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