John Paine

John Paine - Editor

Easthampton, MA, USA

I have 30+ years of experience in New York publishing. I edit both fiction and nonfiction titles, from developmental to line/copy editing.

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Over the course of editing more than 500 published titles, I have worked on a wide array of books, both fiction and nonfiction, including book proposals. I provide editing on all levels, from thematic and character suggestions in developmental editing all the way down to sentence-by-sentence help of copyediting. As requested, I can also provide ghostwriting. These services can help you sell your book to a publisher or make you stand out from the pack of ebooks in the same genre. I have a simple maxim: Good editing produces good results. My editing is designed to help books sell. I have helped hundreds of authors achieve success, in some cases best-seller stardom. So if you feel you need help with your book, why not hire someone who really knows how to make your book better?
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing
True Crime

Work experience

Independent editor

Self-employed
June, 2003 – Present (about 16 years)

Since going independent, I have parlayed my extensive experience into a flourishing solo practice. As a freelancer, I have edited an average of 15-20 published books each year, and my name is well-known in the trade publishing world for the quality of submissions by authors I have edited. For my projects I am contacted by publishing houses, literary agents, and acquaintances of satisfied authors. I have edited more than 750 published books.

Executive Manuscript Editor

Penguin Books USA
June, 1986 – June, 2003 (about 17 years)

I was a manuscript editor, also known as a book doctor, for several imprints of Penguin USA: Dutton, New American Library, and Viking. The publishers and editors-in-chief assigned to me the books that required the most hands-on editing and/or required the highest polish in order to pay off the author's advance. Dozens of the writers were New York Times best-sellers, but I also worked with many talented debut authors. I have appeared on hundreds of dedication pages, mentioned by writers grateful for the organizational and word-by-word support I was able to give them.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

American Dreams

John Jakes

From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the epicstory of the Crown family--first introduced in the New York Times bestsellerHomeland. As the second generation comes of age, the Crowns strive to find theirplace in a turbulent America which stands at the dawn of a new century. From thespeedways of Detroit to the unbridled glamour of a young Hollywood, to the dari... read more

From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the epicstory of the Crown family--first introduced in the New York Times bestsellerHomeland. As the second generation comes of age, the Crowns strive to find theirplace in a turbulent America which stands at the dawn of a new century. From thespeedways of Detroit to the unbridled glamour of a young Hollywood, to the dari... read more

Where the River Runs

Patti Callahan Henry

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry delivers an engaging novel about a South Carolina woman who goes back home to face the past—and discovers herself... Meridy Dresden was once a free-spirited, fun-loving girl. All that changed when the boy she loved was killed in a tragic fire. Since then, she alone has carried the burden of a terrible secret. Now, years later, married to a... read more

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry delivers an engaging novel about a South Carolina woman who goes back home to face the past—and discovers herself... Meridy Dresden was once a free-spirited, fun-loving girl. All that changed when the boy she loved was killed in a tragic fire. Since then, she alone has carried the burden of a terrible secret. Now, years later, married to a... read more

Friends and Lovers

Eric Jerome Dickey

In this sexy, soulful tale of love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Los Angeles, the lives of four young African-Americans--two men and two women--are chronicled through the love and the laughter, as well as the heartache and pain of not-so-everyday life. A witty, honest portrait of contemporary mores and humanity in which the gender gap isn't merely investigated, but celebrated.

In this sexy, soulful tale of love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Los Angeles, the lives of four young African-Americans--two men and two women--are chronicled through the love and the laughter, as well as the heartache and pain of not-so-everyday life. A witty, honest portrait of contemporary mores and humanity in which the gender gap isn't merely investigated, but celebrated.

