Sandra Wendel

Sandra Wendel – Editor

Skilled nonfiction book editor and book coach in business, true crime, self-help. Get from idea to published. I love first-time authors.


I am a veteran book editor of nonfiction (mainly true crime, business and leadership, selected memoir, and self-help/health). I like to work closely with "my authors" to help shape the book they truly want to write and publish.

As a book coach, I can take you from idea to published. I also consult with you on independent publishing options. My authors win awards.

My own five-time award-winning book titled Cover to Cover: What First-Time Authors Need to Know about Editing is the guide you want to read before you spend effort and money on an edit. Opened at #1 new release in editing on Amazon, GOLD award winner from the Nonfiction Authors Association, acclaimed by other editors (who are also picky), and answers a lot of the questions first-time authors have when venturing down the publishing path.

As one of my authors said, "Sandy is tough as nails."

Maybe you need a push or a shove, a guide into the world of book writing and publishing. Let's have a speed date by phone or email and discuss your writing project. Let's talk about the level of editing your work needs (because first-time authors are often confused about editing, the missing step between writing and publishing). We can discuss pricing, timetable, publishing options, next steps, even marketing with an eye to creating a commercial-quality book that can compete with any book out there in your genre.

Perhaps you are writing a business card book, showcasing your management and leadership skills. Let me help you build your brand with a high-quality business book.

I have had the honor of working with ordinary people with extraordinary stories and extraordinary people with incredible stories: Holocaust survivors, a rock groupie, a bank robber, DEA agent, FBI agent, homicide detective, narcotics sergeant, high-tech project leaders, a CEO of a Fortune 50 company, professors, business leaders, a psychic, a Top Gun (for real), many real estate hot shots, a funeral home director, a Las Vegas Mob historian, doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists, an Admiral and Commander of an aircraft carrier, a school principal, entrepreneurs -- all real people with real stories just like yours.

If this is your first book, think of the editing process like this: You're standing there stark naked. You are feeling vulnerable. You need guidance. Let me cut through the BS and worry about commas and semicolons. Let's talk.

Business & Management Health & Wellbeing History Humanities & Social Sciences Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
English (US)
  • 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
  • Eric Hoffer Award, finalist, health 2020
  • Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year, finalist, self-help, 2020
  • Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year, finalist, health, 2020
  • GOLD, Nonfiction Authors Association, 2021
  • Distinguished Favorite, Independent Press Award in Writing and Publishing, 2021
  • WINNER in Business: Writing/Publishing, 2021 International Book Awards
  • Featured presenter, Women in Publishing Summit, 2023
  • Featured presenter, Medium Day, 2023
  • Book award judge, Independent Book Publishers Association (ongoing)
  • Book award judge, Eric Hoffer Awards (ongoing)
  • Book award judge, Nonfiction Authors Association (ongoing)
  • Coursework completed: EFA Developmental Editing for Nonfiction
  • Creative Nonfiction course, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Coursera MOOCs, various topics in social psychology and healthcare
  • Coursework University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, memoir
  • Modern American Essay course, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Completed Nonfiction Authors Association masterclass on book publicity (2023)
  • Completed Nonfiction Authors Association masterclass in book publishing (2022)

Work experience


Jan, 1999 — Present

Book editor and independent publishing consultant who loves working with first-time authors. I edit books, evaluate manuscripts, draft web copy, and advise on publishing options for authors of nonfiction. I also judge national book awards, blog on Medium with a regular column called Between the Lines, and kayak when the boss isn't looking.

