Skip Press

Skip Press – Editor

All-around writer, editor, ghostwriter, screenwriter, teacher, with clients, students, fans all over the world. Constant five-star ratings.

Overview

I've made a living in many media roles: editor, ghostwriter, instructor, playwright, screenwriter, and TV staff writer. I've had many books traditionally published about how to make it as a writer or screenwriter. More than one of those books are known worldwide. I don't just write them; I get others published. For example, as an editor and packager, I put together The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing & Design, which is the "bible" for beginning writer/creators in the game industry.


I've edited as many books for others as I've had published on my own. Check out the audiobook American Dog on Amazon that I edited as a novel, produced as an audiobook, and did all the voices including the canine narrator.


I co-founded the Ask A Screenwriter "space" on Quora which grew from zero to over 600,000 followers after one year. Now I'm concentrating on my own books, and so I quit giving free advice there but I answer emails constantly about how to succeed as a writer.


NOTE: All books listed in my portfolio that have no tag is because I wrote or ghost-wrote them.


I help people on Reedsy on occasion because it's a great site and service.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides
Fiction
Literary Fiction Plays & Screenplays Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Silver Medal - NY Intl. Film Festival
Certifications
  • Teaching - UCLA

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1991 — Present

I've edited a Hollywood entertainment magazine, produced and directed plays, made instructional videos, sold screenplays, served as the Hollywood correspondent for Boys Life, been a staff writer for a UPN kids show, published young adult novels and non–fiction series, and taught an online screenwriting course that was available in 1,500 schools. I've published almost 50 books.

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
If Walls Could Talk: The Mystery of Alton Rose

Phipps, Sarah Mae

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Ruby Dorn (1)

Wychor, Paul

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Pixie and Trixie Bug

Lauri B. Rosen

Copy Editing
Ribbon of Darkness

Sherwood, Martin

Developmental Editing
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Looking In

Breen-Ball, Deanna

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Copy Editing
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• Authors are top game designers• Aspiring game writers and designers must have this complete bibleThere are other books about creating video games out there. Sure, they cover the basics. But ... read more
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Skip has 22 reviews

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Sal M.

Sal M.

Jul, 2024

Great person to work with. I felt like he knew about me and my story.
Douglas D.

Douglas D.

Jun, 2024

I wasn’t sure what to expect and truthfully I can’t figure out what was done for the $2000 plus I paid. I see a little of the editing but not much.
Skip P.
Every other review I've had here is five stars. This review came from a troubled man who wrote a memoir about his father being in an iron lung for years who was beloved in his community. Only Dougl...
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Ray E.

Ray E.

Jun, 2024

Skip is the MAN. He works quickly, is responsive and helped me sound professional and human as a first-time business author. Guided me through the process seamlessly and enhanced the impact my manuscript delivers to the reader. I'd highly recommend him for any project where you need an ultra-high quality edit on a collapsed timeline with though leadership. A stellar partner to support your ...
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Skip P.
It was a pleasure working on Ray's book because he has a very innovative way of using AI to shortcut a road to riches that completely makes sense in an easy to follow short volume.
Fleur E.

Fleur E.

Jan, 2024

Working with Skip meant I went from an unfinished 1st draft to a completed first draft with a solid idea of how to fix in the redraft. Skip was informative, experienced and interesting. He had great anecdotes, valuable wisdom and a calm, easy-going manner. I really appreciated getting to work with him and hope to do so again in the future.
Skip P.
Working with Fleur is great because she's a seasoned pro in the film and TV business and I didn't have to convince her that some standard and proven story ideas were valuable. She's written a scrip...
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Anthony P.

Anthony P.

Jan, 2024

Skip's insights into shaping my screenplay were invaluable. Both his development suggestions and detailed edits were smart and thoughtful, coming from decades of industry experience and relationships. Skip was responsive, enjoyable to work with, and committed to getting my project into shape, regardless of the many necessary back-and-forths. I look forward to the next phase of getting my screen...
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Skip P.
Anthony had a very bold project - writing a first-time screenplay that can sell. A sale like that rarely happens. However, he listened to my advice and mastered what is normally a first-time screen...
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