Developmental editing and line editing for fiction. Developmental editing, line editing, and ghostwriting for nonfiction. Fiction categories include thrillers, historical, literary, African American, women's contemporary, and mystery. Among nonfiction specialties are adventure, business, health, memoirs, true crime, history, and sports.


John Paine has been a manuscript editor, also known as a book doctor, in New York trade publishing for over twenty-five years. In that time he has edited over 500 titles in a wide variety of fields. Working primarily for several imprints of the Penguin Group USA, he edited numerous New York Times bestselling authors such as John Jakes, Barbara Parker, Greg Iles, Sylvia Browne, Peter Straub, Leslie Glass, Dave Pelzer, and Catherine Anderson, to name just a few. He also has worked with many first-time authors, guiding them to write books that satisfy a wide variety of readers.

Since becoming an independent editor, he has continued his strong track record of editing books that sell. Recently edited fiction titles include New York Times bestsellers Tempted by Trouble by Eric Jerome Dickey and E. Lynn Harris, Mama Dearest; ReShonda Tate Billingsley, A Good Man Is Hard to Find; Tony Hays, The Killing Way; and Pamela Richmond, The Possibility of You. On the nonfiction side, books published recently include: Joseph P. Quinlan, The Last Economic Superpower; Gino Wickman, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business; Rick Settersten, Ph.D., and Barbara Ray, Not Quite Adults; Billy G. Smith, Ship of Death; and J. Morris Hicks, Healthy Eating, Healthy World. Proposals include Aki Peritz & Eric Rosenbach, Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns That Killed bin Laden, R. William Holland, Cracking the New Job Market; and Lewis Maltby Jr., Can They Do That?

A native of the Chicago area, Mr. Paine attended Cornell University and regards Boston as one of the all-time great cities in which to live. He presently resides in northern New Jersey. For further information on his editing procedures, plus a full list of edited books, please visit his website: