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Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams - Editor

Dubai UAE

Sharp-eyed editor w/10 years literary & genre experience; books for Spencer Hill & Penguin Random House. Not cheap. Not kind.

Overview

June 27, 2015 - Please note, I am currently booked for full-length projects through December 1, 2015.
Sample editing continues, but take your own deadlines into consideration if we're otherwise suited.
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Allison Williams is a well-published author and editor, with 10 years of experience in literary and genre fiction, and a strong literary background. She has edited books for independent authors and those published by Penguin Random House and Spencer Hill. Her work has been seen in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio. She is on the editorial board of noted literary magazine Brevity. A successful veteran of the query process, Allison knows how to help you present your book in its very best form. She edits and critiques literary fiction and a broad range of genres, including romance, mystery, horror and young adult fiction, memoir and travel essays.

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While leafing through the classifieds in a popular writing magazine, I noticed something. The freelance editing ads were so *nice.*
"Gentle editor..."
"Nurturing editor..."
"Sensitive, budget-conscious editor..."

But when I was giving feedback to writers, I heard,
"I'm so glad someone gave it to me straight."
"I'm so tired of people being nice, it's not helping me get better."
"Please, just tell me what's not working so I can fix it."

It's not fun or easy to hear it straight. But if you're up for it, you're at the right place.

Praise makes you feel good. Criticism makes your work better.

I'm not nasty or cutting, but I'm not kind. I don't care about your self-esteem unless it affects your ability to keep writing, and I'll only praise stuff that's genuinely right.

Your work deserves it. You deserve it.

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"I could not be more happy with the precision and quality of your insight. You have been really comprehensive and the information is organized in a great way. I see myself making 80-90% of these adjustments." Emily Stowe

"To my editor, thank you, thank you, thank you. There are editors and then there is Allison Williams, The Unkind Editor. Your insight and expertise not only made my book stronger, but also made me a better writer. I look forward to having your attentive eye on all of my future works." A K Mills

"Allison isn't (just) the type of editor you want--she's the type of editor you need. She cares about what's important in this process: pushing your work to perfection. And she will, with a smile on her face and red pens on hand." Alex R Kahler

"I'm extremely grateful that the network connected me with a professional editor whose competency I could trust. I really enjoyed working with you, Allison. You were polite, detail oriented and extremely thorough. The wrap-up editorial letter was fantastic and you provided a wealth of helpful suggestions for me to implement. For example, the prosthetics section. I'm bowled over that you would take the time to contact an amputee. You went above and beyond on that. Also, the examples of technical problems were great. They were exactly what I was looking for when I hired you. My goal was to streamline things and make my writing tighter. My goal is to become more proficient at editing my own work, but I think it's a crutch that a lot of writers bear. An editor can see what needs to be done, and sometimes the writer cannot." Collette West

"I've worked with Allison on both self-help chapters and an epic fantasy novel. For the factual, she's precise at pointing out where something needs support, research or an anecdote, and helped keep the tone and style unified. Her suggested rewrites stayed in the voice of the book, too. Working with fiction, Allison was able to point out where the structure of a very complex plot could be tightened while keeping or even strengthening my original intention. She's supportive but picky, and your book will emerge from her tough-love process stronger and better than before." R Mordant Mahon



Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Inspirational Literature Plays & Screenplays Romance Themes & Motifs Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Travel

Awards

  • Mark Twain Humor Writing Award
  • Seven Hills Penumbra Prize for Young Adult Fiction
  • Two-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM

Work experience

Social Media Editor

Brevity (literary magazine)

June, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Write blog posts, coordinate guest bloggers and develop and implement social media for Brevity, a literary magazine of creative nonfiction. Noted for high-click-generating posts.

Freelance Editor

Unkind Editor

March, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

Freelance editor, focusing on developmental editing and manuscript evaluation. Work includes books published by Penguin Random House, Spencer Hill, small presses and self-published/independent.

