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Editing for the Voices of Reason!

Are you an atheist, humanist or science-loving writer who’s looking a professional editor? I’m seeking new clients who write about free-thought, skepticism, and science, or whose love for these things seeps through into their fiction worlds and characters.   Years ago when I first started out as an editor, I worked for a company where I had to[…]

The Romeo Catchers – Book Release Party in New Orleans

Recently, I got to do an editor’s favorite thing… attend a book launch and see a shiny new novel released into the wilds! Then watch the books be carried away into the night, clutched to the hearts of excited fans. And best of all, it was in the magical city of New Orleans. Editing Alys Arden’s[…]

Tweets that make me happy

Well, I can’t let such lovely tweets just float away down the river, can I? I not only work with great authors on great books, they’re all very kind too. 🙂 My editor’s new FB page. Can't imagine publishing without @Marissavu vigilant eye taking a good look 1st! — Eduard F. Vinyamata (@Fric) September 16, 2014[…]

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 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%[…]

The Casquette Girls, by Alys Arden

SO EXCITED to see The Casquette Girls released to the world today! Written by Alys Arden, and edited by me. 🙂 The Casquette Girls is a paranormal YA mystery that weaves together the real mythologies of New Orleans into a  modern-day, post-hurricane setting. Alys Arden portrays New Orleans beautifully and writes with the kind of affectionate[…]

Letting Go of the Final Draft

I feel sad when I finish the last touches on a manuscript I’ve been editing and have to say goodbye to the characters, especially after spending months being so involved in their lives and every move. But I can’t imagine what it’s like for an author, who has usually spent years writing, rewriting, revising, and[…]