Christine Van Zandt
- For some Amazon books Christine has edited, follow this link: Amazon.
- Contact info: Christine@Write-for-Success.com; Twitter @ChristineVZ.
- Member of EFA, SCBWI, listed in the LMP, and the 2015-2016 co-editor of SCBWI's Kite Tales publication. Children's book reviewer for Good Reads with Ronna. In October 2017, Christine was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
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Christine founded Write for Success in 2009 and has helped hundreds of authors achieve their goals. More than 725,000 self-published works were registered in 2015, a growth rate of 21% from 2014; self-published titles have grown 375% since 2010 (source: Bowker). In 2016, sales of print books were up 3.3% from 2015 with total print unit sales of 674 million (source: Publisher's Weekly). In this high-volume environment where trends fluctuate, Christine understands the marketplace and the industry's requirements for successful self-publication and traditional publication.
She has handled all aspects of the process from ghostwriting and co-writing to substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Her skills include writing a query letter that will get noticed, polishing the first twenty-five pages of a submission, as well as helping self-publishing authors with their all-important cover image and jacket language, online book synopsis, and author bio. As an active editor in Hollywood, she is on top of the market trends and able to assist each client's unique path to publication. Christine speaks and teaches throughout the year in the Los Angeles area.
As a writer, she has been traditionally published across the genres. She also has a legal and technical writing background, having spent more than twenty years working in the health care industry. From 2010-2012, she was the monthly newsletter editor and contributing writer for an international parenting organization. Her skills combine to give her great breadth and depth as an editor whose experience and attention to detail continues to serve clients who are seeking publication. Christine has an M.A. in English. She handles adult and children's books (picture book, middle grade, young adult, and new adult).
An avid writer since age seven, Mike Robinson began selling his work at age nineteen, placing various speculative fiction stories in small-to-medium circulation magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and podcasts. After a decade of drafts, of weathering a nonstop storm of words and ideas, he sold his first novel, and has since traditionally published seven novels and one collection of short stories.
He has been a freelance editor for five years, and is managing editor of Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, of which he is a charter member.
A Big Picture kind of person, he specializes in manuscript critiques. He is represented by the Azantian Literary Agency.
Areas of expertise:
- Manuscript preparation, coaching, and manuscript critique
- Adult fiction and nonfiction; In children's: middle grade, young adult, and new adult
Patricia studied screenwriting at the University of Minnesota under Tom Pope (The Lords of Discipline and Bad Boys with Will Smith). She has a minor in film history and film criticism in addition to her creative writing degree. She wrote film reviews for Film Slate Magazine and has written thirteen screenplays, some of which have been finalists, quarterfinalists, or semifinalists in national screenwriting competitions such as Page International, Austin Film Festival, and Bluecat Fellini Screenwriting. She has also had the opportunity to study with Michael Hauge and Robert McKee. She wrote coverage for Abbot Management and gave development notes on numerous projects to an independent producer in the Bay Area.
Areas of expertise:
- Screenplay and film history
- Short story and memoir
- Eastern religions including Buddhism and Taoism (Daoism)
Congratulations to our editor, Patricia Fox, screenwriter extraordinaire! Her screenplay Anatomy of a Town won the Minnesota Screenwriters' Annual Screenplay Contest. Professional actors performed a staged reading of it in Minneapolis.
From San Francisco, Michael has published poetry and fiction in dozens of literary journals and quarterlies in Canada and the USA, as well as many opinion pieces in San Francisco’s leading newspapers. He also has over twenty-five years of experience with technical and legal writing in the areas of pension plans and collective bargaining agreements. Finally, for the past thirteen years he has taught business English as a Second Language to foreign university students and business executives. His M.A. is in English literature.
Areas of expertise:
· Adult fiction and nonfiction
· Academic writing
· Help for writers in English as a second language