Helping Serious Authors Craft Great Books Since 1980
A unique resource for craft-minded writers
Founded by Renni Browne, a former senior editor at William Morrow and co-author of the bestselling Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, The Editorial Department has an experienced team of editors, agents, book marketers, and publishing consultants ready to help you put quality first in bringing your book to fruition.
Expert support for all experience levels and all paths to publication
Our clients include several New York Times bestselling authors and range from writers seeking publication for the first time to established authors looking to take their careers to the next level. Our highly personalized approach to the support we provide has earned us feature coverage from The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Writers Digest, and "recommended" status by the Internet's top watchdog group for writers, Preditors & Editors.
Success in publishing begins with a great book
The Editorial Department gives you highly personalized support from credentialed industry experts in all facets of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing your book.
Our editors, literary agent consultants, and marketing specialists provide concrete guidance and clear direction, first in making your book as good as it can be, then in getting it published, and finally in giving it the best chance of success in the marketplace.
Whether you’re working on your first book or your fifteenth, whether your goal is traditional or independent publication, whether you’ve got a rough draft teeming with potential or a polished final draft that’s ready to find its readership, The Editorial Department is uniquely qualified to help you succeed.
Our client services director, Jane Ryder, will be your welcome at the door and your guide through the entire process. For more information or to get started, please call Jane at (520) 546-9992, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the button below.
Featured titles we edited. Includes large house, small press, indie releases, and several national bestsellers.
Author and editor Renni Browne
Renni Browne has been an editor for over fifty years. Her career path includes senior editor positions with several major New York publishers prior to founding the industry's oldest authors services firm. She is coauthor of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, whose first edition was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has remained a bestselling craft book for writers ever since. She founded The Editorial Department in 1980 to provide nurturance, guidance, and world-class editing to promising manuscripts and their authors.
Editors, agents, publishing and marketing consultants
One of the many things that separate The Editorial Department from other author service companies is the experience and credentials of our staff.
- Many of our editors come to us with experience working in-house at major publishers including Scribners, Putnam, William Morrow, Montlake Romance, McGraw-Hill, and Penguin/ NAL/ Signet.
- Our marketing and publishing consultants include current and former literary agents with respected agencies who know what publishers are looking for and how to help you get their attention.
- Our marketing consultants have gotten results for everyone from first-time authors to international best-selling superstars.
- Our self-publishing specialists have helped hundreds of authors publish books they can be proud of, many of which have gone on to be quite successful.
Complete background information and bios are available by clicking the button below. Or you can contact Jane Ryder at the Tucson office for guidance on who will be the best fit for you based on the unique needs of your project.
Our editors are very carefully selected. We look for strong critical faculties, a genuine understanding of today's publishing climate, the ability to be succinct and articulate on complex matters, and the willingness to be completely candid. We expect our editors to be highly skilled writers and thinkers but also willing listeners who critique and advise with due respect and humility for writers' convictions in regard to their own work.
Introductory critique & consultation
If you're new to working with us you might want to try our introductory critique, which costs $75 for the first 2500 words and gives you:
- A no-obligation initial review and discussion of your manuscript, your goals, and publishing objectives
- In-depth written feedback on the opening pages of your manuscript from the recommended editor
- A candid assessment of the literary and commercial potential of your work
- Specific suggestions wherever possible on how to improve upon what's already working and fix what isn't
- Follow-up consultation by phone or email with your editor
- Suggestions for next steps
More information about the introductory critique is available here, and you can get started by contacting Jane Ryder at the Tucson office or clicking the button below. And if you're looking for introductory feedback on a longer sample, that's fine too. We can prorate the pricing to a sample of any length.
Recommended resources for authors
Here are a handful of no-cost or low-cost resources that will help you improve your writing craft and give you a leg up in your writing and publishing endeavors.
We may be biased, but we think we've got a lot of really knowledgeable editors on staff who have lots of really smart things to say about writing and publishing. You'll find in-depth lessons on writing craft, book reviews, analyses of bestsellers, industry insights, and much more. And our blog is a great way to get to know our editors without any cost whatsoever in an ad-free environment, while maybe learning something useful. Win-win!
Beth Jusino's Blog
Beth's experience as an editor, literary agent, and book/author marketing specialist makes her a valuable resource for writers on a wide range of topics. She's smart, funny, and shoots straight from the hip on things you really ought to know if you want to be successful in writing.
TED Author Network
While there's plenty of great content on our public Facebook page we also have a private area just for our clients where you can discuss issues, share tips, ask questions, get insights, and find companionship and commiseration for all things writing and publishing related. (This is a private group for TED clients. Please let Jane Ryder know if you’d like to be added.)
Jane Friedman's Blog
Great info and insights from a real pro.
There are lots of great books for writers, and here are a few written by our own editors.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King
Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Editorial Department founder Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
The Author's Guide To Marketing, by Beth Jusino
Like it or not, marketing has become part of every author's job. But believe it or not, marketing doesn't have to make you miserable.
In The Author's Guide to Marketing, publishing insider Beth Jusino guides you past the one-size-fits-all formulas and over-hyped fads, and shows you how to build a strategy that works with your unique time, talents, and resources. You'll find dozens of ideas that will help you launch and sell your book both online and off. There's even a template for you to organize your own personalized marketing plan.
Whether you're self publishing, traditionally publishing, e-publishing, or are just thinking about publishing at some point in the future, this is the resource that will help you take your career to the next level. You might even find some things that you'll enjoy.
Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book Or Idea For Hollywood, by John Marlow
Have you ever wondered why some books and stories are adapted into movies, and others aren't? Or wished you could sit down and pick the brains of the people whose stories have been adapted--or the screenwriters, producers, and directors who adapted them?
Author John Robert Marlow has done it for you. He spoke to book authors, playwrights, comic book creators and publishers, as well as Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors responsible for adapting fictional and true stories into Emmy-winning TV shows, Oscar-winning films, billion-dollar megahits and smaller independents. Then he talked to the entertainment attorneys who made the deals.
He came away with a unique understanding of adaptations--an understanding he shares in this book: which stories make good source material (and why); what Hollywood wants (and doesn't); what you can (and can't) get in a movie deal; how to write and pitch your story to maximize the chances of a Hollywood adaptation--and how much (and when) you can expect to be paid.