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Ben Parris

Ben Parris - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I'm an editor of books, essays and short stories, a personal trainer for authors, and the author of a Kindle bestseller.

Overview

ABOUT BEN PARRIS
I'm a professional editor with 30+ years of employment and freelance experience. My emphasis is in adventure/ thriller, anthologies, historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, but I work with most fiction genres and some non-fiction. I have edited for New York Times Bestselling authors such as George Clayton Johnson and Irving A. Greenfield.

I prefer to begin an editing relationship by providing a writing assessment in order to ensure that an author is not paying for services for which they are not ready. Too often I've been asked to polish up scenes that shouldn't even exist because they serve no purpose in the story or have not yet been developed. Doing a line edit or a copy edit in these instances is like putting icing on a cardboard box and trying to replace the box with a cake later. As I like to say, authors can be in the business of fantasy. Editors need to be in the business of honesty.

FAVORITE BOOKS I RECOMMEND FOR LEARNING THE CRAFT
Story Structure- Worth Dying for by Lee Child (a Jack Reacher novel)
Dialogue- The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh
Characterization- Rain Man by Lenore Fleischer
Voice- Elmore Leonard
Setting- Ringworld by Larry Niven
Pacing- Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Prose- Rose Madder by Stephen King
Plot and Suspense- Lightening by Dean Koontz
Complex Descriptions Made Simple- Joseph Kannon
Alien Character Development- An Alien Light by Nancy Kress
Note: None of the above constitute the ultimate approach to their respective story elements. They are eye-openers that have inspired a great many other authors.

HIGHLIGHTS OF COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
The Walt Disney Company (confidential study), Connecticut Science Center (Concept Development Plan)
Harmon Kardon (Sales Guide), AICPA (Electronic Tax Preparation Guide), and U.S. Treasury Department
(Procedures Guides and Training Manuals).

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Publishing

Certifications

  • New York State Continuing Education
  • Advanced Business Communications

Awards

  • Unisys Award for Online Science Education

Work experience

Editor

Blueberry Lane Books
January, 2008 – Present (almost 10 years)

I'm involved in editing all projects that come through Blueberry Lane Books, including those of bestselling authors Irving A. Greenfield and George Clayton Johnson.

Editor

Self-employed
March, 1985 – Present (almost 33 years)

I currently divide my time between editing, writing, and teaching English and public speaking (which includes editing and personal training). Four times a year I give lectures for NASA and work as a media specialist. I used to write and edit for Scholastic. I've had one Kindle bestseller (optioned for film) and one script that became a tv movie. I'm the author of Today You Write the Book and I've edited three anthologies and a large number of novels, short stories and essays. I've been around science fiction long enough that my face is on two playing cards on the convention circuit. But I have a wide variety of experience, including that of my first career as a federal agent, expert witness, and training specialist, that enriches and informs my editing process.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Today You Write the Book: The Keys to Start Your Novel, (2nd Edition)

Ben Parris

Acclaim for Today You Write the Book, 1st Edition “I doubted that aspects of writing could be explained in any different or better terms than I’d seen before but this book delivers.” -Tanya LeBrock“I should have gotten this book on Valentine’s Day because it was love at first sight.” -Holly’s ReviewsQuick Read, Wide Range, Unique InformationTODAY YOU WRITE THE BOOK: The Keys to Start Your Nove... read more

Acclaim for Today You Write the Book, 1st Edition “I doubted that aspects of writing could be explained in any different or better terms than I’d seen before but this book delivers.” -Tanya LeBrock“I should have gotten this book on Valentine’s Day because it was love at first sight.” -Holly’s ReviewsQuick Read, Wide Range, Unique InformationTODAY YOU WRITE THE BOOK: The Keys to Start Your Nove... read more

Universal Enigma Anthology: Science Fiction Mystery Collection (Drastic Measures) (Volume 3)

Ben Parris, Jack McDevitt, Stanley Schmidt

Drastic Measures Anthology Volume Three. Science Fiction Mysteries involving celestial bodies and Artificial Intelligence; Contraptions, Creations and Inventions; Earth and Natural Disasters; and Time Travel. Jack McDevitt and Stanley Schmidt lead off this startling collection in which: •A group of xenoarcheology enthusiasts face a challenge that upends their moral reasoning. •When an expose w... read more

Drastic Measures Anthology Volume Three. Science Fiction Mysteries involving celestial bodies and Artificial Intelligence; Contraptions, Creations and Inventions; Earth and Natural Disasters; and Time Travel. Jack McDevitt and Stanley Schmidt lead off this startling collection in which: •A group of xenoarcheology enthusiasts face a challenge that upends their moral reasoning. •When an expose w... read more

