Mary W.

Mary W. - Editor

San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Bestselling author with 17+ years experience, I edit fiction + inspy non-fiction books, queries, and film/tv pitches for commercial appeal.

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Overview

Small town girl whose business is writing, editing, teaching, and publishing with Big 5 Publishers, as well as working with NYT bestselling authors, agents, Hollywood actors and producers, media celebrities, and indie creatives. Basically, I love helping writers succeed!

As a full time marketing, media, and story consultant, I offer book coaching, developmental, line, and copy editing across multiple genres, fiction and non-fiction, with a soft spot for anything young adult and fantasy. Not only have I helped create and edit successful queries, television pitches, book proposals, plus fiction and non-fiction tomes, I specialize in working with publishers and authors to ensure their books have fantastic commercial appeal. Ultimately, my goal is to make your stories rock. :)


Why? Because I believe in the beauty of story, and I love to see authors flourish without wasting their time or money. To that end, I particularly enjoy brainstorming with clients when needed to ensure their voice and heart shine through.


While creating and editing educational and marketing material for a non-profit for sixteen years, I landed my own book deals with a HarperCollins publisher and continue to do so. So, if you’re interested in an efficient partner who has been on both sides of the shelves and understands the complex ins and outs of traditional, indie, and hybrid publishing, as well as editing, querying, networking, and lots of marketing expertise, I’m your girl!


I'd love to dive into your story and help lessen the overwhelm while bringing your words to life.


~m

** CLIENT TESTIMONIALS **

"Mary Weber and Cherry Pie Author Services went above and beyond all expectations. Top-notch professional service at every turn. I couldn't be more pleased, and I'll be sending all my author friends and clients their way." ~ Julie Cantrell, NYT and USA TODAY Bestselling Author

"Mary was amazing! She provided amazing feedback on my query letter package and industry information. I would recommend her to anyone!" ~ Kristain Branham, Writer

"This was a fantastic experience that will certainly benefit my career moving forward. You absolutely met my needs. " ~ Clint Hall, Science Fiction Writer

"Mary was wonderful! She was willing to answer my endless questions and so helpful. I used her query package, and the booklet included is magnificent. Her notes were wonderful, and she helped me turn my story pitch into something impressive. I'm proud to start presenting it to agents." ~Moriah Chavis, Writer

"Launching a book feels daunting, but Mary helped me develop a plan and schedule that feels efficient, effective, and feasible for my busy schedule! I left our meeting feeling confident and excited to get to work!" ~ Vanessa Rasanen, Author

"It was fantastic! Mary is super knowledgeable and jumped right in addressing the main needs and concerns I had. I’m very pleased with the package I received." ~ KB Benson, Indie Author

"Mary's edits on my query and one-sheet made everything professional and concise, and the workbook has many helpful resources. I would recommend this package to anyone pitching a book who isn't quite sure where to start, or needs a refresher in querying." ~ Haylie Hanson
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Fantasy
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Awards

  • Christy Award - Young Adult Book of the Year
  • INSPY Award - Young Adult Book of the Year
  • ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award
  • Carol Award - Young Adult Book of the Year
  • Realm Maker's Award - Young Adult Book of the Year

Work experience

Author, Editor, Copywriter, Marketing Expert

Self-employed
March, 2003 – Present (about 19 years)

As an editor, book doctor, and marketing consultant, I've provided developmental, line, and copy edits for writers, developed book and author queries, proposals, and marketing strategies for a Harper publishing imprint as well as individual authors ranging from new-to-the-business to New York Times bestsellers, helped writers successfully write, edit, submit to, and publish articles and short stories in numerous magazines, anthologies, and online publications, as well as mentored authors in every aspect of the writing, marketing, and publishing business. This includes experience submitting to, and writing for, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Dayspring, and more. I also own Cherry Pie Author Services and co-own The Writer's Sanctuary with NYT bestselling author, C.J. Redwine, through which I provide a full line of edits, mentoring, marketing, and teaching on writing and editing craft.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Coral

Ella, Sara

Her Shining Eyes: A Novel

Morris, Jeanette

To Best the Boys

Weber, Mary

Mary has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Matt Chambers
While Mary is probably a good choice for those looking for editorial services on standard genre fiction – she obviously has experience in that form – she has a tendency to lean on ready-made solutions (e.g., “You must have a ‘save the cat’ moment within the first two chapters”). She also tended not to listen very carefully to what was specifically being asked. This approach of trying to bring...
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Matt Chambers, May 2022


Mandar Pattekar
Very insightful suggestion. Very useful. Her ideas will improve my book a lot.

Mandar Pattekar, May 2022


Wyatt Blevins
Mary is an exceptionally supportive and thoughtful editor. She took the time to become involved in my story and read over everything and provide in depth and descriptive feedback to help me as I move forward. She does not simply offer critiques but offers ways for the story to be improved, and is always available to provide clarification. I will certainly use her for any other future writing pr...
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Wyatt Blevins, April 2022


Yanju He
Mary was efficient in returning the work, and provided valuable edits that helped enhanced my query letter and synopsis. Very much appreciated the offer to do a final copy edit after I'd made the changes to the query letter!

Yanju He, September 2021


Monica DePaul
Mary goes above and beyond when editing query letters, sharing her knowledge to create a forceful document for agents.

Monica DePaul, August 2021

Mary W.
Monica, you are wonderfully talented, creative, and a blast to work with! Looking forward to seeing where this all takes you! Best of luck! ~mary

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