Pamela Feinsilber, writing consultant and editor
Having trouble with your writing? No matter where you live, I can help you finish--or start--that manuscript, magazine story, or book proposal.

Writing is a hard, lonely task. All writers need encouragement and support, someone who understands what you're trying to do. Sometimes all you want is a little push getting started, a little help in refining the concept for your novel or nonfiction work. Sometimes you could use some intelligent, objective feedback as you work. Often, once immersed in the writing, you get so deep into the forest, you can't see the trees: which ones to nurture, which ones to cut? That goes for thoughts as well as words. This is when you can use the specific, step-by-step suggestions and astute advice only a professional can provide. 

Having worked as an editor on both books and magazines--most recently as features and arts editor of San Francisco magazine--I can give you the encouragement, coaching, and clear-eyed critique that every writer needs. I can give you the substantive, line, or copy editing that every writer deserves (and that so few publishing houses offer these days). I write, too, so I know what it feels like to have your work criticized. I know what kind of advice is helpful, and what kind is not!

Published books I've worked on lately include The Song of Orpheus, by Tracy Barrett, in which some lesser known Greek myths get an "energetic," "accessible," and "entertaining" retelling (Kirkus); The Reckoning, the final novel in Chris Howard's Rootless trilogy (I edited the last two), "a nonstop adventure" with "complex characters, shifting loyalties, and layers of mystery" (Publishers Weekly starred review); Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying Into a Family at Risk for Huntington's, by Therese Crutcher-Marin, a self-published memoir that Kirkus called "a rare treat—a true story that is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking"; and Kevin McLean's Crossing the River Kabul, from Potomac Press, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, which Kirkus calls "a fascinating story [that] delineates a sense of what it means to hail from a proud Afghan family in the throes of violence." One reviewer said, "If I had highlighted every sentence that struck a cord with me, the pages would glow yellow. This book definitely makes you think."

Older books include Adventures Among Ants, by Mark W. Moffett, "the Indiana Jones of entomology"; The Hormone Cure, by Dr. Sara Gottfried; and Always Chloe and Other Stories and Where We Belong, by Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of Pay It Forward). Other self-published books are Waiting in the Wings, by Geene Rees, available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon, where it's getting great reviews; and MIGGI Matters: How to Train Your Brain to Manage Stress and Trim Your Body, by Selena Bartlett, PhD, a lively, interactive book that one reviewer called "a game changer for me."

I'm working with more and more first-time, self-publishing authors. That could include you!



  Pamela has a sharp eye and the insight necessary to allow a writer to tell the story that he or she needs to tell. In other words, she doesn't get in the way, which is the greatest gift an editor can have. 
--Barry Gifford | WIld at Heart, Memories from a Sinking Ship 

Pamela Feinsilber’s astute eye gave my novel Kingdom of Simplicity just what it needed to go to press. Her touch is like applying every grade of steel wool, from scouring down unnecessary subplots to burnishing the finest thematic strands. Her editorial skills cover the gamut, from structural changes to line editing. Getting great editorial help like this is a necessary investment for any professional author. 
--Holly Payne | Kingdom of Simplicity, The Virgin's Knot, The Sound of Blue

When I finally decided to publish a family memoir, a friend in the publishing world recommended Pam. She was the perfect match. She took a rough text through meticulous editing involving language issues, historical references, and multiple voices, shepherding my entry into the literary world with patience, wisdom, encouragement, and enthusiasm. Her attention to detail and precision led to a book of which I am truly proud.
--Joshua Rassen | From the Shtetl to America: Jacob Rassen's Lifetime Journey 


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