Science Fiction & Fantasy Editing

Hello, authors! I’m currently scheduling projects for the rest of this year and into early 2015 and still have spaces left, so if you have a manuscript almost ready for professional editing or if you’d like to try a trial edit first, please contact me soon. I’m especially looking for authors who have a distinctive writing voice and who are[…]

Editorial Jam Sessions

I loved Richard Adin’s post at his “An American Editor” blog yesterday about how good editors find and adopt the writer’s unique style or rhythm. Beyond the technical skills and know-how, so much of editing requires an intuitive understanding of what the writer is trying to do and how it’s playing to the audience. To jump in and “fix” things[…]

Interview at Phantom Owl Press

Here’s a little interview with me, about editing and my editing process, over at Phantom Owl Press. 🙂 Excerpt: What are some things you think writers should look for/be wary of when hiring an editor? After you’ve found an editor who has the level of experience and skill you are happy with, the most important[…]

Review – Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do

“Authors really depend on editors for one thing: the truth.” Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, by Gerald Gross, is a collection of essays by editors, illuminating all the different things that go on in that strange editorial realm between writers’ and readers’ imaginations. The book is broken into two[…]

How important is rewriting?

Love this answer by Robet McKee in an interview on Storylink.com. Debra Eckerling asked him, How important is the process of rewriting? Robert McKee: “It’s absolutely critical. I quote Hemingway in my book who said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” What’s difficult for writers to come to terms with is to recognize that 90%[…]

HOLIDAY

My editing schedule is currently full for September, but I still have room for new projects in October and November, so please email me if your draft will ready for editing around this time and I’ll pencil you in! However, I’m just about to jump on my bike and ride from Berlin to Copenhagen, so[…]

Editing techniques: How to streamline your writing

Writing “in the moment” without pausing to review is a perfect way to create, because you don’t want the critical half of your brain self-consciously poking at the less-inhibited, imaginative half while it’s doing its thing. However, a side effect of completely freewheeling story-creation is that your imagination will zoom in and out on the[…]

Attack of the Grammar-Monsters

Copyeditors are not all evil grammar-monsters who spend their days hunting for typos just so they can terrify anyone who knows less about writing mechanics than they do. Good copyeditors know that context matters, and they know the difference between an author who is purposely bending or breaking sentence structure for fun and one who[…]