Ancient of Days: The Chronicles of Ronstrom the Builder

Irving A. Greenfield

ABOUT THE NEWLY-EDITED PAPERBACK EDITION: At the close of the Stone Age, a unique period in the history of man, Ronstrom the Builder would stand at the brink of a savage, lusty world and work wonders that would inspire the ages. A six-week New York Post bestseller about the long, savage and spiritual route from ancient civilization to our own. "Brilliant, brutal, raw and ultimately true." -The... read more

ABOUT THE NEWLY-EDITED PAPERBACK EDITION: At the close of the Stone Age, a unique period in the history of man, Ronstrom the Builder would stand at the brink of a savage, lusty world and work wonders that would inspire the ages. A six-week New York Post bestseller about the long, savage and spiritual route from ancient civilization to our own. "Brilliant, brutal, raw and ultimately true." -The... read more

Alaana's Way:The Calling (Volume 1)

Ken Altabef

An insatiable fever demon... A restless Wind spirit... A treacherous shaman... A golden walrus... And one courageous young girl. . In the frozen north, a land of deadly weather and unforgiving spirits, the shaman is all that stands in the way of disaster. When Alaana is called upon to become shaman for the Anatatook people she discovers a kaleidoscopic world where everything is alive, where th... read more

An insatiable fever demon... A restless Wind spirit... A treacherous shaman... A golden walrus... And one courageous young girl. . In the frozen north, a land of deadly weather and unforgiving spirits, the shaman is all that stands in the way of disaster. When Alaana is called upon to become shaman for the Anatatook people she discovers a kaleidoscopic world where everything is alive, where th... read more

Wash the Spider Out: Drastic Measures Volume Two (Volume 2)

Ben Parris, Zdravka Evtimova, Sharon Goldner, Dwain Worrell, Larry Lefkowitz, Holly Day, Brad Post, Tommy B. Smith, Chris Lewis Carter, Cathy Douglas, Anibal Reyes, Carl MacKenzie, Brice Erlander, Ken Altabef

Sarah gasped. She picked up the only thing close at hand, a large wooden stirring spoon, and braced herself for his entrance. Hearing footsteps. One, two, three… Jo Jo discovered Sarah shivering and cornered in the kitchen. He took in the situation with aplomb, dropping a handful of wet mail on the counter next to her keys. “Wull ain’t you the dutiful housewife an’ such?” He hefted a metal dig... read more

Sarah gasped. She picked up the only thing close at hand, a large wooden stirring spoon, and braced herself for his entrance. Hearing footsteps. One, two, three… Jo Jo discovered Sarah shivering and cornered in the kitchen. He took in the situation with aplomb, dropping a handful of wet mail on the counter next to her keys. “Wull ain’t you the dutiful housewife an’ such?” He hefted a metal dig... read more

Drastic Measures

Ben Parris, George Clayton Johnson, Melissa Lyons, Susan David, Cathy Douglas, Kate Larkindale, Brad Post, Robert Horseman, Gerald Vincent, Michelle D Keyes

GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON (Ocean's Eleven, Logan's Run) joins the print edition of Drastic Measures anthology of short fiction, volume I, to help spin tales of where the human mind goes when its cornered. New discovery MELISSA LYONS is the most powerful new voice in suspense since Dean Koontz with her story, "Snow." Editor BEN PARRIS adds two stories of his own edited by Fantasy & Science Fiction... read more

GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON (Ocean's Eleven, Logan's Run) joins the print edition of Drastic Measures anthology of short fiction, volume I, to help spin tales of where the human mind goes when its cornered. New discovery MELISSA LYONS is the most powerful new voice in suspense since Dean Koontz with her story, "Snow." Editor BEN PARRIS adds two stories of his own edited by Fantasy & Science Fiction... read more

Snow Giants Dancing

Irving A. Greenfield

Prolific author Irving A. Greenfield gives us his latest novel, SNOW GIANTS DANCING, in classic style, producing a slow build and high drama—quality literature with a grand finale. When religious fanaticism and hate are brought to a boil and the Snow Giants begin to dance, then fear becomes a reality and death follows.Author of over 300 books, Dr. Irving A. Greenfield's THE ANCIENT OF DAYS spe... read more

Prolific author Irving A. Greenfield gives us his latest novel, SNOW GIANTS DANCING, in classic style, producing a slow build and high drama—quality literature with a grand finale. When religious fanaticism and hate are brought to a boil and the Snow Giants begin to dance, then fear becomes a reality and death follows.Author of over 300 books, Dr. Irving A. Greenfield's THE ANCIENT OF DAYS spe... read more

Only the Dead Speak Russian

Irving A. Greenfield

The staff of Moses has been passed down through the centuries, following only the worthiest of the bloodlines. Can the instrument that parted the Red Sea survive the Russian revolution and the modern day, and still remain in safe hands?FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR IRVING A. GREENFIELD comes a mystical adventure from Moscow to Siberia to New York, spanning three quarters of a century, both real and ... read more

