Guiding unpublished writers to become successfully published authors has always been my mission. After working as an editor at Random House and other publishing companies, I ventured out on my own, writing over 200 magazine articles and authoring six books, including The Novel-Maker’s Handbook: the no-nonsense guide to crafting a marketable story, winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Award for best writing/publishing book.
Because of my 25+ years’ experience as both an editor and an author, I know what it’s like on both sides of the editor’s desk. I know what editors look for, and I understand the passion that drives authors, their desire to follow their dreams, and their determination to create their own publishing destiny.
In my work with authors, I strive to replicate the same fulfilling, mentoring partnership that authors used to have with their editors at traditional publishing houses.
I care about my client’s development as authors—not just about making edits to a manuscript. I don’t just circle what’s wrong with the work—I explain why something’s not working and show how to revise it in a deep and lasting way.
I specialize in mainstream fiction, both adult and YA (especially mysteries and thrillers), as well as helping service professionals and business entrepreneurs turn their expertise into a book that will grow their business. I provide a wide variety of services through every step of the process, helping authors make the right decisions for their goals — whether they are looking for a traditional deal or want to self publish.
I strive to help my clients achieve accelerated results by partnering with them all the way from idea to published book.
Praise from previous clients:
“One of the great things about working with Diane is her obvious love of writing—the whole process: reading, editing, publishing. This combines with her actual experience in the field to give you a tremendous certainty that she speaks the truth. She is the real deal. I can state categorically that my first novel would never have been published without Diane.” — Cody McFadyen, author, Abandoned, The Darker Side, The Face of Death and Shadow Man (Bantam)
“When I first sat down with Diane O’Connell, I knew that I was in the hands not just of a terrific teacher, but a caring mentor. Diane exudes confidence as she shares with you the complex art of writing, a self-assurance that gradually spills over to you. She is a master of this fine art, from plotting to characterization, dialogue, theme . . . the whole shebang. She wrenches out of you your best; challenges you with every page you write, every character you put forth. The struggling writer is always the better for it. Thank you, Diane, for how you jump-started my writing career and gave me the confidence to soar!” — James Marshall Smith, author, the award-winning thriller, Silent Source (Stealth Books)
“I have worked with many editors, but no one gets your idea or manuscript in shape and ready to be scooped up by a publisher as well as Diane O’Connell can. She has fresh ideas, excellent insight, and knows the market inside out. You can’t ask for more in terms of dedication, professionalism, and caring. The bonus: Diane is delightful to work with.” — Susan Newman, PhD., author, The Case for the Only Child (Health Communications, Inc.)