Meet Our Team of Book Editors, Copywriters, Ghostwriters, and more!All Author One Stop editors and ghostwriters have worked for publishers or have edited books that have sold to publishers, so we understand what publishers buy.
Randy Peyser – Founder & CEO
RANDY PEYSER is the Founder and CEO of Author One Stop. She is the creator of the Write-a-Book Program, and is one of only a few people in the country who specializes in representing authors in finding literary agents and publishers at Book Expo America (BEA) in May. The BEA is the largest Book Expo in the United States. Randy, who is a frequent telesummit guest and media guest, also speaks for publishing conferences, business organizations, writer’s organizations, and spiritual organizations around the country.
Randy is the former editor-in-chief of a national magazine and an SF/Bay area magazine, as well as the long time features writer for Awareness Magazine in Southern California. Her interviews include New York Times best-selling authors: Esther Hicks, Deepak Chopra, Marci Shimoff, Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Neale Donald Walsch, Judith Orloff, John Bradshaw, Bernie Siegel, John Gray, Joan Borysenko, Dannion Brinkley, Jean Houston, and more.
Randy has edited books from business, to spirituality, self-help, children’s, to fiction and nonfiction – including Guerrilla Wealth by Loral Langemeier, which is part of the international best-selling series of Guerrilla Marketing books by Jay Conrad Levinson.
“If you look up the word ‘savvy’ in the dictionary, a picture of Randy appears!”– David Tyreman, branding strategist for Ralph Lauren and author of World Famous
“Working with Randy Peyser is like hitting a home run every time. She is a fabulous book coach and editor. This amazing woman always delivers on time and is completely professional. She is a pleasure to work with and her sense of humor is like a breath of fresh air. Randy is the living embodiment of the power of chutzpah. She is truly one of the greats.” – Linda Hollander, www.wealthybaglady.com
“I love how you wove my story together. I am very happy with this Introduction and deeply grateful to you for getting me out of the spin cycle! I will now be able to testify to your amazing editing powers from first-hand experience!” – Mary Thompson, author of the upcoming book, Awakening the Eco-Soul.
Randy is the author of:
Healing the Heart of the World, an award-winning anthology created by Dawson Church, for which she contributed many of her interviews with bestselling authors, as well as a chapter on Miracle Thinking. Randy is also Associate Editor. Elite Press, 2005. This book won the Independent Publisher’s “IPPY AWARD”, Best Inspirational Book!!!
Visionary Women Inspiring the World an anthology created by Master Business Strategist, Kelly O’Neil, in which Randy was chosen as one of twelve women to share why she is known as the “Instigator of Random Acts of Chutzpah.” Skyward Publishing.
Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters by Debbie Allen, in which Randy shares the reason why she is considered a promoting dynamo! McGraw-Hill.
The Marriage of Sex and Spirit by Gerilyn Gendreau, Elite Books. Features Randy’s interviews with such relationships experts as Dr. John Gray of “Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus” fame, as well as Dr. Deepak Chopra, among many others. Winner, “Best Health & Spirituality Book”, National Book Awards
Randy is featured in two national bestsellers: The Profit of Kindness by Jill Lublin (Career Press); and Networking Magic by Jill Lublin and Rick Frischman (Adams Media). She is also featured in Book Marketing from A-Z by Francine Silverman (Infinity Press); Dojo Wisdom for Writers by Jennifer Lawler (Compass Books); and Messages of Hope and Healing by Linda Pynaker.
“Randy Peyser is amazing at helping people get book deals, and she is a fabulous human being – full of energy, knowledge, support and talent. She spent a great deal of time with me explaining the steps needed to get my book to the right publisher. I highly recommend Randy. She is a lovely and warm human being, as well as being a powerhouse and expert at what she does best.” – Roxanne Hunt
BOOK EDITORS AND COPYWRITERS
Joanne edited multiple early editions of Richard Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute?—the best-selling job-hunting book in the world. This experience awakened her love of book production; since then, she has edited, designed, and managed the production of more than 150 books for publishing companies and independently published authors. Subjects include business, children’s, educational, instructional, entertainment, environmental, fiction, health and wellness, memoirs and stories, poetry, and religious and spiritual books.
