The Story Doctor

Don’t let your story suffer from needless rejections.

The Story Doctor Can Help. 


Hi, I’m William Gensburger, an author and story doctor, and I’ve helped many authors over the years develop and refine their stories and novels.

• Only The Story Doctor will tell you exactly what is wrong with your work, and whether revisions and rewrites can save it.  I work with you so that you know what to do.

• With  many testimonials (see below) asserting to the quality of work from The Story Doctor, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

SPECIAL OFFER: Thru AUGUST 2019, I am offering a detailed analysis of your short story for $20, that’s 50% OFF the regular price.
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[For novel-length work  – email me first.]

• You will receive a detailed report highlighting strengths and weaknesses, areas of confusion, suggested changes, and more. (Does not include editing/proofing. If you decide to use my services for further consulting, editing or proofing, I will also deduct the above fee from your total.) 

• With the detailed analysis you will know exactly what to do to make your story publishable.

• You are under no further obligation to use my services unless you wish to.




“I really appreciate your help and I am excited about the recent increase in awareness of the book. I enjoy how you give me tasks…. which motivates me to get it done. I never would otherwise.  You also were the inspiration for the NOMV post which got my foot in a door that has endless potential.” ~Laura C Lefkowitz, bestselling author: “Bite Me: Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian

“From his very first contact with me, William Gensburger gave me invaluable instruction, ideas, and encouragement, all while respecting my viewpoints and story. Under his patient guidance, I watched that 5,000-word awkward story come to life and transform into something I had only dreamed of.” ~Danielle Calloway, author “The Lost Child

“I needed publishing help from someone who was insightful and knowledgeable, who moved at the same pace I did so momentum would not be lost and frustration set in. [William] is that kind of person. His suggestions and expertise were invaluable in helping me. He kept me informed throughout, was always prompt in returning emails and answering questions, professional in his suggestions and comments, and he did what he said he would do. My experience with him was highly positive and energizing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.” ~J.S. Ririe, author “Indecision’s Flame. Books 1-7.”

“William is a high quality professional that strives to help authors reach their personal and professional goals.  He is responsive, objective, and sets realistic goals.  If you have a manuscript or require marketing to promote your brand, William is a good resource.”~Kurt Koontz, Bestselling author “A Million Steps” and “Practice“. (

“The whole experience for me was quite enjoyable. I appreciated your quick responses and opinions over any questions or concerns I had. You were very helpful and made the process seamless. Also, I thought the editing was spot on.” ~MK

“William has been a constant source of professional constructive advice, which at times I have cursed for the extra work involved, but have come to appreciate as it drove me to higher planes in my writing and even my way of thinking about stories.” ~Robin Melhuish, bestselling author “All That Remains,” “The Quiet Way,” and “Finish With Engine.”

“Thanks so much for writing back to me. I greatly appreciate your feedback and will get back to work on it asap with your notes in mind!” ~ Client

Are you ready to call the Story Doctor?

ORDER NOW <<<click<< (You will be taken to the story submission page. Select detailed analysis and make your payment before submission or immediately after.

or Email me with questions: (Subject line: DOCTOR) and let’s talk about your needs BEFORE you take advantage of this offer.  NO RISK, NO OBLIGATION.

  • Read Short Stories

    • Cameron requested homemade pizza for her going-away party. She told me she wanted “thick chewy crusts with a ton of toppings”, and that’s why seventeen of us are crowded into my narrow kitchen on a Friday afternoon in early September

    • To See that Look Again by Joe Giordano I sold my car and gave my suits to charity. Olympic Airlines had a stand-by ticket available, and in ten hours I landed in Athens. I boarded a bus that dropped me

    • Rose of the Sea by Kat Devitt I smelled roses on the wind, blown through a sea of memory. I shall come… I shall come… I was standing there as if it was yesterday. Church bells rang in my ears,

    • Lost Pet Found Please Call by D.W. Davis Taylor saw the poster on the telephone pole and knew immediately what had been missing from his life. He’d initially thought he could fill the hole with a new car, or a

    • Fifteen Seconds by Linda Juliano Leia kicked the knife away from the body before running out of the alley, rounding the corner and barreling into a couple, almost knocking them to the ground. “Hey!” the woman shouted, recovering her balance.

    • If Walls Could Talkby Lisa PostPart 1: Sometimes, You Can’t Get a Foot from ShoreThe Hired HelpYou run your hand along the wall.  The wood is rough.  If it weren’t for your leather gloves, splinters would have claimed the palm

    • High Kill Shelter: A short story by Steve Passey Every Saturday morning an autistic girl walks past the shelter wearing noise-cancelling headphones and dark sunglasses. When she comes to the crosswalk she waits for a car to come and stop

    • LEOPOLD KELLY’S MAGIC BOX by John Turner I knew there was trouble the moment I saw the faded green truck pull up alongside me. My old friend, Leopold Kelly, with a mess of tangled, brown hair; and wild, hazel eyes,

    • “Mama is dead,” Trixie says as if she’s talking about the weather. Liza’s body has been down at the morgue for three days, so I don’t know why Trixie feels the need to state the obvious. “Stop calling her that,”

    • Birds squawk an inconsistent rhythm and frosty leaves rustle background vocals in the breeze. It’s the first morning of a week off work and Bernhard Koenig plans to spend much of that time perched in a camouflaged hunting blind, rifle

    • There’s a cold wind coming in from the North; there’s always a cold wind when Martin comes by. I can feel it in the bones of this old Maine house, whittling the warmth of the wood away in gusts and

    • Wulfstan followed Margot into the misted atrium. Ferns and leafy plants made a rain forest impression. Hidden speakers pumped out soothing atonal music. A few goldfinches fluttered about, lovely little birds that almost looked fake. ​This is where people went

    • “Life asked Death, ‘Why do people love me, but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am a painful truth.’ ” ~Anonymous  The woman flicked an inch of ash from her smoke as she sat

    • Shaun holds the door for me, but Joey shoves ahead, pulling cigarette and lighter from somewhere. I give him a look, but he lights up anyway, maneuvering his words around his cigarette: “It’s a bar.” “We have to post it.”

    • When I speak to my friends we often joke and reminisce about the imaginary friends we used to have as kids, sometimes we would play or discuss things with them and even argue with them, perhaps it was just an

    • Tantalizing once described how I felt about blackberries. The wild bushes, heavy with fruit, were a gift of summer. But I’ve lost my taste for them. And summer, which once spelled freedom, now just means hot months to endure. I’d

    • SHORT STORY: Pressure by Gary Hoffman [appeared first in Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, July 2017 issue]   He knew hoping wasn’t going to save him, but he was doing it anyway.  He thought of the cliché ‘hoping against hope,’ but

    • Short Story: The Diner by Peter Ford [First appeared Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, December 2017 issue] Harry Pinder was a chef like no other. He had never received a bad review, or, if he had, he was as certain as

    • SHORT STORY: To Hell with Descartes by Jonathan deBurca Butler [First printed Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, December 2017] “See that girl there?” asked Jedebiah Smallman. His friend, arms-folded leaning back on a sulking clef-back bench, soaked up the early morning

    • BNP Magazine is accepting short stories for possible publication in Books ‘N Pieces Magazine. Payment on publication. Click the SUBMIT tab for more information.