Celia Chalfoun

Celia Chalfoun - Editor

Princeton, NJ, USA

Science fiction and fantasy editor (English and French). I emphasize on world creation, point of view/viewpoint and delivery of information.

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Reviews (11)
As an English and French speaking editor (on my way to add Hindi to the list), I have the privilege to read speculative fiction from all over the world. In my opinion, reading stories from as many countries and cultures as possible is vital to be a good editor: it questions my habits and my thoughts, leads me to always learn something new. And isn't that what speculative fiction is all about, moving forward, moving farther, finding new visions and perspectives, adding to the collective wisdom?

Reading a manuscript is diving into the unique, original world of a writer who has spent thousands of hours working on her/his story. As a writer myself, I understand the work that comes with the craft, and I will focus my time and energy in helping you take your manuscript to the next level.

I strive to provide:

- helpful, detailed comments;
- clear guidance while respecting your voice and working on what makes you unique;
- a strong focus on world creation: plot holes, character instabilities, shortcuts, simplistic social descriptions… every manuscript has its issues and it would not be fair to ask of yourselves to find them all: after so much time spent on a story, it is normal to become oblivious to some aspects of it;
- help through a tool called mind-mapping: I love to draw diagrams. They reveal so much about the inherent structure of a story and the movements between characters and events;
- an attention to the point of view and its related issues: does you story need one or several points of view? Does the point of view shift within the story, without any apparent reason? Through a misuse of the point of view, are you infodumping and/or can we improve the incluing?

A few random facts about me: I live in Princeton, NJ, after having lived in France (where I was born), Canada and India; every year, I attend Elisabeth Vonarburg's (The Maerlande Chronicles, Silent City) workshop and come home after one week, exhausted but full of new ideas to apply to my work; I have a lovely cat who never stops meowing and brings me once in a while a cooked potato from a place I am yet to locate; I have taught workshops at Princeton University on how to write speculative fiction; and I drink tea by the gallon.

Please feel free to contact me for any question. I am always glad to answer them!

Celia
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Post-Apocalyptic
Space Opera
Fantasy
Epic Fantasy
Urban Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Magical Realism
Fiction
Short Story

Awards

  • Distinction from the Québec Ministry of Higher Education for the title Analyse financière (published in Jan 2014)
  • Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2018 nomination for my short story La Route des Orsadoles

Work experience

Higher Ed. Project Manager

TC Media
March, 2013 – September, 2015 (over 2 years)

I managed the production of textbooks from manuscripts to final printing (layout design, hiring of freelance collaborators, proofs approval, creation of online resources...). I enjoyed working in diverse fields ranging from Physics to Criminal Law.
The whole team was awarded a distinction from the Québec Ministry of Higher Education, for the title Analyse financière (published in Jan ’14)

Travel Writer/Rewriter

Self-employed
October, 2010 – Present (about 9 years)

I collaborate regularly with the travel guides collection Guides Bleus, in France, to write or rewrite chapters in upcoming publications. Some titles I worked on: Norway, Japan, Rajasthan-Gujarat, Tuscany, United States, China, Egypt, Portugal.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2010 – October, 2012 (over 2 years)

I worked with various publishers (Denoël, Hachette...), communication agencies and audit companies and offered a diverse range of services: original writing, rewriting, managing a reading committee, editing and proofreading, and quality control of audit reports.

Editorial Assistant

Hachette Tourisme
January, 2010 – June, 2010 (5 months)

I followed books from conception to printing, coordinating the team while working closely with all the departments.