Good Hope Road

Lisa Wingate

In a time of crisis, two women come together and set off down a road of hope in the second novel in the Tending Roses series from the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours. Twenty-year-old Jenilee Lane, whose dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide, doesn’t imagine any good could come out of the tornado that has ripped across the Missouri farmland where she makes her home. ... read more

In a time of crisis, two women come together and set off down a road of hope in the second novel in the Tending Roses series from the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours. Twenty-year-old Jenilee Lane, whose dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide, doesn’t imagine any good could come out of the tornado that has ripped across the Missouri farmland where she makes her home. ... read more

Japantown: A Thriller (A Jim Brodie Thriller Book 1)

Barry Lancet

“Best of Debut of the Year” —Suspense Magazine WINNER of the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel Optioned for TV by J.J. Abrams & Warner Bros. In this “sophisticated international thriller” (The New York Times Book Review), an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco—before he and his daughter becom... read more

“Best of Debut of the Year” —Suspense Magazine WINNER of the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel Optioned for TV by J.J. Abrams & Warner Bros. In this “sophisticated international thriller” (The New York Times Book Review), an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco—before he and his daughter becom... read more

Antiques to Die For (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries Book 3)

Jane K. Cleland

Since Josie Prescott left a high-paying job in New York to set up shop as an antiques appraiser on the rugged New Hampshire coast, her life has not gone exactly according to plan. In many ways, it's gone better: She has a booming business, good friends and neighbors, and even a promising romance. But dead bodies do seem to keep crossing her path. And now her friend Rosalie has been killed just... read more

Since Josie Prescott left a high-paying job in New York to set up shop as an antiques appraiser on the rugged New Hampshire coast, her life has not gone exactly according to plan. In many ways, it's gone better: She has a booming business, good friends and neighbors, and even a promising romance. But dead bodies do seem to keep crossing her path. And now her friend Rosalie has been killed just... read more

Healing from the Heart: How Unconventional Wisdom Unleashes the Power of Modern Medicine

Mehmet C. Oz M.D., Ron Arias

Dr. Mehmet Oz, celebrated heart surgeon and co-founder of the Complementary Care Center at New York's Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, is spearheading the health-care revolution that is yielding powerful new healing tools that will forever change the way we think of medicine. In this ground-breaking book, he describes his pioneering work--combining cutting-edge Western medicine with such Easter... read more

Dr. Mehmet Oz, celebrated heart surgeon and co-founder of the Complementary Care Center at New York's Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, is spearheading the health-care revolution that is yielding powerful new healing tools that will forever change the way we think of medicine. In this ground-breaking book, he describes his pioneering work--combining cutting-edge Western medicine with such Easter... read more

Soul of a Lion: One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

Barbara Bennett

For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clini... read more

For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clini... read more

Before He Wakes: A True Story of Money, Marriage, Sex and Murder

Jerry Bledsoe

She led an almost perfect life, and committed an almost perfect crime.Barbara Stager appeared to be a devoted mother, loving wife, and dedicated church leader in her Durham, North Carolina, community. When she “accidentally” shot her husband, popular high school coach Russ, the police were inclined to believe her—until they found out ten years earlier her first husband had died in a strangely ... read more

She led an almost perfect life, and committed an almost perfect crime.Barbara Stager appeared to be a devoted mother, loving wife, and dedicated church leader in her Durham, North Carolina, community. When she “accidentally” shot her husband, popular high school coach Russ, the police were inclined to believe her—until they found out ten years earlier her first husband had died in a strangely ... read more

When I Married My Mother: A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo

Jo Maeder

"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one." -- MAYA ANGELOU. An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees eldercare and making peace with the past in a whole new way. Bonus materia... read more

"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one." -- MAYA ANGELOU. An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees eldercare and making peace with the past in a whole new way. Bonus materia... read more

Mortal Fear

Greg Iles

A man with a secret life risks everything to clear his name in this “ingenious suspense thriller”(The New York Times Book Review) from the bestselling author of the Penn Cage series.By day, Harper Cole trades commodities from his isolated home in the Mississippi Delta. By night he leads quite a different life, serving as a systems operator for an exclusive, annonymous erotic online service tha... read more

A man with a secret life risks everything to clear his name in this “ingenious suspense thriller”(The New York Times Book Review) from the bestselling author of the Penn Cage series.By day, Harper Cole trades commodities from his isolated home in the Mississippi Delta. By night he leads quite a different life, serving as a systems operator for an exclusive, annonymous erotic online service tha... read more

The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series Book 1)

