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Manuscript evaluations, structural editing, line-editing, consulting, and other book-doctor services for novelists, literary agents, and publishers of commercial fiction..

Specializing in crime, suspense, and thriller fiction.



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Ed Stackler

Ed Stackler spent more than seven years working as an editor for St. Martin's Press and New American Library (NAL), two of the major trade publishers in New York City. As a senior editor with NAL, he discovered and edited the work of New York Times-bestselling thriller novelist Greg Iles. He also acquired and edited novels by Mickey Spillane, Robert K. Tanenbaum, Gary Hardwick, Ralph Compton, and many others.


A native of Idaho and graduate of Stanford University and the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Ed Stackler founded Stackler Editorial in 1996.


Since launching Stackler Editorial, his clients have included Greg Iles, Matthew FitzSimmons, Adam Mitzner, William Myers, Ridley Pearson, Andrew Peterson, Ben Coes, Laura Joh Rowland, James W. Hall, Carolyn Haines, and many other novelists.


List of published clients and novels

List of published clients and novels:

Greg Iles (Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, Mississippi Blood, and Cemetery Road, HarperCollins; The Devil's Punchbowl, Footprints of GodBlood MemoryTurning Angel, True Evil, and Third Degree, Scribner; Spandau PhoenixBlack CrossMortal Fear, The Quiet Game, 24 Hours, Dead Sleep, and Sleep No More, Penguin/Putnam): all New York Times bestsellers


  • Mississippi Blood: number-one hardcover NYT bestseller)

Ridley Pearson (The Risk Agent and Killer Weekend, Putnam; Art of DeceptionThe Body of David Hayes, and Cut & Run, Hyperion)


Andrew Peterson (First to KillForced to KillOption to KillReady to KillContract to KillRight to Kill, and Hired to Kill, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

Matthew FitzSimmons (The Short DropPoisonfeather, Cold Harbor,  and Debris Line, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

William Myers (A Criminal DefenseAn Engineered Injustice, and A Killer's Alibi, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

Ben Coes (Power DownCoup d'Etat; and The Last Refuge, St. Martin’s Press)


Jeffrey Siger (Murder in MykonosAssassins of AthensPrey on PatmosTarget: TinosMykonos after MidnightSons of SpartaDevil of DelphiSantorini Caesars, and An Aegean April, Poisoned Pen Press)

  • Mykonos after Midnight: nominated for Left Coast Crime's "Calamari" Award: Best Mystery Novel Set outside the U.S.


  • Devil of Delphi: Finalist for 2016 Barry Award for Best Novel

James W. Hall (When They Come for You and When You Can't Stop, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

Andrew Mayne (Looking Glass  and Murder Theory, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

Steve Alten (Meg, Doubleday; The Trench, Kensington; Domain and Resurrection, Tor Books)

  • Meg adapted into 2018 blockbuster movie The Meg 

Adam Mitzner (A Conflict of Interest and A Case of Redemption, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster; Dead Certain and Never Goodbye, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)


  • Conflict of Interest: Named Top Ten of 2012 by Suspense Magazine

Todd Merer (The Extraditionist and White Tigress, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)


Alan McDermott (Gray Retribution, Gray Vengeance, and Gray Salvation, Run and Hide, Seek and Destroy, and Trojan, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon) 

  • Trojan: nominated by International Thriller Writers for Best E-Book Original Novel

Reece Hirsch (The Insider, Berkley Books; The Adversary and Surveillance, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

  • The Insider: nominated by International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel

Charlie Newton (Traitor's Gate, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon; Start Shooting, Doubleday; Calumet City, Touchstone)


  • Calumet City: Nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for Edgar Allan Poe award for Best First Novel by an American Author


  • Nominated by International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel

  • Nominated by Mystery Readers International for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery


  • Nominated by Crime Writers' Association for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for the year's best thriller.


  • Named Best Crime Novel Debut (1 of 6 winners) for 2008 by American Library Association.

