Sherry Gershon has performed developmental and intensive line-editing for over 350 books, primarily novels by new authors, and she contributed the chapter entitled "The Book Doctor is In: The Seven Most Common First Novel Problems and How to Avoid Them" in THE PORTABLE WRITERS' CONFERENCE (Quill Driver 2007).
A former bookstore owner, Sherry knows what sells: Her own books have been published by Forge/Tor, Viking and Warner; her first book was nominated for the PEN West USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and her first novel was aired as a TV movie. Some of her editing clients have subsequently sold their books to major publishers, including Knopf, Harper-Collins, Berkley-Putnam, St. Martin's Press, Greenleaf Book Group Press, and Jossey-Bass.
She particularly enjoys working on mysteries, thrillers, adventure novels, and speculative fiction/science fiction, but has also had experience with young adult novels (two YA novels she edited were published by Knopf), memoirs, and both contemporary and historical fiction (including an historical published by St. Martin’s Press).
She also provides legacy services for seniors, creating their memoirs based on confidential interviews.
Published in paperback by Warner Books (US & UK, 1994). The paperback edition is now out of print. Transylvania Press (Canada) has issued a signed, numbered, slipcased, limited edition hardcover, which is still available from the publisher.
"A raunchy, viciously funny, post-feminist bat's eye view of L.A.'s dark side."
— Jonathan Kellerman, author of the bestselling Alex Delaware novels
"A taut, tight, sexy tale, combining love, vampirism, police procedural, and some very mean streets. Deftly done."
— Roger Zelazny, Hugo- and Nebula-Award- winning author of the Amber series
"The writing is crisp and clear-headed, and Gottlieb handles the emotional complexities of the characters with brevity and understanding… a good read with just enough quirkiness to make it a memorable one."
— Scott Winnett, LOCUS magazine
"It's all a lot of fun, a sharp picture of life after dark in Southern California...highly entertaining...an impressive first novel, and excellent escapist reading in its own right."
— Carolyn Cushman, LOCUS magazine
"A notable addition to the vampire field."
— Kim Newman, author of ANNO DRACULA
"Sherry Gottlieb's strongest point is her bringing out the brilliant eccentricities of her characters. In Love Bite, there is nothing like Ms Gottlieb bringing the City of Angels to life in all its shades of bizarre eccentricities, quirks, and nice/not-so-nice peccadilloes of its inhabitants."
"Fast-paced and exciting, one hell of a read!"
— Thomas Doherty, Tor/Forge Books
"A great deal of fun."
— Michele Slung
"A delightful, sexy brew."
— FATEA magazine (U.K.)
"A colorful, compelling tale."
— Brent Monahan, author of THE BOOK OF COMMON DREAD
WORSE THAN DEATH
The companion novel to LOVE BITE, WORSE THAN DEATH was published by Forge Books (a subsidiary of St. Martins Press) in hardcover in January 2000. The paperback was a June 2001 publication from Tor Books.
Editor's Pick of 1999, Barnesandnoble.com
"This is a clever and cold-blooded little fable that captures the essence of our times."
— Orlando Sentinel
"Sherry Gottlieb knows how to tell a story; WORSE THAN DEATH is a real page-turner."
— Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning author Joe Haldeman
"WORSE THAN DEATH intrigues me. It's inventive and very amusing. Highly recommended."
— Philip José Farmer, author of The Riverworld series
"Sherry Gottlieb's new novel about vampires suggests that death may be the cure for what ails you--though the price may be more than you want to pay. A frequently funny, often terrifying novel about life and death on the dark side."
— Frank M. Robinson, author of WAITING and THE POWER
"A wonderfully erotic hard-boiled murder mystery about vampires in love…WORSE THAN DEATH is the perfect 'great read' to sprawl out with under a beach umbrella in the broiling sun or to curl up with in your favorite easy chair in front of a cozy fireplace on a chilly night."
