Zara Altair

Zara Altair - Editor

Beaverton, OR, United States

Fiction and non-fiction content editing. Unbiased overview, specific comments, 1-on-1 live consult. Protect your book from the outset.

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Overview

Save your story before you begin. Story overview. 1-on-1 consult. Build your sound foundation. Unbiased, thoughtful attention to your book concept. Custom-written, no-negativity review with remedy suggestions.

Non-Fiction - Overall Structure and Method
Overall flow, clarity, and consistency
Voice and reader connection
Missing points and their remedies
Reader impact - will reader learn/be inspired, etc.
Chapter benefit to overall manuscript

Fiction - Overall Structure and Story Flow
Story arc
Character development & integrity
Believability & flow of dialogue
Plot - twists, pace, suspense, plausibility
Show vs. tell
Genre tropes met
Story essence

Add-Ons
Rewritten book outline incorporating suggestions
Mid-Manuscript live consultation
Monthly manuscript development consultations

Bulletproof your book idea. Save hours of rewrite time.

Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Computers & Internet
Publishing
Self-help & Self-improvement
True Crime

Work experience

The Story Bodyguard

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 13 years)

Developmental help for film, fiction, and non-fiction writers.

From outline, to synopsis/treatment, to full manuscript.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Tails From The Park: Humorous Adventure Cat Stories

Max, Tim Hammill

Meet Max, a cat who tells stories, collected in a series of humorous, adventure tales full of laughter, tenderness, and escapes in Tails From The Park. Max has an abundance of hereditary feline curiosity. What starts out as innocent exploration often leads to unintended escapades. He lives with his human Mom and Dad in a mobile home park where life is simple, unless you are a cat. Full of colo... read more

Meet Max, a cat who tells stories, collected in a series of humorous, adventure tales full of laughter, tenderness, and escapes in Tails From The Park. Max has an abundance of hereditary feline curiosity. What starts out as innocent exploration often leads to unintended escapades. He lives with his human Mom and Dad in a mobile home park where life is simple, unless you are a cat. Full of colo... read more

Max and Tammy: A Max & Tammy Adventure

Max

Buried Treasure. Big dogs. A Gang of Cats. A kidnapping. And tangles with Maintenance Man. Trouble has a way of finding Max, but when he teams up with young schoolgirl, Tammy, it’s double trouble. Max and Tammy find adventures galore in The Park. Across The Universe - A treasure hunt with a surprise. Hold On To Your Dreams - A visit to a horse is just the beginning of the pals’ adventures when... read more

Buried Treasure. Big dogs. A Gang of Cats. A kidnapping. And tangles with Maintenance Man. Trouble has a way of finding Max, but when he teams up with young schoolgirl, Tammy, it’s double trouble. Max and Tammy find adventures galore in The Park. Across The Universe - A treasure hunt with a surprise. Hold On To Your Dreams - A visit to a horse is just the beginning of the pals’ adventures when... read more

Gaming The Million

Dragan Tupaic

GAMING THE MILLION - a crime action novel by Dragan Tupaic Gene Nielsen, kisses the wrong girl, the daughter of the Gypsy Copper King. Only his Russian adversaries, led by the billionaire Ivanov, could save him from losing his head to the jealous husband and father of the Gypsy girl. Instead, the Russians kidnap him, bring him to New York, and give him a chance to redeem himself by surviving t... read more

GAMING THE MILLION - a crime action novel by Dragan Tupaic Gene Nielsen, kisses the wrong girl, the daughter of the Gypsy Copper King. Only his Russian adversaries, led by the billionaire Ivanov, could save him from losing his head to the jealous husband and father of the Gypsy girl. Instead, the Russians kidnap him, bring him to New York, and give him a chance to redeem himself by surviving t... read more

Russian Drift

Dragan Tupaic

The Italian mafia loses their monopoly of New York streets when their hacker is imprisoned and a Russian billionaire's investment in new super-speed race Russian Drift allows the Russians to gain control. Behind bars, hacker Gene learns of Russian Drift and vows to exploit it to take revenge on the Italians responsible for putting him inside.A Russian billionaire has invested in a new super-sp... read more

The Italian mafia loses their monopoly of New York streets when their hacker is imprisoned and a Russian billionaire's investment in new super-speed race Russian Drift allows the Russians to gain control. Behind bars, hacker Gene learns of Russian Drift and vows to exploit it to take revenge on the Italians responsible for putting him inside.A Russian billionaire has invested in a new super-sp... read more

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