Eric Bell

Eric Bell - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Middle grade author, Pitch Wars mentor, freelance editor and copyeditor, teacher, and workshop facilitator.

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Overview

I am the traditionally published middle grade author of ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD and ALAN COLE DOESN'T DANCE. I am a regular mentor in Pitch Wars, an online mentoring program. I also regularly run writing classes and workshops in which participants are subjected to my helpful feedback and terrible jokes.

I believe in building up writers through honest and supportive feedback, discussing what's working about your manuscript, and engaging in a dialogue about what could be stronger.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy

Awards

  • Rainbow List for GLTBQ+ Books for Children

Work experience

Workshop Facilitator

Self-employed
January, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

Facilitated virtual writing workshop centered around feedback on participants' manuscripts and additional freewriting sessions. Participants described feedback as supportive and helpful.

Editor

Yellow Bird Editing, Pitch Wars, freelance
July, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

Provided developmental editing, including macro and micro level feedback, as well as an edit letter, line edits, and phone support. I have also mentored in Pitch Wars, an online mentoring program, for three years, which has resulted in two of my mentees landing agents and book deals (note that one is not announced yet, so I could not place it in the book portfolio section).

Teacher

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

Taught classes and ran educational writing workshops for adults, teens, and children. Topics included characterization, plot, voice, and setting, with homework to read a modern children's book and provide a brief report on it meant to stimulate critical thinking.

Copyeditor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (almost 5 years)

Copyedited various documents for several companies, mostly consisting of educational modules, interviews, and internal documents. Helped draft style guides for two separate companies.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Lola Shapes the Sky

Greenley, Wendy, Domeniconi, Paolo

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