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April 12, 2011

What’s Elaine Working On?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 1:45 am

Image from  HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING – David and Yetta on the beach in Santa Monica, 1950

I have several books on the go at any one time. When one is ready to go into design, a new one comes along that’s ready for it’s first line edit. Or a client calls with a fresh idea and an outline that needs vetting. It means juggling a variety of projects, all in different stages, and I love it. I’m currently editing: an inspirational memoir, a self-help memoir-with-coaching-components, several noir/crime projects in very early stages, and a sex-and-relationships e-book. As most people reading this know, I was Editor at Large for Beat to a Pulp webzine. and developmental editor for the print anthology, currently nominated for a Spinetingler award. Here’s a little bit about two books-in-progress…

HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING – The Life Story of David and Yetta Kane

Yetta was seven years old in Poland when she and her family began running with the Partisans, the ragged band of Jewish resistors who fled the Nazis and fought as best they could. Living outside and scrounging for food without chances to bathe or change clothes, Yetta says, “We looked like ghosts in shreds hanging.” Fourteen-year-old David survived three concentration camps, saved in part because the Nazis valued his beautiful singing voice.  As teenagers after WW2, they came to America and embarked upon a fantasied adventure they still call the American Dream. Unlike the gloomy tale you might expect, David and Yetta are full of joy, humor and practical wisdom. I have high hopes for this unusually inspiring memoir.

TOP GUN LOVE– A Fighter Pilot’s Manual to Sizzling Sex and Lasting Relationships

I attended the trés romantic wedding of Judith Claire and Frank Weigers in 2008, and not long after they decided to write a book drawing from their combined years as professional relationship  counselors. They wrote a first draft and then decided, since Frank was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he flew F-100s, that a rewrite from a fighter pilot’s viewpoint would communicate in a direct and reader-friendly way. As a screenwriter of  thirty years, Judith knew how to make it work, resulting in a book more user-friendly to men, while still wholly engaging to women. I came onboard the project when Judith was despairing of finding an editor who would “get” what she and Frank were writing. She’d blanked out that I was a book editor! A quick reminder ended her search, and we began working together as team. We were fortunate to have the remarkable talents of Marael Sorenson as book designer and logo artist. The first chapter of  Top Gun Love – A Fighter Pilot’s Manual to Sizzling Sex and Lasting Relationships is available as a free download by visiting



  1. You sound busy! And thanks again for the magazine which arrived in pristine condition. What a nice edition it was.

    Comment by Patti Abbott — April 12, 2011 @ 8:10 am

  2. Thanks for the blog post, Elaine and I’m looking forward to more insight into your work and writing projects. Busy, busy, busy as Patti says. David and Yetta’s story sounds remarkable and truly inspiring.

    Comment by Alan Griffiths — April 12, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  3. One inspiring, one intriguing. Good luck to you and the authors!

    Comment by Al Tucher — April 12, 2011 @ 10:51 am

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