Story editor who vetted screenplays for production (thumbs up or down): character development, storyline and plot; marketability. Narrative films, mostly adventure and fantasy titles, some mysteries. Also analyzed novels to see if they'd make a good movie. Movies included Terry Pratchett stories (Hogfather); Merlin's Apprentice; The Shannara Chronicles; The Colour of Magic; Human Trafficking; Earthsea; The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Wrote jacket copy, web copy, and catalogue blurbs for various books: memoirs, history, aviation, etc.
First staff editor, then freelance editor for OUP for 26 years. History, theater, dance, and medical titles. Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning authors.
Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell and the Making of Gone With the Wind
This fascinating book is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.While most people in the United States today have no British... read more
This entertaining and enlightening book depicts the rise of popular culture in America by brilliantly recapturing the essence and commercial trappings of one of its most vital forms of entertainment? the vaudeville show. Vaudeville was a meeting place, an inclusive form of theatre that flourished especially in New York, where it fostered cultural exchange among the city's ethnic groups. In The... read more
CBS camera-man Mike Marriott was on the last plane to escape from Danang before it fell in the spring of 1975. The scene was pure chaos: thousands of panic-stricken Vietnamese storming the airliner, soldiers shooting women and children to get aboard first, refugees being trampled to death. Marriott remembers standing at the door of the aft stairway, which was gaping open as the plane took off.... read more
In the 1950s, New York City's Birdland was the center of the world of modern jazz--and a revelation to Bill Crow, a wet-behind-the-ears twenty-two-year-old from Washington State. Located on Broadway between 52nd and 53rd streets, the club named for the incomparable Charlie "Bird" Parker boasted lifesize photo murals of modern jazzmen like Dizzy Gillespie, Lennie Tristano, and, of course, Bird ... read more
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Freelance editor and proofreader, specializing in working with first-time authors, for both traditional and self-publishing.
From bestselling business titles to novels and short story collections, I've helped authors polish their prose for over a decade.