About Me


Quote mark - largeI thank you for the great job you’ve done. You are an education and a joy to work with.” — G.R., San Francisco, CA


My name is Paul Thayer. I live in the Sarasota, Florida, area with my two cats. Neither of them is a good editor, but they do proofread my critiques.

I am a full-time professional book editor with more than 35 years of experience. During that time I worked in the trenches of the real world of writers, editors, and publishers. Now I use my extensive knowledge to help writers who still have a lot to learn.

Thayer Literary Services: professional book editing for fiction and nonfiction writersI have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education.

I started Thayer Literary Services in 1997. Since then I have helped scores of writers at all skill levels improve their book.

I am known and trusted by many people in the business, including published writers and literary agents. I come highly recommended by all the writers I have helped and by other professional book editors.

I have worked on a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books over the years, but I specialize in genre fiction, including action/adventure, mystery/detective, suspense/thrillers, horror, and crime. I also edit historical, young adult,  and general fiction, plus nonfiction books of various kinds.

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Quote mark - largeI’ve been so impressed with the quality of your work, and I’ve learned a lot from you about writing. Thank you very much for your time and expertise. It has really been a great experience.”

— Allison M., Sherman Oaks, CA