Deanna ghostwrites, rewrites, and edits fiction novels, biographies, cover and query letters, book proposals, articles, scripts, business communications, and websites.
Fiction and nonfiction: fantasy/speculative fiction, historical, romance, adventure, young adult and children’s literature, creative nonfiction, memoir/biography, self-help, how-to, indigenous cultures, psychology, spirituality, alternative medicine, fitness and health, entertainment, fashion, ecology, and political/social issues.
Deanna Brady is a highly versatile freelance writer and editor with more than
two decades of experience. She ghostwrites, rewrites, and edits self-help books,
novels, biographies, cover and query letters, proposals, articles, essays,
scripts, textbooks, business communications, Web content, and literary fiction.
Deanna taught in the Continuing Education Department at California State
University for a dozen years. In addition to writing several children's
textbooks, she is an award-winning author of short fiction and poetry.
Deanna works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals to major
corporations, in widely diverse fields. She has written and edited nearly every
type of literature, including advertising and marketing copy, prospectuses, and
training materials, for such diverse clients as IBM, AT&T, Omnicom Group
Worldwide, George Marciano/Guess? Clothing Company, Learning Tree International,
Crabtree Publishing Company, Canon Communications, and the RAND
Deanna is adept at editing ESL text, dialects, and British language
variation. She also specializes in subjects concerning spirituality, ecology,
Native American Indian culture, and alternative healing. For ten years,
she was editor of an internationally published monthly inspirational magazine.
She often volunteers her services by writing press releases and working with the
media on behalf of charitable organizations. Her grant proposals have garnered
nearly half a million dollars for nonprofit agencies.
manuscript is perfect. Marvelous! Truly marvelous! I am very, very pleased. I wouldn't change a thing you've done. I am so VERY happy with
the editing. You have made me sound more intelligent, articulate,
logical. I am very grateful." -- Mary P. Lewis, MBA, Break Free from
Burnout in 30 Days! Secrets of a Burnout Survivor
Publisher: The Marketing Clinic; Imprint: Life Renovations
Brady is a superb
writer, rewrite specialist, and editor who never ceases to amaze me with
her talents. Her patience and skill throughout the many projects on
which we have worked together have made my life and my words richer."
-- Kala Kos, PhD From Ecstasy to Success : A Simple Guide to Remarkable
"Love it! This is exceptionally well done...it does indeed shine. You do wonderful work. Thank you!" Follow-up: "We're about to go to press [late Jan. 2007] with the second printing of the first edition...." August, 2007: "I have a new book project I'd like you to work on with me." – Bill Wiersma, Wiersma & Associates, The Big AHA! Breakthroughs in Resolving and Preventing Workplace Conflict
"Great news! WE DID IT! They
want to publish my book! I'm so excited. It's going to be called Mayday!
Asking for Help in Times of Need. Thank you so much for helping me make the
proposal [and chapters] so strong. They couldn't say enough about it—thought it
was so well written and organized. Thank you, Deanna!" - M. Nora
Klaver, MA, MCC
"I just finished reading the
whole book. Thank you so much for all the fantastic work you've
done. Please provide any personal information if you would like to be
credited in the book when it gets published. Thanks again for
everything." Follow-up: "The book has been picked
up for publication. Thank you again for your excellent editing job. Your
work is what turned this around…I don't think it would have been published
without your help." Book Two: "Second book has been
published, and I'd like you to edit the third one, as well." Book
Three: "It is stellar, and I have already submitted it to
the publisher. Once again you have outdone yourself!!!" - D. M.
