Picture this: Ron Delaney Jr. walks into the room. A spotlight shines on him. The sweet juvenile sound of the My Little Pony theme song fills the air. Ron saunters to the center, a huge smile on his face. People exchange nervous glances. A few of them laugh. Ron acts as if this is the most normal thing in the world.
Ron is not a diehard My Little Pony fan, but if he had a walk-in theme song, he would like it to be something inappropriate to him, like a single by Slayer or a kid’s television show song.
“I don’t have one song that summarizes me,” Ron says. “But, it would be one of those things where I’d love to have a room of fifty people and have something play that doesn’t make sense. I find people are the most honest when they’re a little uncomfortable.”
Ron was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. He is an outdoorsy guy who loves running streams, decent verticals, plenty of woods, and the more animals the better. Ron lives in Ewing with his girlfriend and their beautiful but not very bright Norwegian forest cat, George.
“My girlfriend bought the house and I brought the shedding feline to cover everything in white hair,” Ron says. “It works for us.”
When he’s not exploring the great outdoors, visiting local breweries and wineries, or reading other people’s manuscripts (more on that later), you can find Ron recording tutorial videos and marketing voice-overs for a software company.
This early-October baby has all the Libra magic powers, making Ron a great communicator and facilitator. He also makes a badass espresso martini.
Ron has a bachelor of arts in English literature from Seton Hall University. He’s written three novels (two middle grade and one adult) and is working on his fourth, an adult speculative fiction work about robots.
“The idea of writing a novel always seemed really insane to me,” Ron says. “I was a reader for most of my life but never wrote anything, especially long-form, until recently. It seemed so big. How does anybody write four hundred pages of anything?”
Ron originally approached novel writing as a personal challenge, and he quickly discovered he loved it. He writes as often as he can to hone his craft. He takes the lessons he learns and shares them with other writers, which makes Ron an exceptional staff writer and writing coach for Round Table Companies.
“One of my favorite things to do is to read new writers’ work and provide feedback,” Ron says. “Also, getting to see a story before anyone else is hella cool.”
Ron met a few members of RTC at the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York, where RTC served as the title sponsor. He dropped his business card in a bucket at the RTC table and received a call a few months later, asking if he’d be interested in working with clients through their book development journeys.
Ron has a good eye for identifying pace challenges, character and voice inconsistencies, and where writers tell rather than show.
“I’m a straight shooter and an open book,” Ron says. “If you’re looking for someone who’ll both point out what needs work in your manuscript and help you formulate a plan to do that, I’m your huckleberry.”