Sample of books edited by Joanne include:
- What Color Is Your Parachute?, Richard N. Bolles, Ten Speed Press
- Linus Pauling on Peace, B. Marinacci and R. Krishnamurthy, Rising Star Press
- On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Ph.D., Celestial Arts
- Pomes All Sizes, Jack Kerouac, City Lights Books
- Write Right!, Jan Venolia, Ten Speed Press
- 21st Century Land Development Code, Robert H. Freilich, S. Mark White, with Kate F. Murray, American Planning Association
- Warrior Mothers: Stories to Awaken the Flames of the Heart, Thaïs Mazur, Rising Star Press
“My experience with Joanne Shwed has been delightful on all levels. I appreciate her eye for details along with her creative influence. As an author many times, the information will be downloaded through me so quickly I do not focus on details. Joanne has a remarkable ability to recognize order and flow, making the reading experience enjoyable and inspirational. She is quick and precise. I was very impressed at the speed at which she responded and worked side by side with me on my fourth book. I am grateful for her presence and gift in this world.”—Lauren E. Miller
“Joanne is absolutely amazing. I have never spent better money. She gave me great feedback every step of the way and made my words sing on paper. I am forever grateful for her skill of editing, which truly helped me feel confident in my own writing. It was through her that I could actually hear my own voice. She is a resource that I will continuously use.”—Kenetia Lee
“Every time I get your editing updates I get a smile on my face because of your professionalism. You were truly a great find.” – Don Saunders
“Joanne, you are amazing. I can feel that you gave your heart and soul to this project. Thank you!” – Audrone Wippich
GAIL Z. MARTIN
A ghostwriter, book editor, award winning public relations writer, and adjunct professor of publicity writing at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She has written for many industries, including: real estate, banking, financial, health care, fitness, software/information services, trade associations, professional services, parenting, food and beverage, utilities, and more.
Gail’s books have sold over 600,000 copies. All of Gail’s books have hit bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the fantasy adventure category.
Gail is the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer four-book series for Solaris Books (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen). Her first book, The Summoner, went through three printings (30,000 copies) in less than six months from its launch date. She now writes for Orbit, one of the largest Sci-Fi/fantasy publishers in the US/UK.
Her books have been translated into multiple languages, and are selling in ebook and audiobook form, as well as in print. Her most recent fantasy adventure books are The Sworn and The Dread.
In the non-fiction category, Gail’s latest book, 30 Days to Social Media Success: The 30 Day Results Guide to Making the Most of Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIN, and Facebook is featured in every Fed Ex/Office and Office Max store in the United States. She is also the author of The Thrifty Author’s Series of books, including, Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind and others.
Her articles have appeared in over 35 publications including, Business Today, University City Magazine, Cabarrus Business and Lifestyles, Sojourners Magazine, andPennsylvania. Selected from among a field of 18,000 entries, she is the winner of an award in the 74th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for her feature article work. Gail holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Her corporate communications (from 20 years of publicity writing previously in corporate America) have yielded the following rewards: the IABC Silver Anvil Award, the BMA Pro-Ad Award, the APEX Award, and the PICA award.
ANGELA BROWN has edited more than 400 published books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Blue Days, Black Nights, the bestselling memoir by Ron Nyswaner, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Philadelphia”. Angela has edited many high-profile and award-winning nonfiction and fiction titles, including Chastity Bono’s The End of Innocence, Romaine Patterson’s The Whole World Was Watching: Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard, four novels in Elizabeth Sims’s Lillian Byrd Crime Story series, and James Robert Parish’s Katharine Hepburn: The Untold Story. She has worked with many established and up-and-coming authors as an editor and writing mentor.
“Angela transformed my novels into novels that transformed me. Never did I expect such depth and dedication from my editor. She delivered in ways some authors can only dream of. Angela is the literary equivalent of an MRI. She sees everything, and she knows the ultimate diagnosis. And she’s a pure joy to work with. Welcome her into your manuscript with wide-open arms. You’ll not only get a great editor with brilliance and imagination, you’ll get a wonderful mentor. Plus, she’s very funny.”
– Steven Cooper, author of With You in Spirit, Saving Valencia, and Deadline
“Angela Brown is an old-fashioned editor who cares passionately about her writers and their work. Angela is shockproof, and she pushes her writers over the brink of what’s acceptable into the realm of what’s extraordinary.” – Jane Summer, author of The Silk Road
“I worked with Angela on four novels in four years and got to know her well. As far as I’m concerned, she’s the best in the business, with everything you’d want in an editor: brains, common sense, tact, humor, and imagination. She has an excellent eye for detail and plot as well as a fantastic sense of what readers expect and should get. I recommend her without reservation.” – Elizabeth Sims, author of the Lillian Byrd Crime Story series and the Rita Farmer Mystery series
JULIE VALLONE is a ghostwriter, editor, copywriter, and journalist for print and web. She specializes in technology, how-to, profiles, memoirs, parenting, and lifestyle content. Julie has ghostwritten several books, including three popular business and marketing guides for the Planning Shop in Palo Alto.
She has also penned articles for a variety of national and regional publications, including Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Salon, and South Bay Accent magazine. In addition, Julie writes and edits marketing and public relations copy for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and helps companies create engaging, effective, and easy-to-find websites.
