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editorial services, writer :
Alice Peck
Alice Peck Editorial

years experience: over twenty
rates: Phone or e-mail for a free consultation.
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Writing, Ghost-writing
General fiction, Mind/body/spirit, Memoir, Autobiography, Social issues, Buddhism, Literary fiction, Religion, Editing scholarly material for a general audience, Independent publishing guidance
Alice Peck brought friendship as well as fine editorial skills to our endeavor. She is a beautiful intermediary between the world you're in and the world your story comes from.

Jeri Parker
Unmooored (Winter Beach Press)
A Thousand Voices (Winter Beach Press)


Alice Peck walks fearlessly into the chaos of a manuscript and discerns not only its order but where its real spark is. She also has the gift of true calm—which, along with her genuine wisdom, makes the experience of working with her a joy.

Bonnie Myotai Treace
Winter Moon (Hermitage Heart Publications)


Alice brings her beautiful heart and delightful mind to the editorial process while offering insightful and nurturing guidance along the way. There is no editor I would personally recommend more than Alice. She’s truly a gift to work with and I’m forever grateful.

Chris Grosso
Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All (Sounds True)


Alice Peck is a gem: one of a kind. She listens deeply and edits with a deft—and compassionate—touch. A literary midwife, she will help bring out your best thinking and writing.

Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD
The Art of Flourishing (Broadway Books/Random House)
Meditative Psychotherapy: The Marriage of East & West (Abiding Change Press)
Practicing Meditative Psychotherapy (Abiding Change Press)


She’s a good editor, ally, and friend. If your manuscript is hanging onto the end of a cliff, Alice is the person who will pull it up, dust it off, and send it out, refreshed, rejuvenated, riding glamorously into the sunset. Your work deserves the best attention it can get before agents and editors see it and that’s what Alice Peck provides.

E.A. Aymar
I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Black Opal)
You’re as Good as Dead (Black Opal)


Alice Peck is an editor's editor, one of the best around. As an editor and author myself, I chose Alice to edit both my books. I trust her editorial expertise completely. Her keen sense of accurate word choice, readable sentence flow, and overall cohesiveness is informed by years of professional experience as a writer and an editor. In addition, she is a compassionate and kind human being, a delight to work with. I recommend her highly.

Peggy Kornegger
Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart (Dog Ear Publishing)
Living with Spirit: Journey of a Flower Child (Dog Ear Publishing)


Alice Peck has what I call a "magic touch" when it comes to editing and writing. She knows exactly what to add, delete, and rework to make a piece sparkle. Alice is that rare commodity: a truly superb editor who is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Hannah Seligson
Mission Adulthood (Diversion Books)
A Little Bit Married (Da Capo Press)
New Girl on the Job (Citadel)


I absolutely loved working with Alice Peck. She is a “book genius”; able to hop into the world of a manuscript and commune directly with the characters...she is intuitive, thorough, responsive, hilarious, knowledgeable—a wonderful person with a delicate and efficient editor’s touch.

Alison L. Heller
The Payne of Love: The Love and War Diaries (NAL/Penguin)


Alice Peck is an outstanding editor, but she is more than that. She is also a heartfelt, kind, and thoughtful person. From the moment she takes your story into her hands, you will feel she is not just your editor, but your friend. Alice is a master at her craft; her insights into story, character development, plot, and marketability are first rate. But she also possesses the unique ability to look beyond a normal editor's scope: to guide writers to focus the intent and purpose of their story. Alice's particular talent proved enormously helpful to me as I worked on my novel and, as I have come to find, is a rare magic.

Kristen Wolf
The Way (Crown/Random House)


Alice Peck loves books more than maybe anyone else I know, and because of that, she is the perfect person to get your book into fighting shape. She does it with a gentle spirit and a soft voice, but don't let that fool you into thinking she's going easy on you....Working with Alice gives you everything you need to get your book on the shelves.

Kim Powers
Capote in Kansas (Da Capo Press)
The History of Swimming (Carroll & Graf, Da Capo Press)


In the long battle to get your book published, Alice Peck is a clarifying voice, an ally, and an advisor. She’s the best kind of friend a writer can have, one that believes.

Miguel Parga
Blood Laws (Anaphora Literary Press)


I absolutely have to thank Alice Peck. In addition to her talents as my editor, Alice helped me transform from enthusiastic blogger to professional writer. Her encouragement and her mentorship gave me the confidence to move forward with this project and to build a freelancing career. If you are looking for an editor—especially if you are a first-time author—seek out Alice.

Tracy Krulik
I Have Cancer. And I've Never Felt Better. (CreateSpace)


Alice has helped me take my writing to a higher level. I have learned more from her than from any of the numerous courses and conferences I had attended. Her supportive, sensitive approach has added polish and professionalism to my writing. She is my essential writing partner.

