“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity,
but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”

—Attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., US Supreme Court Justice 1902-1932.



ed·it  ˈedət/  – prepare (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it.

Arnie Kotler Editing Services - Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing – also called substantive or structural editing
Arnie Kotler specializes in developmental editing, working closely with authors to improve clarity, concision, consistency, grammar, and flow. Revisions can be subjective, and ultimately, each edit is the author’s to accept or reject. It might be a suggestion to change a word, move text, or delete content that is repetitious or otherwise impairs the book’s rhythm, at times leaving great writing on the cutting room floor. Keeping the author’s unique voice is paramount. Arnie’s developmental editing can be described as clarification with heart, what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. described as “simplicity on the other side of complexity.”

Line Editing is language editing, sentence-by-sentence. Does each sentence make sense? Is it grammatically correct? Do ideas flow smoothly? Are they stated clearly? Sometimes only a line edit is called for. Unless requested otherwise, a developmental edit by Arnie Kotler Editing Services includes line editing.

Copy Editing is a cleanup edit. Are grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct? Is the material organized well? (Does B follow A?) Does the author provide support for his or her claims? Are all the parts present? Are graphics placed properly and identified correctly? Does everything look the way it is supposed to? These questions are also addressed in a thorough developmental edit, but a copy edit is more rigorous and thoroughgoing for cleaning up these kinds of issues. We do not do copy editing but can refer you to highly skilled professionals.

Proofreading is a polishing edit that usually takes place after a book has been developmentally edited, copy edited, and typeset. Have all changes been made? Have all errors been corrected? Were new errors introduced during typesetting? Does the book look the way you want? Arnie Kotler Editing Services does not do proofreading. We can refer you to highly skilled, professional proofreaders.

Ghostwriting / Coauthoring
Arnie Kotler Editing Services works closely with authors to compile materials and craft them into books or articles in the author’s voice, using writings, talks, interviews, conversations, and other materials provided by the author, along with research.

Manuscript Evaluation
Arnie Kotler Editing Services can help you determine what might be needed to transform your manuscript, thesis, or book idea into a publishable manuscript.

Maui Editing Services


pub·lish·ing ˈpəblishing/ – the business of preparing and issuing books, journals, and other material. From Latin publicare, “to make public.”

Book Packaging / Project Management
We work with publishers, self-publishers, and authors to help create your book. This might include editorial, design, production, and/or marketing assistance.

Author Tours & Publicity
Arnie Kotler Editing Services is highly experienced at organizing author tours, reaching out to reviewers and other media, helping create buzz, engaging social media, and other ways to get your book known to potential readers.

Self-Publishing Guidance
If you choose to self-publish, we can help you do so in a highly professional manner—from selecting and working with a designer and a printer, to finding trade distribution and marketing your work.

Literary Agent
Arnie Kotler Editing Services is a full-service literary agency. Arnie has placed the following titles with publishers:

Aging with Wisdom, by Olivia Hoblitzelle – Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Bride of the Buddha, by Barbara McHugh – Monkfish Book Publishing Company
The Buddha in Jail, by Cuong Lu – OR Books
Cancer as a Wake-Up Call, by M. Laura Nasi, MD – North Atlantic Books
Daughters of Fire, by Tom Peek – Bess Press
Dissent: Voices of Conscience, by Ann Wright and Susan Dixon – Haymarket Books
The Divine Heart, by Colette Lafia – Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i, by Patricia Jennings and Maria Ausherman – Bess Press
The Heart of the Goddess, by Hallie Iglehart Austen – Monkfish Book Publishing Company
If Only I Had Listened with Different Ears: Three Historical Novellas About the Buddha’s Teachings, by Jason Siff – Sumeru Books
Inner Gold, by Robert A. Johnson – Chiron Publications
The Last Stand, by David Harris – Heyday Books
Making It Through, by Demaris S. Wehr – Chiron Publications
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, by Linda Lehrhaupt – New World Library
Mirror, Mirror, by Gayle Bohlman – Chiron Publications
My Country ‘Tis of Thee, by David Harris – Heyday Books
Nation Within, by Tom Coffman – Duke University Press
Not One More Mother’s Child, by Cindy Sheehan – Chiron Publications
Not Yet Titled book of Dharma Art by Rashani Réa and Wisdom Sayings by Thich Nhat Hanh – Mango Publishing
On That Day Everybody Ate, by Margaret Trost – Chiron Publications
Opening Little Boxes, by Kees Lodder, Cathy Casey, Manuela Bertão, and Alex Casey – Eunoia Publishing
Opening to Grief, by Claire B. Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson – Red Wheel / Weiser: Dharma Spring
Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism, by Matteo Pistono – North Atlantic Books
Self-Healing: My Life and Vision, by Meir Schneider – Arkana/Penguin
A Sense of Something Greater, by Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza – Parallax Press
Songs of the Tradewinds, by J.J. Meeker – Bess Press (distrib.)
Spring Flower: A Tale of Two Rivers, by Jean Tren-Hwa Perkins, ed. By Richard P. Hsung – Earnshaw Books
The Superferry Chronicles, by Koohan Paik and Jerry Mander – Chiron Publications
Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, ed. by Maxine Hong Kingston – Chiron Publications
Wait: A Love Letter to Those in Despair, by Cuong Lu – Shambhala Publications
Westward the Women, by Nancy Wilson Ross – North Point Press
When Spirit Calls, by Joan Diver – Monkfish Book Publishing Company
The Wisdom of Sustainability, by Sulak Sivaraksa – Chiron Publications
Words of Wisdom, by Lama Surya Das – Chiron Publications