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editorial services :
Maya Rock
Fresh Ink Book Editing

I edit manuscripts.

My background: After graduating from Princeton University, I spent six years at Writers House, a renowned Manhattan literary agency. There, I assisted chairman Al Zuckerman (agent to Ken Follett and Michael Lewis among others) and represented my own clients such as the Harvey Award-nominated Laura Lee Gulledge, YA phenom Bethany Griffin, and Elle magazine’s Heather Wagner. As a junior literary agent, I worked with many first-time writers and learned how much I enjoyed nurturing talent.

I left Writers House in 2010 to start Fresh Ink Book Editing (then Rock Editorial Services), which specializes in developmental editing of manuscripts and offers an array of services related to book editing and publishing such as query and synopsis development. Fresh Ink clients have gone on to be published by major publishing houses including Harlequin, Amazon, Disney-Hyperion, and Berkley.

I pride myself in my attention to detail and editorial sensitivity. My clients range from agents trying to get their authors a contract. to authors trying to get agents to publishing house, to editors trying to get books on the shelves and everything in between.

years experience: 10
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Ghost-writing
General fiction, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Mind/body/spirit, Travel, Lifestyle, African-American
“Thank you, Maya Rock, for your incredibly detailed critique. Your comments resonated and made clear the flaws that I had overlooked. I had several “a-ha” moments while reading your feedback. I also appreciate your affable, yet professional approach. I highly recommend your services.”

Allison Morgan
author of The Someday Jar (Berkley 2015)

“Maya Rock understands writing and writers. She not only taught me how to create and present a proposal for my nonfiction book My Diva but also offered the most sensitive and intelligent notes while editing my novel. Her questions about my characters helped me to see who they are and then develop them. That’s the most useful kind of editing–responding to the work in a way that shows the writer the writing, instead of telling the writer how to write.”

Michael Montlack
editor of My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press 2009)

"I'm one of those writers that throws everything but the kitchen sink into a manuscript at first, then through the revision process, I see what rises up to the top. Maya Rock deeply understands my instincts and inclinations as a writer, which is a rare find. She digs into my manuscripts, hunts for meaning, and can wade through my mess to root out the essential question that I'm scratching at. Then, with an expert blend of honesty, logic, and care, she helps me isolate things to deepen, helps me identify elements to put aside for later, and directs me on the best ways to proceed through the story I am trying to tell.

I have worked with Maya in an agent-client relationship, and now as one of her editorial clients. My work would not be the same without her guidance, support, and most of all, her logic."

Dhonielle Clayton
author of THE BELLES (Disney-Hyperion 2016)

“Maya Rock’s insights, both in shaping projects and in positioning them to editors, is what makes her invaluable to her clients. Your writing may be good, but her thoughtful notes will make it great. Seriously, if you’re ready to take it up a notch, she’s the best investment you can make in your craft.”

Josie Brown
author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Downtown Press 2010)

More testimonials at:

Alison Weaver, Aisling Shen, Dhonielle Clayton, Anna Adams, Rae Mariz, Clara Kensie, Laura Lee Gulledge, Allison Morgan
RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie, THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton, THE SOMEDAY JAR by Allison Morgan
RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie, nominated for two 2015 RITA awards--Best Young Adult Fiction and Best First Novel.
A.B., Princeton University, English.
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