The staff of Moses has been passed down through the centuries, following only the worthiest of the bloodlines. Can the instrument that parted the Red Sea survive the Russian revolution and the modern day, and still remain in safe hands?FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR IRVING A. GREENFIELD comes a mystical adventure from Moscow to Siberia to New York, spanning three quarters of a century, both real and ... read more

Mighty Mighty

William Freedman

How would a world populated by superheroes differ from our own?Not much.If you have a rare skill or a talent or an ability that you’re not using, then maybe you could relate to our heroes: Orville Ortley, Mucus-Man, whose snot has the explosive power of a howitzer shell Kevin Kiley, Count Karma, invincible wonder of the ethereal plane who’s utterly useless on earth Mindy Maguire, Supermodel, u... read more

How would a world populated by superheroes differ from our own?Not much.If you have a rare skill or a talent or an ability that you’re not using, then maybe you could relate to our heroes: Orville Ortley, Mucus-Man, whose snot has the explosive power of a howitzer shell Kevin Kiley, Count Karma, invincible wonder of the ethereal plane who’s utterly useless on earth Mindy Maguire, Supermodel, u... read more

Outrage: Hitler Didn't Die

Joel M. Reed

Is this man Adolf Hitler? Are any of the mystery men smuggled into the United States at the close of World War II, Adolf Hitler? Does fifty years and a hunt across the continents unravel the true location and fate of Hitler and other high ranking Nazis who were never found? Or does the involvement of a fortune and secrets that go too high to be revealed only deepen it? A gripping story of doub... read more

Is this man Adolf Hitler? Are any of the mystery men smuggled into the United States at the close of World War II, Adolf Hitler? Does fifty years and a hunt across the continents unravel the true location and fate of Hitler and other high ranking Nazis who were never found? Or does the involvement of a fortune and secrets that go too high to be revealed only deepen it? A gripping story of doub... read more

Giant Slayers

Jeff Altabef, Ken Altabef

The Kingdom or the Girl?Bloodthirsty demons attack him.Strange spirits protect him.A seer foretells his shocking destiny. In a primitive land filled with magic, witches and giants, a sixteen-year-old musician named David is summoned to chase away the nightmares haunting the King each night. But bad dreams aren’t the only thing troubling the King. Demons torment him, and David will need more th... read more

The Kingdom or the Girl?Bloodthirsty demons attack him.Strange spirits protect him.A seer foretells his shocking destiny. In a primitive land filled with magic, witches and giants, a sixteen-year-old musician named David is summoned to chase away the nightmares haunting the King each night. But bad dreams aren’t the only thing troubling the King. Demons torment him, and David will need more th... read more

Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt loves a good mystery. And he enjoys baffling his readers with enigmas like why, after so many years of listening with no results, would a SETI director hear an artificial signal and keep it quiet? Why might an astronomer at a space station, facing imminent death from a solar radiation blast, send off a frantic message that he had discovered a Clyde Tombaugh Special? Tombaugh, of ... read more

Jack McDevitt loves a good mystery. And he enjoys baffling his readers with enigmas like why, after so many years of listening with no results, would a SETI director hear an artificial signal and keep it quiet? Why might an astronomer at a space station, facing imminent death from a solar radiation blast, send off a frantic message that he had discovered a Clyde Tombaugh Special? Tombaugh, of ... read more

Thunderbird

Jack McDevitt

The Nebula Award–winning author of the Alex Benedict novels and the Priscilla Hutchins novels returns to the world of Ancient Shores in a startling and majestic epic.A working stargate dating back more than ten thousand years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an app... read more

The Nebula Award–winning author of the Alex Benedict novels and the Priscilla Hutchins novels returns to the world of Ancient Shores in a startling and majestic epic.A working stargate dating back more than ten thousand years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an app... read more

Diary of an Emotional Idiot: A Novel

Maggie Estep

A slyly constructed semi-autobiographical story about a young woman skirting the edge of the '90s, dealing with relationships, her less-than-perfect past, and artistic angst, Diary of an Emotional Idiot is edgy and entertaining--a mesmerizing story of the more surreal aspects of day-to-day living on country back roads and Manhattan's East Village. 192 pp. Author tour. National media & online p... read more

A slyly constructed semi-autobiographical story about a young woman skirting the edge of the '90s, dealing with relationships, her less-than-perfect past, and artistic angst, Diary of an Emotional Idiot is edgy and entertaining--a mesmerizing story of the more surreal aspects of day-to-day living on country back roads and Manhattan's East Village. 192 pp. Author tour. National media & online p... read more

Soft Maniacs: Stories

Maggie Estep

A series of linked stories by the author of Diary of an Emotional Idiot follows the adventures of Jody, a kooky psychiatrist, and Katie, a lion tamer's daughter, as seen through the eyes of the men in their lives.

