Welcome Leslie Wainger, book doctor and editor. During her career in publishing, she has edited New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today bestsellers. If you need help with a new manuscript, Leslie may be just the person you should know...
Most people who've been in publishing for a while - and that means all the NINC members reading this, obviously - have come across the term "book doctor" at some point. And most of those people have moved on, thinking quite correctly that the manuscripts they're writing/editing/representing don't need any doctoring. But there are times when the objective eye of a book doctor can be helpful - and not only for unpublished authors, though they do make up the majority of my clientele and most likely other book doctors' clientele, too.
Lots of writers publish that first book and never look back. There may be a snag here or there, a book that gets turned down or a move to another publisher or agent, but essentially things go smoothly, and if not everybody can become a New York Times bestseller, neither can everybody who wants to sell a book or make a living writing succeed, so if you're selling regularly and making that living, you're way ahead of most of the world.
But there are times when there's more than a snag, and there can be a lot of different causes. [Read more...]