Thanks for the continued support!

Every three months, my dad emails me to let me know that a royalty check for a few hundred dollars has arrived in the mail. And every time I receive that email, I’m surprised.

Beneath the Neon, which finds me exploring the underground flood channels of Las Vegas with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection, was published in 2007 by Huntington Press. My Week at the Blue Angel—a collection of creative-nonfiction stories set in the seedier side of Vegas—was published in 2010 (also by HP).

The fact that I’m receiving royalties for two books that were released by a niche publisher more than ten years ago is a bit of an anomaly in the publishing industry. Thanks to everyone who has recommended the books to a friend or family member, has rated or reviewed them online, has covered them for a media outlet, etc., and continues to do so!

A Strong Start

Happy Friday, everyone!

I recently finished copy-editing a photo-essay book and providing developmental (big-picture) feedback on a grad-school thesis. Next up in the queue is a personal statement for a grad-school application.

As some of you know, I am focusing on my editing service this year, and I had a busy February, and March is off to a strong start. Thanks for your support!

May Cause Side Effects

I was honored to serve as lead editor of Brooke Siem’s memoir May Cause Side Effects, which is now available as an audiobook. Brooke is a gifted writer and thinker and she documents her fifteen-year struggle with antidepressants with humor and raw honesty and in rich detail. She’s also, as you may know, a former Chopped champion.

If you’re writing a memoir and looking for a model, or simply looking for something to read in the new year, please consider May Cause Side Effects. You can view the book’s trailer below. I’ve also included a link to the publisher’s (Central Recovery Press) page for the book.

Tim O’Grady’s latest book

My friend Timothy O’Grady, who some of you may know from his writing and teaching stint at UNLV, has finished another book. Titled Monaghan: A Letter to My Wife, the novel is scheduled to be released by Unbound, a crowdfunding publisher. In short, people pre-order the book, and Unbound uses the money to produce it.

If you are not familiar with Tim and his work, I can vouch for them both. He is smart and thoughtful, a talented and dedicated writer, and a good guy. If you are interested in learning more about Monaghan and Unbound, please click on the link below.

PS- Tim celebrated a birthday recently, so buying the book would make a wonderful gift!

At your service

The theme of 2022 was balance: creative writing, editing, reading, studying Spanish, traveling, etc. This year, I want to focus more on work—specifically my editing service—while, of course, maintaining some equilibrium.

Does your résumé need to be updated, reorganized, and edited? Are you trying to revive a short story or book? Is your bio or website not generating the response you had hoped?

Surf the recently updated OES site (link below) and see how we can help you! If you’d like a price quote, submit the Get Started form or email me via the contact form on this site.

Also, please feel free to spread the word. I pay referral fees.

Happy new year! And thanks for your support!

OES update

It has been an incredibly busy two months for O’Brien Editing Services. I have edited a résumé, a Substack essay and six books, two of which are under contract with a publisher!

I plan to take a few days off from editing and get back at it later this week or on Monday. Thanks again for the work, referrals, shares, positive vibes, etc.!

Timmy ‘TJ’ Weber

If you read my book Beneath the Neon, you may recall that I became interested in exploring the underground flood channels of Las Vegas after reading about a murderer who used the tunnels to evade the police. That murderer, Timmy “TJ” Weber, died recently. Here is the Las Vegas Review-Journal story about his death and the heinous crime he committed.

Another early milestone

Another early milestone for O’Brien Editing Services: I currently have three books in the editing queue. One is an academic work about health and nutrition co-written by two young women in Lithuania. (Thanks to my friend Jaq, who lives in Lithuania, for referring the women to OES!) Another is a memoir of sorts written by a client of a marketing and communications firm based in the States. The third is a short-story collection penned by a talented, bilingual filmmaker and writer who lives in San Salvador.

My office this week will be Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. (I’m scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.) I plan to finish editing the health and nutrition book there and start on the memoir.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported OES in some form or fashion! Strong verbs, rich imagery and no typos to you all!

‘Book Week’ discussion

I had a delightful online discussion this morning with students and teachers from the Academia Británica Cuscatleca (the British School), as part of its “Book Week.” We discussed writing, reading, my books, the Shine a Light nonprofit and assorted other related topics. Kudos to the student who asked me, “Do you have any regrets about choosing this career?” Indeed, some students have profound insight!

Seriously, with the gang lockdown in El Salvador dominating the headlines, it’s nice to be reminded of institutions and events like these. Special thanks to poet and British School director Steve Lang for arranging the discussion.

Half Pint and One Shoe Sue

Yesterday, I caught up with “Half Pint” and “One Shoe Sue,” two of the people I interviewed for my latest book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains. I’m pleased to report they’re both doing incredibly well! #DarkDaysBrightNights #ShineALightLV #TheyDoRecover