I have been a professional editor for thirty years and have helped bring literally hundreds of titles to print, and more than a dozen of those ended up on major best sellers lists.
As Athans & Associates Creative Consulting I’m currently working or have worked with a wide range of publisher and author clients including Amazon/57 North, Pyr, Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Wizards of the Coast, Permuted Press, and more. I’ve worked extensively in fiction (primarily fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but other genres as well), non-fiction (from books on the software industry to camping and kayaking guides), gaming (digital and tabletop), and more.
If it’s got words, I can help make it better.
For publisher clients I offer a wide range of services from extensive ghostwriting/book doctoring to copy editing with competitive rates, a fine attention to detail, a sense of collaboration, and a healthy respect for the work—and deadlines—of others. I respect confidentiality agreements and will always work to preserve your trademarks and intellectual property rights. Can’t find the title of a book I’ve ghostwritten in a Google search? Exactly.
For independent clients I offer those same services, including full developmental/story edits. I always approach every edit as a teaching opportunity with an eye on not just making this book better, but every book you write after it better too. Comments in the text and accompanying email will always have that in mind.
It’s not just my job to find what’s wrong with a book,
but to preserve and encourage what’s right about it, too.
Just let me know what you need—even if it doesn’t quite match up with any of the above—and I’ll make it work.
I always have.
I offer consultation services from $50/hour, full book edits from only 3¢ per word, and copyediting from 2¢ per word—but there is no one-size-fits-all. Click here for a dowloadable Rate Card, or just contact me and let's talk about the specific needs of your project.
Contact me through Writer's Digest for one-on-one story coaching services. Stuck on something? Having trouble finishing that book? Not sure you're headed in the right direction? We'll set up a time to talk about your project, just the two of us, and I'll do my level best to help.
If you've finished a National Novel Writing Month manuscript and are looking for my exclusive NaNoWriMo Reviews service, just follow that link for more information.