and the spectrum between (small press, digital-only companies, and self-publishing), there are a lot of people offering advice and “sure-fire solutions.”
The truth is that there’s no secret to publishing success. You need a fabulous idea, supported by a strong story, wrapped up in good, enjoyable writing. And you need to stand out from the crowd of other books competing for readers’ attention.
I said it wasn’t a secret, not that it was easy. But I can help.
What d.y.m.k is:
A wide-spectrum editorial service designed to get a writer’s work into the best possible shape, either for submission to a publishing house, or getting it on the market directly.
What d.y.m.k isn’t:
A packager, an agent, a publishing house. A secret handshake.
Why d.y.m.k. productions?
I’ve spent nearly twenty years in the editorial trenches with major New York publishers, including Berkley, Dutton, and New American Library, and have worked with hundreds of authors, helping them build long and successful careers, both for my own “stable” and for writers looking to self-publish. As a writer, I understand the creative impulse – as an editor, I understand how to push that impulse into high gear.
Among the writers I’ve worked with are Dana Stabenow, Harry Turtledove, Peter Beagle, Graham Masterton, Guy Gavriel Kay, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, R.A. Salvatore, Anne Bishop, Caitlin R. Kiernan, S.M. Stirling, and Shiloh Walker. Best-selling, award-winning authors from all genres, from suspense to romance, from mystery to horror, with a specialization in science fiction and fantasy.
So if you’re serious about wanting to publish – not just a good book, but the very best book you can write – let’s talk.
the d.y.m.k. staff is also available for other services
including ghostwriting, proofreading, copy-editing, and self-publishing support.
Contact us for rates and availability.
SFWA/MWA/RWA/HWA member discount available
what writers are saying:
“If any of you have read the first Kate Shugak novel, guess what? None of you have read the first chapter. Not the original first chapter, anyway, because editor Laura Anne Gilman, then at Berkley, made me cut it. “It’s great, Dana,” she told me, “but it doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of the book.” She was right, I cut it, the book went on to win an Edgar award, and don’t think she’s ever going to let me forget it. “ — Edgar Award-winning, NYT bestselling author Dana Stabenow
“Laura Anne Gilman was a pleasure to work with as an editor. She gave close, intelligent readings of my work, and made suggestions which — even when they required a lot of work — I was usually happy to follow. They improved the final drafts immeasurably and saved me considerable embarrassment.” — NYT bestselling author S.M. Stirling
“Laura Anne was a great editor for me. She never tried to tell me what to write, but would, without fail, point out places where I could make the story clearer and stronger. My books were much better when she was done. — Wen Spencer
“Quick, concise, and to the point. Laura Anne takes a writer’s story and makes it better.” – Shiloh Walker
“Laura Anne’s editorial eye shows you what works and what needs revision and clarity to make a story shine.” – NYT bestselling author Anne Bishop
“As an editor, Laura Anne Gilman surpasses all expectations. She’s thorough, prompt, intelligent, organized, and exhaustive. She’s old-school, a hands-on editor… Laura Anne must be placed in the highest ranks of blue-pencil wizards.” — Scott Mackay