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Sandra Wendel

Sandra Wendel - Editor

Omaha, United States

I edit nonfiction books, primarily memoir, self-help/health, business/leadership, and true crime.

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I am a skilled book editor of nonfiction (mainly memoir, true crime, business and leadership, and self-help/health). I like to work closely with "my authors" to help shape the book they truly want to write and publish. I consult on independent publishing options. My authors win awards.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing History Parenting & Families Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Social & Behavioral Sciences True Crime

Awards

  • Ben Franklin Silver, health/fitness
  • Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year, Silver
  • Midwest Book Award, Finalist
  • Nebraska Center for the Book, content design, 2017

Work experience

Instructor

Metropolitan Community College
January, 2008 – Present (almost 10 years)

Instructor for noncredit continuing education classes in how to write, publish, and market a book.

Chief Editor

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

Edit books, evaluate manuscripts, and advise on independent publishing options for authors of nonfiction.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis

Edward T Creagan MD, Sandra Wendel

“Creagan responsibly and compassionately covers the many steps readers can take to give themselves the best odds of surviving or avoiding cancer and other diseases.” — Publishers Weekly The facts are clear. If you want to be healthy for life -Learn to talk so your doctor will listen. -Understand every diagnosis—and realize that you can survive bad news. -Follow Dr. Ed’s 8 simple commandments f... read more

“Creagan responsibly and compassionately covers the many steps readers can take to give themselves the best odds of surviving or avoiding cancer and other diseases.” — Publishers Weekly The facts are clear. If you want to be healthy for life -Learn to talk so your doctor will listen. -Understand every diagnosis—and realize that you can survive bad news. -Follow Dr. Ed’s 8 simple commandments f... read more

Bread or Death: Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust

Milton Mendel Kleinberg

The war brought about scarcities of just about everything...except misery. “Alle raise,” (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles. And thus began a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, as the author’s family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis i... read more

The war brought about scarcities of just about everything...except misery. “Alle raise,” (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles. And thus began a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, as the author’s family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis i... read more

Long Journey Home: A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust

Lucy Lipiner

The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner’s childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused Lucy and her older sister from their beds, and with other relatives in tow fled their town of Sucha and the invasion by Nazi Germany . Their journey of survival was not easy, and in Long Journey Home: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holoc... read more

The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner’s childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused Lucy and her older sister from their beds, and with other relatives in tow fled their town of Sucha and the invasion by Nazi Germany . Their journey of survival was not easy, and in Long Journey Home: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holoc... read more

The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist's Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food

Dustin Rudolph

While pharmaceutical companies rake in billions, the health of a nation continues to decline rapidly, leaving patients and physicians searching for answers in all the wrong places. The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food wastes no time in explaining why this is so, offering solutions that target the cause of disease rather... read more

While pharmaceutical companies rake in billions, the health of a nation continues to decline rapidly, leaving patients and physicians searching for answers in all the wrong places. The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food wastes no time in explaining why this is so, offering solutions that target the cause of disease rather... read more

When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder

Steve Fischer

Vegas like you've never seen, tales you've never heard -- until now. Sizzing, behind-the-scenes stories about the men, the Mob, movie stars, and missing money that made '50s and '60s Vegas such a hot spot in the Nevada desert. “On opening night at the Cal-Neva Lodge, Sinatra's guests included Marilyn Monroe, Joe Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy. Also there that weekend were Johnny Roselli ... read more

Vegas like you've never seen, tales you've never heard -- until now. Sizzing, behind-the-scenes stories about the men, the Mob, movie stars, and missing money that made '50s and '60s Vegas such a hot spot in the Nevada desert. “On opening night at the Cal-Neva Lodge, Sinatra's guests included Marilyn Monroe, Joe Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy. Also there that weekend were Johnny Roselli ... read more

Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night

Mark Langan

13 seconds of pure terror in a shootout with a drug dealer... Real crime. Real-life cop stories. Sergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force. Langan caught bold burglars who silently entered homes to get thrills off of touching sleeping ... read more

