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Sheila Trask

Sheila Trask - Editor

Randolph, VT, United States

Versatile, collaborative developmental editor experienced in fiction (MG/YA, Romance) and non-fiction (business, psychology, medicine).

Overview

Together, we'll get your story on the page--in your words and your style. I specialize in developmental editing for book-length manuscripts, nonfiction (including medical, business, self-help, and memoir) and fiction (middle grade/YA, mystery, and romance).

My clients appreciate my ability to listen carefully and respond thoughtfully so that together we can create the exact book they are envisioning. My process is very collaborative--we spend a lot of time talking and trading notes. I will advocate for a strong structure to support your message and your reader's experience, while also encouraging you to follow the apparent asides that often turn out to be the most important parts of the creative process. Together, we'll find the gems that make your story truly your own.

I've developed, coached, ghosted, and edited over three dozen books in the past five years, and reviewed dozens more for industry publications. You'll see a sampling of editorial projects linked here, many of them with multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon.

If you're already writing or about to write, I can help you develop your creative ideas and capture your unique voice. If you've already written a draft, I can critique your manuscript and offer suggestions to make it shine.
Either way, I'll ensure you will be heard loud and clear by your desired audience.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement Technology
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Romance Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Copyediting Certificate, UCSD

Work experience

Senior Editor

Author Services Provider
August, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

Provide collaborative editing for thought leaders creating non-fiction books. Topics include business, entrepreneurship, psychology, health and wellness, and memoir.

Freelance Copywriter

Kirkus Media
January, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Provide promotional copy for genre fiction, including romance, thriller, mystery, historical fiction, and women's fiction. Includes taglines, book descriptions, series descriptions, and author biographies.

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Provide manuscript critique, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and copywriting directly to fiction and non-fiction authors.

Head Librarian

New England Culinary Institute
October, 2015 – October, 2016 (about 1 year)

Reference services, collection development, catalog management, access services, literacy instruction, and student assistant supervision.

Book Reviewer

Various
January, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Write book reviews, interviews, roundups, and features for fiction and nonfiction titles for publications including BookPage, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Book Review, Foreword Magazine, and BlueInk Reviews.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures, and Social Enterprise in the Amazon

Daniel Cleland

Many people today feel trapped and unsatisfied with the way their lives are going, but those who do can take heart. Daniel Cleland is living proof that you can have it all—adventure, spiritual health, emotional fulfillment, and business success—if you are open to unique experiences, prepared to take risks, and willing to ignore the limits that you have imposed on yourself.Daniel’s fearless cur... read more

Many people today feel trapped and unsatisfied with the way their lives are going, but those who do can take heart. Daniel Cleland is living proof that you can have it all—adventure, spiritual health, emotional fulfillment, and business success—if you are open to unique experiences, prepared to take risks, and willing to ignore the limits that you have imposed on yourself.Daniel’s fearless cur... read more

Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love

Chris Kresser

The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken ... read more

The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken ... read more

The App Factory Playbook: How You Can Develop Your App Idea Without Learning to Code and Without a Technical Co-Founder

Drew Gorham

Say you have a brilliant app idea. If you don’t have the technical skills to bring it to life, conventional Silicon Valley wisdom demands you get a technical co-founder, pay too much money to an overpriced app agency, or learn to code. These expensive obstacles could easily stop your dream from becoming reality. But now there’s an alternative. Inspired by his experience in agencies as well as ... read more

Say you have a brilliant app idea. If you don’t have the technical skills to bring it to life, conventional Silicon Valley wisdom demands you get a technical co-founder, pay too much money to an overpriced app agency, or learn to code. These expensive obstacles could easily stop your dream from becoming reality. But now there’s an alternative. Inspired by his experience in agencies as well as ... read more

Trust Surrender Receive: How MDMA Can Release Us From Trauma and PTSD

Anne Other

Despite modern pharmaceutical medications and many different psychological therapies, military veterans and survivors of mental and physical trauma from civil society continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Trust Surrender Receive: How MDMA Can Release Us from Trauma and PTSD briefly chronicles the medical, legal, and social history of this misunderstood medicine, but its... read more

Despite modern pharmaceutical medications and many different psychological therapies, military veterans and survivors of mental and physical trauma from civil society continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Trust Surrender Receive: How MDMA Can Release Us from Trauma and PTSD briefly chronicles the medical, legal, and social history of this misunderstood medicine, but its... read more

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Robert Beatty

This is the story a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This page-turning thriller from Disney-Hyperion is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and has appeared ... read more

This is the story a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This page-turning thriller from Disney-Hyperion is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and has appeared ... read more

Serafina and the Twisted Staff

Robert Beatty

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join ... read more

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join ... read more

Serafina and the Splintered Heart

Robert Beatty

In the highly-anticipated next installment of the Serafina series, Serafina must confront the darkest threat she's ever encountered at Biltmore Estate. She knows she can face anything with her best friend and closest ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, by her side. But when a sinister force tears them apart, Serafina scrambles to uncover the mystery of her most formidable challenge yet...and about herse... read more

In the highly-anticipated next installment of the Serafina series, Serafina must confront the darkest threat she's ever encountered at Biltmore Estate. She knows she can face anything with her best friend and closest ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, by her side. But when a sinister force tears them apart, Serafina scrambles to uncover the mystery of her most formidable challenge yet...and about herse... read more

Longreave

Daniel Barnett

Some secrets aren't kept.Some secrets keep you.When his marriage crumbles, Mark Currier takes up residence in the abandoned seaside hotel where he once worked. But he is not alone. Something creeps the dark halls inside Longreave. Something cold and wet that will teach Mark to be human again . . . and to be afraid. For there are other forces waking. In the rat-infested cellar. In the labyrinth... read more

Some secrets aren't kept.Some secrets keep you.When his marriage crumbles, Mark Currier takes up residence in the abandoned seaside hotel where he once worked. But he is not alone. Something creeps the dark halls inside Longreave. Something cold and wet that will teach Mark to be human again . . . and to be afraid. For there are other forces waking. In the rat-infested cellar. In the labyrinth... read more

Vulnerable: (McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series - Book 1)

April Wilson

"I freaking loved it. I NEED book 2 now!!!" - 5 stars"This series keeps getting better and better!" - 5 starsWelcome to the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series! Vulnerable is the first in a series of closely interrelated books that focus on the McIntyre family and their friends. If you love romance novels featuring strong alpha protectors, bodyguards, and slightly damaged characters, with a lit... read more

"I freaking loved it. I NEED book 2 now!!!" - 5 stars"This series keeps getting better and better!" - 5 starsWelcome to the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series! Vulnerable is the first in a series of closely interrelated books that focus on the McIntyre family and their friends. If you love romance novels featuring strong alpha protectors, bodyguards, and slightly damaged characters, with a lit... read more

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