Nationally award-winning editor, Mark Anderson, has nine years of experience in the publishing business. While living in New York, Mr. Anderson spent seven years as a developmental editor, working with over one hundred authors. As a developmental editor, also known as a "book doctor," he worked with unskilled writers, teaching them to write and develop their manuscripts into publishable works. He also worked with previously published authors, including Seth Margolis, to further sharpen their skills.
While working for The Editorial Department, Inc., he created a boilerplate document to deal with common character problems. He also co-authored a dialogue document that assisted other editorial staff members to recognize and successfully revise story related problems. Both of these documents led to a large saving in time and an increase in corporate earnings by offering authors new services. He has maintained contact with his authors and former editors, which are always potential sources for new work.
Mr. Anderson has lived in the Northwest since 1997, and worked for two years as Associate Publisher and Editor for Doral Publishing, a highly respected publishing company, whose books have won more than ten national awards and honors. Because Doral was a smaller company, Mr. Anderson was responsible for, at one time or another, every phase of publishing, which is an experience he would not have been able to acquire at a larger house. He was responsible for taking a book from a raw, unedited manuscript through the various editing stages, through graphic layout and design, to printing and production, and, finally, to bookstore shelves. He was also involved in all of the other day-to-day operations of publishing, including distribution, shipping, marketing and promotion, author contract negotiation, foreign rights, accounting, national and international distribution, and other intangible aspects. He managed an inventory with a retail value of more than $1 million, and brought a company that was operating at a severe loss back into the black by decreasing expenditures, increasing marketing, cutting ties with unproductive vendors, and helping to establish ties with new, productive vendors.
Mr. Anderson has an extensive background in computers and has been involved with computers from the very first introduction of personal computers. He has worked with every major word processing software and the most popular graphic design platforms. He has developed an award-winning webpage, which included content, design, layout, graphics, on-line ordering, and internet promotion that consistently ranked the web page in the top-twenty in worldwide search engines. His own editing webpage is ranked in the top ten on three different search engines.
His civic involvement has included working on the election campaign committees for Marion county judges and commissioners. He is a member of the Marketing Committee for Northwest Association of Book Publishers. As an active participant of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers, he is currently serving as vice president.
Mr. Anderson graduated from Nyack College in Nyack, New York, with an English degree. While a student he was published in Poet Magazine and won honorable mention in a national poetry competition. During his senior year, he was associate editor for The Nyack College Journal of Arts and Literature. Four of his poems appeared in this annual publication over a two-year period.
Summary of Accomplishments
Doral Publishing, Inc.
The Editorial Department, Inc.
editor is still an occupation that requires extensive
hands-on training in a master, journeyman, apprentice
setting. Mr. Anderson received his training from Renni
Browne, who left the assembly-line style of New York
publishing houses in order to pursue her true love,
editing books. Ms. Browne was an early pioneer in
independent book editing and founded a nationally
respected book editing firm that saw hundreds of books
break into print, including several bestsellers. Mr.
Anderson, also received extensive training with Dave King,
who was Ms. Browne's chief editor and with whom, she
wrote Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (HarperCollins).
After many years of placing his own writing on the
back burner, Mr. Anderson has finally found time to start
working on his own books. He is currently working on two
children's books. In addition, he has
started work on a screenplay, based on a medical thriller he edited while working for The Editorial Department.
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