ernesto mestre - a professional note

last july i was looking for an editor for one of my novels in english, and michael mcirvin from pro writing and editing suggested ernesto mestre. this is the letter i received from ernesto:

My name is Ernesto Mestre.  I am a freelance editor and novelist and have been referred to you by Michael McIrvin of Pro Writing and Editing.  I have received the excerpt from your book and am currently working on a brief sample edit to give you a sense of what I can do to strengthen your work and get it in the best shape for submission for agents and publishers.  I will have it for you by tonight.  Looking over it briefly, it looks like very engaging material, and I have received your follow up letter to Michael about the language issues...

Here are some of my credentials:

B.A. English Literature,  Tulane University
Ph.D. Renaissance Literature, New York University
Professor of Fiction and Latin American Literature, Sarah Lawrence College & Brooklyn College

The Lazarus Rumba
The Second Death of Única Aveyano
Sacrificio (forthcoming)

Translations from Spanish
The Last Masquerade, a novel by Antonio Orlando Rodriguez
Malinche, a novel by Laura Esquivel
Our Lady of the Night, a novel by Mayra Santos-Febres
Call Me Brooklyn, a novel by Eduardo Lago (forthcoming)
No Time for Heroes, a novel by Laura Restrepo (forthcoming)

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction

You will hear from me soon, and I hope that we can work together, and that I can be of help in taking the next step in bringing your work to readers.


this sounded fine, and the sample edit he did was very good, so i wired him half of the sum we agreed upon, and ernesto mestre got to work. after a negligible delay, he handed in the first half of the manuscript, again having done a good job. so i wired him the remaining half of the payment, and began waiting for the finished manuscript. which should have come after a month. which never came. it's been a year to the day - in the interim, he wrote me a couple of emails to the effect that he was working on the manuscript, that he was having a series of personal problems, that he was almost finished with the work, etc. he used to answer my queries, but then that was gone as well. i finally asked him to wire back the second payment, and since then ernesto mestre is nowhere to be found.

this is not just about money: i had felt a certain comradery develop between us, and had trusted ernesto mestre professionally with my work. now i feel betrayed on both accounts. being in the same line of business myself, i have decided to make this public - in order to help prevent ernesto mestre's possible betrayal of others.

1 comment:

  1. Once sozu edilen yazari uydurma, yaziyi da hikaye sandim. Ama simdi amazondan baktim da ernesto mestre diye biri gercekten varmis. Yani -eger ernesto mestrenin de dahil oldugu bir saka degilse bu- her sey gercek gorunuyor (gordugunuz gibi "postmodern" yazarlara kolay guvenemiyor insan). Gecmis olsun oyleyse gercekten, uzuldum. Romana ne oldu, yayinlanacak mi her seye ragmen, cok merak ettim simdi.


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