Editorial Assistant

Editions Denoël
May, 2009 – August, 2009 (3 months)

I worked for the speculative fiction collection Lunes d'Encre. My job involved a mix of manuscripts reading, working with authors on their upcoming publications, designing and creating catalogs content and organizing events related to new publications.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Life: A Critical User's Manual

Didier Fassin

How can we think of life in its dual expression, matter and experience, the living and the lived? Philosophers and, more recently, social scientists have offered multiple answers to this question, often privileging one expression or the other – the biological or the biographical. But is it possible to conceive of them together and thus reconcile naturalist and humanist approaches? Using resear... read more

How can we think of life in its dual expression, matter and experience, the living and the lived? Philosophers and, more recently, social scientists have offered multiple answers to this question, often privileging one expression or the other – the biological or the biographical. But is it possible to conceive of them together and thus reconcile naturalist and humanist approaches? Using resear... read more

La stratégie des as

Damien Snyers

Les Démons de Paris

Jean-Philippe Depotte

Retour sur l'horizon: Quinze grands récits de science-fiction

Jean-Claude Dunyach, Maheva Stéphan-Bugni, David Calvo, Fabrice Colin, Philippe Curval, Thomas Day, Daylon, Catherine Dufour, Emmanuel Werner, Léo Henry, Éric Holstein, L. L. Kloetzer, Xavier Mauméjean, Jérôme Noirez, André Ruellan, Serge Lehman

Le Livre de Toutes les Heures, I : Vélum

Hal Duncan

Editeur : Denoël Date de parution : 2008 Description : In-8, 668 pages, broché, occasion, très bon état. Envois quotidiens du mardi au samedi. Les commandes sont adressées sous enveloppes bulles. Photos supplémentaires de l'ouvrage sur simple demande. Réponses aux questions dans les 12h00. Librairie Le Piano-Livre. Merci

Editeur : Denoël Date de parution : 2008 Description : In-8, 668 pages, broché, occasion, très bon état. Envois quotidiens du mardi au samedi. Les commandes sont adressées sous enveloppes bulles. Photos supplémentaires de l'ouvrage sur simple demande. Réponses aux questions dans les 12h00. Librairie Le Piano-Livre. Merci

Ptah Hotep

Charles Duits

Guide Bleu Japon

Collectif

Une capitale trépidante, des châteaux forts dans le Kansai, des quartiers de samouraïs dans le Chûgoku, le pèlerinage de Shikoku, la beauté sauvage du Chûbu et de Hokkaidô... Suivez le Guide Bleu au pays du Soleil-Levant. Découvrez à Tôkyô les quartiers villageois à l'ombre des gratte-ciel, prenez un bol d'air et d'art contemporain sur les petites îles-musées du Shikoku, plongez-vous dans les ... read more

Une capitale trépidante, des châteaux forts dans le Kansai, des quartiers de samouraïs dans le Chûgoku, le pèlerinage de Shikoku, la beauté sauvage du Chûbu et de Hokkaidô... Suivez le Guide Bleu au pays du Soleil-Levant. Découvrez à Tôkyô les quartiers villageois à l'ombre des gratte-ciel, prenez un bol d'air et d'art contemporain sur les petites îles-musées du Shikoku, plongez-vous dans les ... read more

Celia has 11 reviews

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Brandon McCoy
Celia was the perfect editor for this project. I am an amateur and she never made me feel as such. She was able to deliver specific feedback in a way that never seemed dismissive of either the work or the middling talent behind it, no small task considering how poor I am at receiving feedback. Her assessment reflected the time invested in the world and she understood the story at a level second...
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Brandon McCoy, November 2019


Matthew Sobin
Celia did a phenomenal job in crafting the Editorial Assessment for my short story. I was very impressed by the level of detail and the extremely insightful suggestions. Celia mentioned she planned to read the story multiple times and would only read a few pages per day in order to provide a more focused assessment on each section of the story. This detailed analysis definitely showed itself in...
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Matthew Sobin, October 2019


Bill Harris
Celia's manuscript assessment was both thorough and professional, and she was easy to work with.

Bill Harris, June 2019


Beverly Owusu
It was great working with Celia. This was my first time working with an editor and she took the time to explain things to me. The communication was very good. I enjoyed working with her.

Beverly Owusu, May 2019


David Alford
Celia has done a great job and exceeded my expectations with her review. I look forward to working with her again. Thank you

David Alford, May 2019

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