“Julie is an absolute pro. As an editor, she is extremely skillful, meticulous, and thorough. She is a tireless advocate of customer-focused content and web best practices.” – Michelle Moore, Digital Content Strategist, VMware
“I can always rely on Julie for a clear, carefully researched piece, as well as a great read!” – Mike Krey, Technology Bureau Editor, Investor’s Business Daily
“Julie is a results-oriented professional who wrote and managed all InterSAN website copy. She oversaw all company written material, providing compelling, high quality content for a complex technology product. Julie provides good insights into current market trends.” – Eileen Murphy, VP of Operations, Virtual Instruments
“Julie’s focus and creative style led our company in directions we had never dreamed of. This is particularly valuable to startups where there may not be any precedent.” – Alan Luckow, Creative Director, Sleep Number Beds (by Select Comfort)
CAROLINE LEAVITT is a New York Times best selling author,fiction expert and the author of eleven novels that have been sold to major publishers: Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines andMeeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles have been optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. A former book columnist for The Boston Globe Sunday book section and for Imagine Magazine, she reviews for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and People Magazine.
Her essays and articles have appeared in: Salon, Parenting, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, Parents, McCall’s, Redbook, Mademoiselle,The Boston Globe, and New Woman.
Awards, Kudos and more:
Her latest book is listed on the New York Times best seller list
First Prize in Redbook Magazine’s Young Writers Contest
1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction
2003 Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellow Finalist
National Magazine Award nominee
2005 honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction by the prestigious Bellevue Literary Review
Judge for the 1990 Fiction Competition for the Writers’ Voice Awards, NY.
Award-winning senior instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches “Writing The Novel” online.
I really can’t tell you how amazing it was to work with Caroline. She is a master at giving constructive criticism without leaving your ego at the door! – Tanja Tucker, Fiction Author
Wow! I didn’t expect the edits so quickly. What service! Caroline zero’d in on the areas I needed help with the most, and my mind is busy at work with the edits.– Suzanne Fensin
ROBIN WARSHAW is a nonfiction book editor and ghostwriter. She specializes in medicine and health, including breast cancer and other cancers, brain conditions, heart disease, stroke, wellness, nutrition, complementary medicine, women’s health, survivorship and patient education. She also writes onhigher education, business and social issues. Robin has edited books for physicians and business consultants.
As a nonfiction author, her book, I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape (more than 100,000 copies sold, HarperCollins), was named to several “Best Books” lists. Robin has won national journalism and public service awards.
Her articles have appeared in many publications and websites including The New York Times, The Nation, Woman’s Day, New Choices, MyBusiness, WebMD, Philadelphia Inquirer, healthywomen.org, financialmuse.com and others. She is Contributing Writer for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit education and support organization. With exceptional editing, writing, interviewing and listening skills, Robin provides authors with organization, clarity and improved language flow. She is perceptive, flexible and genuinely interested in the projects she takes on. Her clients appreciate the results:
“Robin’s edits to my copy were absolutely on target and her recommendations for changes were insightful and added to the integrity of the final product. As writers, we need a good editor who leaves our voice intact and the material better than when it left our hands. Robin is a writer’s editor. I recommend her unreservedly.” – Peggy Salvatore, Health Business Communications
TANYA BROCKETT is a copyeditor and ghostwriter in the genres of business, how-to, self-help, personal growth, spiritual, mind/body/spirit, inspirational fiction, religion, children’s picture books, young adult fiction, psychology, marketing, finance, automotive, Christian/religion, land planning/zoning, academic and dissertations (APA, Turabian), counseling, narrative non-fiction, Christian fiction, publishing, teaching, health, Internet/Web/IT,and sports. Some of Tanya’s projects have been translated into Russian, Burmese, Falam, and Ngawn languages.
Tanya’s client lists includes international and Amazon bestsellers. Awards for books that Tanya has edited and designed include:
•African-American Author’s Expo Literary Award/Christian
• Aspicomm Media, Best Spiritual/Inspirational Book and Trailblazer Award
• Books & Authors Award for Literary Excellence
• Christian Small Publisher’s Book of the Year
• NAACP Image Awards (Nominee)/Outstanding Literary Work (Christian)
• The Christian Literary Awards, Reader’s Choice Award
• USA Book News & JPX Media, International Best Books Award Finalist—Religion/Christianity
• USA Book News & JPX Media, National Best Books Award Finalist
Tanya also assists entrepreneurs in developing and writing business plans, grant proposals, investor pitches, and business collateral. She has assisted nearly 100 individual authors and several publishes in multiple genres. Additionally, Tanya writes press releases, articles, training programs and curricula, and edits magazines and industry/community newsletters. She has authored two non-fiction books, and her work has appeared in The Charlottesville Business Journal, Verizon Small Biz Blog, Examiner.com, The Light MAGAZINE, Catalyst, Small Business Impact, and in newsletters, business materials, professional development guides, websites, and company training materials. She is a book reviewer for Hay House’s Book Nook.