13 seconds of pure terror in a shootout with a drug dealer... Real crime. Real-life cop stories. Sergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force. Langan caught bold burglars who silently entered homes to get thrills off of touching sleeping ... read more

Three Bodies Burning: The Anatomy of an Investigation into Murder, Money, and Mexican Marijuana

Brian Bogdanoff

A haunting triple murder... the inside story of the investigation. When two worlds collide—the illegal transportation of tons of Mexican cartel marijuana to inner city gang members in a Midwestern city’s “hood”—three bodies end up burning, caught in a web of greed as a major international drug deal goes very bad. The chilling trail of evidence from a remote wooded area where three bodies are s... read more

A haunting triple murder... the inside story of the investigation. When two worlds collide—the illegal transportation of tons of Mexican cartel marijuana to inner city gang members in a Midwestern city’s “hood”—three bodies end up burning, caught in a web of greed as a major international drug deal goes very bad. The chilling trail of evidence from a remote wooded area where three bodies are s... read more

Veggies Not Included: Tales of My Triple Digit Weight Loss from the Fast Food Lane

Christine Leo

Veggies Not Included is the humorous and emotionally raw recounting of one woman’s weight loss journey from fed-up to freedom. Christine Leo lost 130 pounds following a wakeup call that included a gyno trip from hell, a bridal boutique snub and a Jumbotron screen. Instead of following the diet paths most frequently traveled, she lost seven pant sizes by counting calories in her favorite types ... read more

Veggies Not Included is the humorous and emotionally raw recounting of one woman’s weight loss journey from fed-up to freedom. Christine Leo lost 130 pounds following a wakeup call that included a gyno trip from hell, a bridal boutique snub and a Jumbotron screen. Instead of following the diet paths most frequently traveled, she lost seven pant sizes by counting calories in her favorite types ... read more

Online Classes That Work!: Discovering the Secrets to Teaching Online

William S. Hettinger Ph.D.

Online Classes That Work! - 2014 USA Best Book Award & 2015 International Book Award finalist! How do you make an online class work? Engage students in the learning process – just as you do in the face-to-face classroom. There’s just one catch. Strategies that work well in the traditional classroom may not work well in the online classroom. An online class must be designed for the online class... read more

Online Classes That Work! - 2014 USA Best Book Award & 2015 International Book Award finalist! How do you make an online class work? Engage students in the learning process – just as you do in the face-to-face classroom. There’s just one catch. Strategies that work well in the traditional classroom may not work well in the online classroom. An online class must be designed for the online class... read more

ZagZig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and a Stay-at-Home Dad

Kori Reed

ZagZig Parenting invites you to explore a married couple’s contemporary perspective on parenting through comical vignettes that share their differences, struggles, mistakes, and failures (with raw feedback from the kids). Written by Kori, a career-driven mom, with commentary from Mike, an over-twenty-year primary caregiver to their four children, this book shows work-life integration from a di... read more

ZagZig Parenting invites you to explore a married couple’s contemporary perspective on parenting through comical vignettes that share their differences, struggles, mistakes, and failures (with raw feedback from the kids). Written by Kori, a career-driven mom, with commentary from Mike, an over-twenty-year primary caregiver to their four children, this book shows work-life integration from a di... read more

Crossing Bridges: A Priest's Uplifting Life Among the Downtrodden

Father Ken Vavrina

“The very first bridge I crossed was choosing to study for the priesthood, a decision that took me and everyone who knew me by surprise. Then came a series of bridges that once crossed brought me into contact with diverse peoples and their incredibly different yet similar needs.” Father Vavrina has served as a priest for many years, and has served several missions trips to help the needy. Fath... read more

“The very first bridge I crossed was choosing to study for the priesthood, a decision that took me and everyone who knew me by surprise. Then came a series of bridges that once crossed brought me into contact with diverse peoples and their incredibly different yet similar needs.” Father Vavrina has served as a priest for many years, and has served several missions trips to help the needy. Fath... read more

