Arvind Dilawar

Arvind Dilawar - Editor

New York, NY, USA

For 10 years, I've worked in publishing, marketing, and journalism, specializing in literature, education, and media.

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Overview

I'm an editor and writer with almost a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, and journalism. As an editor, I've worked at Black Balloon Publishing, an independent press, and 2U Inc., an online education company. I've also done freelance editorial work for Inkshares, a crowdfunded publisher, and Infographic World, a marketing agency. My journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere, and I was formerly a contributing writer to Pacific Standard. I graduated from Baruch College with a degree in journalism and creative writing in 2011.

I offer services in copy editing, developmental editing, and proofreading. I've worked with seasoned journalists and first-time authors on everything from magazine articles to genre-bending novels. My approach is to first hear out how writers want their work to advance, then apply my editorial skills and sensibilities in that direction. I believe that editing is about enhancing a story, not rewriting it.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Magical Realism
Short Story

Work experience

Editor/Writer

Self-employed
October, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

Senior Editor

Black Balloon Publishing
June, 2013 – October, 2014 (over 1 year)

Content Editor

2U Inc.
January, 2010 – June, 2013 (over 3 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

And Every Day Was Overcast

Paul Kwiatkowski

"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy."—New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide, Dwight Garner“A completely original and clearheaded voice.”—Ira Glass, host of This American Life"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . The shabby suburbs of [South... read more

"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy."—New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide, Dwight Garner“A completely original and clearheaded voice.”—Ira Glass, host of This American Life"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . The shabby suburbs of [South... read more

Fat Man and Little Boy

Mike Meginnis

Two bombs over Japan. Two shells. One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other. Brothers.Named one of Flavorwire's best independent books of 2014, and winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.In this striking debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified as Fat Man and Little Boy. This small measure of humanity is a cruelty ... read more

Two bombs over Japan. Two shells. One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other. Brothers.Named one of Flavorwire's best independent books of 2014, and winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.In this striking debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified as Fat Man and Little Boy. This small measure of humanity is a cruelty ... read more

Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar

Fifty-three of today's most esteemed writers answer the question, "What makes this bar better than all other bars?" "A reminder that no matter where you are in the world there is always a place nearby that feels like home." —The Paris ReviewA neighborhood bar can become as comfortable as a second home or a memory best avoided—a wild evening half remembered and better forgotten. But what makes ... read more

Fifty-three of today's most esteemed writers answer the question, "What makes this bar better than all other bars?" "A reminder that no matter where you are in the world there is always a place nearby that feels like home." —The Paris ReviewA neighborhood bar can become as comfortable as a second home or a memory best avoided—a wild evening half remembered and better forgotten. But what makes ... read more

We Were Flying to Chicago

Kevin Clouther

"Kevin Clouther's collection of wry, funny, big-hearted stories is utterly satisfying and unexpected, like scratching an itch you didn't know you had."--Rebecca Johns"Kevin Clouther's remarkable collection illustrates, page by page, the unique joys of reading short fiction. By turns subversive and poignant, darkly humorous and deeply moving, these ten stories show us the author's expansive ran... read more

"Kevin Clouther's collection of wry, funny, big-hearted stories is utterly satisfying and unexpected, like scratching an itch you didn't know you had."--Rebecca Johns"Kevin Clouther's remarkable collection illustrates, page by page, the unique joys of reading short fiction. By turns subversive and poignant, darkly humorous and deeply moving, these ten stories show us the author's expansive ran... read more

Nine Rabbits

Virginia Zaharieva

“Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming-of-age story, and feminist memoir. Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste.”—Publishers Weekly"This is powerful, controlled writing.”—Rain Taxi"Characters are portrayed in a stark light exposing their neediness, their unfla... read more

“Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming-of-age story, and feminist memoir. Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste.”—Publishers Weekly"This is powerful, controlled writing.”—Rain Taxi"Characters are portrayed in a stark light exposing their neediness, their unfla... read more

Clementine Classics: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Clementine the Hedgehog, Theodore Dreiser

Sometimes reading the classics is a chore, but not so with the snarky annotations by Clementine the Hedgehog. Having made her debut as a weekly book reviewer of note on Tumblr in 2012, Clem now takes on Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. On each page, she inserts her keen insights, dark sense of humor, and cut-the-crap commentary, crafting a 21st-century literary criticism for distraction addi... read more

Sometimes reading the classics is a chore, but not so with the snarky annotations by Clementine the Hedgehog. Having made her debut as a weekly book reviewer of note on Tumblr in 2012, Clem now takes on Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. On each page, she inserts her keen insights, dark sense of humor, and cut-the-crap commentary, crafting a 21st-century literary criticism for distraction addi... read more

Wings of the Pirate

Eric H. Heisner

In the years immediately following World War II, the influence of the western world hangs heavy on the islands in the South Pacific. A harvest of new economic resources provides a wealth of prosperity to those who can afford the gamble. While most rush to invest in the new found abundance, others plan to steal it… Wings of the Pirate is an adventure tale that follows the treasure hunting explo... read more

In the years immediately following World War II, the influence of the western world hangs heavy on the islands in the South Pacific. A harvest of new economic resources provides a wealth of prosperity to those who can afford the gamble. While most rush to invest in the new found abundance, others plan to steal it… Wings of the Pirate is an adventure tale that follows the treasure hunting explo... read more

The Sleeping Man

Stephen Carignan

The last of the Dreamwalkers seeks answers in the long-lost Compendium, but the greatest mystery lies within his own past. With no memory, no family, and no allies—only the inherited ability to move from the physical realm into the collective unconscious called the Dreamscape—the Sleeping Man will fight against the conformity demanded by the Volto Empire's black and red standard. The journey w... read more

The last of the Dreamwalkers seeks answers in the long-lost Compendium, but the greatest mystery lies within his own past. With no memory, no family, and no allies—only the inherited ability to move from the physical realm into the collective unconscious called the Dreamscape—the Sleeping Man will fight against the conformity demanded by the Volto Empire's black and red standard. The journey w... read more

Blue Water

Joseph Parcell

Emily Hunter is a woman suffering. She is finally making strides at living independently after being mandated to residential psychiatric care for most of her adult life. Now, holding down a night shift job, taking her medication regularly, and meeting with her therapist twice a week, she's finally on solid ground — or so she thinks. Amongst Emily’s frequent delusions is a hallucination of a li... read more

Emily Hunter is a woman suffering. She is finally making strides at living independently after being mandated to residential psychiatric care for most of her adult life. Now, holding down a night shift job, taking her medication regularly, and meeting with her therapist twice a week, she's finally on solid ground — or so she thinks. Amongst Emily’s frequent delusions is a hallucination of a li... read more

Ghosts of War: Retribution

Paul Robinson, Paul Robinson

This is a tale of vengeance.Six months after the death of his mentor, Cole Traske is returning to work as the new leader of his former interplanetary shadow-ops squad, Penumbra. As they head towards their first target, Cole must balance the responsibility of leadership, the squabbling of his pilot and demolitions man, and the inexperience of their young new sniper.With a heavily scarred body a... read more

This is a tale of vengeance.Six months after the death of his mentor, Cole Traske is returning to work as the new leader of his former interplanetary shadow-ops squad, Penumbra. As they head towards their first target, Cole must balance the responsibility of leadership, the squabbling of his pilot and demolitions man, and the inexperience of their young new sniper.With a heavily scarred body a... read more

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Ana Sen
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Ana Sen, June 2020

Arvind Dilawar
I recently completed a collaboration with Ana Sen. In my review, I tried to be kind and gave her high ratings across the board, but after seeing her review of me, I felt I should be more honest. To...
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