Paul Zablocki

Paul Zablocki – Editor

Contemporary fiction, romance, YA, plays, memoirs & cookbooks are my specialties. Clients: Amazon, Simon & Schuster, Kensington.

Overview

I love editing. For over twenty years I have edited and proofread countless books, manuals, agreements, signs, announcements . . . you name it; I’ve tackled it and made it sing. For the past eight years I have been the line editor, copy editor, and proofreader for many fascinating and riveting books, most of them fiction, and have a solid base of authors who keep asking for my services. I specialize in romance, historical, and contemporary novels, but I also edit thrillers and love to work on memoirs, plays, cookbooks, and young adult books. I would be happy to discuss your editing and proofreading needs.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Romance Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Kensington Publishing

Jun, 2019 — Present

Simon & Schuster

Oct, 2016 — Present

Proofread books for young adult readers.

Editing Company

Sep, 2014 — Present

Manuscript developmental, line, and copy editor (general fiction, romance, historical fiction, memoir, young adult) for a leading editing company.

“When my publishing house assigned Paul to copyedit my debut novel, ‘The Promise Kitchen,’ my editor told me I’d won the lottery. She got that right. I write food-centric women’s fiction, and Paul handled my project with enthusiasm, intellect, passion, and vision. His willingness to be swept into my stories, his attention to detail, and the advice he gave me was astute and inspirational. I was thrilled when he was assigned to copyedit my second, ‘The Welcome Home Diner.’ I heartily endorse Paul for your copyediting needs.”

—Peggy Lampman, author “The Promise Kitchen,” Lake Union Publishing

"Copyeditor Paul read the manuscript closely, attentively, and respectfully, appreciating its various charms, correcting its sundry lapses, and polishing the whole to a higher sheen.”

—Jon Jefferson, author of “Wave of Terror,” Thomas and Mercer

“I want to note how much I enjoyed Paul’s work on the manuscript. I felt that we were really on the same page, and I appreciated his input and his expertise (and his sense of humor!).”

—Liz Maverick, author of “The Transporter,” Montlake Romance

“I am so grateful for and really appreciate Paul’s thoroughness, explanations, and commentary (many of the comments made me smile).”

—M. R. Pritchard, author of “Nightingale Girl,” Kindle Press

Diner Journal

Jul, 2014 — Present

I copyedit the complete journal, which includes food stories and recipes.

Portfolio

What could be more terrifying than falling in love with the person who is your good place? Maybe realizing just a smidge too late that there can be dire consequences to becoming your best frie... read more
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Her Final Words

Labuskes, Brianna

Copy Editing
Life turns upside down for two sisters in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel about how secrets and differences can break—or bind—a family.Sisters Amanda Foster... read more
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Black Rock Bay

Brianna Labuskes

A detective returns to her haunted past, with deadly consequences, in an icy novel of psychological suspense by the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Girls of Glass.Detec... read more
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Wave of Terror

Jon Jefferson

An unthinkable terrorist plot: The earth is shaking. The clock is ticking.Astronomer Megan O’Malley sees things on a cosmic scale—hidden planets, colliding galaxies, imploding stars deep in th... read more
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It Ends With Her

Brianna Labuskes

He started the game. She’ll end it.FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photog... read more
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Her New Story

Bradford, Laura

Copy Editing
An Amazon Charts bestseller.After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except ... read more
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Food, friendship, family, and a fresh start.Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a p... read more
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For Hunter and Sara, getting married was easy. It’s staying together that’s the true test of love…Hunter Cabot deeply loves two things: the international tea company he’s helped his father bui... read more
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The History and Mystery of the World Explained—with Socks.Steven Ph. Berryman was born a misfit, grew up a misfit and disappeared a misfit. Into a dryer, looking for his sock. And discovers a ... read more
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The Muse of Fire

Carol M. Cram

Abandoned at birth, the grandly christened Edward Plantagenet rises from London’s Foundling Hospital to take charge back stage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, only to be blind-sided when ... read more
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Girls of Glass

