Andrew Zack

Andrew Zack - Editor

San Diego, CA, United States

Experienced editor for major publishers. Thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror, nonfiction. Currently offering specials...

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***Specials: I am currently offering special rates for query letter review and editorial assessments.***

Andrew Zack, editor, publisher, author coach, and literary agent has represented authors of fiction and nonfiction at two different firms. He is also the publisher of a small press, working both directly with authors and with agents to acquire and publish works of commercial fiction and nonfiction.

Before becoming an agent, Andy rose through the ranks of trade publishing in New York, moving quickly from Simon & Schuster to Warner Books to Donald I. Fine and finally to Editor at the Berkley Publishing Group. As a freelance editor, he has edited titles for Berkley, DIF, Dell, and Avon, and became a Consulting Editor for Tom Doherty’s Forge Books. The titles below represent a sample of those he has either edited, represented, or published.

Andy's strengths are in editorial assessments, developmental editing, and line editing. He also reviews query letters and has read or written thousands over his career.

An "editorial assessment" is a "big picture" look at the book. What works or doesn't and why. It focuses on finding the "rejection triggers" that are going to result in agents and editors passing on your book. The cost tends to be between $500 and $1,200, based on length.

"Developmental editing" is much more detailed and involves reading the book through once as a reader and then again, taking close notes either within the Word file or for a separate editorial letter or both. It is very time-consuming and therefore the cost is generally between $3,500 and $5,000.

"Line editing" comes after developmental editing. It requires the editor to read the entire book through, going line by line, and looking at word choices, style issues, and spelling and grammar. However, it is not copyediting. The cost of line editing a novel is highly dependent on how clean the book is. If the editor looks at a sample and thinks you are a very good writer who needs not a lot of work, the cost will be less than when it looks like a writer needs every sentence fine-tuned.

It is worth noting that some editors may combine developmental editing and line editing into one service or fee and any author should clarify exactly what is being offered when discussing paying to have their book "edited."

In the traditional publishing process, the editor who acquires your book will likely do the developmental editing and the line editing. Once the editor formally "accepts" the book the author has no more rewrites to do, and the editor will send the book off to a copy editor to review it for house style, spelling, grammar, and other issues. Unless you are self-publishing, you should never need to hire a copy editor or proofreader. Your publisher will have the book copyedited and later proofread after typesetting.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History

Work experience

Author Coach/Editor/Publisher

Self-employed
July, 2007 – Present (over 15 years)

• Coach and edit authors of fiction and nonfiction works as they seek their goal of becoming published authors.
• Publisher of Endpapers Press, a division of Author Coach, LLC.
o Publish original and reprint fiction and nonfiction titles in print and eBook formats.
o Edit original fiction and nonfiction titles.
o Direct development of covers for all titles.
o Design interior layouts for print editions.
o Create indexes for titles.
o Proofread and slug page proofs.
o Manage conversion vendor for creation of eBook editions.
o Manage metadata and retail relationships with booksellers such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
o Write galley letters and press releases and submit titles for review.
• Created and maintain website for firm.
• Write articles, blogs, FAQ lists, and other advertising and marketing pieces for site.

President/Literary Agent

Company Name Redacted. Please contact through Reedsy for editorial service.
March, 1996 – Present (almost 27 years)

• Provide literary representation for authors of commercial fiction and nonfiction.
• Mentor, coach, and provide representation to develop authors’ careers in broad range of markets worldwide.
• Develop and edit clients’ manuscripts and proposals for submission.
• Negotiate multi-book deals to take clients’ careers to the next level to facilitate career mobility and progression.
• Cultivate and foster relationships worldwide with editors, co-agents, scouts, audio companies, and film and television companies.
• Oversee all elements of the business from general accounting to website design.
• Published articles in The Writer magazine, covering query letters, publicity plans and contract points.
• As a member of the AAR, chaired the Royalty Committee, which meets with publishers’ royalty managers to voices agents’ and authors’ concerns about royalty reporting and statement formats.

Literary Agent

Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency, Inc.
September, 1993 – March, 1996 (over 2 years)

• Represented approximately forty authors of fiction and nonfiction.

