It’s an exciting time to be a writer. With the expansion of the e-verse, there are more opportunities for publication (especially for first-time authors) than ever before. Along with all this freedom and opportunity, however, there is an exponential increase in the sheer volume of every kind of book imaginable. Whether you want to go the traditional publishing route, explore self-publishing in the digital realm, or try print-on-demand, it is more important than ever that you give yourself as much of an edge as you can in this increasingly crowded marketplace.
No matter what the venue, the biggest practical advantage you can have is to make sure your work is presented in the best shape it can be. Now more than ever, the well-edited manuscript is the one that will catch the eye of a reader or a publishing professional.
Over the last twenty years, I have worked in all areas of publishing; as a writer, workshop leader, first reader for literary agencies, writing instructor, book reviewer, and freelance editor. My experience in the industry from the twin perspectives of editor and author has given me a unique insight into both the needs of the writer and the demands of an ever-changing publishing business.
As a result, I am able to offer a comprehensive editorial service to both published and unpublished writers that includes structural editing, line editing, and market evaluation.
I have worked with writers in every genre (and several subgenres) from young adult fiction to fantasy, thrillers, academic nonfiction, and textbooks; and specialize in memoir, mainstream and literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Since each project is as unique as the writer who creates it, I offer an individualistic approach specifically tailored to suit the needs of my clients.
For writers who may not be ready for a comprehensive edit, have not yet completed their manuscripts, or simply want to know whether or not they are on the right track, I am now offering an abbreviated but intensive critique (and line edit) on the first 25 pages.
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“Debra Ginsberg writes with the heart of a writer, but also with the mind of an editor, which makes her the perfect partner and collaborator during the creative process. Her prose is exquisite, and she works harder than anyone I know. I can’t think of a single project she couldn’t make better.” - Sally Kim, Executive Editor, Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster
"I edited three memoirs by Debra Ginsberg in my time as Publishing Director at HarperCollins. Easiest job I ever had. Debra was the best self-editing author I’ve ever worked with. She’s knows when, where and how to expand a story, when to pull back, when to be reflective and when to be active. Her rigorous eye for story, detail and nuance meant that all I had to do as her editor was sit back, read and enjoy. On top of that, Debra knows the ins and outs of the publishing world and had a better feel for the business than most writers ever learn. The editing skills Debra brings to her own work will provide the same benefit to any writer who’s lucky enough to work with her." Marjorie Braman, Executive Editor
"I’ve known Debra Ginsberg for more than 15 years, as a colleague, a writer, and an editor, and she’s been a pleasure to work with in every capacity. She has a unique ability to provide sharp, prescriptive, and insightful advice across a number of genres, and her own background as a writer makes her especially sensitive and attuned to the mindset of an author. Debra provides a no-nonsense yet nurturing approach that’s very hard to find. I recommend her highly". Steve Malk, Literary Agent, Writers House
"Debra has incredible eye for what is right on the page and is able to help writers develop their unique voice. She offers an acute attention to detail that is only matched by her ability to see a larger context and vision for a project. She has helped so many writers, and she’s generously shared the insights she’s gathered from her career as a published author who is talented in both fiction and nonfiction. I recommend her highly." Linda Loewenthal, Literary Agent, The David Black Literary Agency
"Debra Ginsberg's keen observations brilliantly capture with wit and warmth everything that comes into her line of sight. She's both a pleasure to work with and read, and I've been lucky enough to do both." Art Silverman, Senior Producer, "All Things Considered" NPR News