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Alice Peck
Alice Peck Editorial
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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, Simon & Schuster, and Sounds True as well as academic and independent publishers. Alice Peck Editorial on Facebook


years experience: over twenty
rates: Phone or e-mail for a free consultation.
SKILLS
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Writing, Ghost-writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Mind/body/spirit, Lifestyle, Memoir, Autobiography, Social Issues, Buddhism, Literary Fiction, Religion and Spirituality, Psychology, Independent Publishing Guidance
TRADE REFERENCES
If it were not for the highly skilled and deeply committed editor Alice Peck, whose vision for the book exceeded my own, it would have never been rewritten and sent to Sounds True for consideration. Alice pushed me beyond my own limiting beliefs, and her wordsmithing is what has brought this dream to life. She was the potter, I was the clay.

Miles Neale
Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human

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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)

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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)

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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
Dead Set on Living (Gallery/S&S) Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All (Sounds True)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

MOST RECENT PROJECTS
The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life by Adyashanti (Sounds True, January 2019)

Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human by Dr. Miles Neale (Sounds True, September 2018)

The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You by Kelly Boys (Sounds True, July 2018)

Emotional Detox by Sherianna Boyle (Adams Media/S&S, May 2018)

Phil Grimm's Progress by D.E. Fraley (Waterway Press, April 2018)

Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up by Chris Grosso with Alice Peck (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2018)

My Dear Boy: The Discovery of a Lifetime by Joanie Schirm (Potomac Books, 2018)

Borders, Bandits, and Baby Wipes: A Big Adventure in a Tiny Car by Bassam Tarazi (Post Hill Press, 2018)

The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers including Alice Walker, Eckhart Tolle, Pam Houston, Mark Nepo, Roshi Joan Halifax, angel Kyodo williams, JP Sears, and more (Sounds True, 2017)

Choice Architecture: A New Approach to Behavior, Design, and Wellness by Avani Parikh and Prashant Parikh (Routledge, 2017)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality by Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Weibert (New World Library, 2017)

The Art of Flourishing: A Guide to Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Love in a Chaotic World by Jeffrey B. Rubin (Skyhorse, 2017)

The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall (Moonlit Madness Press, 2017)

Playhouse: Optimistic Stories of Real Hope for Families with Little Children by Monica Taylor (Garn Press, 2017)

Once Upon a Time a Sparrow by Avery Kabrich (Open Wings Press, 2017)

The Integrity Advantage: Step Into Your Truth, Love Your Life, and Claim Your Magnificence by Kelley Kosow (Sounds True, 2017)

Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International by Charlene L. Edge (New Wings Press, 2016)

The Self-Acceptance Project: How to Be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation by Tami Simon, Tara Brach Ph.D., Erin Olivo Ph.D., Kristin Neff, Rick Hanson Ph.D., Kelly McGonigal Ph.D., Sharon Salzburg, and more (Sounds True, 2016)

Into the Funhouse: A Memoir by Walter Harp (LS Publishing, 2016)

Polio, the A-Bomb and Me: A Memoir by Paula C. Viale (CreateSpace, 2016)

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

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Alice Peck also writes about finding the sacred in the everyday. Her books Be More Tree: A Journey of Wisdom, Symbols, Healing and Renewal; The Secret Language of Herbs; and Mindful Beads were published by CICO/Simon & Schuster in 2016.

She 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 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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