Celia Chalfoun

Celia Chalfoun - Editor

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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Overview

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)
Fiction
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Magical Realism
Post-Apocalyptic
Space Opera
Urban Fantasy

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 (almost 10 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 18 reviews

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Eric Smith
It was a pleasure working with Celia. She helped me focus on the problem areas of my book and helped me see how best to address them.

Eric Smith, August 2020


Omari Richards
Celia was fantastic to work with. Her weekly updates were great and really helped lower the anxiety that comes with sharing your work. Her assessment was insightful and full of helpful suggestions that kept the spirit of my manuscript while making needed improvements. A very worthwhile investment.

Omari Richards, July 2020


Nathalie Lacheny
Working with Celia was an incredible experience! She was professional, thoughtful, and provided me with some fantastic recommendations to make the story shine. Through the process she kept me up to date and asked very specific questions to better understand what was happening in the world which I found wonderful since I could then help along the way with maps or timelines or anything that she c...
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Nathalie Lacheny, June 2020


Benjamin Curl
Celia devotes herself to her work in a way that is rare and admirable. Beyond being a talented professional, she dives into editing with a love for storytelling and a genuine desire to bring great stories into the world. She not only provides helpful suggestions with her meticulous attention to detail, but she is more than capable of getting into the world and characters the writer is striving ...
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Benjamin Curl, April 2020


Jonathan Lipchin
I can't say enough good things about Celia. There was no part of the edit that left me wanting more. She immerses herself in your story and is able to provide meaningful insight because of that depth of knowledge. From character development, plot, style and language - it's all covered. I wanted to find an editor who would allow me to get this book into its final form, and I certainly succee...
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Jonathan Lipchin, March 2020

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