— Richard A. Lupoff, author of WRITER AT LARGE
"WORSE THAN DEATH is a sexy, supernatural whodunit; Gottlieb's vampires are compellingly original, with compellingly human problems. One wild, fast-paced ride…"
— Jeanne Kalogridis, author of The Diaries of the Family Dracul
"WORSE THAN DEATH spanks right along along with steamy energy and the author's appropriately wry eye entertainingly reporting the state of undeath in Southern California. One can hope Jace and Risha will return in a third novel...."
— Locus - Edward Bryant
"Sherry Gottlieb's WORSE THAN DEATH is one hell of a sexy, funny, exciting read. Miss this wonderful novel and you'll be kicking yourself into the next life."
— Patrick LoBrutto
"Sherry Gottlieb adds a little spice to the tasty bloodsucker stew of vampire fiction. Like Laurell K. Hamilton's excellent Anita Blake series, Gottlieb writes about steamy, erotic power duels between humans and the undead."
— Naomi Gesinger, Amazon.com
"A very straightforward book, clear and vivid and appealing."
— Catherine B. Krusberg, The Vampire's Crypt
— Science Fiction Chronicle
HELL NO, WE WON'T GO!
Resisting the Draft During the Vietnam War
Published by Viking in 1991 in hardcover (there was no paperback). A nominee for the PEN West USA Literary Award in nonfiction. It is now out-of-print; for a signed copy contact the author.
"HELL NO, WE WON'T GO! is a brilliant and courageous contribution to the literature of dissent and the history of the Vietnam era. These brave men, their words, their principles, their integrity and enduring courage will serve as the 'different drummer' Thoreau spoke of, for a whole new generation to listen to. Every American should read this book."
— Ron Kovic, author of BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
"…will stir strong emotion in readers, especially anyone who ever served in the military. If the truth hurts, then this book carries quite an impact … an important volume."
— Library Journal
"Any oral history of draft evasion should raise moral and ethical issues of more than passing interest. Gottlieb's oral history of draft evasion in the 1960s works on both these counts and is also surprisingly entertaining and literate."
— A.L.A. Booklist
PUP FICTION collects all eleven cases of canine private investigator Sam Spayed with illustrations by Zoe Spiliotis. It was published by Waltsan Publishing as a cdBook and can be read on any computer/operating system and/or printed out to be read on hardcopy; however, Waltsan is gone, so contact the author if you wish to purchase a copy.
"Pup Fiction is brilliant...beautifully written...funny, touching. Oh my gosh, just downright fabulous! I ordered several as gifts, and some will be for donations to charitable auctions. I just LOVED all of Sam Spayed's tales! I'm going to be ordering more. Awesome job!"
— Maria Whittle
After being friends with Sherry for more than a decade, I finally turned to her for advice on my latest book (in frantic progress), THE BLOODIEST QUEEN. What an idiot I was to wait. THE BLOODIEST QUEEN will be my thirty-third published book; I've grown lazy and jaded and had thought there was little anyone could teach me. (Hah!) I went to Sherry just to see her reaction to a particular scene — whether I was able to pull off a fast one on the reader or not — and wound up being blown away by her editorial acumen. She understood all the nuances of the scene in question better than I did — and pointed out exactly what wasn't working, and why. She then gave me a suggestion which was nothing short of brilliant in terms of making the whole thing work beautifully. (And then gave a dozen other suggestions which will make the book so much better...) Long story short: Sherry's going through the entire manuscript for me. And I'm so impressed that she's going to be my best pal during the writing of my next book, too. Trust me, Sherry is an honest, top-notch professional editor. Whether you're an aspiring writer or an established professional, if you're writing a novel and could use some help, please consider Sherry. — Jeanne Kalogridis, author of I, MONA LISA, THE BORGIA BRIDE, and dozens of other published novels
Selecting Sherry Gershon was one of the smartest moves I've ever made. Most so-called book doctors seemed more interested in keeping you happy than transforming your work into a publishable manuscript. Sherry, on the other hand, provided an edit that was thorough, incisive and, where necessary, brutally honest. She is a real professional and a gifted editor. — Anthony L. Iaquinto, author of NEVER BET THE FARM (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint)
I went to Sherry Gershon for advice while rewriting my first novel, TRUST. Her help was timely and effective. Sherry takes the words "tough love" to a new level, pushing you to write better than you think possible: I’m sure my novel wouldn't have gone as far as it did without her expert advice and (sometimes not-so-gentle) encouragement. — Charles Epping, author of TRUST (Greenleaf Book Group Press) and A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO THE WORLD ECONOMY (Vintage Books, Random House)
I just finished the first seven chapters, adhering to 99.9% of your edit, and I can't believe how much better they sound. Initially, the red ink kept throwing me off (and I was cursing and screaming) but once I typed in the changes, then read the final copy, I was awestruck. You are an editing genius, probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. Thanks a million! — Lee Chavis
I hired Sherry through my literary agent. In my case, we were looking at a major rewrite and she cut the book in half. Sherry recommended that I switch heroes, remove a rather contrived romance, scratch the preachy ending, and change the title; in other words, we had a lot of changes to make on my book.
