Book Doctor ~ Editor
Anita D. McClellan
From concept into print since 1988

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ANITA D. McCLELLAN is an independent developmental editor, writer's coach, book reviewer, and guest speaker at writers' conferences, higher education writing centers, and at individual writing groups, where she works one on one in private settings. Formerly at Macmillan and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has attracted such authors as Dian Fossey, Gay Courter, Dr. Andrew Weil, Elizabeth Noble, Suzanne Arms, Susan Wittig Albert, Malcolm Margolin. She has worked as a scriptwriter in Shanghai. Her excellent networking has led her across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Far East. She has been resident editor at Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, North Coast Redwoods, Bennington, Cumberland Valley, and International Women’s Writing Guild conferences, and served as the U.S. PR director for the International Feminist Book Fairs.

"...the industry wants to pump out more books in less time with fewer, less-experienced editors. And so the burden of editing sometimes falls upon the agents, who need to shape up manuscripts before they can be successfully submitted to publishers....Who do the agents call? There's a good chance that their Rolodexes contain many of the same names that a few years ago were on the payrolls of the big house....the next time you're in the market for a freelance editor, this group would probably be a good place to start."
-- Authors Guild Bulletin

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Every May for 10 days 85,000 people gather from around the world in a tented space in a village on the border of England and Wales to attend 500+ events centered on books and ideas. Writers, politicians, poets, scientists, comedians, philosophers and musicians come together on the greenfield at Hay-on-Wye, population 1450 and home to thirty (30) bookshops, to talk, eat, think, drink and be merry.

Bard College
Boston University School of Public Health
Cape Cod Writers Conference
Chicago Magazine Writers and Editors One on One
Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace
Harvard University
IWWG Big Apple Conference
Meridian Writers Network
Muse Online Writers Conference
National Writers Union live Q & A
NH Writers Project Writers' Day
North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference
Radcliffe Publishing Course
Rhode Island Romance Writers Mini-Conference
SCBWI-New England

• "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Revision"

• "On Novel Writing"

• "Write a Synopsis of Your Novel"-- and leave with a pitch line, a query letter, and a synopsis of any length required for submission

• "Hooking Your Readers on Page One in Fiction/​Nonfiction"

• "Self-editing Strategies for Writing in Any Academic Discipline with Power and Clarity"

"You were a much needed and great addition to the [editors and agents] panel on stage. Unfortunately, there was only one of you. We needed more of you." --Shirley Hewitt, nonfiction author


Member, Bay Area Editors Forum: www.editorsforum.org

"On one trip to Rwanda to film Dr. Dian Fossey and gorillas, I met Anita McClellan, who had edited Dian's book, GORILLAS IN THE MIST. It was Anita who convinced me that other people share my interest in animal words. That's when the concept of ZOOLEXICON took form.... My gratitude to Anita McClellan for her great help in getting ZOOLEXICON published." -- Dr. Warren Garst, Chief Wildlife Photographer for the TV series "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom": http:/​/​lib.colostate.edu/​wildlife/​

"I'm indebted to ...Anita McClellan ... for... incisive editorial contributions."
-- Gay Courter, best-selling novelist

“Thank you again for your help nursing me through 'Wolf That I Am'.”
--Fred McTaggart, cultural anthropologist

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
The Authors Guild
Bay Area Editors Forum (BAEF)
Better Business Bureau Accredited
Cape Cod Writers Center, Advisory Board
Editorial Freelancers Association, ex-Officer, Board of Governors
Grub Street
Independent Book Publishers Association
International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG)
National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)
Red Fox Poets
RedRoom.com
SheWrites.com
Sisters in Crime (SinC)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Women's National Book Association (WNBA)

Copyright © 2005-2014 Anita D. McClellan Associates, 464 Common St., Suite 142, Belmont, MA 02478 USA; (617) 575-9203--try email first. All rights reserved. Literary consultancy only. BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ACCREDITED

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"I gave Anita a 75,000-word novel to critique. Others ... haven't really gotten down to the bones of the matter and what really needs to be done. Boy, Anita did. She went right for it: character, plot, mechanics. She was sharp and focused and so right about so many parts and it was a true relief to have her read it and analyze it the way she did. The woman is intensely smart and she is completely on the side of writers."
-- Marty Kingsbury, mystery writer

“Your appraisal helped me very much. I really needed someone who had no vested interest in my work or in protecting my fragile inner self and who has a sense of what good writing and thinking is. You fit all of that for me.” --Jane Gilgun, nonfiction, onbeingashit.blogspot.com

"I realize three very strong points you have... your in depth 'critique' and very intelligent questions, which drew my attention to many points I need to communicate in the body of my arguments/​texts. I also appreciate the fact that you take the time to answer in depth all questions, and provide a high quality work. And, last but not least, the strong experience that you evidently possess."
-- Mohamed El-Helw,nonfiction author

"Anita was insightful, thorough, and prompt. Though she was not previously familiar with some of the technical language of the subject I was writing about (music theory), she understood my arguments easily and accurately and made helpful suggestions about content as well as language. Her use of the 'track changes' feature in MSWord made the task of incorporating her corrections easy and fast. I highly recommend her work."
--Robinson McClellan, Ph.D., Yale School of Music, dissertation writer