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Al Desetta | Elance
 
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Al Desetta

Award-winning writer and editor for 25 years
   United States
Woodstock

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $40

I'm a versatile and award-winning writer and editor, with a wide range of editorial experience.

As the developmental editor and ghostwriter of nonfiction books, I specialize in young adult literature, psychology and self-help, autobiography and memoir, education, mental health, diversity and multiculturalism, and many other topics. I have 25+ years of experience helping authors shape, rewrite, and correct their manuscripts for publication. See my website: www.aldesetta.com.

I also offer general writing and editing services, for both...

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Portfolio

I was the ghostwriter for this personal development book for young adults, which has...
I was co-editor of this selection of stories about urban violence.
I developed and edited this anthology of stories.
I was the ghostwriter/developmental editor for this memoir.
This is Jonathan Kozol's foreword to an anthology I developed and edited.
I wrote about a reunion of survivors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
A profile of writers Edwidge Danticat, Veronica Chambers, Ernesto Quinonez, and others.
An article about two psychology professors and their research into the emotion regret.
An interview with the former U.S. Poet Laureate.

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English Proofreading
Business Writing
English
Editing
Creative Writing

Service Description

What I Offer Clients

I work with both companies and individuals, in the following ways:

Developmental book editing, specializing in nonfiction

As a developmental book editor, I help authors conceptualize, organize, and develop their manuscripts. Here are four recent examples.

I assisted author Irene Masiello in reorganizing and rewriting her account of how her elderly parents were exploited by their caregivers. This involved developing a new chapter structure for the book, streamlining the narrative by trimming excess material, and creating a more direct and readable story line.

I helped author Tom Jacobs rework the structure and direction of his book on teen crime to take a fresh and more effective approach. The book shifted from a narrative account of individual crimes to an interactive format that involved the reader in evaluating and judging each case. They Broke the Law--You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime (Free Spirit Publishing, 2004) was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist and won awards from the American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association.

I adapted a personal development book for adults into a completely new version for young adults. I distilled and reorganized the most important points from the adult book, edited and rewrote them in a style and format appealing to teens, and added additional material based on interviews and other sources.

On another book project, I collaborated with...

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Employment

Youth Communication
Staff Editor
1985 - 1999
I continue to work freelance for this nationally-recognized nonprofit publishing company.
Council on the Environment of New York City
Program Organizer
1981 - 1985
Investment Dealers' Digest
Business Reporter and Features Writer
1978 - 1981

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Book editing
Developmental editing
Ghostwriting
Web writing
Article writing
Annual reports
Public relations packages
Academic editing
Copy editing
Proofreading
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