Tyranny. Love. Revenge. Hope.A dark hero breaking all the rulesFalling for the sexy and mysterious vampire is crazy, but vampire hunter Oliver Ripley breaks away from his manipulating family determined to make his own rules...and he's starting with her.A young vampire desperate for answersRipley's vampire-hunter magic ... read more

Amaranthine Rain: (an Erotic Short-Story Collection)

Zander Vyne

Strap in. This isn't your ordinary collection of erotica or short fiction.Bestselling, award-winning author, Zander Vyne, writes about people who tempt the edges of sexuality. Seemingly mild plots sink into deep horror or build with slow intensity. Tropes are tossed on their heads. Triggers are intentionally flipped. And nothing is off-limits.From commuter trains to vampire lairs, dragon caves... read more

Strap in. This isn't your ordinary collection of erotica or short fiction.Bestselling, award-winning author, Zander Vyne, writes about people who tempt the edges of sexuality. Seemingly mild plots sink into deep horror or build with slow intensity. Tropes are tossed on their heads. Triggers are intentionally flipped. And nothing is off-limits.From commuter trains to vampire lairs, dragon caves... read more

Dazzled by Silver: (prequel to the Layers Trilogy)

Lacey Silks

He's not ready to commit.She's looking for a fling.Will their no strings attached motto stand in the way of finding true love?Private Investigator, Gabriel Silver is healing from a deadly loss, burying himself in work and avoiding relationships of any kind. When he agrees to help a friend who's tangled up with drug dealers he has no idea the job will change his life.Samantha Connor is recoveri... read more

He's not ready to commit.She's looking for a fling.Will their no strings attached motto stand in the way of finding true love?Private Investigator, Gabriel Silver is healing from a deadly loss, burying himself in work and avoiding relationships of any kind. When he agrees to help a friend who's tangled up with drug dealers he has no idea the job will change his life.Samantha Connor is recoveri... read more

When Things Go Wrong: (prequel to Cheaters Anonymous)

Lacey Silks

Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the co... read more

Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the co... read more

The Sexy Librarian's Dirty 30, Vol.2 (Volume 2)

Rose Caraway

The Sexy Librarian return with another library of Erotica just for you! Enjoy 30 adventurous, fantasy-filled tales that span this sexy bibliotheca from Fair Tales to Torrid Literature, Bi-Curious Rendezvous to Sex Cult Acolytes, Clandestine Military Adventures to Public Punishment and so much more! This is your very own, hand-held library! So grab your partner, peruse the card catalog and see ... read more

The Sexy Librarian return with another library of Erotica just for you! Enjoy 30 adventurous, fantasy-filled tales that span this sexy bibliotheca from Fair Tales to Torrid Literature, Bi-Curious Rendezvous to Sex Cult Acolytes, Clandestine Military Adventures to Public Punishment and so much more! This is your very own, hand-held library! So grab your partner, peruse the card catalog and see ... read more

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