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Jay Wurts

Jay Wurts, B.S., M.B.A., has written, coauthored, and developed dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and worked with publishers large and small--as well as agents, packagers, and authors--on both coasts. His books have been widely reviewed (including the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review) and won several awards. They have been translated into eleven foreign languages and adapted for Hollywood and TV. He has published magazine articles, book and performing arts reviews, and appeared before various writers’ groups and on PBS and cable television. He has written widely in the fields of medicine & health, business development, organizational behavior, and has taught at several Bay Area colleges. He served as a USAF pilot during the Vietnam era and was a flight test/project engineer for Rockwell International. As a freelance writer and editor, he has helped numerous aspiring authors toward representation and publication.

Media, Panels, and Workshops:
KCSM-PBS Series: "Authors and Critics."
The History Channel, History’s Mysteries, "Amazon Women."
California Lawyers for the Arts, Writers’ Seminar, Book Collaborations.
NCSW/ASJA Freelancing Workshop, Book Panelist.
Stanford Publishing Course, Guest Faculty.

years experience: 35
rates: I always use a written agreement when creating or editing copyrighted material. Coauthorship, developmental writing, and ghostwriting are performed for a fixed fee (with incentives) based on content, complexity, and premium for a unique author's voice. Developmental editing is performed in two phases: a Diagnostic and Prescriptive (D&P) phase for $2,600 and a Support Phase for $1,300 which lasts until a ms is published or withdrawn by the author. See for details.
Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor
General fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Women's Issues
Please visit and click on any thumbnail in the book gallery. The pop-up window will briefly describe the book and my role in the project. Scroll down for links to acknowledgements, excerpts from reviews, subsidiary rights sales and alternate covers for new and foreign language editions. Click on the "View Video" link associated with any title or text for interviews and promotional samples.
I have worked with new authors seeking to publish a first-book as well as experienced authors struggling with problem projects, deadlines, or trying their hand at a new genre. Most common subject areas include general fiction, memoir and autobiography, how-to and cultural criticism. Visit my book gallery on, click on the thumbnails that interest you, and follow the links for further information about clients and collaborators.
Dev Editing currently in Support Phase: debut novel by a previously published author; adult general nonfiction proposal.
Published Dev Writing: UNDAUNTED, Van B. Choat (Chiral House/Joshua Tree), 2016; DAUGHTER OF THE SEA, Hiep Thi Le (Matchstick), 2019.
Published Dev Editing: HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE, Darren Manley (DM Media) 2018
Co-Authored: WHEN HEAVEN AND EARTH CHANGED PLACES, Le Ly Hayslip/Wurts (Doubleday/Anchor),1989, 2017; HONORED AND BETRAYED, Gen. Richard Secord/Wurts (Wiley), 1992; IN SEARCH OF THE WOMAN WARRIOR, Richard Lane/Wurts (Element, Vega/Chrysalis), 1998, 2002, 2006.
Dev Writing: SWASHBUCKLING, Lane/Wurts (Limelight), 1999, 2003; FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, PhD (Simon & Schuster), 1997; FROM LOVE FIELD, Nellie Connally/Mickey Herskowitz (Rugged Land) 2003.
Dev Editing: BEING SUGAR RAY, Kenneth Shropshire (Basic/Civitas), 2007; INTERNAL BLEEDING, Wachter/Shojania (Rugged Land, 2004); BURMESE LOOKING GLASS, Edith Mirante (Grove) 1993.
Spec projects offered to select agents only.
Teaching: Lecturer, member of the continuing faculty, Dominican University, San Rafael; Instructor, College of Marin; Instructor, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA; Instructor, University of San Francisco; Guest Faculty, Stanford Publishing Course.
Book awards from: PEN-West; Brandeis University, American Library Association; Quality Paperback Book Club "New Visions" nominee.
Military: Arizona Air National Guard, First Lieutenant, Transport Pilot and Deputy Flight Safety Officer.
Industrial: Flight test engineer/project engineer, North American Rockwell; Internal management consultant, Southern Pacific Transportation Co.