Metropolitan Community College

Jan, 2008 — Present

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


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From the Ashes of Fruit Trees Grew Today’s Silicon ValleyThousands of cookie-cutter homes for high-tech workers sprouted from the funeral pyres of a vanishing way of life as acres of lush frui... read more
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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 suc... read more
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Bank Robber Turns to Stacking Bitcoin:Cryptocurrency Trader No Longer Needs Banks The "Skinny Bandit"--a whiter-than-cocaine kid from the gang-filled streets of Otay in San Diego--who robbed b... read more
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No one had an inside view of the renaissance of Richard Nixon after Watergate better than the Secret Service Agent by his side for fourteen years—Michael Endicott.This is a story about politic... read more
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Chocolate cake makes sweet dreams come true. In a real-life fairy tale, author Sheryl Ness shares how she fell in love with Vincenzo, a chef in a quaint Tuscan kitchen, over his decadent hot chocolate cake. This enchanting memoir will transport you to the cobb... read more
Are You Married but Living Like Roommates?Do you sleep back-to-back or even separately? Do you feel lonely, bored, and sexually frustrated in your marriage? Have you, in fact. Become just roommates?Millions of couples live empty parallel lives and wonder, “is ... read more
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Do you hate marketing your book? Are you daunted by the task? Don't know where to start? Tired of hearing ALL the marketing you have to do to be a "real" author?Stop right here.You want to just write books. But you also want to sell books, quit your cube job, ... read more
Do you want to become a leader worth following?Are you excited about launching a new business? Maybe you are already a business owner/entrepreneur. Certainly, you’re the leader in your own life.Do you know the number one investment you can make for your busine... read more
If you could fast forward your life to your deathbed and hear your regrets (and joys), then rewind and live your life with that knowledge, would you do it? This book provides that knowledge. After fourteen years in the funeral business, Chris Meyer has sat wit... read more
Discover the Passionate Leader within YouDan Foxx has spent more than 50,000 hours face-to-face with over 4,500 top execs from America’s finest companies, from high-flying high techs to promising start-ups. With pressure from boards of directors and investors ... read more
Strap in, put down your “nogs,” and get ready for takeoff. Combat veteran Seth Wilson puts his rigorous pilot training to work as a real estate entrepreneur and shows you how to navigate through uncharted skies to land successful real estate deals, provide on-... read more
Most Americans have historically viewed the nation s great public hospitals as refuges of last resort for poor and uninsured people. But these iconic institutions some recently closed, some renamed, others rebuilt -- have also served as a safety valve for the ... read more
Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Cutting Hope for a Generation, Help for Families *includes workbook, journal, and accompanying videos Many in the emerging generation have found themselves in a hopeless cycle of self-harm. Whether it's cutting, burning, hair pulling, o... read more
"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, Cura... 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 expecte... 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 s... 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 str... 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 b... 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... read more
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(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 cr... 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 physicia... 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... 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 Midwes... read more
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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 de... read more
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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 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 rifle... read more
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Sandra has 45 reviews





Brian S.

Brian S.

Feb, 2024

As a first time writer, Sandy was exactly what I needed whether I knew it or not. She helped me assess where I was at in the process and define appropriate goals for my engagement. I would prefer to keep her for myself as I continue this journey, but think it is only fair to share that if you are working in the area of business and/or leadership, she is an extremely valuable resource.
Genevieve T.

Genevieve T.

Sep, 2023

Sandra provided a wealth of information far beyond what I was hoping for! She was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with! As a new author, I really had no idea how the editing/publishing processed works outside of what I have read. She provided me with a free copy of her book that really gave me the direction I was looking for. I am excited to collaborate with her again in the future!
Sandra W.
A delightful first-time author and I wish her all the best with her book.
Chris S.

Chris S.

Feb, 2023

Sandra was amazing to work with. She is very detailed and knowledgeable, provides meaningful feedback and comments, and knows how to push a novice author to make the right changes without pushing too hard. Her work was completed quickly, ahead of schedule, and she communicated the process exceptionally well throughout. I would highly recommend her service to anyone looking for an editor to work...
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David J.

David J.

Jun, 2024

Thank you Sandra for your work on our project. Appreciate all your input and coordination!
Richard M.

Richard M.

May, 2024

Sandra is great if you want direction on general first author coaching and advice.

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