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Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises

A boutique of editorial and publishing services for authors, agents, and publishers.

We specialize in First Works and Self Publishing Authors. We offer concept development, line editing, rewriting, editing book proposals,
copy for covers, marketing material and more. Consulting via Zoom available worldwide.


The Editorial Evaluation
Chapter-by-Chapter Editorial Revision
Full Project Editorial Tutorial
Writing Coach/Consultant
Editorial Services
Advanced Services
Developmental Editing
Characters With Integrity
Workshops & Seminars
A Course in Self-Publishing(s)
From Your Notebook to the Reader (W)
Self-Publishing Secrets (W)
One On One Editorial Meetings (W)
The Second Draft (W)
Organic Writing - For Fiction Writers (W)

Sandi Gelles-Cole, founder and president of Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises has acquired, edited and collaborated
on many best-selling books in hardcover, mass market and trade paperback.


Her editorial agency, Literary Enterprises, was founded in September of 1983. Since then, Sandi has worked
with authors and their projects such as Christiane Northrup’s Women's Bodies; Women's Wisdom (Bantam Books, 1st Ed.);
Governor Ann Richards’ I'm Not Slowing Down (Dutton); Roxanne Pulitzer’s novel Façade (Simon & Schuster); North Of Montana by Law And Order writer April Smith (Knopf); Family Trust (Dutton) by Amanda Brown; The Stork Club (Vision) by Iris Rainer Dart; Grace And Grit (Three Rives Press), Lilly Ledbetter’s story of her trouble working with Goodyear that ultimately led to the first bill President Obama signed into law.


Sandi began her publishing career as editorial assistant to the Executive Editor of the David McKay Company.
After advancing to the position of Senior Editor, she moved from McKay to Dutton/NAL. She left NAL to help
found Rawson Associates where she discovered and produced titles that include Games Mother Never Taught You by
Betty Lehan Harragan, a classic book for women now 30 years in print and a selection by Amazon for their ENCORE imprint.
She then joined Dell Publishing (part of the Random House Group) as Senior Acquisitions Editor for Dell/Delacorte and
Dell Trade Paperback where she acquired and edited major properties, including ten of Danielle Steel’s
phenomenally successful titles.


Sandi has spoken on the subject of authors working with independent editors before such groups
as the 92nd St Y of NYC and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is a charter
member of Book Editors Alliance. She has taught classes on aspects of writing at THE ARTS
CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION. She co-hosted the radio show Ask The Book Doctor on WBCR,
a call in show for authors. She hosted the same show on WIOX out of Roxbury, New York.


Sandi has been on panels for the SELFPUBBOOKEXPO conferences and been a judge in
First Novel and General Fiction categories for NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS as well
as BOOKS FOR BETTER LIVING. She lives alternately between Woodstock, NY, and Ajijic, Mexico.

About Sandi

Sandi during an Ask the Book Doctor
call-in show on WROX radio.

Sandi discussing her mission and editorial techniques

Excerpts from Ask the Book Doctor

How do I know if I should tell my story as fiction or memoir?

How do I know if I should tell my story as fiction or memoir? - Sandi
00:00 / 00:00

How do authors collaborate
writing novels?

How do authors collaborate writing novels? - Sandi
00:00 / 00:00

What is trending in nonfiction?

What is trending in nonfiction? - Sandi
00:00 / 00:00
Executive Manners
Gotham Diaries

Ann Richards
Author of I’m Not Slowing Down speaks
at the 1988 Democratic Convention


G-CLE Publishing Division

In addition to providing a full range of boutique editorial services, Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises has now launched a publishing arm as well. To date all of our projects have originated in house, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, but we are always happy to welcome ideas from writers and agents who believe they may have a project that is a good fit for G-CLE. A one- or two-page query describing your project is all that’s needed to begin the discussion. 


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Sandi Gelles-Cole
Founder and President
Kenneth A. Salzmann
V.P., Publisher, Managing Directo
Paquita (Top Dog)
Assistant Treasurer
Carlos Henry (Bottom Dog)
Editorial Assistant

Contact Sandi

Email a brief one paragraph description
of your project and what editorial
help you are looking for.

(Click the email below or copy and paste)

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