Tanya has spoken for the National Christian Writers Conference, Verizon, the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (UVA), the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (at UVA), the American Society for Training and Development, New Visions New Ventures, and the Successful Women’s Alliance Network among many others.
Tanya has taught as an adjunct professor of both book publishing and entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. Tanya has been an editing expert guest on the radio shows Experts Weekly and WPGR.tv’s Writers and Artists’ Radio Worldcast.
“Over the past three years I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Tanya. She does a top-notch job editing my books and media kit materials and is known for her excellence and high standards in the publishing industry.” —Renee Bobb, Radio show host and author
“I cannot say enough good things about Tanya’s work. She did an excellent job but there was so much more. Tanya is a joy to work with. I have found her to be knowledgeable, personable, and genuine. She has continued to be a friend long after the work was done. I don’t think you will find better.” —Kathy Manning Gronau, Author of Eat Ice Cream for Supper
JUDY L. MANDEL
New York Times Bestselling Memoir Author. She teaches writing, conducts writing workshops and is a frequent speaker for writing events. Judy is a proficient, detailed writer who is adept at unearthing the heart of a memoir or nonfiction topic.
With a business background spanning over 20 years, she is skillful at adapting her writing to any industry. She has provided bylined work for clients in the financial services sector, education and technology.
Judy holds an MFA from the Southampton Creative Writing Program of Stony Brook University. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), The Authors Guild, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and the National Association of Press Women.
SHEL HOROWITZ edits and ghostwrites books. He has won awards for four of his books, including both self-published and commercially published titles. His eighth book, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green, (co-authored by Jay Conrad Levinson and published by John Wiley & Sons) spent at least 30 months as an Amazon category bestseller. His books have been translated and published by major houses in Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, and India. Several of Shel’s clients have also won awards.
Shel is known both as an A-list copywriter specializing in marketing plans, press releases and book covers—and as a skilled writer who can breathe new life into a mangled manuscript or create one from scratch. While he’s worked on a vast range of projects, both fiction and nonfiction, he’s particularly known for his work on business and environmental books. In the publishing world for over 30 years, Shel got his start as a manuscript reader for two prominent NYC literary agents.
The Money Flow (Morgan James, 2012), with Ana Weber-Haber
USA Best Book Award for best Business Motivational book
Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), (primary author, with Jay Conrad Levinson) Independent Publisher Magazine Groundbreaking Indie Book award (5th book ever so honored); Republished in Italy and Turkey; #1 Amazon.com Environmental category bestseller, April and May, 2010, and made the category bestseller lists for at least 30 of its first 36 months in print; GreenBookFestival.com Honorable Mention; Over 50 endorsements from prominent marketers and environmentalists
Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers (self-published, 2007)
Finalist in the National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards, sponsored by PubInsider.com/USABookNews.com; Cool Book of the Day; Endorsed by independent publishing superstars Dan Poynter, John Kremer, Fern Reiss, Marilyn Ross, Rick Frishman; Reviewed in about a dozen publications
Principled Profit (self-published, 2003)
Apex Award for Best Book on PR and Marketing; Republished in India and Mexico; Rights sold to John Wiley & Sons; Over 80 endorsements; Reviewed in Publishers Weekly and many other publications
Grassroots Marketing (Chelsea Green, 2000)
Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist
The Penny-Pinching Hedonist (self-published, 1995)
Full-page feature stories in Christian Science Monitor and Cleveland Plain Dealer; Featured on the home pages of MSN, AOL, and Paypal; covered in Woman’s Day (multiple times), Reader’s Digest, Boston Globe, and over 100 other publications
Marketing Without Megabucks (Simon & Schuster, 1993)
Republished by The Economic Daily (Korean equivalent of the Wall Street Journal); Reviewed in Library Journal, Home Office Computing, and elsewhere; Featured in a 3-page article in Bottom Line
Keep Your Money (self-published, 1985)
Nuclear Lessons (Stackpole, 1980), with Richard Curtis and Elizabeth Hogan
Republished in Japan; Japanese edition re-released in 2011 after Fukushima, with new introduction by Shel. “When we tested your writing against our in-house attempt, your writing yielded 5 times more opt-ins than ours. We think your work is top-notch and will happily refer clients who need to clearly and concisely convey what they do and who they are.”—Marylou Tyler, CEO,http://PredictableRevenue.com
“For more than a year now, Shel Horowitz has written press releases, direct mail, and web site copy for Autodidactic Press. His work is exceptional. He has as good of an understanding of sales psychology as anyone I’ve ever worked with and he is also great under the pressure of deadlines. In a test, one of his releases got 6 times as many responses as one of my own.” —Charles Hayes, Autodidactic Press, Wasilla, Alaska
Book Proposal Testimonial for Shel: “This proposal is simply amazing. You transformed all that I wrote and meant into a powerful proposal; connecting and inspiring. You are a miracle maker. I truly cannot thank you enough.”—Ana Weber-Haber, principal author, The Money Flow (Published by the first publisher who received the proposal.)