Brianna Labuskes

An Amazon Charts bestseller.It takes more than a lie to hide the dark secrets of this picture-perfect family.When the granddaughter of one of Florida’s most powerful judges disappears, it trig... read more
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One woman’s quest for revenge, a dangerous international conspiracy, and ruthless corporations intertwine in this page-turner from bestselling author James W. Hall.Despite Harper McDaniel’s be... read more
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A job to die for. Women to kill for. Dangerous times call for dangerous men like the Hudson Kings—and making it out alive is only half the fun.Nick Dawes just had to go and prove something to ... read more
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Dani Botelli has vowed to step out of her demanding movie star mother’s shadow, and is determined to start a new chapter in her life. But two men vying for her attention are making for double ... read more
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Shane Sullivan, a.k.a. the Transporter, channels his need for speed into top-secret delivery runs for the Hudson Kings, an elite band of mercenaries. His precious cargo has never talked back—u... read more
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Days of Night

Jonathan Stone

When retired police detective Joe Heller is called in to investigate what might be Antarctica’s first murder, he quickly discovers that winter at McMurdo Station comes with a unique set of cha... read more
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Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at lif... read more
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They have the perfect marriage. Did one of them kill to get it?Prep school sweethearts Ian and Andi Copeland are envied by everyone they know. They have successful businesses, a beautiful hous... read more
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The First Word

Isley Robson

To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But ... read more
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Betting on the city of Detroit’s eventual comeback, cousins Addie and Samantha decide to risk it all on an affordable new house and a culinary career that starts with renovating a vintage dine... read more
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When Steffi Lockwood returns to Sanctuary Sound to start over, she has no idea she’ll also get a second chance with her first love. Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Recovering from... read more
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A Wall Street Journal bestseller.They couldn’t be more different…or more completely perfect for each other.Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising profession... read more
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Moving on has never been harder—or so perfectly unpredictable…Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using h... read more
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An unlikely couple must decide what truly defines family.Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted... read more
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Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs's FunJu... read more
Proofreading
The Wonder of Wildflowers

Anna Staniszewski

Ten-year-old Mira must balance the loyalty she feels towards her family with the desire to be accepted by her new classmates in this powerful coming-of-age story about identity, community, and finding a place to call home.I’m not like most of my classmates. At... read more
A young wife and mother—new to this town and to its secrets—learns just how much she doesn’t know in this tingly tale of all the things hiding in the dark at the top of the stairs, from bestse... read more
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The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.Th... read more
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He’s a man with a body under siege—and the willingness to proceed with a cure so miraculous all one can do is gasp—in this chilling story by New York Times bestselling author Adam Haslett.Afte... read more
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Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year in Salem, Massachusetts—but when B&B owner Charlene Morris finds the dead body of a witch, it spells trouble . . . Charlene, recently widowed, has ... read more
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The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder . . . Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and ... read more
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Daniel Forge is a former Michelin chef and a current Malibu icon. He has made a name for himself all over the world and has fed everyone from A-list celebrities to the common college student u... read more
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From New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs comes the first novel in a thrilling new series about the world’s youngest and smartest genius who’s forced to use her unbelievable code-bre... read more
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Attorney Ben Kincaid is back with the most controversial case of his career. Ben’s former friend, Oscar Kirby, an Iraq war vet subjected by the CIA to "enhanced interrogation techniques," is t... read more
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From the author of Tash Hearts Tolstoy comes a funny, moving novel about the lengths we’ll go to make dreams our dreams come true that’s perfect for fans of Shaun David Hutchinson and Rainbow ... read more
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Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’ll finally be able to take down SPYDER in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old ... read more
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Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley is finally going to take SPYDER down, once and for all, in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Stranded in Mexico after... read more
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From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet durin... read more
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Out of Bounds (Hoops)

Elena Delle Donne

From WNBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist, and global ambassador to the Special Olympics Elena Delle Donne comes the third novel in a middle grade series with as much heart as there is game.Elle is... read more
Proofreading
The Testament of Loki

Joanne M. Harris

In the sequel to The Gospel of Loki, Loki’s adventures continue when he finds a way out of the end of the world and plans to restart the power of the Norse gods.The end of the world—also known... read more
Proofreading
Save the Date

Morgan Matson

All first editions will be signed by the author—available while supplies last! Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matso... read more
Proofreading
From Emily Calandrelli—host of Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and graduate of MIT—comes the third novel in a fun illustrated chapter book series about an ei... read more
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In the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Derek spends the summer with his grandparents in Pequannock ... read more
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Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.... read more
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Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family ... read more
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Lieblings

