WANT TO TAKE YOUR WRITING TO THE NEXT LEVEL? MODIFY EDITORIAL SERVICES HAS YOU COVERED! #amwriting

My previous editor at Thomas & Mercer, Jacque Ben-Zekry has a brand-spanking-new website for her editing service, MODIFY EDITORIAL. She’s worked behind the scenes on some of the biggest novels of recent years, such as Blake Crouch’s WAYWARD PINES series and his smash-hit bestseller, DARK MATTER.

Last year she left Thomas & Mercer to pursue freelance editing full-time.

I have worked with Jacque on two novels. HOPE’S PEAK was fully formed when she read it. Jacque worked to take it to the next level, and then some. When it came to writing STORM’S EDGE, she worked with me from the outline stage through to the initial edits.

Her knowledge, intelligence and storytelling-knowhow has taught me so much, and I will definitely find a way of working with Jacque in the future.

I offered to write something for her site, to let other writers know the level of service they can expect:

“Hope’s Peak had a quarter of a million readers in its first month alone. It wouldn’t have been so successful without Jacque’s gifted talent as an editor, and her ability to take a work to the next level. Jacque’s deep knowledge of genre, and her uncanny knack at helping an author bring out their best, were instrumental in making Hope’s Peak a bestseller. If you want to take your novel to the next level and give yourself a shot at success, you can’t get much better than Jacque Ben-Zekry.”

As Jacque put it herself:

“I have always been fascinated by the duality of the writer’s life. Writing is the ultimate solitary task, and yet writers write to share their stories with others. Developmental editing is the process by which the internal, solitary task of writing becomes sharp, focused communication with the world.

For a writer, developmental editing should challenge your assumptions about storytelling, help you see the strengths in your work, the weaknesses that are holding you back, and understand how other people may interpret what you’ve written.

I specialize in mysteries, thrillers, suspense, crime, and sci-fi. I also have experience working in memoir, book club/women’s fiction, fantasy, general commercial fiction, and historical. My goal is to help you tell your story.”

Along the way, in this rollercoaster ride that is called ‘Writing’ I’ve learned from a lot of people. A lot of mentors. Many of those are fellow authors, trying different things, teaching me that there were better ways of writing. Some of those mentors have been editors. Jacque is one such mentor, and I am indebted to her for teaching me what she has. My work wouldn’t be the same without it.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MODIFY EDITORIAL

SIGNED BOOK + AUDIOBOOK CHARITY AUCTION!

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This week is Autism Awareness Week. As the father of a child who is on the spectrum, this is something very close to my heart.
It’s why I am running a charity auction on ebay, with a SIGNED paperback and audiobook of HOPE’S PEAK up for grabs.
100% of money made goes directly to the National Autistic Society.
Here’s the link:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322462303921
We’re currently sitting at 6 bids. I think we can do better than that.
If you have read HOPE’S PEAK and think signed, personalised copies would look great on your bookshelf, then why not have a bid, and support a great charity in the process?
Regardless of whether you bid or not, please share this post to your friends and family.
Thank you.

Here’s the link again:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322462303921

HOPE’S PEAK IS TODAY’S “KINDLE DAILY DEAL” ON AMAZON!

HOPE’S PEAK has been selected for today’s March Kindle Daily Deal. This is a one-day deal on customer favorite books or sets of books featured on the Kindle Daily Deals webpage in the Kindle Store!

If you’ve not read HOPE’S PEAK yet, and live in the UK, then this is a fantastic opportunity to get the novel at a significantly reduced price!

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UK READERS CAN GET HOPE’S PEAK FOR JUST 99p TODAY ONLY!

CLICK HERE!!!

Favorable review for HOPE’S PEAK in CRIME SCENE magazine!

CRIME SCENE mag have posted a nice review of HOPE’S PEAK!

North Carolina detective Jane Harper has her hands full. The body of a young woman has turned up in a local cornfield, and the sensational murder is putting pressure on a police force already dealing with a police corruption scandal. She’s also juggling a budding relationship with a fellow detective while trying to move on from a bad marriage she left in San Francisco. Add a serial killer to the mix, and it’s no wonder that Harper accepts the help of Ida Lane, a psychic who has ties to the town and its sordid history.

Hope’s Peak is the first in a series featuring Detective Harper and psychic Lane, and it’s not a bad start, though it is a little more predictable than I would have hoped. The reader is quickly clued in as to who actually committed the murders, so it is more a matter of waiting for the two women to catch the culprit than of trying to figure out who committed the deed. There is a shadowy backstory involving corruption at the highest levels of the police force that parallels the investigation and adds some intrigue to the mix.

Jane is a formidable detective, though her willingness to break rules—like having an intimate relationship with her partner and sneaking Ida into the morgue—raises some questions about her own moral standards, even as she investigates her fellow officers. The fact that she’s willing to use Ida’s talents as a seer to solve crimes also sets her apart from the typical detective, which may be an advantage in books to come. The bond between the two women, quickly cemented, is also an area that lends itself to more exploration, as does a surprising twist at the end of the story. It will be interesting to see where Jane and Ida go from here.

Vanessa Orr

 

Click Here to read over at their site.