Editorial Consultations Available
First, Some Background
After more than a decade as a freelance writer, book reviewer, and editor, I took a job in March 2014 as an acquiring editor for a newly launched publishing company called Regan Arts. By the end of my first week there, I’d acquired a futuristic noir thriller by Lev AC Rosen called Depth. That novel went on to earn a Shamus nomination for Best First Private Eye novel.
“Ron is an amazing editor—not only did he get the vision of my novel and take a chance on it, but as he made suggestions, they were all in keeping with the book—he didn’t try to change anything, but only genuinely improve it. And his insights and skills did just that. Additionally, he was a real pleasure to work with—funny, kind, responsive, and able to explain exactly where he was coming from. He took more than one bullet for me in the whole editorial process, too—a real defender and promoter of the work. Everything you want in an editor.” —Lev AC Rosen
Over the next two years, I went on to acquire, edit, and publish several more great books, including Beth Hahn’s The Singing Bone, Lisa Glatt’s The Nakeds, Karolina Waclawiak’s The Invaders (a finalist in the 2016 Tournament of Books), Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance (a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction), and Steve Fiffer and Adar Cohen’s Jimmie Lee and James (a finalist for the Wheatley Book Award for Nonfiction).
Each of those books is as great as it is because the writers were phenomenal to begin with; my role was to approach their work with a strong sense of literary voice and narrative clarity, interrogating the authors and helping them zero in on the story that they want to tell. I’ve worked on a wide variety of genres, from literary women’s fiction to historical legal thrillers, from psychological suspense to upmarket urban fantasy, from civil rights history to pop psychology—if you’ve got a story to tell, chances are I can help you with it.
Now I’m available to help you bring your manuscript to a point where agents or editors may be that much more likely to take notice.
This is the simplest form of editorial consulting I provide. It’s very straightforward: You show me the first fifty to sixty pages of your short story, novel manuscript, or nonfiction proposal; I’ll look it over, and then we’ll schedule a fifty-minute conversation to address some of the macro-level issues you’ll need to address as you continue to write, and ideally hit upon some micro-level solutions. This consultation is available for $200, with a deposit of $75. Email me to discuss a consultation.
“It was both a pleasure and an honor to work with Ron. He identified sections in The Singing Bone that distracted or slowed the narrative pace. He read carefully and asked questions about intent before offering critique. He considered what I was reaching for, and we weighed alternatives together before making changes. Whenever we had one of these exchanges about a passage or a plot point, I returned to my work with excitement—with a sense of achievable clarity and elegance.
I never felt that the edits were a chore or that I was making changes that harmed the book—just the opposite—and if I had a question, Ron was always thoughtful and approachable. As well as an editor and a writer, Ron is a diverse reader, and I am impressed by his ability to think across genre and around it rather than to approach a book with preconceived notions of what a story should and should not do. He understands that each writer’s work operates by its own set of rules and principles and does not try to impose a structure that would hinder rather than help. He helped me to become a better writer, and I earnestly, happily, and easily recommend him as an editor to any writer who would like to present his or her best work to the world.” —Beth Hahn
Advanced Developmental Editing
If you want more intense editing, I work with fiction and nonfiction manuscripts up to approximately 90,000-100,000 words. Your manuscript will undergo detailed analysis, including questions intended to help you strengthen individual storytelling points, structural notes, and suggested line revisions when appropriate, along with an editorial letter that addresses all the macro-level issues in one handy document—or, if you prefer, we can do it with a fifty-minute conversation. (Note: For nonfiction projects, unless I spot an obvious error, I’m not fact-checking; I assume you know your subject, and my goal is to establish whether you’re writing about it clearly.) Email me to discuss a developmental edit and discuss the pricing based on the scope of your manuscript.
Nonfiction Proposal Writing
A solid book proposal is a key element in pitching any nonfiction book project to agents and editors. I’ll work with you to find the compelling story in what you want to say about your subject, why you’re the person to write that book, and what you bring to the field that previous authors haven’t. Email me to discuss your nonfiction proposal and discuss pricing based on the scope of your project.
I can’t guarantee that you’ll end up with a book that will earn you a nomination for a literary prize, of course—but you should come away with our consultation with stronger confidence as you approach the revision process and begin submitting your work to agents or editors. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!