Gail Fraser

2017 Edition! Book #1 in the Lumby series. What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon did for Mitford, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby - a town so heartwarming and endearing, you'll be forever transported. An engaging cast of characters populates Lumby, a one-moose town in the Pacific Northwest where pigs literally fly and goats invade the bank vault, a dog runs for mayor (and win... read more

2017 Edition! Book #1 in the Lumby series. What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon did for Mitford, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby - a town so heartwarming and endearing, you'll be forever transported. An engaging cast of characters populates Lumby, a one-moose town in the Pacific Northwest where pigs literally fly and goats invade the bank vault, a dog runs for mayor (and win... read more

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

Gino Wickman

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you?All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations—personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or, once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.The Entrepreneurial Operating System® is a practica... read more

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you?All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations—personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or, once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.The Entrepreneurial Operating System® is a practica... read more

Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mabel O. Wilson

Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tiered bronze beacon inviting everyone to learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape this nation. Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the story of how this un... read more

Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tiered bronze beacon inviting everyone to learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape this nation. Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the story of how this un... read more

Only by Your Touch

Catherine Anderson

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson takes readers to a quaint wilderness town, where a man and a woman find a second chance at life—and love… Determined to give her son Jeremy the childhood he deserves, Chloe Evans has left a tough past behind and is starting fresh in the charming resort town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a dicey proposition when he seeks... read more

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson takes readers to a quaint wilderness town, where a man and a woman find a second chance at life—and love… Determined to give her son Jeremy the childhood he deserves, Chloe Evans has left a tough past behind and is starting fresh in the charming resort town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a dicey proposition when he seeks... read more

Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North (Directions)

Ariel Dorfman

The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, had ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful,'' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. For 10,000 years the desert had been mined for silver, iron, and copper, but it was the 19th-century discovery of nitrate th... read more

The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, had ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful,'' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. For 10,000 years the desert had been mined for silver, iron, and copper, but it was the 19th-century discovery of nitrate th... read more

When Food Is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy

Geneen Roth

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God“A life-changing book.”—OprahIn this moving and intimate book, Geneen Roth, bestselling author of Feeding the Hungry Heart and Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, shows how dieting and emotional eating often become a substitute for intimacy. Drawing on her own painful personal experiences, as well as the candid stories of those she ha... read more

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God“A life-changing book.”—OprahIn this moving and intimate book, Geneen Roth, bestselling author of Feeding the Hungry Heart and Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, shows how dieting and emotional eating often become a substitute for intimacy. Drawing on her own painful personal experiences, as well as the candid stories of those she ha... read more

The Medusa Stone (Philip Mercer)

Jack Du Brul

In the tiny African nation of Eritrea, the American spy satellite Medusa has crashed but not before its sensors revealed an underground kimberlite pipeline, the telltale sign of a huge load of diamonds. The mine turns out to be King Solomon's Lost Mine, but with it is a tale of heartbreak---it was children who worked and died in the mine for 400 years, leading to many local myths of curses. It... read more

In the tiny African nation of Eritrea, the American spy satellite Medusa has crashed but not before its sensors revealed an underground kimberlite pipeline, the telltale sign of a huge load of diamonds. The mine turns out to be King Solomon's Lost Mine, but with it is a tale of heartbreak---it was children who worked and died in the mine for 400 years, leading to many local myths of curses. It... read more

Seeking Sarah: A Novel

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

From the national bestselling and award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley comes this gripping and emotional exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter.From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral... read more

From the national bestselling and award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley comes this gripping and emotional exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter.From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral... read more

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Robert Simer
John is a true professional. His patience with me as a first time author was impressive. I learned so much from John that I didn't know. He is fast, insightful and a pleasure to work with. Having access to help of this caliber is amazing.

Robert Simer, August 2019


Kevin Fox
John was a pleasure to work with and can't wait to work with him on the next one --

Kevin Fox, May 2019


Jim Webb
John was an excellent editor to work with. He really helped round out the rough edges of my manuscript, and provided an excellent copy edit. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again. Thanks, John!

Jim Webb, January 2019


larry center
Very good help!

larry center, January 2019

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