(Doug) Paul, One Wizard Place, Sentinel, and Sidhe
"Thank you for all your hard
work. It wouldn't have been possible without your help. I'm planning to send
you my next book manuscript by the end of the year." - Stephen
Allten Brown, Shadows of Chaco Canyon
Deanna Brady is a superb writer, rewrite specialist, and editor
who never ceases to amaze me with her talents. Her patience and skill
throughout the many projects on which we have worked together have made my life
and my words richer." -- Kala Kos, PhD
"Deanna Brady is an editing master. She did a fabulous
job rewriting my two book proposals, both of which had to be sent out to
interested agents and publishers within a very short time frame. Her
professionalism and ability to meet my tight schedule exceeded all my
expectations. She was a pleasure to work with, and I will definitely hire her
again." - Tracy McWilliams (investment banker)
"I am very grateful for your powerful refining of my
efforts. The reworked material has a much better flow and clarity. It is
wonderful to see the great improvement in the manuscript and to feel it all
coming together. Thank you so much for your talent and hard work. Your editing
makes such a positive difference and I am most appreciative of it. Thank you so
much!" - Cate Roundy, LCSW
great! I have decided on a publisher and will be doing that within the next
month. Thanks much! I have enjoyed working with you." - Dani
Patterson, The Hat
"Thanks so much for your
expertise. You did a terrific job! I will always recommend you and will
definitely come back to you if I have further editing needs." -
Robert Doucette, Why a Raven Is Like a Writing Desk: An Alice in Wonderland Mystery
"Deanna, everything looks wonderful...It is worth it to pay someone who
really knows what they are doing. I will be sure to use you for future projects
and recommend you to other writers. Thanks a million." - Del-Metri Williams,
"I interviewed probably 15+ other editors. Their prices varied quite radically—one even offered to do it for free—but I thought the ridiculously massive amount of pure quality in Deanna’s sample far outweighed price differences. Post-editing, advance-reader comments have included: ‘It is dramatically different. Now it's a book!’; ‘It reads really smooth.’; ‘The writing is great....’; ‘I am about halfway through, and I want to read the next one.’; ‘I stayed up reading it all night...on my cell phone.’ From early reviews on Amazon: 'I was engaged from first page to last.'; 'Fast and exciting read.'; 'I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for his next one to come out.'" – Herrick Erickson-Brigl, A Scholar's Journey: The Divine Tempest (Book One)
Canku Ota American Indian magazine
The Raven Chronicles literary journal
Editing and ghostwriting
Screenwriting on the Internet, Christopher Wehner
From Ecstasy to Success, Dr. Kala Kos
Feng Shui for
Architecture, Dr. Simona Mainini
Native Nations of North America, Crabtree Publishing Company
"I interviewed probably 15+ other editors. Their prices varied quite radically—one even offered to do it for free—but I thought the ridiculously massive amount of pure quality in Deanna's sample far outweighed price differences. Post-editing, advance-reader comments have included: ‘It is dramatically different. Now it's a book!' 'It reads really smooth.' 'The writing is great....' 'I am about halfway through, and I want to read the next one.' 'I stayed up reading it all night...on my cell phone.'" – Herrick Erickson-Brigl, A Scholar's Journey: The Divine Tempest (Book One)
"It’s the first time that I had the opportunity to work with editor Deanna Brady. I did like her style very much because she preserved my voice throughout the story and she did apply major changes that led to emphasize the massage that I was delivering through my children story. And most of all, she delivered the work to me on time. I’m very pleased with the result and I’m looking forward to do more work with Deanna Brady on my upcoming projects." Salwa Yak.
"Deanna Brady is an extraordinary editor. She is not
only a highly dedicated professional, but is always willing to go the extra
mile in order to provide her clients with outstanding service. She is a
sensitive, generous, insightful reader who doesn't treat the manuscript merely
as a piece of work, but as potential art. As a result of her work, I had several
enthusiastic responses from agents who requested the entire manuscript. This
lady is a gift to experienced writers as well as the beginner. Don't hesitate –
hire her!" - Prof. Sandra Hunter (award-winning fiction author/poet)
I wish to thank you...cannot believe how thrilled I am about your additions and
the changes you made. I am sure I have found the perfect editor
for this book and subsequent books. I really do appreciate everything you have
done." - Bob Bryan, The Dive Masters
do great work. I'm very happy and am excited to finish the [article]. You've
been tremendously helpful – I will definitely be sending more work your
way. Thanks for all your help! Follow-up: [The manuscript was
accepted for publication in World Development.] BRAVO! We did it!