VERONIKA WALKER is a book editor specializing in developmental/substantive editing as well as line editing. She has edited and managed the production of over 50 published books, including international bestsellers and award-winners, as the managing editor for Ellechor Media, plus additional titles as editor for dozens of individual authors and several small press publishers.
She also offers copyediting and ghostwriting services for fiction and nonfiction. Special achievements for books she has edited and ghostwritten includes several Amazon.com bestsellers, the Selah Award, and her first ghostwritten book receiving a USA Best Book award.
Veronika’s personal joy is helping authors not only enhance their plot and characters but also identifying, strengthening, and maintaining their own unique voice so that they are immediately recognizable to their readers. She works in multiple fiction genres including Christian, Young Adult, literary, speculative/fantasy, historical fiction, romance, and suspense, while also editing and consulting on nonfiction works such as inspirational, devotionals, memoir/biography, business, writing/publishing, and self-help. Veronika has written articles for, and edited, a Christian teen magazine, has proofread manuscripts for publishing houses, and offers full-length manuscript critiques for authors. She is a member of the ACFW and the CEN (Christian Editor Network).
Susanne Lakin edits for individuals, publishing companies, and literary agents. She also teaches writing workshops and provides critiques at writers’ conferences. Writing novels in numerous genres under the name of C.S. Lakin, her books focus mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction) won theZondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Her Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series,The Wolf of Tebron and The Map across Time, with five more to follow. Her contemporary mystery Innocent Little Crimes made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher’s Weekly review which stated her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”
In addition to fantasy and mystery, another specialty of Lakin’s is Christian material. She is a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), CEN (Christian Editor Network), CAN (Christian Authors Network—regular blogger), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and two regional writers’ groups.
Besides her own mystery and fantasy series, she has written the first book in a Young Adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. She also recently completed Intended for Harm, a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God’s Own Heart.
CINDY CHATHAM, known as C. J. Chatham in the literary field, specializes in editing nonfiction, although fiction is a growing pleasure. A published author and public speaker, Cindy writes devotionals, poetry, speeches, and children’s stories, in addition to editing manuscripts. She enjoys teaching the elements of clear writing as well as helping authors polish their work for publication.
Cindy was the Executive Editor for Heartbeat Magazine, published by Providence Publications, and has served on the faculty of the Antelope Valley Christian Writers’ Conference where she participated in manuscript critique, one-on-one consultations, and a panel discussion. Her workshop (Who Else Wants to Avoid the Editor?) focused on the essential elements required to avoid having an editor recommend an overall re-write.
Cindy is on the Editorial Faculty of the Central Coast Writers’ Conference 2013. She currently serves authors by critiquing manuscripts and writing for BlueInk Review. She is also the Collaborative Writer/Editor for Treasures in My Darkness, a personal memoir by Linda Olson. Cindy is affiliated with The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), Christian Women in Media Association, and Toastmasters, International.
CINDY DAVIS has been an editor of fiction and non-fiction for over 17 years, working for individuals and publishers. She specializes in story content and character development.Since 2006, Cindy has taught classes in self-editing and mystery writing for Writers College. She has ghostwritten four projects for well-known celebrities. With almost twenty published books of her own, she knows what the market wants and what sells. She is also the former owner/editor of Peaks & Valleys Magazine. As a columnist for the Argus Champion Newspaper and Soo-Nipi Magazine, both based in New Hampshire, she authored over two hundred pieces.
Short sample of books Cindy has edited:
McLaren series set in Britain
Multi-published author Lynn Shurr
The Five Step Plan
Texas Millionaire’s Runaway Wife, award winning
No-Strings Neighbor .
