Maybe you've fantasized for years about being a published author! I provide editing, proofreading, or ghostwriting in a wide array of genres, and I'd love to assist you with that manuscript you've dreamed about seeing in print. My name is Steve Fortosis (a good Greek name). I have a Ph.D. and have taught on the university undergrad and graduate levels. I'm just like you--I love a good book, I'd like to think I'm a decent writer, and I want people to benefit from the ways I can serve them.
You will also find my books advertised on this website. In addition, they're available on many commercial book websites including Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, etc. I also write children's books under the pen name: Doc McDuke.
I grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains with terrific parents, three brothers, and a sister. Nowadays, editing and writing are my vocations, and my hobbies are reading, gardening, beautifying outdoor areas, (also a diehard Duke basketball fan, but don't hold that against me). I'm married to a great lady named Debra and we have two children and four grandchildren. I'm also a born again Christian and not embarrassed to say so.
To paraphrase Updike, I don't aim for the New York Times bestseller lists. I write for that gawky, young farm boy in Iowa who treasures books and finds a worn copy of one of mine on a bookshelf in a little store in Cedar Rapids. He takes it home, spends a few evenings with it, and goes away feeling a little closer to God, or a little better about himself, about life, and about what is to come. Maybe someone like him will find and cherish your book in that way. I hope so.
I don't care if you're the rawest beginner in writing history. I'm here to help you succeed! I can assist with a wide array of fiction and non-fiction. I specialize in memoirs and life stories, other non-fiction genres, children's stories, short-story collections and novels. Even if English is your second language and you don't write well at all, I'll be happy to check out your manuscript.
I can't promise that you'll land a literary agent or that your book will be a best seller, but you can be a published writer! Even accomplished authors get rejected many times, but with other alternatives available today, you can still publish your book with no rejections and for a very reasonable price. I'll be honest---if I'm too busy to edit or ghostwrite your manuscript, I may be able to refer you to another sharp, experienced editor.
"Dr. Steve Fortosis has treated me and my manuscripts with patience and civility in a highly professional manner which exceeded my expectations. Without any reservations, I highly recommend him to anyone requiring editorial or writing assistance."
"Steve Fortosis...edited, rewrote, and labored over my book as if it were his own. I met this man through the internet, and I wasn't sure because there are so many 'editors' listed on sites. But if you want honest help and sincere appraisal, I highly recommend Dr. Steve Fortosis."
-Fran E. Grubb
"Steve, I am well pleased with what you did and can't thank you enough. I am so appreciative of the foreword, which is excellent. I am going to make sure you get credit for the work you did on this book."
I offer help on six basic levels:
How do I submit my manuscript?
Well, first of all just send me a little info regarding your own manuscript in an email. I hope the following example will help:
Email address: JoeBlow@aol.com
Type of lit: Autobiography or Memoir
Brief Description: I grew up in the crazy 1960s and almost became a hippie. But my mom would have killed me, so I got drafted and went to Vietnam instead. The only good thing that came out of my Vietnam experience is that I found I loved to travel and have since been in twenty-eight countries. Besides the horrifying memories of Nam, I have had some extraordinary adventures throughout the world and this memoir tells all about it.
Level of editing: I'm a terrible writer. I just jotted everything in rough form and need a ghostwriter to form it into a book.
Approx. number of words: 39,000 words
* Free estimates: Fees are dependent upon your manuscript and the services you desire or need. You can pay by check, money order, or see Paypal on Contact page.
I worked as a proofreader for an organization named the Lockman Foundation and then as a copy-editor for Insight for Living beginning way back in the 1980s. Through the years, I also edited pieces and whole manuscripts for many friends and acquaintances. During the past eight years or so, I've been working full-time as a free lance ghostwriter, copy-editor, and proofreader. This is my livelihood, not a hobby, so I do charge fees. However, I think I'm quite reasonable compared to some free lance editors or ghostwriters. If I cannot assist for some reason, I may be able to help find someone who can. God bless you.