I’m an author, editor, and publishing consultant here to nourish, empower, and guide your inner storyteller.
Most recently, I served as a Pitch Wars mentor and as a senior editor and copywriter for Entangled Publishing. I have a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a PhDidn't acquired when I left school to go full time in publishing.
Whether you’re a first-time author or have already spent years on bestseller lists, I will help you find solid ground and take the next step in your publishing journey.
I have a beautiful little pupper that is my pride and joy. Follow me on Twitter @Stephen_Edits if you want free writing/publishing advice and more puppy pics.
For a longer bio, read below.
Let me tell you about my wild ride over the last ten years. I promise I’ll make it worth your time.
I’ve mostly worked in lots of different kinds of adult romance, YA, and narrative nonfiction.
In romance, I worked with USA Today and NYT bestselling authors, as well as multi-published authors still hoping to hit their first big list.
Well right out of the gate, my first books with two authors hit the USA Today list. Virginia Nelson’s THE PENTHOUSE PRINCE at #50 and Tawna Fenske’s THE FIX UP at #112.
If you haven’t yet discovered those books and those authors, boy, you won’t regret giving them a shot. In the words of George Clooney, they’ll be the best decision you made in a long time.
There’s just a delightful kind of magic that happens when you put the right people together. Sometimes they give you awards for that magic. Exhibit One!
Novellas are such a tough sell these days, but do you know what Kerri Carpenter did? Her debut FLIRTING WITH THE COMPETITION won Best Romantic Novella in the Aspen Gold contest.
Have you heard of Avery Flynn? Well sure you have, and if you haven’t, here you go. She’s gone on to win a bunch of awards and hit the USA Today bestseller list, but back when we first started, we were just thinking about what opportunity to conquer first.
KILLER TEMPTATION won the Virginia Romance Writers Holt Award of Merit and made me relapse into my addiction for The Devil Wears Prada.
ENEMIES ON TAP, an enemies-to-lovers novel that will satisfy your craving for such things if you ever had one, was named by RT Book Reviews as Best Contemporary Romance.
If I could talk to you for another minute, just to show you WHAT I’VE DONE IN YA. I’ll tell you the truth, YA was my first love, and it’s still got a huge place in my heart.
Take ECHOES, a YA thriller featuring a pan heroine. I still don’t know why Alice Reeds put up with all of my revision notes, but she gave me back an irresistible book.
You know how NYT and USA Today have bestseller lists? Well Amazon has their own bestseller lists, too. And ECHOES went on to be #1 in YA thrillers and spend over six months on Entangled’s own bestseller list.
It’s no wonder they fast tracked the sequel FISSURES. Pretty much every reviewer agrees that the ending of ECHOES is so “WTF?!?!?!” that you’ll be desperate for the concluding book in the duology.
Last one, okay? Suze Winegardner is one of my very favorite authors and one of my very favorite people. Our YA boy band romance book ANYA AND THE SHY GUY was shortlisted for Best YA Novel in the UK. Here’s an article in The Guardian about the whole thing.
And if you want to hear what authors say about working with me, take a gander at their TESTIMONIALS.
…OH WAIT! I said I’m also into NONFICTION, right?
I was one year into the PhD program for Journalism when I left to go full time in publishing. Of course they still give you something for leaving the program. It’s called a PhDidn’t.
I met so many neat people. A lot of us had gone into the workforce in some way, and now we were back in school to take the next step in our careers. Cool, huh?
I worked with a ton of journalists, filmmakers, advertising geeks, you name it. And I got to meet a bunch of established people from places like CNN.
I even got to visit the Nielson ratings center in Florida. That’s the place that tells you why your favorite show is getting canceled before it even aired.
I also worked with Valerie Boyd, best known for her biography of Zora Neale Hurston WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS: THE LIFE OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON. Washington Post and Alice Walker herself said it’d be the definitive biography on Zora for years to come.
I even conducted a few research projects, like a study of the mystery/thriller genre and what goes into commercial versus critical successes. You’d be shocked to know what’s similar/different.
What crimes are featured in NYT bestsellers? Are different crimes consistently chosen for award winners? The answer could mean the difference in an Edgar Award. I made it so you could push a button and BOOM get the answer.
That’s right! I know how to make numbers fun!
If you want to see that research project, just click or tap here.
Lately, I’ve become even more invested and driven to find and promote diversity throughout publishing. Mental health, gender, orientation, race, body positivity, you name it. I got to work on a bunch of books that do just that, but there’s still more work to do.
So I’ll just end by saying I love storytelling. When I was a kid, it was my only escape, and now, it’s how I discover new things and connect with people. Including most of you!
If you’re an author and you’re interested in working with me, go here for rates and a free consultation. It’d be a pleasure just to chat about your book.
As my gift to you, here's my collection of writing advice articles. I regularly write new ones, and I hope they help you in some way.
If you like what I do and just want to support me, you can make a donation to my Ko-fi.
Thanks to everyone who took a few minutes to read this all the way through and get to know me a little better. I’m bringing in my dog Sydney to say see ya later, and I hope you have a good rest of your day.