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Tom Bentley

Tom Bentley - Editor

Watsonville, CA, United States

I'm a conscientious and communicative editor, well-versed in both fiction and nonfiction projects.

Overview

Stories win hearts and minds. And stories are built of words. I'm drenched in words (but towel them off in dry—yet compelling—arrangements). I love the power, grace and sinewy strength of language, and love to work with writers to polish the diamonds of language. Let's work together to make your words shine.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Publishing Technology Travel
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Literature Science Fiction Thriller

Work experience

Writer and Editor

Self-employed
August, 1996 – Present (over 21 years)

25 years of writing and editing experience. Author of hundreds of freelance articles, a book of short stories, a novel and a how-to writing book

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Man Who Wore Mismatched Socks

Rick Wilson

The Man Who Wore Mismatched Socks is the story of Aloysius St. James Spottisworth-Gack, a Royal Air Force pilot who comes from a long line of brewers. His family's firm, Gack&Bacon Ltd, dates to the first year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Their in-house pub, The Pig & Trebuchet, is central to community life in their London suburb of Parsons Green. Aloysius serves in the Battle of Britain... read more

The Man Who Wore Mismatched Socks is the story of Aloysius St. James Spottisworth-Gack, a Royal Air Force pilot who comes from a long line of brewers. His family's firm, Gack&Bacon Ltd, dates to the first year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Their in-house pub, The Pig & Trebuchet, is central to community life in their London suburb of Parsons Green. Aloysius serves in the Battle of Britain... read more

Into the Fog (An Irish Mystery) (Volume 2)

Joel D Canfield

How do you choose which innocent person gets hurt? In this sequel to Through the Fog, the two living O'Quinn brothers are back, luring Web Martin into another Irish adventure. An ancient map showing the earliest voyage of an Irish hero can't fall into the wrong hands — especially since it's a forgery. Niall and Fearghal make it sound so simple. Web doesn’t believe a word of it, but with an Iri... read more

How do you choose which innocent person gets hurt? In this sequel to Through the Fog, the two living O'Quinn brothers are back, luring Web Martin into another Irish adventure. An ancient map showing the earliest voyage of an Irish hero can't fall into the wrong hands — especially since it's a forgery. Niall and Fearghal make it sound so simple. Web doesn’t believe a word of it, but with an Iri... read more

Bananacondas: The Natural Method to Raise a Child Who Will Eat Anything

Katie Fingerhut Heaney

What happens if you let your baby eat the meals the whole family is eating? What if you let him choose from the food on his plate what he wants to eat? Sisters Katie and Lynn show that, in fact, it works just fine.

What happens if you let your baby eat the meals the whole family is eating? What if you let him choose from the food on his plate what he wants to eat? Sisters Katie and Lynn show that, in fact, it works just fine.

Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success

Dan Waldschmidt

"Everything you think you know about success is wrong! Set Goals. Work Hard. Be Persistent. That's the typical success advice you can probably repeat in your sleep. The type of advice that doesn't seem to work for you -- or anyone you know, for that matter." You work your butt off, but at the end of the day, you're no closer to success than you were yesterday. The ugly truth is that it's not w... read more

"Everything you think you know about success is wrong! Set Goals. Work Hard. Be Persistent. That's the typical success advice you can probably repeat in your sleep. The type of advice that doesn't seem to work for you -- or anyone you know, for that matter." You work your butt off, but at the end of the day, you're no closer to success than you were yesterday. The ugly truth is that it's not w... read more

Treasure of the Mayan King (The Chauncy Rollock Series Book 1)

Alex Zabala, Dyego Alehandro

"Captivating, intriguing and original!"A judge's review for 2014 Clive Cussler Adventure Writer's CompetitionAn entertaining story with plot twists and intrigue!Claudia Sherril -Daily News Sun- ArizonaChauncy Rollock returns in the sequel, The Golden Scepter, available for order from Amazon right nowThis book now contains a free preview of the sequelFollow the adventures of three very differen... read more

"Captivating, intriguing and original!"A judge's review for 2014 Clive Cussler Adventure Writer's CompetitionAn entertaining story with plot twists and intrigue!Claudia Sherril -Daily News Sun- ArizonaChauncy Rollock returns in the sequel, The Golden Scepter, available for order from Amazon right nowThis book now contains a free preview of the sequelFollow the adventures of three very differen... read more

Banjo GED #1: Chords! Chords! Chords!

