INDEPENDENT  TITLES


In July of 2013 I decided to go out on a limb and begin editing privately as well as for publishers. Now I take on a few private projects each year. Editing for traditional publishers keeps my standards high, while the independent work—often broader and deeper in scope—helps me to think in different ways. Private editing can be challenging—though every job is different, my responsibility is often greater—but it’s deeply satisfying as well. The books I’ve edited privately are just beginning to make their way out into the world, some self-published, some accepted by agents and/or publishers, and have been garnering great reviews, some of which I quote from or link to below. I’m very proud of all of them.

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Vikram Paralkar’s haunting literary fable Wounds of the Dead, represented by Donadio & Olson founding agent Neil Olson (agent to National Book Award winners Peter Matthiesen and Robert Stone), will be released in December by HarperCollins India. …


I’m very happy to see A.G. Riddle’s first new book since his wildly successful Origin Mystery trilogy, the stand-alone novel Departure, doing so well. I really enjoyed working on this one—I couldn’t have asked for an author more open to ideas and committed to getting it right. …

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Louise Esola’s poignant story of disaster and injustice near the close of the Vietnam War, American Boys, won’t hit the stores until August, but it’s already attracting plenty of attention . . .


American Boys is an important story, beautifully told. Long after you finish this book, you will remember the men of the USS Frank E. Evans, and understand why the fight to include the names of its 74 lost crew members continues.

 


M. Dolon Hickmon’s thriller 13:24 exemplifies the possibilities of the new world of self-publishing: Hickmon funded his book on Kickstarter, setting out to employ a team—editor, cover and interior designers, and publicist—of the same caliber that a high-quality mainstream publisher would offer its authors. …



Kirkus Reviews calls Sarah Stark’s “poetic debut novel” Out There (Leaf Storm Press) “an ambitious novel with a distinct narrator and fresh voice.” Since its publication in April of 2013, Out There