Magnitude: Releasing the Power of Your Leadership Presence

Boyd Ober

In theory, Merton Financial owned the market. Everyone knew that… …But even its hotshot founder Jack Merton had to call in high-powered consulting help when the Seattle branch went off the rails with out-of-control discord, drama, dissension, and distrust. Three managers in four years. Poor customer service. Employees acting inappropriately. Revenues down. What next? That’s why Jack desperatel... read more

In theory, Merton Financial owned the market. Everyone knew that… …But even its hotshot founder Jack Merton had to call in high-powered consulting help when the Seattle branch went off the rails with out-of-control discord, drama, dissension, and distrust. Three managers in four years. Poor customer service. Employees acting inappropriately. Revenues down. What next? That’s why Jack desperatel... read more

The Grass Is Browner on the Other Side: How to Grow into an Elite Sales Professional

Jon Markwardt

This is anything but your average guide to becoming an elite sales professional. Not only will it show you—not just tell you—how to use the best practices of the elite to further your career, but there are also enticing anecdotes of author, Jon Markwardt's, journey through the island of Cyprus that show how sales is in everything we do. You'll find fun and useful word tracks for you to impleme... read more

This is anything but your average guide to becoming an elite sales professional. Not only will it show you—not just tell you—how to use the best practices of the elite to further your career, but there are also enticing anecdotes of author, Jon Markwardt's, journey through the island of Cyprus that show how sales is in everything we do. You'll find fun and useful word tracks for you to impleme... read more

Kick Butt Hiring Handbook: How to Find the Right Employees, Right Now

Amy J Wolf

Small business owners: Do you dread interviewing job candidates? Hate the whole process? Do you feel like it takes too much time out of your day to find new employees? Forming a start-up or running to catch up with a growing business can be a lot of time-consuming work when you’re the entire HR department. Entrepreneur and owner of two successful businesses, Amy Wolf walks you through the most... read more

Small business owners: Do you dread interviewing job candidates? Hate the whole process? Do you feel like it takes too much time out of your day to find new employees? Forming a start-up or running to catch up with a growing business can be a lot of time-consuming work when you’re the entire HR department. Entrepreneur and owner of two successful businesses, Amy Wolf walks you through the most... read more

The Myth of the Rich Doctor: Doctor, what is the state of your financial health?

Vicki Rackner MD

DOCTOR, CAN YOU NAVIGATE THE DANGEROUS WATERS TO REACH A FINANCIAL POSITION TO DO WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT? For even high-earning physicians, wealth-building is fraught with complexity.Read this book to gain insights about *The forces that shape a physician's relationship with money, *Common financial mistakes physicians make, *Habits that separate wealthy physicians from struggling physic... read more

DOCTOR, CAN YOU NAVIGATE THE DANGEROUS WATERS TO REACH A FINANCIAL POSITION TO DO WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT? For even high-earning physicians, wealth-building is fraught with complexity.Read this book to gain insights about *The forces that shape a physician's relationship with money, *Common financial mistakes physicians make, *Habits that separate wealthy physicians from struggling physic... read more

Chewish: 36 Recipes of Love with Stories from Nama's Kitchen

Sandra Goldberg Wendel

(COLOR EDITION) A bit of memoir with a dash of recipes You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these family stories or the ethnic-flavored goodies. Just pull up a chair to our dining room table and savor the love (served with a hearty dollop of butter and sour cream) in every recipe. Like dessert, the best is saved for last, and you’ll find Diana “Nama” Goldberg’s easy recipe for the World’s Best... read more

(COLOR EDITION) A bit of memoir with a dash of recipes You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these family stories or the ethnic-flavored goodies. Just pull up a chair to our dining room table and savor the love (served with a hearty dollop of butter and sour cream) in every recipe. Like dessert, the best is saved for last, and you’ll find Diana “Nama” Goldberg’s easy recipe for the World’s Best... read more

Real Men Get Prostate Cancer Too: Second Edition: The Information You Want Your Doctor to Tell You But You're Too Scared to Ask

