Sebastian Stuart

ghostwriter, editor, manuscript consultant

For more than 25 years I’ve had the pleasure of helping scores of writers find their voices, polish their manuscripts, and see their projects through to completion.

I’ve worked with clients in every genre imaginable:  novels, non-fiction, biographies, essays, cookbooks, fundraisers, and business books.  I’ve published four novels under my own name, ghostwritten New York Times bestsellers, and written over two dozen original e-books.  I’ve won awards for my fiction and playwriting, and as a screenwriter have worked with Academy Award winners.

Please contact me to discuss your writing and editorial needs:

“When my literary agent referred me to Sebastian as a possible collaborator, I had written hundreds of pages detailing my adventures as an advance man for Hillary Clinton.  Sebastian was invaluable in helping me organize the material, then structure and write a proposal, and finally, after the book was sold, to develop and polish the finished product.  What pleased me most was his ability to help me find my own voice and then write in it, rather than imposing his own on my work.  He seemed to take real pleasure in helping me find my sea legs.  Sebastian is a blast to work with – patient, prepared, cheerful, funny.” – Patrick Halley, author of On the Road with Hillary.


Charm! by Kendall Hart

I had a great time writing this book, which was a New York Times bestseller.  Kendall Hart is a character on the soap opera All My Children. A perfume called Charm! was released at the same time.

“The fictional Kendall Hart is here given a novelist's voice, and the ghostwriter who produced this tie-in gets it right.” – Publishers Weekly.  


The Pursuit of Wow! by Tom Peters

Author and business guru Tom Peters is a force of nature and I had a wonderful time working with him on this international bestseller.

“Sebastian has worked as an editor and writer on five of my books.  His ideas and output are vibrant, funny, smart, and insightful.  Sebastian also has an uncanny knack for capturing my writing style, and he always delivers highly polished material.  He’s a pleasure to work with: prepared, polite, focused on results, and a lot of fun.” – Tom Peters

24-Karat Kids by Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart

Writing this novel with Dr. Judy Goldstein -- a prominent Upper East Side pediatrician -- was a delight.  24-Karat Kids was a national bestseller published in eight languages.

“A delightful novel that deliciously dishes on rich, overindulgent parents” – ­Washington Post
“Every bit as compelling as The Nanny Diaries” – Entertainment Weekly

On the Road with Hillary by Patrick Halley

Working on this book with Halley -- who was Hillary Clinton’s advance man for eight years -- was compelling and fun.  My admiration for Hillary skyrocketed; she is an extraordinary woman and this book is full of amazing stories.  I’m proud to have worked on it.

“This insider's account offers a fascinating look at what goes on behind the scenes on campaigns and White House trips; readers won't be able to resist the chance to peek through the keyhole.” – Booklist

“As co-founder of Wordworks, a book packager, I have worked closely with Sebastian on over a dozen projects.  Time and again, he has delivered stellar results.  He is equally adept at writing catchy titles and slogans as he is at writing long chapters that require intellectual rigor. His work always comes to us polished and pithy; as an editor he has a sharp eye for big picture issues of structure and content.
Ghostwriting requires the ability to listen to the ideas of others and turn them into clear, cogent prose. Our authors always find Sebastian a pleasure to work with.  He is unfailingly polite, patient and considerate – and he has a wonderful sense of humor.  He has helped numerous novice authors gain confidence and develop a writing style that suits them.” – Helen Rees, literary agent.

New Word City

For the past four years I’ve been a senior editor at the e-publishing house, New Word City.  Above are just some of the books I’ve written for them.

My Novels

The Hour Between by Sebastian Stuart

The Hour Between won the Ferro-Grumley Award as best LGBT novel of 2010, and was a National Public Radio “Season’s Readings” selection.

“This simple but wholly moving coming-of-age story features a worthy successor to Holden Caulfield.” – Publishers Weekly.

The Mentor by Sebastian Stuart

My first novel, The Mentor, was a psychological thriller.  It was a Book of the Month Club selection, also published in Britain. 

“Ultra-stylish…creepily, masterfully authentic.”—Publishers Weekly
“A remarkable tour de force: brilliant, revelatory, and original.”—The Nashville Tennessean
“This debut showstopper makes your blood run cold.”—Ms. London
“A deliciously twisted psychothriller.” – New Woman

To the Manor Dead and Dead by Any Other Name by Sebastian Stuart

Two mysteries set in the beautiful and ever-fascinating Hudson Valley, and featuring amateur sleuth Janet Petrocelli.

“Deliciously offbeat … readers will be left wondering what fun she’ll get into next time.” -- Publishers Weekly
“As vividly as John D. MacDonald captured Florida in Travis McGee’s adventures, Stuart immortalizes our dear, messy valley. … Nobody who enjoys a good comic mystery will be able to put this book down.” – Chronogram


Banned in Boston

That’s Doris Kearns Goodwin and Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton rehearsing for Banned in Boston, a fundraiser I wrote for 12 years.  Banned is a night of skits, songs and political satire that benefits Urban Improv, a theater program for at-risk children.  The cast has included Governor Deval Patrick, Senators John Kerry and Elizabeth Warren, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Anna Devere Smith, Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton, and Tom and Ray Maglizzi, better know as the "Car Talk" guys.  Doris K. Goodwin is a blast to work with, she has played everyone from a Hooters waitress to Queen Elizabeth in the show - and nailed them all.

“As the producer of Banned in Boston, I have worked closely with Sebastian for a dozen years.  Year after year, he has delivered a highly original, polished, topical, hilarious script.  It is in large measure due to his talents that Banned in Boston has become a Boston institution.
Working under deadline, collaborating closely with a team of script advisors, Sebastian has proven himself adept at listening, culling, cutting, and shaping.  His leadership is always inclusive, patient, and considerate.  He is a complete pleasure to work with.”
– Lisa Schmid Alvord

This ‘n’ That

Working with entertainer and scholar Michael Feinstein on The Sound of Healing -- a proposal for a book about the healing power of music –– was a real privilege.

“Thank you for your impeccable work, Sebastian.”
– Michael Feinstein

I loved working on the cookbook, Taste of Shan, with the delightful and adventurous Page Bingham.

Catalogue mogul Lillian Vernon is a dynamo and business pioneer. An Eye for Winners tells her fascinating story.

It was exciting to work with former CNN reporter Bonnie Anderson on her book, Newflash: Journalism, Infotainment, and the Bottom Line Business of Broadcast News.

As a playwright, my work has been seen at the Public Theater, The Kitchen, and LaMama, among other venues, and I’ve received grants from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Hale Matthews Award, and commissions from Theater for the New City and Theodora Skipitaris. I’ve written four children’s musicals with novelist Stephen McCauley and composer Narcissa Campion, and was co-book writer for Dementos, the Marc Shaiman-Robert Rubinsky musical. My screenplays, written with Robert Rubinsky, have been optioned by Oscar-winning actress/director Lee Grant and actress/director Sondra Locke, among others.

“Sebastian Stuart is the poet laureate of the Lower East Side.”
- Michael Musto in the Village Voice.