Freelance Editor

Berkley Publishing Group, Donald I Fine, Inc, Dell, Avon and Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
June, 1992 – August, 1998 (about 6 years)

• Provided “book doctor” services for various literary agencies.
• For Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates (a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers), was formally named a Consulting Editor, and received submissions, acquired titles, including all deal negotiation, performed line edits, wrote flap copy and tip sheets, developed cover concepts, and attended and presented at sales conferences.
• Reviewed and reported on manuscripts for possible acquisition by the Book-of-the-Month Club.
• Read book galleys and wrote published reviews for Kirkus Reviews.

Editor

The Berkley Publishing Group
February, 1991 – May, 1992 (about 1 year)

• Acquired and edited numerous works of fiction and nonfiction in areas as diverse as military fiction to business, nature to science fiction.
• Built relationships with agents and authors.
• Negotiated the acquisition of rights to hardcover, trade-paperback, mass-market titles.
• Generated tip sheets for sales force presentations to accounts and participated in semi-annual sales conferences.
• Developed cover concepts.

Portfolio (39 selected works)

Ashes of Victory: A Novel

Joe Weber, R. J. Pineiro

Distant Valor: A Novel

C. X. Moreau

Out of the crucible of war has come a long list of best-selling, award-winning, and long-remembered novels: THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, THE CAINE MUTINY, FIELDS OF FIRE and THE THIRTEENTH VALLEY. But none so far has ever captured the power and drama of the United States Marine Corps's ill-fated mission to end the war for Lebanon, which ended in the barracks bombin... read more

Out of the crucible of war has come a long list of best-selling, award-winning, and long-remembered novels: THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, THE CAINE MUTINY, FIELDS OF FIRE and THE THIRTEENTH VALLEY. But none so far has ever captured the power and drama of the United States Marine Corps's ill-fated mission to end the war for Lebanon, which ended in the barracks bombin... read more

Orphan's Test

Coxson, Richard

Grown Gray in War: From Iwo Jima to the Chosin Reservoir to the Tet Offensive, the Autobiography of a True Marine Hero

Len Maffioli, Bruce H. Norton

"Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security."—Gen. John A. LejeuneDuring his thirty-three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Len Maffioli saw combat in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Maffioli was only eighteen when he stormed Saipan ... read more

"Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security."—Gen. John A. LejeuneDuring his thirty-three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Len Maffioli saw combat in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Maffioli was only eighteen when he stormed Saipan ... read more

Killer Heels: A Molly Forrester Mystery (The Molly Forrester Series Book 1)

Sheryl J. Anderson

“Should you care to laugh while you read a murder mystery this would be a number one choice, as you rollick along toward a surprising end.”—RendezvousSexy, suspenseful, and snarky, Sheryl J. Anderson's slick debut novel introduces advice columnist Molly Forrester as she faces off against the magazine world, Manhattan's singles scene, and cold-blooded murder . . . Molly Forrester enjoys playing... read more

“Should you care to laugh while you read a murder mystery this would be a number one choice, as you rollick along toward a surprising end.”—RendezvousSexy, suspenseful, and snarky, Sheryl J. Anderson's slick debut novel introduces advice columnist Molly Forrester as she faces off against the magazine world, Manhattan's singles scene, and cold-blooded murder . . . Molly Forrester enjoys playing... read more

Private Heat: An Art Hardin Mystery

Robert E. Bailey

Private Detective and retired counterintelligence officer Art Hardin usually stays away from the flashy kind of PI work, paying his bills by doing surveillance, checking up on false disability claims, and the like. So when the senior partner one of the premier legal firms in Grand Rapids approaches Hardin about a job protecting his niece from her soon-to-be ex-husband for a couple of days, Har... read more

Private Detective and retired counterintelligence officer Art Hardin usually stays away from the flashy kind of PI work, paying his bills by doing surveillance, checking up on false disability claims, and the like. So when the senior partner one of the premier legal firms in Grand Rapids approaches Hardin about a job protecting his niece from her soon-to-be ex-husband for a couple of days, Har... read more

Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man

J. D. Jordan

"Jordan's weird western snatches the best adventure and suspense elements from both genres and distills them to their essences, creating a violence-laced but enjoyable romp."—Publishers Weekly"This first novel adds a fresh sf twist to a . . . Wild West legend. This gritty story blends the right amount of hard trials and humor, giving readers a revitalized perspective on a familiar folklore her... read more