David Aretha has written more than 90 books and edited more than 200 books for 30 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, and Scholastic. He authored Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan, which in 2014 was voted a Top 10 Young Adult biography by Booklist and earned a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award—one of two Moonbeam awards he won that year. For Malala, David was one of four authors, including Mitch Albom, to earn a Wilbur Award. David’s The Murder of Emmett Till was assigned reading for journalism students at New York University because of its exemplary journalistic prose. Books that he has edited have appeared on the Today show, CBS Early Show, NPR, and MSNBC. He has edited books with forewords penned by Walter Cronkite, John Eisenhower, Margaret Truman, Maureen O’Hara, and two U.S. senators. He has proofread materials for the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as the Democratic Party, including those signed by President Barack Obama.
“David was easy to work with, answered all of my questions, and provided a wealth of advice as to how I could structurally improve several sections of the book, including the beginning and ending. He really made my book shine, and his work was instrumental in getting it sold quickly to a publisher. I highly recommend him for manuscript editing.” – Andrea Crisp, author, Hard Crush
“Your edits helped me identify specific areas in my novel that needed to be clearer or to move the story forward. I appreciated that you respected my vision and my voice and did not question me on making changes to the direction or tone of my draft. My draft is much improved because of your suggestions.” – Melanie Weiss
MIKE edits and ghostwrites fiction and non-fiction. He has worked with hundreds of authors. Mike holds two degrees from Harvard University, a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s in Humanities. His professional affiliations include the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Association of Ghostwriters.
A short sample of very diverse projects sold to publishers that he’s ghostwritten or edited include:
- The Matchmaker, a ghostwritten romantic suspense novel, published by Thorndike Press
- Transforming the Character of Public Organizations, rewrite of a business book published by Greenwood Publishing, a Praeger imprint
- Fatal Embrace, a novel, which was well reviewed and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine
- All four novels in the successful Midtown Blue series, published by Baker, one of the largest Christian publishers in the United States
“Mike Valentino’s editing work was superb. I sent him a very rough book manuscript. He delivered a fully edited manuscript on time and on budget – not only correcting errors but suggesting copy changes that made a huge difference. He was easy to work with. I recommend his excellent services to anyone in need of speed and accuracy.” – Doug Kirkpatrick, author of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization, (featured in the December 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review)
“Mike was easy to work with and a great help editing and correcting my biography of Jersey Joe Walcott, the legendary heavyweight boxing champ. McFarland is now publishing the book!” – Jim Curl, member IBRO
“Mike tightened up my memoir quite a bit. He helped my voice flow without me rambling or repeating myself. Without changing my thoughts, he helped me tell my coming of age story and added the finishing touches for publishers to read.” – Jonathan Cain, Songwriter/Keyboardist for the world-famous rock band, Journey
PEGGY BECHKO is a book editor and the author of fourteen novels that have been sold to major publishers in different genres; romance, SciFi/fantasy, and western: Blown To Hell, The Winged Warrior, Cloud Dancer, Dark Side of Love, Stormrider, Gunman’s Justice, Sidewinder’s Trail, Hawke’s Indians and more. Published in hardcover, paperback, audio and Ebook formats, her books have been published by Doubleday, Harlequin, Pinnacle and Thorndike Press, and others. International Editions published in: Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Great Britain, Sweden, Canada, and France. Stormrider, (in hard copy) is released by publisher, Zorba, in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Peggy’s spec screenplays have been optioned domestically and abroad, her screenplay titled Replica (formerly Spitting Image) climbed to a high ranking place in two well-known competitions, while one of her short stories, Skykicker, took two first place prizes in competition. She’s written a produced episode of a 1/2 hour animated series, Diabolik, for Saban Entertainment.
Peggy is also a ghostwriter who has ghosted a full-length movie script, a screen treatment and a non-fiction book. She’s had many articles published in print and online regarding travel, writing, biographies, and more. Peggy has taught Romance Writing with UCLA Online Extension.
Awards and Acknowledgements
• Replica (formerly Spitting Image) placed in the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting and semi-finals of the Writers Foundation sponsored America’s Best screenwriting competition.
• 2007: First Place Writer In The Machine Short Story Contest – Skykicker
• 2003: First Place Art Affair Literary Contest – Western Short Story – Skykicker
• Judge for Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur award in 1980’s
FIONA YOUNG-BROWN is an editor and ghostwriterspecializing in nonfiction. Previous works edited range from a UNESCO series on water treatment in developing nations to anthologies on reproductive rights. In addition to her own writing career, producing articles for a wide range of magazines and encyclopedias, and writing two local history books, Fiona is the former Managing Editor of KSHA Communicator, the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association journal. Most recently, she authored a work documenting the history of a nuclear power plant and the subsequent environmental clean-up efforts, on behalf of the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment.
Editing and ghostwriting clients have included: EBSCO Educational Database; The Institute of Social Studies in The Hague; The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute; UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.
Writing credits include:
• A Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Female Reproductive Rights in the U.S.
