American author Robert Cormier once said, “The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time—unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” I’m here to help with as many rounds as it takes. With 25 years of experience as a professional editor, and a PhD in English and American literature, I can help you craft a manuscript that’s clear, compelling, and structurally sound. I’ve worked on narrative non-fiction, memoirs, book proposals, academic writing, and professional publications.
“I’ve collaborated with many editors, and Nan Wiener is among the best. She brings great skill on all levels—from structural matters to the shaping of individual sentences—and deftly makes complicated and often technical topics accessible to general readers. She has a great inquisitive nature and isn’t afraid to ask hard questions that elevate the writing. Nan has made our manuscript a clearer and more interesting read.”— Robert Guth, writer/editor working with Bill Gates, and former bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal
“Nan edited some of the finest work our magazine produced—ever. She is a gutsy, savvy, and endlessly curious editor with a laser-like ability to deconstruct troublesome stories.” — Jon Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco magazine
“Nan is an excellent judge of tone and logic and excels at clearing away the weeds in a narrative so the story line or argument can come shining through. I always know when I work with Nan, she will help me do better than what I thought was my best.”—Susan Freinkel, author of American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree and Plastics: A Toxic Love Story
“Quite frankly, Nan’s given me some of the best editorial guidance I’ve ever had.” — Deborah Jiang Stein, author of Prison Baby and Women Behind Bars