"Jordan's weird western snatches the best adventure and suspense elements from both genres and distills them to their essences, creating a violence-laced but enjoyable romp."—Publishers Weekly"This first novel adds a fresh sf twist to a . . . Wild West legend. This gritty story blends the right amount of hard trials and humor, giving readers a revitalized perspective on a familiar folklore her... read more

Supertown

Kupperberg, Paul

Domestic Tranquility: A Novel

Ken Pakman

In the thrilling tradition of novels such as FATHERLAND and SS-GB comes a thriller set in an America under martial law.October 1962: Fidel Castro launches nuclear missiles at the US, striking Miami. The US retaliates and devastates the Soviet Union.November 1963: President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson are assassinated simultaneously by unknown snipers. As the US sinks i... read more

In the thrilling tradition of novels such as FATHERLAND and SS-GB comes a thriller set in an America under martial law.October 1962: Fidel Castro launches nuclear missiles at the US, striking Miami. The US retaliates and devastates the Soviet Union.November 1963: President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson are assassinated simultaneously by unknown snipers. As the US sinks i... read more

Let It Burn: MOVE, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Confrontation that Changed a City

Michael Boyette, Randi Boyette

On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants’ headquarters, the beleaguered police commissi... read more

On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Two assaults have already failed. After a morning-long battle involving machine guns, explosives, and tear gas, the radicals remain defiant. In a command post across the street from the boarded-up row house that serves as the militants’ headquarters, the beleaguered police commissi... read more

Killer Ratings: A Susan Kaplan Mystery

Lisa Seidman

“Lisa Seidman weaves together vivid characters, delightful mystery, and the wry wit of a true TV insider to create a delicious tale of reckless ambition and literal and figurative backstabbing that will not only entertain you, but change your relationship with your television forever.”—Sheryl J. Anderson, author of Killer Heels“In Killer Ratings, Lisa Seidman, a television writer herself, prov... read more

“Lisa Seidman weaves together vivid characters, delightful mystery, and the wry wit of a true TV insider to create a delicious tale of reckless ambition and literal and figurative backstabbing that will not only entertain you, but change your relationship with your television forever.”—Sheryl J. Anderson, author of Killer Heels“In Killer Ratings, Lisa Seidman, a television writer herself, prov... read more

New Lots

John Clarkson

As the New Lots projects in Brooklyn become a battlefield between the vicious Blue-Tops gang and the Muslim Security Company, on a mission to clean out the complex, NYPD Detective Loyd Shaw is called in to stop the war before the toll in human lives becomes too high

As the New Lots projects in Brooklyn become a battlefield between the vicious Blue-Tops gang and the Muslim Security Company, on a mission to clean out the complex, NYPD Detective Loyd Shaw is called in to stop the war before the toll in human lives becomes too high

Reed's Promise

John Clarkson

Bill Reed receives a message from his cousin Johna page filled with tortured lines and colours, pasted-on letters and numbersa message that clearly conveys fear and confusion. Reed decides to pay John a visit, and thats when the trouble really begins.

Bill Reed receives a message from his cousin Johna page filled with tortured lines and colours, pasted-on letters and numbersa message that clearly conveys fear and confusion. Reed decides to pay John a visit, and thats when the trouble really begins.

Exposure

R. J. Pineiro

His works have been compared to those of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy. Now R. J. Pineiro turns to John Grisham's territory with a riveting new thriller. Pamela Sasser leads the quiet life of a professor at Louisiana State University, until her research uncovers a bug in the Perseus computer chip, which sits at the heart of thousands of commercial and military systems--from nuclear reactors ... read more

His works have been compared to those of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy. Now R. J. Pineiro turns to John Grisham's territory with a riveting new thriller. Pamela Sasser leads the quiet life of a professor at Louisiana State University, until her research uncovers a bug in the Perseus computer chip, which sits at the heart of thousands of commercial and military systems--from nuclear reactors ... read more

The Werewolf's Kiss (Hunter's Moon Trilogy)

Cheri Scotch

The Werewolf's Kiss is the first book in "The Werewolf Trilogy," a ground-breaking trilogy that follows the history of a clan of werewolves centered around New Orleans. This is the story of Sylvie Marley, a rare creature drawn to the Moon and the night with the urge to run wild in the bayous. She is also in love with the young, handsome werewolf Lucien Drago, son of the Duchess de Marais. She ... read more

