About Adrian Fogelin

Adrian FogelinI am the daughter of a novelist.

My first job as an editor was being the kid who read my mom’s manuscripts and made suggestions.

I was amazed and flattered when, nine times out of ten, she rewrote based on my editorial comments.

As many of us do, I grew up to be my mother, a novelist in my own right. I have nine novels for young readers published by Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta, winning many awards and garnering good reviews. I also write a blog, Slow Dance Journal.

But you are probably visiting this page because you are a beginning novelist, hoping to complete and publish the very best book you can. That’s where my book coaching service comes in.

In addition to writing my own books I have extensive experience teaching writers of all ages in workshops and writer’s retreats. I love teaching and become deeply involved in the projects of the writers with whom I work. I realized how hooked I was on editing when I began waking up in the middle of the night, as I often do when working on a project of my own, and began tinkering with the plot lines and characters in the stories I was editing.

I have edited a number of novels for writers met at conferences and workshops. Here are reactions from some of the writers I have advised and edited:

Susan Womble, author of “Newt’s World Beginning,” Gold Medal winner of the Florida Book Award in Children’s literature:

For many years, I have attended the St. George Island, Florida workshop entitled “Fiction among Friends” where Adrian has been the resident writer since its inception.  Adrian helped guide me and many other writers through our “writings in progress.” The insight that Adrian has offered me has been invaluable.  She has a keen eye in terms of sense of place, the pacing of a story, character development, as well as voice and overall tone. By editing my work using Adrian’s suggestions my stories become much better.  I would recommend Adrian’s editing services to anyone who is serious about their writing and wishes to have their story conveyed in the best possible light.

Persis Granger, author of the “Adirondack Gold” series, and “Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimers”:

Adrian Fogelin relies on her extensive and successful novel-writing experience to exercise laser precision in evaluating strengths and weaknesses in the work of aspiring writers, identifying areas that cause a story to falter, and suggesting remedies. Working under her tutelage at six writers’ retreats, I have seen her jump-start many stalled writers, advising and inspiring them to revise and rewrite with new-found confidence. Her critiques are offered in a kind but uncondescending manner that empowers writers to craft solutions. Adrian’s guidance in my own novels has helped me sharpen self-assessment as I work independently. If your writing is at an impasse, or you need an objective evaluation, working with Adrian promises great benefit. If you are having difficulty seeing the “big picture” of your work in progress, she will bring her perspective to bear on it. I encourage any writer to avail themselves of the kind of editing Adrian Fogelin supplies so adeptly.

Jan Godown Annino, author of “She Sang Promise” and “Florida’s Famous Animals”:

I turned to Adrian when a draft of a middle-grade novel nose-dived into aimlessness. Adrian called me out on the flabby soft spots and a wandering theme. But she also noted the muscle of the matter. Her judicious “Go, girl!” left me hopeful to rise and revise another day.

Mary Lois Sanders, author of the Timothy O’Hara books, currently being shopped by Janell Agyeman of Marie Brown Associates Literary Services:

I am always impressed by Adrian’s ability to hone in on the very details of story and structure that are missing or weak, and which I need to improve upon in my manuscripts. She is helpful and thoughtful in her comments, especially when we sit down to discuss my writing projects. What a wonderful mentor she is!

Sharon Dotson, author of “Jack Dare’s American Freefall,” a novel in progress:

Writing fiction is not intuitive. I have been a professional writer all my life—a newspaper reporter and magazine editor—so you’d think I would know something about writing a novel. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I even read thirty books over six months’ time about the craft of writing fiction and I still didn’t get it. But I was determined to do it and I knew I could if an experienced novelist—who is also an excellent teacher—took the time to teach me. Now I am almost finished with my first novel. I would still be banging my head against the wall, if not for Adrian. She knows how to write, and she knows how to teach other people how to write. My book is so much better than anything I could have ever written without her professional input. In fact, without her help, I probably would have given up. She is encouraging, pleasant, patient, over-the-top talented and not afraid to tell you what you’re doing wrong—and what you’re doing right.