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Neil Gordon

Neil Gordon - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Getting feedback doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. I work to ensure your hand is held through every step of the process.

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Receiving substantive feedback can be tough. You've worked for months if not years on your baby, and now someone is supposed to swoop in and tell you what you're supposed to do with it? Brutal.


To ensure you receive quality editorial feedback in line with your intentions, I recommend that after reading your manuscript I provide you with a concise list of bullet points highlighting the editorial direction I will suggest in the full letter. Then, after we've discussed this list and you've approved, I will then read the manuscript a second time and write the full letter. This way, you are offered no surprises and can get right to the heart of the most important aspects of your revision process. You will get all of the best parts of receiving feedback (insight, clarity, eagerness to move forward), without all of the worst parts (creative differences, anxiety, self-hatred).

A former member of the editorial staff of Dutton (Penguin Random House), I have worked with New York Times bestselling authors and as a freelancer have facilitated the careers of a variety of authors, including an internationally bestselling novelist .

Services
Fiction
Adventure Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Health & wellbeing New Age Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Freelance editorial consultant

Neil G. Gordon Writing & Editing Services

August, 2007 – Present (over 9 years)

Edited multiple manuscripts, including the manuscripts of an internationally bestselling novelist; coached published authors through the writing process of multiple non-fiction books currently available in the marketplace; ghostwrote non-fiction book proposals that led to six-figure advances and the publication of books seen on national TV shows like Ellen and Dr. Oz.

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House

April, 2004 – August, 2007 (over 3 years)

Edited New York Times bestselling authors, facilitated acquisition of content that led to starred reviews in multiple publications, provided hundreds of readers reports on editorial submissions.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Guru in You

Yogi Cameron Alborzian

“If you really want to make a change in your life, gain health in body and mind, read Cameron's book. He’s improved my life and I hope you allow him to improve yours.” —NBC’s Maria Menounos, author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life“The Guru in You will gently guide you to a more conscious and meaningful life. [Cameron] will teach you how to lead a nourishing life by making wellness part of the ... read more

“If you really want to make a change in your life, gain health in body and mind, read Cameron's book. He’s improved my life and I hope you allow him to improve yours.” —NBC’s Maria Menounos, author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life“The Guru in You will gently guide you to a more conscious and meaningful life. [Cameron] will teach you how to lead a nourishing life by making wellness part of the ... read more

Why Can't I Be You: A Novel

Allie Larkin

Soon to be a major motion picture At one time or another, everyone has wished they could be someone else. Exploring this universal longing, Allie Larkin follows up the success of her debut novel, Stay, with a moving portrait of friendship and identity. When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout “Jessie!” across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but somethi... read more

Soon to be a major motion picture At one time or another, everyone has wished they could be someone else. Exploring this universal longing, Allie Larkin follows up the success of her debut novel, Stay, with a moving portrait of friendship and identity. When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout “Jessie!” across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but somethi... read more

Adventure in Everything: How the Five Elements of Adventure Create a Life of Authenticity, Purpose, and Inspiration

Matthew Walker

Have you ever wondered how others have reached their goals? Have you ever wanted to be more engaged and present? Have you ever wanted your life to be filled with adventure? Most of us have. It’s important to note, though, that you don’t need to climb Mount Everest, row across the Pacific Ocean, swim the English Channel, or ski to the North Pole to experience a life of adventure. In reality, fi... read more

Have you ever wondered how others have reached their goals? Have you ever wanted to be more engaged and present? Have you ever wanted your life to be filled with adventure? Most of us have. It’s important to note, though, that you don’t need to climb Mount Everest, row across the Pacific Ocean, swim the English Channel, or ski to the North Pole to experience a life of adventure. In reality, fi... read more

Directing Your Destiny: How to Become the Writer, Producer, and Director of Your Dreams

Jennifer Grace

If you were given the chance to write your own future and direct your own destiny, how would your life change?In this groundbreaking new book, author Jennifer Grace shares insights from her experience as a SAG actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker that give everyone the opportunity to write, produce, and direct the movie of their life. By following her easy-to-understand practices, you’ll learn... read more

If you were given the chance to write your own future and direct your own destiny, how would your life change?In this groundbreaking new book, author Jennifer Grace shares insights from her experience as a SAG actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker that give everyone the opportunity to write, produce, and direct the movie of their life. By following her easy-to-understand practices, you’ll learn... read more

The Face Reader: Discover Anyone's Personality, Compatibility, Talents, and Challenges Through Chinese Face Reading

Patrician McCarthy

What if you could learn powerful insights into a person just by seeing his or her face? For 2,500 years, the science of Mien Shiang (pronounced myen-shung), or Chinese face reading, has given anyone who studies its form this incredible ability. Whether working with executives from Fortune 500 firms or readying the nation’s top attorneys to choose the ideal juries for their clients, Patrician M... read more

What if you could learn powerful insights into a person just by seeing his or her face? For 2,500 years, the science of Mien Shiang (pronounced myen-shung), or Chinese face reading, has given anyone who studies its form this incredible ability. Whether working with executives from Fortune 500 firms or readying the nation’s top attorneys to choose the ideal juries for their clients, Patrician M... read more

The One Plan: A Week-by-Week Guide to Restoring Your Natural Health and Happiness

Yogi Cameron Alborzian

What if you could follow a program that, like in so many other books, helped you get results in only a couple of weeks? As with these other programs, you could lose weight, attract more beneficial relationships, and find a greater state of balance in very little time. But what if, on top of all that, the program helped you create not just a fast change, but a permanent one? What if you had a p... read more

What if you could follow a program that, like in so many other books, helped you get results in only a couple of weeks? As with these other programs, you could lose weight, attract more beneficial relationships, and find a greater state of balance in very little time. But what if, on top of all that, the program helped you create not just a fast change, but a permanent one? What if you had a p... read more

The Two Marys: The Hidden History of the Mother and Wife of Jesus

Sylvia Browne, Lindsay Harrison

The #1 New York Times bestselling author addresses the controversial questions about the life of Jesus Christ and the women in his life. An extraordinary message from ?possibly the most famous psychic in the world,?(Mystic Living Today)Sylvia Browne: ?In writing this book, I was amazed to find out that I actually had visions of what was happening...a manifestation of the infusion that I was ge... read more

The #1 New York Times bestselling author addresses the controversial questions about the life of Jesus Christ and the women in his life. An extraordinary message from ?possibly the most famous psychic in the world,?(Mystic Living Today)Sylvia Browne: ?In writing this book, I was amazed to find out that I actually had visions of what was happening...a manifestation of the infusion that I was ge... read more

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Molly Koernke

Neil's amazing. He's one of those rare finds who can deliver critical feedback that leaves your ego intact and your book for the better. I highly recommend using Neil for an editorial review. I honestly felt like he knew my book better than I did after receiving his editorial review. And his recommendations helped me to think about the tough questions that needed to be asked in order to take my...

Molly Koernke, October 2016

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