• Social Issues: An Encyclopedia of Controversies, History, and Debates
• Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics
Fiona has a BA (Hons.) in American Studies from the University of Hull and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Iowa. Her doctoral studies at Iowa focused on gender, health and Asia. Her background in medical anthropology and nonprofit management enables her to take complex technical jargon and translate it into accessible language that can reach a broader audience.
JENNIFER READ HAWTHORNE
Award-winning author specializing in business, self-help, spirituality, health and how-to books. Jennifer is the author/editor of seven books, includingfour best-sellers. Her books include the #1 best-sellers, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Her books have sold more than 41 million copies.
Her extensive writing/editing experience ranges from newspaper and broadcast journalism to technical writing. She has also taught business and technical writing at the Master’s level and in the corporate world. A regular contributor to Affluent magazine’s “Life Coach” section, Jennifer has also written articles forEntrepreneur Magazine and Ladies Home Journal. In addition, she has written hundreds of computer software user manuals and business procedure manuals.
Says Michael Linenberger, author of four best-selling productivity books, including his latest, Master Your Workday Now!: “Jennifer literally saved my book and helped make it the current #1 Time Management book on Amazon. Before engaging Jennifer, I thought I had a finished product. I had had several editorial passes made by others, and it wasn’t bad, but I knew it was lacking. Jennifer immediately found the problems and the solutions. In a relatively short time, after a bit of her recommended reorganizing, rewriting (and tossing of some unneeded text), the book was ten times better, and it’s now considered the best in its field. Jennifer worked her magic!”
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University. An expert at conversational writing, one of her gifts is transforming bodies of knowledge or information into accessible, highly readable language that the intended audience can easily read and understand.
Doug Schmidt describes himself as a “ghost editor,” that is, an invisible hand who polishes manuscripts to amplify and enhance the writer’s voice. Doug was an editorial manager with David C. Cook (a faith-based publisher) for 17 years.
Additionally, he is the author of two books and numerous curriculum resources. Doug has degrees from Wheaton College and Trinity Seminary.
He enjoys working on faith-based non-fiction, legacy memoirs, and manuscripts that focus on all aspects of emotional healing.
Gail Koffman, M.A. specializes in ghostwriting; developmental editing and copyediting; writing coaching; research; pr and social media. She also excels at creating online courses based on books. She prides herself on her ability to develop books on any subject matter, any complexity level, for any target audience.
Gail holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UCLA and a Master’s in Instructional Design. She has served as a staff editor/project manager or freelance editor on fiction books and non-fiction books for such companies as John Wiley & Sons; Weldon Owen; Pearson Inc.; Access Consciousness Publishing; Van Buren Publishing; Storyzon and DreamSculpt Media.
Gail MartinGail Martin. Please see her bio above under Editors and Copywriters.
LANA McARA is a ghostwriter, book editor, award winning novelist, and public relations writer. She is a seasoned editor for many arenas, including: spiritual, religious, professional, fiction, parenting, health and nutrition, fitness, alternative medicine, cooking, political issues, psychology, and more.
Writing under the name Rosey Dow, Lana’s books have sold over 500,000 copies. Her historical novel, Reaping the Whirlwind, won the Christy Award, a national fiction award.
Lana is the author of Colorado, a title that stayed on the shelves of Wal-Mart for fifteen months and sold more than 250,000 copies across the globe. Fireside Christmassold more than 90,000 copies and Colorado Christmas went out of print in less than six weeks after a first print run of 36,000 copies. Colorado Christmas is now available in large print hardcover in libraries across the nation.
A marketing specialist with a gift for titling and targeting language to a specific readership, Lana has been quoted by Dell® computers. She also writes press releases and other media materials.
ANDREA GLASS ghostwrites business, how-to, spiritual, and personal growth books. An award-winning author, Andrea has written on subjects including real estate, marketing, business strategy, mindset success, hybrid cars, holistic health, and successful retirement. She also helps people create information products such aseBooks, e-courses, and CDs and writes website content, articles, and blog posts. The author of What Lies Within and My Daily Success Journal among others, Andrea is also the creator of How to Write & Sell Your eBook for Maximum Profit with Minimum Effort. When you work with Andrea, she will send you this Special Report for free. Additionally, she provides powerful, effective content for Information Products, marketing materials, websites, brochures, newsletters and any promotional resource.