What I like most about Sherry's work was that she worked fast and she didn't pull any punches. An editor is there to fix what is broken, not be your best friend and tell you you're the next Faulkner. What you get with Sherry is a very hip English teacher; the grammatical error, the forgotten quotes, the mixed metaphor — she catches them all. You might forget what you said earlier in the text, but she won't. Dialog that doesn't sound right, self-indulgent rambling, unnatural plot twists — Sherry scratches them all with her heartless red correcto pen. If your error is more complicated than the simple removal of the offending passage, she puts a Post-it on the page with a brief explanation of what you need to do to correct the problem. Sherry also provided suggestions for spicing up the book so that it was much more interesting.
By the time we had finished, I felt I not only had a better book, but I had learned how to be a better writer. Sherry conditioned me to be aware of flowery language, superfluous description, and getting in the way of the story. If I didn't agree with her analysis, I was free to argue my case.
With Sherry you get more than mechanical editing, and her critical review helps bring a ring of truth to the final product. Sherry is a no-nonsense editor who obviously knows what it takes to make a good story, and she brings that understanding to her editing. As far as I'm concerned, the money I spent for editing was a very good investment. — Stephen B. Carr
Sherry Gershon worked with me on my manuscript for my novel Glint, published by St. Martin's Press. I do not hesitate to say that without Ms. Gershon's help and suggestions, I might still be trying to figure out what I should be doing. In other words, her editing accelerated my learning curve by at least a year, if not more. I don't know how to put a value on it, except to call it immeasurable. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with her and I hope to work with her again in the future. — Joseph Valentinetti
As an agent, I have noticed that as the fiction market has become ever more competitive and the lists shorter, that it is up to us agents to represent fiction that is virtually publishable, or at least in a final draft. Existing conditions now force me to use a book doctor for some work that shows great promise, but is not quite there. If you have a novel that needs some reworking, please consider using Sherry Gershon for the job. — Sandra Watt, Literary Agent
I received your edit and critique of my partial manuscript today, and I have to tell you how impressed I am with your editing skills. I combed several sources (the LMP, online directories, Web indexes, and personal recommendations from writers) to find the best and most qualified editors for my work, and came up with four names that, as far as I could determine, were the "cream of the crop." One of these editors was too busy to take new work, but I hired all three of the others (you were one of them) to go over the first part of my manuscript. I have also worked as a professional book editor, and so I did a final self-edit and critique for comparison, and asked several amateur writers on the Internet to critique the manuscript as well… You were the only editor who caught all the things my own self-critique caught, and several more very important points that I (and all the other professional editors and amateur critics) missed completely. Your line edit was also by far the most thorough and on-the-mark. Nearly every one of your edits was clearly necessary to tighten, sharpen, and smooth out the pacing of the work. Every place you suggested a change did indeed need a change – if not always exactly the solution you proposed.
You were the most expensive of the editors I hired when measured on a per-page basis. But considering the outstanding quality of the job you did, you were a bargain compared to the others…
In short: Bravo! As an experienced author who has both worked as a professional editor and worked with many professional editors, I would recommend Sherry Gershon immediately to anyone who thinks their manuscript deserves "the best." — Sincerely and gratefully, Dick "Cedar" Oliver
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