A series of linked stories by the author of Diary of an Emotional Idiot follows the adventures of Jody, a kooky psychiatrist, and Katie, a lion tamer's daughter, as seen through the eyes of the men in their lives.

Gargantuan: A Ruby Murphy Mystery (Ruby Murphy Mysteries)

Maggie Estep

Maggie Estep’s critically praised heroine, Ruby Murphy, is back! Back in Coney Island with a bunch of endearing misfits, back at the racetrack ogling thoroughbreds, and back learning that, on the seamy side of the sport of kings, survival can be a long shot. Ruby’s life is nothing if not complicated: she’s spending a lot of her time worrying about a jockey named Attila Johnson; a good-hearted ... read more

Maggie Estep’s critically praised heroine, Ruby Murphy, is back! Back in Coney Island with a bunch of endearing misfits, back at the racetrack ogling thoroughbreds, and back learning that, on the seamy side of the sport of kings, survival can be a long shot. Ruby’s life is nothing if not complicated: she’s spending a lot of her time worrying about a jockey named Attila Johnson; a good-hearted ... read more

Fantasy & Science Fiction (print edition)

One of the longest-running and most highly regarded magazines in the field, F&SF is the original publisher of Stephen King's Gunslinger stories, Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon," and many other classics.

One of the longest-running and most highly regarded magazines in the field, F&SF is the original publisher of Stephen King's Gunslinger stories, Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon," and many other classics.

Interzone #213 Dec 2007 (Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine)

Andy Cox Editor, Chris Roberson, Benjamin Rosenbaum, John Phillip Olsen, Jason Stoddard, Steve Bein, Aliette de Bodard, John Clute, John Paul Catton

This is a back issue of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Interzone (#213 from Dec 2007) and was the best selling of the now long gone Fictionwise e editions. That popularity may well stem from one of its stories heralding Aliette de Bodard’s Xuyan Universe sequence and that being deliberately juxtaposed with an episode from Chris Roberson’s Celestial Empire series. However you’ll also ... read more

This is a back issue of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Interzone (#213 from Dec 2007) and was the best selling of the now long gone Fictionwise e editions. That popularity may well stem from one of its stories heralding Aliette de Bodard’s Xuyan Universe sequence and that being deliberately juxtaposed with an episode from Chris Roberson’s Celestial Empire series. However you’ll also ... read more

InterGalactic Medicine Show Issue 53 (IGMS)

Founded in 2005 by multi-award winning author, Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show is a bold experiment in online magazine publishing. Featuring science fiction and fantasy short stories from an eclectic mix of established pros (including Card himself) and exciting up-and-comers, each Kindle issue contains the short stories and custom illustrations from the corresp... read more

Founded in 2005 by multi-award winning author, Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show is a bold experiment in online magazine publishing. Featuring science fiction and fantasy short stories from an eclectic mix of established pros (including Card himself) and exciting up-and-comers, each Kindle issue contains the short stories and custom illustrations from the corresp... read more

Women of the Apocalypse: Multi-Author Bundle

Keira Michelle Telford, Michele Lang, Eve Silver, Bianca D'arc, Daniel Arenson, Amanda McCarter, Thomas K. Carpenter, Jacqueline Druga

The end of the world comes with a BANG!, a sword thrust, and a whole bunch of kick-ass heroines. Don't lie. If you're like the rest of us. You've harbored secret desires about surviving the end of the world as we know it. Either you've wanted to be one of the women in these books, or have them at your side while you've faced down hordes of zombies or demons ravaging the countryside. The apocal... read more

The end of the world comes with a BANG!, a sword thrust, and a whole bunch of kick-ass heroines. Don't lie. If you're like the rest of us. You've harbored secret desires about surviving the end of the world as we know it. Either you've wanted to be one of the women in these books, or have them at your side while you've faced down hordes of zombies or demons ravaging the countryside. The apocal... read more

Jacob's Ladder (String of Fate Book 3)

Bianca D'Arc

A man on a mission…Jake can see the future and there’s a special woman on his mind. She needs his help and he’s just the man to help when danger stalks her every step.A woman with responsibilities…For Ria, being the Nyx—the leader of her people—comes with burdens that few can understand. Her special abilities make her a target of the Venifucus, an ancient faction that hopes to pervert Ria’s he... read more

A man on a mission…Jake can see the future and there’s a special woman on his mind. She needs his help and he’s just the man to help when danger stalks her every step.A woman with responsibilities…For Ria, being the Nyx—the leader of her people—comes with burdens that few can understand. Her special abilities make her a target of the Venifucus, an ancient faction that hopes to pervert Ria’s he... read more

Red Planet Blues

Robert J. Sawyer

Incorporating the Hugo & Nebula award–nominated novella “Identity Theft”The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the... read more

Incorporating the Hugo & Nebula award–nominated novella “Identity Theft”The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the... read more

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