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Paul Dinas

Paul Dinas

Paul Dinas  |

Working with authors on their books has been my greatest professional pleasure. For more than three decades as an editor in trade book publishing, I have enjoyed being part of the creative process, helping to develop and shape a work from its inception through its final publication.

My experience embraces nearly every genre of book-length work.  As a young editor at Avon, I published an Edgar-nominated mysteries series. As a senior editor at Harlequin Books, I launched a new trade imprint of contemporary and historical women’s romances. As a book packager, I created and edited a dozen YA series. As Editor-in-Chief at Kensington Publishing Corp., I published New York Times bestselling celebrity memoirs, crime fiction and nonfiction, suspense thrillers and women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction and humor; supervised the founding of Dafina, one of the first African-American women’s fiction imprints, and Twin Streams, an alternative medicine imprint. At Penguin, I acquired and edited a wide variety of general interest and business popular reference titles.

As an independent editor, I bring my editorial expertise to projects by individual authors, both unpublished and published. While I work with many experienced authors, I specialize in helping develop and shape the works of first time writers.  Many have gone on to find publishers or to have great success in the vibrant self-publishing arena.

My services include: detailed manuscript critiques; developmental editing, line editing, and revision of book-length manuscripts and proposals for submission.


Paul is a thoughtful, thorough, intuitive and smart editor who made my writing stronger every time he looked at it. I have worked with many editors, but he tops them all.
— Arlene Matthews, author
Paul held my hand as a first-time author and helped me achieve success with my first book. I am eternally grateful for his professionalism and his patience.
— Veronica Monet, author