Michael Bremer

Banjo has no limits. Why should you? Whatever you want to play: Bluegrass, new-grass, old-time, folk, rock, swing, jazz, jazz-grass, country, classical, new age or anything else, the Banjo GED will help you make the music you want to make. Banjo is a wonderful instrument. Playing banjo puts a smile on your face and adds joy to any music you play. Today, traditional music is flourishing, with g... read more

Banjo has no limits. Why should you? Whatever you want to play: Bluegrass, new-grass, old-time, folk, rock, swing, jazz, jazz-grass, country, classical, new age or anything else, the Banjo GED will help you make the music you want to make. Banjo is a wonderful instrument. Playing banjo puts a smile on your face and adds joy to any music you play. Today, traditional music is flourishing, with g... read more

The Mad Duck: How To Live Your Best Life: an Inspirational Story

Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama

The Mad Duck is a series of connected stories, revolving around the theme of personal exploration and inquiry, and which look into the means by which you can live a fully expressed, richly experienced life. In this book, you will also read of the lives of both historical and contemporary figures who took great risks, who flirted with chance and who forged their own fates, in order to discover ... read more

The Mad Duck is a series of connected stories, revolving around the theme of personal exploration and inquiry, and which look into the means by which you can live a fully expressed, richly experienced life. In this book, you will also read of the lives of both historical and contemporary figures who took great risks, who flirted with chance and who forged their own fates, in order to discover ... read more

The Social Media Survival Guide for Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations

Sherrie Madia

The Social Media Survival Guide for Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations is a must-have for anyone attempting to fundraise on behalf of a non-profit organization. The book offers critical insights including:• Why today’s nonprofit organization must understand the basics of networks and how incorporating social media into existing plans can catapult your fundraising efforts• How to arm front... read more

The Social Media Survival Guide for Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations is a must-have for anyone attempting to fundraise on behalf of a non-profit organization. The book offers critical insights including:• Why today’s nonprofit organization must understand the basics of networks and how incorporating social media into existing plans can catapult your fundraising efforts• How to arm front... read more

Frances Tustin Today (The New Library of Psychoanalysis)

Frances Tustin Today explores some of the ways and means by which Tustin’s work has enabled psychoanalytic clinicians to enter into the elemental domain of sensation: what Bion called the ‘proto-mental’ area of the psyche-soma. Through detailed clinical contributions of several of her exponents worldwide, this book demonstrates how her ideas -- rooted in decades of work with children on the au... read more

Frances Tustin Today explores some of the ways and means by which Tustin’s work has enabled psychoanalytic clinicians to enter into the elemental domain of sensation: what Bion called the ‘proto-mental’ area of the psyche-soma. Through detailed clinical contributions of several of her exponents worldwide, this book demonstrates how her ideas -- rooted in decades of work with children on the au... read more

Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Career

Ruth K. Ross

Coming Alive: The Journey To Reengage Your Life And Career is the prescription for anyone who has ever personally felt the pain of knowing they weren't fully engaged at work or at home (or both), has an important person in his or her life experiencing this or perhaps manages a team that is struggling with disengagement. If so, then this book will act as your roadmap to implement the necessary ... read more

Coming Alive: The Journey To Reengage Your Life And Career is the prescription for anyone who has ever personally felt the pain of knowing they weren't fully engaged at work or at home (or both), has an important person in his or her life experiencing this or perhaps manages a team that is struggling with disengagement. If so, then this book will act as your roadmap to implement the necessary ... read more

A Long, Hard Look

Joel D Canfield

A short, fat banker. A willowy, buxom blonde. Phil Brennan's latest client is the former. He prefers the latter — until he gets to know her better. She and her family back Brennan into a corner. His only way out is to choose between truth and love. With this family, there's a third choice, just for good measure. Death. A Long, Hard Look is a mystery about people, not puzzles: introspective noi... read more

A short, fat banker. A willowy, buxom blonde. Phil Brennan's latest client is the former. He prefers the latter — until he gets to know her better. She and her family back Brennan into a corner. His only way out is to choose between truth and love. With this family, there's a third choice, just for good measure. Death. A Long, Hard Look is a mystery about people, not puzzles: introspective noi... read more

Chocolate Pudding in Heaven: The Intriguing Journey of My Bipolar Mind

Maggie Newcomb

With dignity and foresight Maggie gives you a glimpse into the true story of one person’s struggle with mental illness. Through humor and compassion, this inspiring book shows that although the terrain of mental illness is not easily navigated, it can be crossed, and when you can get past the pain there is a beautiful life waiting…or at least some really good chocolate pudding.

With dignity and foresight Maggie gives you a glimpse into the true story of one person’s struggle with mental illness. Through humor and compassion, this inspiring book shows that although the terrain of mental illness is not easily navigated, it can be crossed, and when you can get past the pain there is a beautiful life waiting…or at least some really good chocolate pudding.

Beyond the Morning HUDDLE: HR Management for a Successful Dental Practice

Ann Marie Gorczyca

Beyond the Morning Huddle— HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT for a Successful Dental Office shares tips, experiences, strategies and solutions to make your dental practice the best it can be. RECRUITMENTWith time and attention given to the hiring process, the doctor and team implement a strong management system to select the best candidate and build a strong team. INTEGRATIONBy creating an effective f... read more

Beyond the Morning Huddle— HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT for a Successful Dental Office shares tips, experiences, strategies and solutions to make your dental practice the best it can be. RECRUITMENTWith time and attention given to the hiring process, the doctor and team implement a strong management system to select the best candidate and build a strong team. INTEGRATIONBy creating an effective f... read more

The Superbeing Protocol: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Super-Healthy and Super-Fit and Living an Extraordinary Life

André Khabbazi

When was the last time you really thought hard about your goals? When was the last time you let go of your fears, doubts and worries and took a small step in the direction your dreams—painted a picture, wrote the first sentence of that book you always wanted to write, went on that acting audition, started your own business, started exercising again, eating healthy and living the life you were ... read more

When was the last time you really thought hard about your goals? When was the last time you let go of your fears, doubts and worries and took a small step in the direction your dreams—painted a picture, wrote the first sentence of that book you always wanted to write, went on that acting audition, started your own business, started exercising again, eating healthy and living the life you were ... read more

That She is Made of Truth (Jesse Donovan Mysteries Book 1)

Joel D Canfield

The day his dream career ends, Jesse Donovan reconnects with an old flame. All he has to do to live happily ever after is abandon everything he’s ever believed in.That She is Made of Truth is a mystery about people, not puzzles. Introspective noir.

The day his dream career ends, Jesse Donovan reconnects with an old flame. All he has to do to live happily ever after is abandon everything he’s ever believed in.That She is Made of Truth is a mystery about people, not puzzles. Introspective noir.

The Alien Corps: Book One in The Adventures of the Space Heroine Hickory Lace

PJ McDermott

For nearly a century, Earth's Alien Corps has been on a mission to locate the Son of God. They’ve searched the galaxy but found nothing…until now.Earth’s leaders are worried. A troublesome mystic called “the Teacher” is inciting revolution on the strategically important world Prosperine – a primitive planet that nevertheless holds the key to interstellar travel. A civil war would put their arr... read more

For nearly a century, Earth's Alien Corps has been on a mission to locate the Son of God. They’ve searched the galaxy but found nothing…until now.Earth’s leaders are worried. A troublesome mystic called “the Teacher” is inciting revolution on the strategically important world Prosperine – a primitive planet that nevertheless holds the key to interstellar travel. A civil war would put their arr... read more

Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

If you have ever wanted an inside look at what it takes to become a professional speaker,this is the book for you. Keynote Mastery is the most transparent account ever writtenabout that journey. Patrick Schwerdtfeger welcomes you into his life, recounting thestruggles and hard-earned victories he experienced while building his career as afull-time, professional keynote speaker. You will learn ... read more

If you have ever wanted an inside look at what it takes to become a professional speaker,this is the book for you. Keynote Mastery is the most transparent account ever writtenabout that journey. Patrick Schwerdtfeger welcomes you into his life, recounting thestruggles and hard-earned victories he experienced while building his career as afull-time, professional keynote speaker. You will learn ... read more

Birth of a Self-Care Vigilante (Tap into the Universe for Recovery, Book 1:) (Volume 1)

Ilana Kristeva

“Grant yourself permission to SHINE!” —Ilana Kristeva With uncanny wit and wisdom, Ilana Kristeva shares vivid stories of her personal journey from “groaning to glowing.” While rebuilding her body out of a wheelchair despite an extremely painful nerve disorder (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), migraine headaches, and the loss of her voice from esophageal erosion, Ilana reclaimed her life by em... read more

“Grant yourself permission to SHINE!” —Ilana Kristeva With uncanny wit and wisdom, Ilana Kristeva shares vivid stories of her personal journey from “groaning to glowing.” While rebuilding her body out of a wheelchair despite an extremely painful nerve disorder (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), migraine headaches, and the loss of her voice from esophageal erosion, Ilana reclaimed her life by em... read more

The Meletarians: (international edition)

Tim Wille-Jørgensen

Present day. The world has fallen to a bizarre infection. Roving bands of "Screamers", infected humans in their millions, are racing around at top speed, singing - well, *screaming* - "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", and nobody knows why. The Screamers raid a school, and a student conjures up a massive firestorm from thin air. Such a fire can only be created by a "Meletarian" - one of only thr... read more

Present day. The world has fallen to a bizarre infection. Roving bands of "Screamers", infected humans in their millions, are racing around at top speed, singing - well, *screaming* - "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", and nobody knows why. The Screamers raid a school, and a student conjures up a massive firestorm from thin air. Such a fire can only be created by a "Meletarian" - one of only thr... read more

Surgeon's Story: Inside OR-1 with One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons

Mark Oristano

"If you can't operate in heels, you can't operate!" - Dr. Kristine Guleserian "This book should be a gift to any young woman considering a medical career and wondering if she could do it. ""A fantastic journey into the science of the human heart and one heroic doctor who repairs and replaces them.""From the very first page right up to the climactic ending, this book will entertain you with the... read more

"If you can't operate in heels, you can't operate!" - Dr. Kristine Guleserian "This book should be a gift to any young woman considering a medical career and wondering if she could do it. ""A fantastic journey into the science of the human heart and one heroic doctor who repairs and replaces them.""From the very first page right up to the climactic ending, this book will entertain you with the... read more

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