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“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

--Jack London

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Elaine Ash


Elaine Ash edits fiction writers—from established authors to emerging talent. As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp webzine, Elaine worked directly with writers of all genres to develop stories for publication. A big believer in freedom of speech, she edits writers of all political stripes.

Some of those writers went on to fame and fortune such as recent Edgar nominee Patti Abbott (Polis), Jay Stringer (Thomas and Mercer), Chris F. Holm (Mulholland), S.W Lauden (Rare Bird), Kieran Shea (Titan), Hilary Davidson (Macmillan) Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur, Delacorte) and many more.

Today, she works with private clients, helping them shape manuscripts, acquire agents and land publishing deals. Among the titles Elaine has edited and produced, Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams is especially notable.

​During a ten-year stint in Hollywood, Elaine wrote script coverage and notes for hundreds of aspiring screenwriters and independent producers. She interviewed Jerry Bruckheimer, Terry Gilliam, Roland Joffe, Mike Figgis, Lars Von Trier, and many more.

Under the pen name “Anonymous-9,” Elaine writes the HARD BITE crime series for Down and Out Books. T. Jefferson Parker called HARD BITE "a crazed, noir excursion into an unprecedented heart of darkness... Violent, sometimes funny, always entertaining."

Anonymous-9 won Best Short Story on the Web 2009 from Spinetingler Mag; was named one of the Top 5 Debut Novels of 2013 by Book People/ Mystery People; won twoReaders Choice Awards from the House of Crime and Mystery, Canada; two Derringer nominations from the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and a Thriller Award nomination from a first-round judging committee of the International Thriller Writers. www.anonymous-9.com

Elaine is available speak on all aspects of writing, publishing and creative thinking for organizations. She leads unique, entertaining writing workshops.