Judith Sanders
In His Stead (IronWord Press)


Alice Peck took eighty-three thousand words of gobbledygook and helped shape it into something readable. The task of finishing this book and getting it out under a deadline while working fourteen hours a day on other endeavors and having two kids under four years old was monumental. There were times when I just wanted to quit. Alice’s enthusiasm and encouragement kept me going.

Don Handfield
Touchback (Sky Village Publications)


Alice has an innate ability to see where a manuscript has run off course, as well as the skills to communicate the problem(s) to the author and to assist in fixing the leaks. It's not for nothing that I call her my literary midwife.

Tim Cockey, aka Richard Hawke
House of Secrets (Random House)
The Hearse You Came In On (Hyperion)


Alice Peck's brilliant insights into story and character gave me the map I needed to shape Blue Blood into a project worthy of a three-book contract with a major New York publisher.

Susan McBride
Little Black Dress (William Morrow)
Blue Blood (Avon)


Alice Peck is an editorial goddess as well as the best friend a writer can have. She has the keen ability to focus on the details while keeping the big picture intact. When working with her, you begin to think that you’re a genius, and she lets you believe that until it dawns on you that your brilliance is not your writing--it’s the fact that you had the good sense to hire Alice and do everything she tells you to do.

Carmen Flowers
coauthor of Grave Expectations (Cider Mill Press)


Alice impressed me with her deep knowledge of the craft....If you pay attention to Alice, your chances of publishing your book go up exponentially; in this rough business of writing, your best friend is your editor.

Carlos Meza
Silicone (Roatan Press)


Alice Peck gave me genuinely helpful editorial advice on two projects: a novel, The Cutting Room, and a teleplay, Me and Jezebel (written for American Movie Classics). She had valuable insights into pacing, coherence, and, God help me, commercial viability. (She was also friendly and compassionate, underrated attributes when working with writers.) I would highly recommend her services.

Laurence Klavan
The Cutting Room (Ballantine)


I was truly thankful for Alice Peck. And she played no small part in me securing a two-book deal with a major UK publisher.

Jack Ross
Dark Waters (Arrow Books)
Requiem (Hutchinson/Random House UK)


My first book, The Provocative Qur'an, expressed my interfaith approach to self-help. But Alice, with her incomparable skill, converted the expression into an effective provocation to interest readers, an exciting instigation to stimulate self-building, and finally a prescription for unifying human beings with their humanity. It has been fun and fulfilling to work with Alice, and I am sure she will be a guiding star for many a book to come.

Farooq Husayn
The Provocative Qur’an (American Hegira Publishing)


Alice Peck has a rare mixture as an editor. She works from both her head and her heart. Her work is more than a profession--it is a passion. When Alice agrees to take on a project she gives her heart and soul to it.

Jamie J. Stilson
The Power of Ugly (Harmon Press)

The Self-Acceptance Project: How to Be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation by Tami Simon & Various Authors (Sounds True, 2016)

Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way by Solala Towler and Chungliang Al Huang (Sounds True, 2016)

Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life by Charles Hanna (Figure 1 Publishing, 2016)

Unmoored, a novel by Jeri Parker (Winter Beach, 2015)

Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening & the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All by Chris Grosso (Sounds True, 2015)

Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation by Lama Surya Das (Sounds True, 2015)

You're As Good As Dead: Book 2 of the Dead Trilogy by E. A. Aymar (Black Opal, 2015)

Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli by Ted Merwin (NYU Press, 2015)

Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult by Jeff C. Stevenson (Forethought House, 2015)

Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Macmillan, 2015)

If you are a careful reader of acknowledgment pages and “special thanks” credits, you’ll find that Alice Peck has more than twenty years of experience working with authors, and has guided dozens of first-time novelists and nonfiction writers at every stage—concept, proposal, first draft, publisher’s revisions, or final draft—to completed and submission-ready manuscripts. Authors Alice has worked with have been published by Atria, Avon, Ballantine, Broadway Books, Citadel, Crown, Da Capo Press, Harmony, Harper Collins, HarperOne, Hyperion, MIT Press, NAL, Penguin, Permanent Press, Praeger, Random House, and Sounds True as well as academic and independent publishers.

Alice Peck writes articles and book reviews focusing on psychology and spirituality, and finding the sacred in the everyday. Her book Be More Tree: A Journey of Wisdom, Symbols, Healing and Renewal is forthcoming from Ryland, Peters, and Small in 2016.

Alice is the author and editor of two anthologies published by SkyLight Paths. The Detroit Free Press called Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping “a cultural landmark exploring our changing attitudes about home.” Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food has been the subject of several food blogs and radio programs. California Bookwatch called it “A poignant and thoughtful title, highly recommended.”

Before shifting her focus to publishing, Alice worked as a creative executive in film and television, acquiring books and helping writers develop them into scripts. She also story-produced and wrote documentary and reality series for networks including AMC, MTV, and Bravo. As David Brown’s director of development, Alice acquired and developed the Academy Award–nominated A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin for film and stage.

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