Larry Axmaker

Cancer isn’t really funny, of course, but a little knowledge, a positive approach, and a sense of humor can make a difference in your survival and your quality of life. Larry Axmaker says he has never believed that ignorance is bliss—except in politics and how sausages are made. That’s why he shares his story of hope and help with the millions of men who, like himself, would much rather ignore... read more

Cancer isn’t really funny, of course, but a little knowledge, a positive approach, and a sense of humor can make a difference in your survival and your quality of life. Larry Axmaker says he has never believed that ignorance is bliss—except in politics and how sausages are made. That’s why he shares his story of hope and help with the millions of men who, like himself, would much rather ignore... read more

Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties -- Big Hair, Bad Boys, (and One Bad Girl) (Volume 1)

Rita Rae Roxx

Rock me all night long— A decade of rock history… and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne’s Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band’s Peter Wo... read more

Rock me all night long— A decade of rock history… and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne’s Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band’s Peter Wo... read more

Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers: The Unsettling History of the Dirty Deals that Helped Settle Nebraska

Marilyn June Coffey

On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas.All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about slavery, about who was the bigger imbecile.And then they fought County Seat Wars in most of the 3,000 new counties. A thousand of those remaining ended up in south ... read more

On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas.All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about slavery, about who was the bigger imbecile.And then they fought County Seat Wars in most of the 3,000 new counties. A thousand of those remaining ended up in south ... read more

Senile Squad: Adventures of the Old Blues

Chris LeGrow

Grab your walker, secure your catheter, and make sure there’s double adhesive on your dentures! Then hang on for dear life because you are about to ride along with the covert Senile Squad—a bunch of elderly cops who refuse to stop catching crooks. Fighting street crime the old-fashioned way is their modus operandi. The Ol’ Blues, led by their cigar-chewing Sarge, bring justice back to the stre... read more

Grab your walker, secure your catheter, and make sure there’s double adhesive on your dentures! Then hang on for dear life because you are about to ride along with the covert Senile Squad—a bunch of elderly cops who refuse to stop catching crooks. Fighting street crime the old-fashioned way is their modus operandi. The Ol’ Blues, led by their cigar-chewing Sarge, bring justice back to the stre... read more

Mail-Order Kid: An Orphan Train Rider's Story

Marilyn June Coffey

The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings... read more

The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings... read more

Do Big Things: The Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact

Craig W. Ross, Angela V. Paccione, Victoria L. Roberts

An inspiring, practical and progress-oriented blueprint for energetic achievement. Amid constant swirl, uncertainty, and complexity is your team capable of doing big things? Too often people are pulled together, labeled a “team,” given a directive, and expected to deliver results quickly. Soon, however, due to lack of focus, increasing pressures and competing priorities the team suffers from D... read more

An inspiring, practical and progress-oriented blueprint for energetic achievement. Amid constant swirl, uncertainty, and complexity is your team capable of doing big things? Too often people are pulled together, labeled a “team,” given a directive, and expected to deliver results quickly. Soon, however, due to lack of focus, increasing pressures and competing priorities the team suffers from D... read more

Okoboji: Over 160 Years of History and Images

Cristy Clarke Hedgpeth

"This is the go-to book for all things Iowa Great Lakes, especially Okoboji, from past history through present times. It is loaded with rare images, plus your favorites, and all the information you need. I love this book, and you will too." ~Mary Kennedy, Curator of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

"This is the go-to book for all things Iowa Great Lakes, especially Okoboji, from past history through present times. It is loaded with rare images, plus your favorites, and all the information you need. I love this book, and you will too." ~Mary Kennedy, Curator of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

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Ben Sledge

Working with an editor can always be tricky. You want to make sure that you have someone that understands you and (for me at least) pushes back hard when they feel things aren't working to your advantage. Sandra, as I told our team constantly, was worth her weight in gold. You'll not find a better editor that works quickly, communicates clearly, and goes above and beyond what's expected. I can'...

, June 2017

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