About

Welcome to the Internet home of Editor Shawn Coyne.  I’ll put together a big mess of stuff that will detail my bona fides, specifying the hundreds of books I’ve edited and published in my career as the site evolves. It’s pretty shocking to see just how many books I’ve worked on and I’m OCD enough to have tallied up the gross revenue…more than $150 million bucks just in North America.  I ain’t no spring chicken anymore though, so it’s best that I get out what I’ve learned before I can’t remember it anymore.

My longest collaboration has been with writer Steven Pressfield.  I edited a number of Steve’s books including The War of Art, Gates of Fire, Turning Pro, Tides of War, and The Authentic Swing.  I’m also Steve’s literary agent, manager, and his business partner in Black Irish Books (www.blackirishbooks.com).  If you haven’t read his stuff, you should.

I’ve even ghostwritten a number of books that were bestsellers (sorry can’t tell you what they are) as well as co-wrote one myself, The Ones Who Hit the Hardest with Chad Millman, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN, the Magazine.  Anyway, more to come here.  I’ll try to figure out how to do those click-through link things that just list all my stuff and the year I worked on it.

More importantly…

WHAT IS THE STORY GRID?

The Story Grid is a tool I’ve developed as an editor to analyze and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells me what is working, what’s not, and what must be done to fix it. When I show The Story Grid to writers, they love it because it allows them to break down the component parts of their novels (or narrative non-fiction) to see where their storytelling went off-track. Identifying the problems in a story is almost as difficult as the writing of the story itself (maybe even more difficult.)

The Story Grid is a tool with many applications:

  1. It will tell you if a Story “works” or “doesn’t work.”
  2. It pinpoints problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer, revealing exactly where a Story (not the person creating the Story…the Story) has failed.
  3. It will tell you the specific work necessary to fix that Story’s problems.
  4. It is a tool to re-envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer.
  5. It is a tool that can inspire an original creation.