Thanks again for all your help!" - Molly E. Brown, PhD
"As usual, we ended up with a happy client and a piece we can be proud of. Practically everyone who sees my portfolio comments on your great copy. As always, I will continue to recommend your work above all others and will send you any future projects I may have." -- Benjamin Cziller, Cziller Design, ImageDriven.com
"Deanna, I am very happy with your work! I am amazed at how a little 'tweaking' can change the flow of a piece of writing and make it so much more coherent. I'm greatly indebted. I want to let other people know about your services and, hopefully, will pass along clients!" -- Gloria Bird, MA (award-winning author and poet)
"Deanna Brady is a splendidly articulate and sensitive editor with a range of skills to match all levels and styles of expression. Her many related talents and versatility make her, in my estimation, an 'editor's editor'... . It is a privilege to give her the highest recommendation." -- Arthur Vergara, Editor-in-Chief, DeVorss & Company
"Deanna Brady is a consummate editor and is also a splendid writer. As editor of Creative Thought, she has done a superb job. She has taken each issue from raw copy to finished magazine with the greatest of care and diligence. Deanna's professionalism, commitment, and high quality of work make it possible for me to recommend her to any other client without reservation. Whoever may benefit from her expertise will be fortunate inDeannad." -- Dr. Marcia Pearce, Managing Director,
Creative Thought magazine
"When I was seeking to upgrade the quality of the magazine, Deanna's resume compared favorably with numerous outstanding resumes. Deanna, however, outshone them all. I have found her to be more than highly competent, creative, and always positive in her approach. Anyone fortunate enough to have Deanna Brady on their team will be greatly benefited." -- Dr. Anita Richelieu, Chairman of the Editorial Board, RSI
"Deanna Brady is meticulous and thorough. A thoughtful reader, she pays attention to every detail. She's what every writer wants -- when it just has to be right." - Janis Hunt Johnson, Managing Editor, Ask Janis Editorial & Rewrite Services LLC
"Deanna, I have carefully read through your writing for my brochure. Thank you so much for the thoughtful reworking of my ideas. I am so glad to know you, and I will certainly contact you again in the future for your excellent and sensitive skills. Warmest regards and much appreciation." - Nalini Chilkov, OMD
"Thank you for your speedy response and for all your help with my NIH [stem cell research] proposal. I have reviewed the edited manuscript, and it is very good. I will send my future work to you, and I will definitely refer your excellent services to my colleagues." - Prof. Reigh-Yi Lin, PhD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine [has sent in two additional projects subsequently]
Thank you for the [residency application revision]. It was excellent and exactly what I was looking for. I will be forwarding your name to a few of my classmates with an excellent recommendation. - Jon Grudem, DC, MSIV
"Deanna Brady is an editing master. She did a fabulous job rewriting my two book proposals, both of which had to be sent out to interested agents and publishers within a very short time frame. Her professionalism and ability to meet my tight schedule exceeded all my expectations. She was a pleasure to work with, and I will definitely hire her again." - Tracy McWilliams (investment banker)
"I finished reading the manuscript already, and I love the rewrite! I am glad I chose you as an editor. You really made me laugh in several places! I can tell you definitely understand what I am trying to do in this work. I am quite impressed!" - Steve DeGregorio (published author) [Additional notes regarding revised query: "...out of the first seven responses to the project, three have asked to see a full or partial manuscript. That's almost 50%!"; "I now have a great agent for the book and proposed series!"] ["My agent wants to see my new series, so I'm sending you four more books for editing." - Steve]
"Deanna, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the time you spent on my piece. Your comments are so valuable to me, and now that I have gone through them I see how they really help my story shine!!! I would love you to help me with more of my short stories. I will send you more, and I will recommend you to every writer I know!" - Sheasa Kenney
"Deanna, everything looks wonderful...It is worth it to pay someone who really knows what they are doing. I will be sure to use you for future projects and recommend you to other writers. Thanks a million." - Del-Metri Williams, MBA
"I am very grateful for your powerful refining of my efforts. The reworked material has a much better flow and clarity. It is wonderful to see the great improvement in the manuscript and to feel it all coming together. Thank you so much for your talent and hard work. Your editing makes such a positive difference and I am most appreciative of it. Thank you so much!" - Cate Roundy, LCSW
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