Need help along the publishing journey? The writing mentors at The Writing Spa have walked the road to publication. Mary DeMuth, an accomplished nonfiction freelancer and novelist understands the twists and turns of the publishing industry. Together with Leslie Wilson, who edits nonfiction, and Anne Mateer, who edits fiction, they’re here to help get to the next step in your journey.
Leslie Wilson—The Writing Spa Bio
Leslie Wilson, a former high school English teacher, has been writing, editing, and speaking full-time since 1999. She’s edited dozens of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for her critique partners, Mary DeMuth and Anne Mateer, as well as many The Writing Spa clients. She has also helped authors complete book proposals to submit to editors and literary agents.
Leslie served as lead editor for A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts: Stories to Celebrate and Wisdom to Bless Moms (Leafwood Publishers), which debuts for Mother’s Day 2011. Her first book, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday, co-authored with five other Word Quilters, debuted in October of 2008. Leslie is currently agented by Rachelle Gardner with WordServe Literary. Her humor column, Reality Motherhood, has appeared each week in 13 Dallas-area newspapers for over six years. Additionally, her words have tickled readers of dozens of parenting magazines, as well as Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler’s Soul (Health), I’m Glad I’m a Mom (Harvest House), and The Groovy Chicks’ Road Trip series (Cook).
She speaks to thousands each year at Hearts at Home conferences, MOPS groups, Early Childhood PTAs, Mothers of Multiples, and women’s conferences. Leslie, who pioneered the Rockwall Christian Writers Group in October of 2001, has also served on the faculty of several writers’ conferences. She enjoys mentoring new writers and speakers. Visit her at www.realitymotherhood.com or www.realitymotherhood.blogspot.com. Personally speaking, Leslie and Bret, her husband of 23 years, watch their three children play sports in Rockwall, Texas.