The Werewolf's Kiss is the first book in "The Werewolf Trilogy," a ground-breaking trilogy that follows the history of a clan of werewolves centered around New Orleans. This is the story of Sylvie Marley, a rare creature drawn to the Moon and the night with the urge to run wild in the bayous. She is also in love with the young, handsome werewolf Lucien Drago, son of the Duchess de Marais. She ... read more

The Senator's Daughter

Victoria Gotti

When a prominent Boston union figure is murdered, defense attorney Taylor Brooke's fight to protect her client leads to a struggle to save her own life

When a prominent Boston union figure is murdered, defense attorney Taylor Brooke's fight to protect her client leads to a struggle to save her own life

Siege of Lightning

R.J. Pineiro

AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SABOTAGED.The Martian and Apollo 13 meet Tom Clancy in this gripping scientific thriller. "A first-rate thriller delivered by a seasoned pro. Last year had Andy Weir's The Martian; this year's clear torch-bearer is Pineiro." --Open Letters Monthly on The Fall "A brilliant tale of industrial espionage and sabotage."--Nelson DeMille Years before NASA planned to t... read more

AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SABOTAGED.The Martian and Apollo 13 meet Tom Clancy in this gripping scientific thriller. "A first-rate thriller delivered by a seasoned pro. Last year had Andy Weir's The Martian; this year's clear torch-bearer is Pineiro." --Open Letters Monthly on The Fall "A brilliant tale of industrial espionage and sabotage."--Nelson DeMille Years before NASA planned to t... read more

Ashes of Victory: A Novel

Joe Weber, R. J. Pineiro

"For nonstop techno-action at full afterburner, it's hard to beat the Weber/Pineiro team. The air combat scenes had me on the edge of my seat!"--David Poyer, author of Hunter Killer and Deep War From the New York Times best-selling author of DEFCON One, Joe Weber, and R. J. Pineiro, the acclaimed author of Without Mercy, comes a new novel of global terrorism and international conflict. The unt... read more

"For nonstop techno-action at full afterburner, it's hard to beat the Weber/Pineiro team. The air combat scenes had me on the edge of my seat!"--David Poyer, author of Hunter Killer and Deep War From the New York Times best-selling author of DEFCON One, Joe Weber, and R. J. Pineiro, the acclaimed author of Without Mercy, comes a new novel of global terrorism and international conflict. The unt... read more

Déjà Noir: A Detroit Mystery

Robert E Bailey

From the award-winning author of the Art Hardin series--Private Heat, Dying Embers, and Dead Bang--comes a compelling new mystery, Déjà Noir.Ray Kerze hasn't been having the best time of it. His closest friends are the guys in line with him at the liquor store before breakfast. He lives in his office in the decaying heart of Detroit, and that's only because the building is so far gone, no one ... read more

From the award-winning author of the Art Hardin series--Private Heat, Dying Embers, and Dead Bang--comes a compelling new mystery, Déjà Noir.Ray Kerze hasn't been having the best time of it. His closest friends are the guys in line with him at the liquor store before breakfast. He lives in his office in the decaying heart of Detroit, and that's only because the building is so far gone, no one ... read more

Hard Drive by David Pogue

David Pogue

1993, special mass market paperback edition, Diamond Books, NY. 288 pages. Original paperback with a unique story. Presents a race between man and machine. Written by a contributing editor to MacWorld.

1993, special mass market paperback edition, Diamond Books, NY. 288 pages. Original paperback with a unique story. Presents a race between man and machine. Written by a contributing editor to MacWorld.

Probe

Edward M. Lerner

What if First Contact doesn't come the way we expect it -- or with the sort of aliens we expect? When both sides have secrets within secrets to keep, how is anyone supposed to know the truth -- or live long enough to tell it? Will it turn out to be the greatest discovery of all time ... or the biggest hoax?Bob Hanson, the chief scientist of a major aerospace corporation, has made an incredible... read more

What if First Contact doesn't come the way we expect it -- or with the sort of aliens we expect? When both sides have secrets within secrets to keep, how is anyone supposed to know the truth -- or live long enough to tell it? Will it turn out to be the greatest discovery of all time ... or the biggest hoax?Bob Hanson, the chief scientist of a major aerospace corporation, has made an incredible... read more