John Connell (Ruins of War and Spoils of Victory, Berkley)

  • Ruins of War: Finalist for the 2016 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

Michael W. Sherer (Night DropNight Strike, and Night Tide, Amazon/CreateSpace; Night Blind, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

  • Night Blind: Nominated by International Thriller Writers for Best Paperback Original Novel.

Royce Prouty (Stoker's Manuscript, Putnam)


  • Publishers Weekly "Signature" boxed review

  • 2013 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Carolyn Haines (A House of Memory, Thomas & Mercer/Amazon)

Anderson Harp (Retribution,  Born of War, and Misled, Kensington)

Webb Hubbell (When Men Betray, Beaufort Books)


Ed Kovacs (Storm DamageGood Junk, and Burnt Black, St. Martin's Press)



Mark Nykanen (Burn down the Sky, Harper Voyager, written as James Jaros; Primitive and Striking Back, BelleBridge Books; The Bone Parade and Search Angel, Hyperion)


Mark Alpert (Extinction, St. Martin's Press)


Jeffrey B. Burton (The Adversary, MK Publishing; The Chessman, MacAdam/Cage Publishing)


Jutta Profijt (Morgue Drawer Next DoorMorgue Drawer for RentMorgue Drawer: Do Not Enter, and Dust Angels, AmazonCrossing)

Paul McEuen (Spiral, Dial Press)

  • Nominated by International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel

R. B. Chesterton (The Darkling, Pegasus Crime)

Jeremy Wagner (The Armageddon Chord, kNight Romance Publishing)

Tim Downs (Head GamesFirst the DeadLess than Dead, and Ends of the Earth, Thomas Nelson; Chop Shop and Shoo Fly Pie, Howard Publishing/Simon and & Schuster)


Ted Dekker (Skin, Thomas Nelson)

Thomas Fitzsimmons (City of Fire, Tor/Forge)

Laura Joh Rowland (The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte, Overlook Press)

T. L. Hines (The UnseenFaces in the Fire, and The Hive, Thomas Nelson)

Tom Grace (The Secret Cardinal, Vanguard Press)

Humphrey Hawksley (The History Book, Grand Central; published in paperback as Security Breach)


Philip Hawley (Stigma, Harper)


Tucker Malarkey (Resurrection, Riverhead; An Obvious Enchantment, Random House)


David Dun (Necessary EvilAt the Edge, Overfall, Last Climb, and The Black Silent, Pinnacle/Kensington)


Richard Cox (Rift and The God Particle, Ballantine Books)


Holly Kennedy (The Tin Box, Tor/Forge)


Eliot Pattison (The Skull Mantra ,Water Touching Stone, and Bone Mountain, St. Martin's/Minotaur)


  • The Skull Mantra: Winner of Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel

Tim Watts (Grand Theft, Putnam)

Richard Weber (Miss Gazillions, St. Martin's Press)


Kirk Russell (Shell Games and Night Game, Chronicle Books)


Alan Nayes (The Unnatural, Tor/Forge)


Jerry Kennealy (The Vatican Connection and Dancing with Fire, written as "James Brant," Onyx/New American Library)


Nicolas Kublicki (The Diamond Conspiracy, Sourcebooks)


James Francis (Danger's Hour, NAL/Onyx)

Richard Golub (The Big Cut, St. Martin's Press)

Bob King (Spooky 8, St. Martin's Press)

Bruce Fergusson (The Piper's Sons, NAL/Dutton)

Walt Becker (Link, Morrow)


Michael C. Eberhardt (Witness for the Defense, NAL/Onyx)


David Leadbeater (Stand Your Ground, Amazon Digital Services)

Kevin Tinto (Ice and Ice: Genesis, Amazon Digital Services)

  • Ice: Winner Action/Adventure category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Tom Turner (Palm Beach NastyPalm Beach Poison,  and Palm Beach Predator, Amazon Digital Services)

G. M. Lawrence (Q: Awakening, Variance Publishing)


  • Finalist for Foreword/Clarion’s 2012 Thriller of the Year Award

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