Some of the books or eBooks she has ghostwritten or edited include:
Guerrilla Business Strategies, by Jay Conrad Levinson and Kelly O’Neil, 2007
Jamaica Life, Eric South, 2007
Purchasing Maintenance Software: Features, Pricing, and Pitfalls, Link-It Software, 2006
BrainShift, Jeff Wilson, 2006
How to Quickly Get Started in Professional Coaching, Christian Mickelson, 2006
No Sugar, No Flour Will Give You the Power, Max Sturman, 2006
Low Carb Leadership, Cheryl Vallejos, 2006
25 Tips for Successful Retirement, Cheryl Vallejos, 2006
Create a Holistic Treatment Plan, Mary Jane Ridder, 2005
The On Purpose Woman, Bernice McLennan, 2005
15 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Flying, Luann Linquist, 2005
25 Ways to Become a Confident Speaker, Cheryl Vallejos, 2005
Why the Water You Drink is a Matter of Life or Death, Shannon Law, 2005
Discover Your True Value, Pete Schneider, 2005
Craft Show Success Secrets, Natalie Goyette, 2004
Bowling Score Secrets, Rob Goyette, 2004
107 Statements for Stressful Situations, Naomi Offner, 2004
All About Hybrid Cars, Andy Grant & Taylor Reid, 2004
Ten Tips For Top Grades, Debra Rodriguez, 2003
Millionaire Habits, Marci Strange, 2003
Discover the Magic of Living Your Dream, Denise Michaels, 2002
Street Smart Secrets to Auto Care You Can Trust, Joseph Sanfellipo, 2001
Walking Back to MYSELF and GOD, Lynne Goldfarb, 2000
The Marketing Toolkit, Luke Vause, 1999
The Wisdom of Oz, Gita Baum Morena, 1998
Andrea Glass has the gift to put into words a crisp, clean, concise summary of the points I’m trying to make. She has the unique ability to bring out the best in my writing that makes me feel I’m conveying my wisdom at my best with still sounding like myself. I couldn’t be the success I am without Andrea on my team. Peter Schneider,www.DiscoverSolutions.com and www.DiscoverYourTrueValue.com.
Script and Screenwriting Services
NICKOLAS POTTER scripts and critiques novels, tutors authors on writing for the entertainment industry, and evaluates both fiction and nonfiction for their utility in feature films or documentaries. He holds a Masters degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California’s renowned screenwriting program. Nickolas has authored 17 screenplays, one stage play produced in Hollywood and directed by the acclaimed Louis Fantasia, and two novels. He has also worked for Reuters in their Wall Street office as the managing editor of technical documentation. RETREAT, a 98-minute drama written and produced by Nickolas, won Best Feature Film at both the Telluride and Palm Beach Indie Festivals; Best Feature-Length Drama at the Woodshole International Film Festival; and was screened at the European Film Market in Berlin. RETREAT is currently for sale on DVD in 92 countries.
Nick Potter was extremely thorough in reviewing, evaluating, and making edit notes for my son’s script. Nick is rich in character, ethics, and integrity, and is a studied and experienced consultant. We are very pleased with his work!– Gary Freitag
Literary and Intellectual Property Attorney
MARIA CRIMI SPETH
MARIA CRIMI SPETH is the author of Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors.
Maria represents clients throughout the United States in the areas of intellectual property, internet law, and commercial litigation.
She specializes in trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, information technology, and other intellectual property. She received her B.A., cum laude from Hofstra University and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
Maria has been voted best business attorney by the readers of Arizona Women’s Newsand has been recommended in the “Top Lawyers” list published by Arizona Business Magazine. She is a certified member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The American Trial Lawyer’s Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona. Recently, the readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine named her firm best intellectual property law firm.
Maria is the Chairperson of the Ecommerce & Technology Section of the Arizona State Bar. She is on the Internet Committee, gTLD subcommittee of the International Trademark Association, and is on faculty with CEO Space. She is a shareholder in the law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C.
DARLENE SWANSON has thirty years experience in designing books, ebooks, pitch sheets, print and digital magazines, and other publications. Over the past 14 years, Darlene has worked on scores of projects for Author One Stop and our clients. She has designed many books, book covers, and pitch sheets and marketing materials. She gives your project the WOW factor to get you noticed. She will gladly “hand hold” as needed, and walk you through the process. Her credo is to always strive for an emotional response in the viewer.
“Some people are blessed with insight. Others with intuition. But when you couple those two abilities with a talent for marketing strategy and a major gift for graphic design, you get Darlene Swanson’s breathtaking approach to building a dynamite product. Darlene has created five pitch sheets for my books. I can say with absolute certainty that these are attention getters. I mean: literary agents want to represent me, producers want to promote my work to television and film companies, and many simply can’t wait to read the books. To put it simply, Darlene’s work represents my intent and goals better than I could do by myself. Every single one is fantastic and it is like waiting for a birthday gift to see what she will invent each time I ask her to make one for me. I’m excited and anxious – can’t wait to see them. And they are just right. Every time.” – Retired Major General Mari K. Eder