Pressure Point

Dick Couch

Delivering "a gripping insider's view of the secret world of nuclear security" (W.E.B. Griffin), Dick Couch's explosive novel poses the chilling and timely question: How safe are America's waterways from terrorist threat?Riding quietly at her moorings on Puget Sound, the U.S. Navy's deadly weapon -- the Trident submarine -- waits for her return to the sea. But an Arab terrorist known as the Sh... read more

Delivering "a gripping insider's view of the secret world of nuclear security" (W.E.B. Griffin), Dick Couch's explosive novel poses the chilling and timely question: How safe are America's waterways from terrorist threat?Riding quietly at her moorings on Puget Sound, the U.S. Navy's deadly weapon -- the Trident submarine -- waits for her return to the sea. But an Arab terrorist known as the Sh... read more

Afterimage (Chris Sinclair)

Jay Brandon

District Attorney Chris Sinclair has never really forgotten his first real love, Jean, a college girlfriend from the era of free love, a wild young woman who introduced him to a world of sex and drugs and alcohol drastically unlike is own. But she left his life in college and he's never seen her since, until a young woman is found buried in a shallow grave on the outskirts of San Antonio. Thro... read more

District Attorney Chris Sinclair has never really forgotten his first real love, Jean, a college girlfriend from the era of free love, a wild young woman who introduced him to a world of sex and drugs and alcohol drastically unlike is own. But she left his life in college and he's never seen her since, until a young woman is found buried in a shallow grave on the outskirts of San Antonio. Thro... read more

Angel of Death

Jay Brandon

To the African-American community in San Antonio, Malachi Reese is a saint, a community leader, a man who feeds the hungry and houses the homeless. To San Antonio District Attorney Chris Sinclair, Reese is the Angel of Death: a vicious killer possessed by the need for power and willing to do whatever it takes to gain it. Determined to see justice done, Sinclair overcomes incredible odds to see... read more

To the African-American community in San Antonio, Malachi Reese is a saint, a community leader, a man who feeds the hungry and houses the homeless. To San Antonio District Attorney Chris Sinclair, Reese is the Angel of Death: a vicious killer possessed by the need for power and willing to do whatever it takes to gain it. Determined to see justice done, Sinclair overcomes incredible odds to see... read more

Silent Descent

Dick Couch

Members of the elite SEAL Team Two brave the perils and hardships of the frozen Kola Peninsula to rescue an American mole investigating Russia's covert trade in nuclear weaponry. Reprint.

Members of the elite SEAL Team Two brave the perils and hardships of the frozen Kola Peninsula to rescue an American mole investigating Russia's covert trade in nuclear weaponry. Reprint.

Mystic Visions (Mystic Dreamers)

Rosanne Bittner

In Mystic Dreamers, best-selling author Rosanne Bittner began a compelling saga with the meeting of Buffalo Dreamer, a holy woman, and Rising Eagle, a warrior whose powers were unmatched, for he had been blessed by the Feathered One. Now, in a new story sure to enthrall both new readers and devoted fans, Bittner follows Buffalo Dreamer, Rising Eagle, and their children through the great Indian... read more

In Mystic Dreamers, best-selling author Rosanne Bittner began a compelling saga with the meeting of Buffalo Dreamer, a holy woman, and Rising Eagle, a warrior whose powers were unmatched, for he had been blessed by the Feathered One. Now, in a new story sure to enthrall both new readers and devoted fans, Bittner follows Buffalo Dreamer, Rising Eagle, and their children through the great Indian... read more

Blue Truth

Cherokee Paul McDonald

The author offers a hard-hitting, realistic look at the world of the police, drawing on his own experiences as a Fort Lauderdale cop to probe the police officer's psyche and to capture the dangerous world of the cop on the beat

The author offers a hard-hitting, realistic look at the world of the police, drawing on his own experiences as a Fort Lauderdale cop to probe the police officer's psyche and to capture the dangerous world of the cop on the beat

Columbo: The Hoffa Connection (Harrington's Series)

William Harrington

To find out who killed a Madonna-like superstar and dumped her body in her Beverly Hills swimming pool, the TV detective must unlock the mystery of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance twenty years earlier.

To find out who killed a Madonna-like superstar and dumped her body in her Beverly Hills swimming pool, the TV detective must unlock the mystery of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance twenty years earlier.

Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders

William Harrington

When the wife of a wealthy store owner and her lover are murdered, Columbo fears that another round of Manson murders is beginning, and despite findings that have already implicated a suspect, the detective knows the worst is yet to come

When the wife of a wealthy store owner and her lover are murdered, Columbo fears that another round of Manson murders is beginning, and despite findings that have already implicated a suspect, the detective knows the worst is yet to come

The Grassy Knoll (Columbo)

William Harrington

After the murder of controversial talk-show host Paul Drury, Lieutenant Columbo must unravel the thirty-year-old mystery of the assassination of President Kennedy, a crime whose perpetrator Drury had been about to expose on his final show

After the murder of controversial talk-show host Paul Drury, Lieutenant Columbo must unravel the thirty-year-old mystery of the assassination of President Kennedy, a crime whose perpetrator Drury had been about to expose on his final show

Bird Dog (Wings Over Nam Book 5)

Kevin D. Randle

PUT THE DOG ON CHARLIEThey were point men of the air war, and wherever they went the hammer of death came down…American firepower could deliver pure destruction in Charlie's lap, but someone had to find him. That's where the daredevil pilots of the single-engine Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog recon planes made their mark in Vietnam.Flying unarmed into the enemy's front yard, the Bird Dog pilots shot flar... read more

PUT THE DOG ON CHARLIEThey were point men of the air war, and wherever they went the hammer of death came down…American firepower could deliver pure destruction in Charlie's lap, but someone had to find him. That's where the daredevil pilots of the single-engine Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog recon planes made their mark in Vietnam.Flying unarmed into the enemy's front yard, the Bird Dog pilots shot flar... read more

Haven (Psi-Man, No 6)

David Peters

Hunted by the Complex, the super-secret agency that has tried to harness his powers, Chuck Simon, a one-man weapon capable of inflicting total destruction, must retreat to Haven, a safe house for those with psychic powers. Original.

Hunted by the Complex, the super-secret agency that has tried to harness his powers, Chuck Simon, a one-man weapon capable of inflicting total destruction, must retreat to Haven, a safe house for those with psychic powers. Original.

Kingdom Road

K. Patrick Conner

In the tradition of James M. Cain comes this steamy noir novel of passion and betrayal set in California, Tijuana and New Orleans.Winn Cahill returns to his Central Valley home town, irresistibly drawn by the memory of Liana, the woman he once loved. He arrives to find her a rich widow whose husband has died of a mysterious gunshot wound. One night, at her invitation, Cahill joins Liana at her... read more

In the tradition of James M. Cain comes this steamy noir novel of passion and betrayal set in California, Tijuana and New Orleans.Winn Cahill returns to his Central Valley home town, irresistibly drawn by the memory of Liana, the woman he once loved. He arrives to find her a rich widow whose husband has died of a mysterious gunshot wound. One night, at her invitation, Cahill joins Liana at her... read more

Andrew has 11 reviews

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Eric Wilson
I wanted to wait until I received at least one other editorial assessment before leaving reviews, in order to make sure I was not having a knee jerk reaction to criticism. Unfortunately, Andrew was not a great fit for me. Having been in the entertainment industry for 35+ years, I know the difference between general criticism, and constructive criticism. I found many of his points, such as mos...
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Eric Wilson, January 2023

Andrew Zack
I am confident that I provided what I promised in my nine-page review of your work. I'm sorry that you were disappointed. As anyone can see from other reviews of my work, your opinion is an outlier...
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ray cutler
Zack was clear, punctual and easy to understand. I wish he had more time.

ray cutler, November 2022


David Zacharias
Had a great experience with Andrew. He was professional, prompt and responsive. My work needed improvement and he showed me the way. Would highly recommend him.

David Zacharias, April 2022


Doc Varga
Andy provided an excellent evaluation of my novel based on his experience as an industry professional. He emphasized the positives of my writing while identifying the flaws that would hold it back from being picked up by an agent. He offered a list of suggestions on how I might rectify those issues and left me with a clear direction for making my novel agent/publisher ready. I absolutely recomm...
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Doc Varga, March 2022

Andrew Zack
Thanks for these kind words. Best of luck with your revisions!

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Daniel Perry
Andrew Zack provided me with a very professional and encouraging assessment of three chapters from my memoir. Together these amount to just under 30,000 words. While we were negotiating the length of the work and cost of his services, Andy was exceptionally clear, leaving me with no unfulfilled expectations. He has also given me two insights valuable to my project. One is to consider length...
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Daniel Perry, February 2022

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