Fiction is my passion—as editor, writer, reader, reviewer—and helping authors with their novels, novellas, and short stories is the best job in the world.
I came to it unconventionally, via two converging pathways: document production for corporate publishers, and personal art/writing/reading. Both channels exposed me to weirdly wide knowledge and experience. They met in the middle in 2006, when I hung out my freelance shingle. Since then I have edited novels for major traditional publishers, such as Penguin/Berkley/NAL, HarperCollins, and Little, Brown; and indie authors seeking either traditional publishing or self-publishing their books. I work with seasoned pros and first-timers, and all skill levels in between.
The range and diversity of my two-channel experience—subjects from equines to aircraft, genres from romance to steampunk—let me help authors in any fictional realm transform their ideas into stories aimed at the readership they desire.
All stories share the need for mechanical “housekeeping” after the developmental work has been done. I specialize in preserving each author’s unique voice and vision while attending to the four C’s: clarity, consistency, choreography, and comprehension. These translate into content and copy editing. Their purpose is to hone writing craft and story craft to avoid readers going “huh?” and stumbling out of the story.
Through direct experience publishing my own novels, coupled with indirect experience sharing the publishing journey with clients, I’ve learned the ropes from dream and first draft to prize-winning success. I look forward to joining you on your own publishing journey!
In addition to the categories shown elsewhere in my listing, I am seeking:
Currently booking projects for 2Q 2022.
Full-service editorial company helping authors and publishers in fiction and select nonfiction. Clients range from new indie authors to large publishing houses and university presses; also special-interest and university alumni magazines.
Copyeding and proofreading, copywriting, page production, and scheduling for the Creative Department of a catalog retailer.
Copyediting and proofreading, copywriting, and typesetting for a B2B regional newspaper:
Editing and desktop publishing support for large and small companies and publishers, and independent authors. This was the birth of what would later become my company, DocuMania.
Copyeditor and compositor for a marketing and direct mail start-up firm serving high-tech companies and publishers.
Edited, proofread, typeset, and converted all materials in the in the publishing division at GE headquarters.
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