Nicole Bokat

Nicole Bokat - Editor Tick

Montclair, NJ, USA

Professional fiction and nonfiction editing + assistance writing/revising compelling query letters and synopses to agents and publishers

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Overview

I'm a published author and editor with more than 20 years experience as an instructor and freelance editor, working with both successful and aspiring writers all over the world.

As your editor, I can evaluate your fiction or nonfiction manuscript, concentrating on helping you develop your work for the marketplace. Included in my services is a report in which I focus on issues such as structure, style, and clarity. With novels, I will help you develop characters, plot, pacing, dialogue, and dramatic tension. I'm also an experienced editor of short stories, essays, and academic articles.

MY MENU OF SERVICES
• Edit all kinds of fiction and nonfiction, including essays, novels, memoirs and academic books
• Provide one-on-one consulting on all types of writing
• Edit nonfiction proposals
• Assist with the writing and revision of compelling query letters and synopses to agents and publishers
• Guide self-publishers through the process

WHAT SETS ME APART
• My fees are very competitively priced
• I don’t distinguish between developmental edits and line edits — I do both for one set price
• My fee includes additional phone conversations and email exchanges
• From the day I start working on your project, my turn-around time is quick; in most cases, two weeks

I look forward to hearing from you and, hopefully, working together!

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TESTIMONIALS

"Nicole Bokat is a fantastic ghost editor who I've worked with on both memoirs and novels. She's also helped many of my students get agents and editors." — Susan Shapiro

"Nicole Bokat is a sharply intelligent and thoughtful editor, who simultaneously focuses on the details of language and cadence, and overall structure and themes." — Judy Batalion

"Nicole was wonderful to work with on my first novel. The editing process can be quite intimidating and she held my hand every step of the way with such detail!" — Cari Kamm, author of Fake Perfect Me

"Nicole is that rare thing one craves in an instructor: astute in her criticism and yet generous in how she approaches a piece of writing, making it vivid, clear, and dramatic. She quickly homes in on what’s working on the page, and what’s not. I’ve benefitted enormously from her sharp eye, infectious humor, and big-hearted humanity.” — Hamilton Cain, Oprah Magazine contributor, author of This Boy's Faith: Notes from a Southern Baptist Upbringing

"I might never have started this book if it hadn't been for Nicole Bokat's class and an assignment to write the entire outline for the second session." — Bronwen Hruska

"I worked closely with Nicole for many months on my first novel, House and Home. Nicole was a careful and thoughtful reader, and really helped me tighten my writing by pointing out spots where it was repetitive or where I'd relied on a cliché. Nicole has an excellent eye — and ear — for writing. She appreciated the rhythm of my writing and always made suggestions that were in keeping with my style, my story and my characters. Overall, the biggest help to me was her understanding of my characters as individuals. She was very good at highlighting spots where there were inconsistencies in character, and her suggestions helped me fine-tune my story so that it was seamless. After Nicole finished editing the novel and I sent it out, I had multiple offers of representation from agents, and then multiple publishers who wanted to buy the book. I sold it to Hyperion less than two months after sending out my first query letter to an agent. I had a great experience in working with Nicole, and am sure you will too."
— Kathleen McCleary, author of House and Home, A Simple Thing and Leaving Haven

"It all started in your class in the fourth floor walkup at MediaBistro...you taught me how to write a book. I am forever grateful." — Anne McCarthy Strauss

"Nicole Bokat was a tremendous help to me in the process of writing and publishing my memoir, Reunited: When the Past Becomes a Present, and her influence came at the exact right time. Nicole's editing skills and analytic critique of my manuscript was just what I needed to spur me on to the next phase. I couldn't have done it without her. She also gave generously of her time and knowledge of the entire publishing industry, which became invaluable to me as I pursued my goal. She possesses a finely tuned sense of humor and a keen awareness of the human experience." — Ann Votta, author of Reunited: When the Past Becomes a Present
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • PhD, Modern British Literature, New York University
  • M.A., Creative Writing, New York University
  • B.A., Creative Writing, Barnard College

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
February, 1997 – Present (about 22 years)

Instructor, Classroom and Online

Mediabistro
September, 2004 – July, 2012 (almost 8 years)

• Novel Writing
• Novel Revision

Instructor, Classroom and Online

The New School
July, 1996 – July, 2004 (about 8 years)

• Developed and taught Jane Austen: Feminine Restraint and Comic Aggression
• Developed and taught Writing for the Family Magazine Market
• Craft of Fiction Writing Workshop, Spring and Summer, l994
• Academic Writing

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Five Men Who Broke My Heart: A Memoir

Susan Shapiro

In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men who'd broken her heart and find out what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than the next. With insight and daring, Su... read more