Writer/Essayist

I Do Words

October, 2009 – Present (about 7 years)

Essayist, radio storyteller and blogger for outlets including The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, CBC-Canada, Writers Bloc, Prairie Schooner and Kenyon Review Online.

Associate Editor

Johns Hopkins University Press

September, 2003 – June, 2006 (over 2 years)

Associate Editor for the journal Theatre Topics. Work included soliciting submissions, planning special issues, reviewing and responding to submissions, copyediting and proofreading.

President

International Centre for Women Playwrights

May, 2001 – April, 2005 (almost 4 years)

President of the ICWP Board of Directors, including managing finances and publication efforts. Editor of two collections of plays and monologues featuring members' work.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Those Across the River

Christopher Buehlman

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for gene... read more

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for gene... read more

The Lesser Dead

Christopher Buehlman

WINNER OF THE ALA’S BEST HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2015“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his “genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet... The secret is, ... read more

WINNER OF THE ALA’S BEST HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2015“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his “genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet... The secret is, ... read more

Between Two Fires

Christopher Buehlman

“Buehlman…slips effortlessly into a different kind of literary sensibility, one that doesn’t scrimp on earthy humor and lyrical writing in the face of unspeakable horrors.”*The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman village. An almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the plague is only part of a larger cataclysm—that th... read more

“Buehlman…slips effortlessly into a different kind of literary sensibility, one that doesn’t scrimp on earthy humor and lyrical writing in the face of unspeakable horrors.”*The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman village. An almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the plague is only part of a larger cataclysm—that th... read more

Martyr (The Hunted)

A.R. Kahler

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world. Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic--the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place. Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but ... read more

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world. Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic--the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place. Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but ... read more

Panto Damascus

Martin Ewen

Martin Ewen, an international clown soloist in search of structure, set out to compile an alphabet of experience.Collecting a global alphabet of towns and cities over two decades, seeking out and finally securing the last seven letters took him ten years.Once this arbitrary quest was fulfilled in 2009 he was again purposeless for two minutes.His remedy is this book, a written memoir of his alp... read more

Martin Ewen, an international clown soloist in search of structure, set out to compile an alphabet of experience.Collecting a global alphabet of towns and cities over two decades, seeking out and finally securing the last seven letters took him ten years.Once this arbitrary quest was fulfilled in 2009 he was again purposeless for two minutes.His remedy is this book, a written memoir of his alp... read more

Perfect Game

Collette West

For New York Kings' first baseman Scott Harper, scoring women is easy. He's ready to get naked anytime, anywhere. But when a hacker leaks his nude selfies, he's unprepared for the scrutiny his full-frontals receive. Carrie McKenzie has a love-hate relationship with her body. No longer the fat chick guys can ignore, she wins the job as the Kings' clubhouse reporter. With her svelte new figure, ... read more

For New York Kings' first baseman Scott Harper, scoring women is easy. He's ready to get naked anytime, anywhere. But when a hacker leaks his nude selfies, he's unprepared for the scrutiny his full-frontals receive. Carrie McKenzie has a love-hate relationship with her body. No longer the fat chick guys can ignore, she wins the job as the Kings' clubhouse reporter. With her svelte new figure, ... read more

The Parts That Followed: The Parts I Remember Book 2

AK Mills

Act first. Think never. Remember nothing. If only things were still that easy for Kelly Rockport. Enveloped in guilt after surviving the crash that claimed the life of her best friend Meredith, Kelly returns to Haysville University refusing to forget. In her mind, letting go of the accident would be like killing Meredith all over again. With therapy proving futile and sex leaving her emptier t... read more

Act first. Think never. Remember nothing. If only things were still that easy for Kelly Rockport. Enveloped in guilt after surviving the crash that claimed the life of her best friend Meredith, Kelly returns to Haysville University refusing to forget. In her mind, letting go of the accident would be like killing Meredith all over again. With therapy proving futile and sex leaving her emptier t... read more

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