Nadia Espley

Welcome to Buntington! The best place to live in the world, ever. Everybody says so. Well, at least the Lieblings do…and with the Lieblings, either you’re in or you’re out. In her debut novel,... read more
Copy Editing
Total solar eclipses are rare occurrences at any given location. The last one visible from anywhere in the continental United States was in 1979, in the Pacific Northwest. That's why the Augus... read more
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Luther’s destiny takes him from rural Texas to the French Riviera to exotic Tunisia before returning him home a victim of the Arab Spring, in this hilarious literary novel exploring the confli... read more
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Nothing is more important to Blake Anderson than the work he does with his brothers at Ace Security. At least that’s what he thinks until he meets the fiercely independent Alexis Grant. The se... read more
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Fox Benwell delivers a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores the relationship between two girls obsessed with music, the practice of corrective rape, and the risks and power of... read more
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The location is South Central Los Angeles, 1985, and every kid on the block is getting paid in full selling crack cocaine, but not DAIQUAN JOHNSON. He’s a slow to learn but good with his hands... read more
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Diner Journal, No.32: Dear Island
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The Gauntlet

Karuna Riazi

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this actio... read more
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Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special p... read more
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Kathryn Ormsbee

After a shout-out from one of the Internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight: S... read more
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Let Her Go

M. R. Pritchard

A second chance at love is a fight to the very end. Guys like Alex Sullivan don’t come around every day, but when they do, they aren’t looking for girls like Morgan. She is the unexpected one,... read more
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What if. . . Branwell Bronte had not died before Emily? What if. . .Charlotte was able to marry her “Mr. Rochester”? What if. . .the Misses Bronte's Establishment actually found a pupil: one w... read more
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The Secret Rose

Laura Landon

The events of one horrible night left Lady Abigail Langdon prisoner to a secret. A secret that would change the rest of her life. Something so important that protecting it would prevent her fr... read more
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A pious princess determined to take the veil, and a warlord who will have her as his bride. Ermenilda, a Kentish princess, is devastated when her father promises her to the exiled Mercian Prin... read more
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In the riveting conclusion to Megan Hart’s passionate new family drama, the secrets they keep are no match for the truths their hearts will never let go.Still stuck in his small Central Pennsy... read more
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This sexy romantic drama from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart explores the tangled lives—and loves—of childhood friends.Everyone knew Alicia Harrison’s marriage to I... read more
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Things aren’t so wonderful within the Seven Kingdoms of Heaven. Meg promised on Sparrow’s life not to leave, but Sparrow’s starting to act a little… strange. Again. The daughter of an Archange... read more
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T.H. M.

T.H. M.

Jan, 2024

I hired Paul to perform a 2nd objective developmental editing of my fourth book "Ghetto Bastard". This is the second time I've worked with him and as usual he delivered exactly what I needed. A careful and concise edit with a professional and gracious candor all writers need to bring the best out of their work. I especially prefer to work with editors who are from a different background as myse...
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Paul Z.
You are so welcome, Tarik. And thank you so much for these kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this project and hope it achieves what you set out for it. All five stars for you as ...
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Brian P.

Brian P.

Jan, 2022

Paul edited my first book, and completely blew me away with his talent, ability, skill, and knowledge. Not only did he make edits to my book, he left comments and reasonings why he made his suggested edits. The entire process was collaborative, organized, and smooth. Paul even had me laughing at some of the witty comments he left in my manuscript. He also taught me many things about the publish...
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Paul Z.
Thank you, Brian, so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure working with you, and I wish you the best. Cheers (I am raising an old-fashioned) to you and Last Chance California. And of cou...
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Michael B.

Michael B.

Apr, 2021

Paul is timely, thorough and insightful. He was a pleasure to work with and I will definitely use his services again in the future.
Paul Z.
Thank you so much, Michael. You were the perfect client. It was a joy to work with you and I wish you all the best.
IM S.

IM S.

Jun, 2020

Paul was a fantastic copy editor! He was extremely professional and far exceeded my expectations. His price was a little more than some other editors, but well worth it. I highly recommend him and I hope to go back to him with my next book.
Paul Z.
Thank you, IM. You were a joy to work with. Thank you for being so amenable to a quicker turnaround on my part and for adapting the payment schedule. And also for your quick and clear responses to ...
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T.H. M.

T.H. M.

Jun, 2019

Very nice guy. Easy to work with and quality of work is very good.
Paul Z.
Thanks, T. H.!

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