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editorial services, writer : ashedit@gmail.com
Elaine Ash
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Elaine Ash works with private clients, helping them develop and edit manuscripts, or ghostwriting books for them. She searches for the right agent, queries on behalf of clients, and lands publishing deals. Some notable client names are Susan Ouellette, former CIA analyst; M. Todd Henderson, law scholar and professor at the University of Chicago; and Jonathan Brown, Los Angeles musician and son of iconic Canadian politician, the late Rosemary Brown. Mystery and legal thrillers are a speciality. Contact: ashedit@gmail.com

She also ghostwrites for Hollywood-bound clients who may not be experienced novelists but desire a quality manuscript suitable for film development and production.

Elaine was freelance development editor and writing coach for Susan Ouellette's espionage series recently featured in Publishers Weekly alongside Ken Follett. Among the titles Elaine has edited and produced, Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams is especially notable. Authored by the late Mia Elkovsky Phoebus, this first-person memoir fills in a small piece of history dating back to 1940, when Mia shared a ramshackle house with America's great playwright, Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire). The book is now part of Williams' collection at the University of Texas.

Under the pen name “Anonymous-9,” Elaine’s award-winning, bestselling crime fiction is included in many “Best of” lists, and praised by T. Jefferson Parker, Robert Randisi, Douglas Lindsay and many others.

Elaine is the inventor of Bestseller Metrics, a system that allows novelists to compare their manuscripts to the metrics of bestselling novels. She self-published a book on her system under the title Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game.

Drop a line about your project and see what Elaine can do for you: ashedit@gmail.com


years experience: 20
rates: Flat rate per project based on services required and word count of manuscript. Inquire: ashedit@gmail.com
SKILLS
Developmental editing, Book Doctor, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Biography, Religious
TRADE REFERENCES
https://www.bestsellermetrics.com/clients
LEADING CLIENTS
https://www.bestsellermetrics.com/services-for-writers
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
THE WAYWARD SPY by Susan Ouellette, rave-reviewed by Publishers Weekly. https://www.publishersweekly.com/9780744300536
THE WAYWARD ASSASSIN by Susan Ouellette https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/87592-mysteries-and-thrillers-2021-mission-accepted.html
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game

MENTAL STATE by M. Todd Henderson was the top-selling novel for Down and Out Books in 2018 and a Top-10 besteller in 2019. It was publisher-nominated for major mystery writing awards including the Thriller Award sponsored by International Thriller Writers. "The political thriller of the year," said Anthony Franze, LA Times Review of Books. Elaine Ash was book doctor, copy editor, and writing coach.

"Mental State is an impressive debut... real human depth and significance." — Martha Nussbaum, winner of the one-million-dollar Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Writing under various pen names:
Short listed for Best New Crime Novel, The Crime Writers of Canada
Winner, Best Short Story on the Web 2009, Spinetingler Mag (U.S.)
Readers Choice Awards 2012 & 2013, House of Crime and Mystery, Canada
Nominee, Thriller Awards, International Thriller Writers

Contact Elaine at ashedit@gmail.com

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