In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men who'd broken her heart and find out what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than the next. With insight and daring, Su... read more

The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

Kenan Trebincevic, Susan Shapiro

A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his familyAt age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his ... read more

A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his familyAt age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his ... read more

House and Home

Kathleen McCleary

"[One] of the most engrossing books this season."--O at Home"Altogether so superior it's hard to believe that it's a debut."--Booklist"This novel is a delight. It grabs you from the opening paragraph . . . and holds you with its cathartic exploration of home and family."--The OregonianEllen Flanagan has two precious girls to raise, a cozy neighborhood coffee shop to run, terrific friends, and ... read more

"[One] of the most engrossing books this season."--O at Home"Altogether so superior it's hard to believe that it's a debut."--Booklist"This novel is a delight. It grabs you from the opening paragraph . . . and holds you with its cathartic exploration of home and family."--The OregonianEllen Flanagan has two precious girls to raise, a cozy neighborhood coffee shop to run, terrific friends, and ... read more

White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between

Judy Batalion

A memoir of mothers and daughters, hoarding, and healing. Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens…obsessively gathered and stored by her hoarder mother. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter t... read more

A memoir of mothers and daughters, hoarding, and healing. Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens…obsessively gathered and stored by her hoarder mother. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter t... read more

Accelerated: A Novel

Bronwen Hruska

In a striking debut novel, a single father and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school: an epidemic of over-medicated children.Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School. Everything at Bradley is accelerated—3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs an... read more

In a striking debut novel, a single father and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school: an epidemic of over-medicated children.Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School. Everything at Bradley is accelerated—3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs an... read more

Unhooked: How to Quit Anything

Susan Shapiro, Frederick Woolverton

Is smoking, alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, the Internet, or sex holding you back from living a full life?We're all addicted to something--but when the crutch gets in the way of living a happy and productive life, it must stop. Over the last twenty-five years, renowned addiction therapist Dr. Fred Woolverton has used his dynamic, empathetic approach to help thousands of addicts achieve long-te... read more

Is smoking, alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, the Internet, or sex holding you back from living a full life?We're all addicted to something--but when the crutch gets in the way of living a happy and productive life, it must stop. Over the last twenty-five years, renowned addiction therapist Dr. Fred Woolverton has used his dynamic, empathetic approach to help thousands of addicts achieve long-te... read more

Dying in Dubai: A Memoir of Marriage, Mourning and the Middle East

Roselee Blooston

DYING IN DUBAI is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of a Rodeo Drive-on-Mars desert city. It tells of the sudden death of Roselee Blooston's beloved husband, Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to fa... read more

DYING IN DUBAI is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of a Rodeo Drive-on-Mars desert city. It tells of the sudden death of Roselee Blooston's beloved husband, Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to fa... read more

April & Oliver: A Novel

Tess Callahan

Best friends since childhood, the sexual tension between April and Oliver has always been palpable. Years after being completely inseparable, they become strangers, but the wildly different paths of their lives cross once again with the sudden death of April's brother. Oliver, the responsible, newly engaged law student finds himself drawn more than ever to the reckless, mystifying April - and ... read more

Best friends since childhood, the sexual tension between April and Oliver has always been palpable. Years after being completely inseparable, they become strangers, but the wildly different paths of their lives cross once again with the sudden death of April's brother. Oliver, the responsible, newly engaged law student finds himself drawn more than ever to the reckless, mystifying April - and ... read more

Speed Shrinking

Susan Shapiro

“Proust had a cookie. Susan Shapiro has a cupcake—and a really hilarious book.”—Patricia Marx, author of Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him In Susan Shapiro’s laugh-out-loud funny fictional debut Speed Shrinking, Manhattan self-help author Julia Goodman thinks she’s got her addictive personality under control. Then her beloved psychoanalyst moves away at the same time her husband takes off to... read more

“Proust had a cookie. Susan Shapiro has a cupcake—and a really hilarious book.”—Patricia Marx, author of Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him In Susan Shapiro’s laugh-out-loud funny fictional debut Speed Shrinking, Manhattan self-help author Julia Goodman thinks she’s got her addictive personality under control. Then her beloved psychoanalyst moves away at the same time her husband takes off to... read more

Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius

Laurence Bergreen

The definitive biography of the impoverished child, abandoned by his parents, who became the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius whose name still resonates today: Giacomo Casanova.Today, “Casanova” is a synonym for “great lover,” yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. Giacomo Casanova was raised by his maternal grandmother, an illiterate peasant.... read more

The definitive biography of the impoverished child, abandoned by his parents, who became the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius whose name still resonates today: Giacomo Casanova.Today, “Casanova” is a synonym for “great lover,” yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. Giacomo Casanova was raised by his maternal grandmother, an illiterate peasant.... read more

Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking, and Everything Else I Loved in Life Except Sex

Susan Shapiro

In the critically acclaimed Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Manhattan journalist Susan Shapiro revisited five self-destructive romances. In her hilarious, illuminating new memoir, Lighting Up, she rejects five self-destructive substances. This difficult quest for clean living starts with Shapiro’s shocking revelation that, at forty, her lengthiest, most emotionally satisfying relationship has bee... read more

In the critically acclaimed Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Manhattan journalist Susan Shapiro revisited five self-destructive romances. In her hilarious, illuminating new memoir, Lighting Up, she rejects five self-destructive substances. This difficult quest for clean living starts with Shapiro’s shocking revelation that, at forty, her lengthiest, most emotionally satisfying relationship has bee... read more

Angels in the Morning

Sasha Troyan

A portrait of a life-changing summer at childhood's end, Angels in the Morning, a tale told with an elegance and grace reminiscent of a Monet landscape, in turn both warms the heart and breaks it. Through the eyes of eleven-year-old Gabriel, almost, one is transported through the countryside not too far from Paris. In many ways a young woman and in other ways still a child, Gabriel has read Mi... read more

A portrait of a life-changing summer at childhood's end, Angels in the Morning, a tale told with an elegance and grace reminiscent of a Monet landscape, in turn both warms the heart and breaks it. Through the eyes of eleven-year-old Gabriel, almost, one is transported through the countryside not too far from Paris. In many ways a young woman and in other ways still a child, Gabriel has read Mi... read more

It's Raining Men: An Emma Price Mystery (Emma Price Mysteries)

Naomi Rand

When her boss and close friend, Dawn Prescott, is murdered in an apparent crime of passion, Emma Price investigates personal suspicions and risks her life to uncover a web of corruption and duplicity that takes her from Nassau County to Hollywood. By the author of Stealing for a Living. 20,000 first printing.

When her boss and close friend, Dawn Prescott, is murdered in an apparent crime of passion, Emma Price investigates personal suspicions and risks her life to uncover a web of corruption and duplicity that takes her from Nassau County to Hollywood. By the author of Stealing for a Living. 20,000 first printing.

The One That Got Away: An Emma Price Mystery (Emma Price Mysteries)

Naomi Rand

After being betrayed by her husband, former investigator for the Capital Defender's Office and mother-to-be Emma Price is forced to go back to work and must discover the reasons behind a teenage girl's murderous rampage with the help of a streetwise detective.

After being betrayed by her husband, former investigator for the Capital Defender's Office and mother-to-be Emma Price is forced to go back to work and must discover the reasons behind a teenage girl's murderous rampage with the help of a streetwise detective.

Stealing for a Living

Naomi Rand

Single motherhood hit Emma Price like a sledgehammer -- a double whammy to go along with the considerable pressures of her job as an investigator with the Capital Defenders Office. Having to raise a toddler and a troubled teen and dig up mitigating evidence to possibly save an accused murderer from death row is already a considerable load. Add to that an eyebrow-raising affair with a New York ... read more

Single motherhood hit Emma Price like a sledgehammer -- a double whammy to go along with the considerable pressures of her job as an investigator with the Capital Defenders Office. Having to raise a toddler and a troubled teen and dig up mitigating evidence to possibly save an accused murderer from death row is already a considerable load. Add to that an eyebrow-raising affair with a New York ... read more

All the Ways the World Can End

Abby Sher

All the Ways the World can End by Abby Sher is at times heart wrenching while at others hilarious. Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to San Francisco and her dad is dying. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end―designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion―and stockpiling supplies in a... read more

All the Ways the World can End by Abby Sher is at times heart wrenching while at others hilarious. Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to San Francisco and her dad is dying. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end―designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion―and stockpiling supplies in a... read more

The Forgotten Island (Ulverscroft Large Print Series)

Sasha Troyan

Helen has just turned eleven. It is summer and she is in Bella Terra, an island off Italy where her family spend an idyllic few months each year. This time, though, everything is different. Her parents' marriage is simmering with tension. Lea, her 13-year-old sister, is becoming increasingly rebellious. Mr Peters, their artist neighbor, and the Ashtons, glamorous friends of Helen's mother, add... read more

Helen has just turned eleven. It is summer and she is in Bella Terra, an island off Italy where her family spend an idyllic few months each year. This time, though, everything is different. Her parents' marriage is simmering with tension. Lea, her 13-year-old sister, is becoming increasingly rebellious. Mr Peters, their artist neighbor, and the Ashtons, glamorous friends of Helen's mother, add... read more

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

Max Lugavere, Paul Grewal M.D.

New York Times BestsellerDiscover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere. After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugav... read more

New York Times BestsellerDiscover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere. After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugav... read more

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