Celia Chalfoun

Celia Chalfoun – Editor

Science fiction and fantasy editor with a strong focus on World building, Character development, Symbolism, and Incluing. English/French.

Overview

If you're a science fiction or fantasy writer looking for an editorial assessment or/and a developmental edit, you're in the right place! In my work, I emphasize elements that are crucial in creating a story with strong foundations: World building, Character development, Symbolism, and Incluing (the subtle weaving of information into the story). I love diving deep into a manuscript, feeling the world you created, and coming back out with as much insight as I can.

I’ve been lucky to work with over 20 authors here on Reedsy and many more in different capacities. Whether writing is still new to you and you’re looking to develop your craft or you’re a more experienced author, I can help! As a writer myself, I understand the work that comes with the craft, and I will focus my time and energy on helping you take your story to the next level. After all, science fiction and fantasy are all about exploring new horizons and new ideas!

I strive to provide:

- helpful, detailed comments and suggestions;

- clear guidance while respecting your voice and working on what makes you unique;

- a strong focus on world building: shortcuts, simplistic social descriptions, inconsistencies that affect the plot… Every manuscript has its issues and after so much time spent writing it, it’s perfectly normal if you stop noticing them. We all need to take a step back once in a while!

- help through a tool called mind-mapping: I love to draw diagrams. They reveal so much about the inherent structure of a story, the movements between characters and events, and the symbols that keep on showing up;

- an attention to the narrator’s voice and its related issues: does your story need one or several viewpoints? Does the narrator's voice shift within the story, without any apparent reason? Through a misuse of the narrator’s voice, are you infodumping and/or can we improve the incluing?

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any question! I'm always happy to chat.

Célia

Services
Fiction
Dystopian Epic Fantasy Magical Realism Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Steampunk Urban Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Nature
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
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

Bouquins & Confidences/Fantastika

Jul, 2020 — Present

One of the best jobs I've ever had: I present curated selections of books on any topics I'm interested in. I tend to mix science-fiction/fantasy, natural history/life sciences, and queer fiction/non-fiction.

Self-employed

Oct, 2010 — Present

I write travel content for several of Hachette's imprints. Some titles I've worked on: Norway, Japan, Rajasthan-Gujarat, Tuscany, United States, China, Egypt, Portugal.

School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton)

Jun, 2017 — Dec, 2017 (6 months)

Surrounded by the brightest minds of the social sciences field, I planned seminars, reviewed and translated books and speeches, and developed online content for journalists, publishers, and various institutions.

TC Media

Mar, 2013 — Sep, 2015 (over 2 years)

I managed the production of textbooks from manuscripts to final printing. I worked on a variety of topics ranging from Physics to Criminal Law.
I was awarded a distinction from the Québec Ministry of Higher Education, for the title Analyse financière (published in Jan ’14)

Hachette Tourisme

Jan, 2010 — Jun, 2010 (5 months)

I coordinated travel guides development from inception to printing, working closely with the many departments involved in bringing books to life!

Editions Denoël

May, 2009 — Aug, 2009 (3 months)

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

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
The Red Box

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Sasha always felt her life was being held unreasonably back by her grandparents. Could The Great Meteor Crash be the reason they feared their own shadows... or was the outbreak that followed t... read more
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Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
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 quest... read more
Copy Editing
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Ptah Hotep

Charles Duits

Indexing
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... read more
Les Démons de Paris

Jean-Philippe Depotte

Celia has 31 reviews

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Carlene K.

Carlene K.

Jun, 2024

Working with Celia on editing my novella, "A Covert Intrigue," has been an absolute game-changer. Celia's editing advice went far beyond mere corrections; she offered insightful, detailed suggestions that elevated every aspect of my story. Her eye for detail and understanding of narrative structure is going to help me strengthen plot points, develop characters more deeply, and refine the overal...
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Alyssa H.

Alyssa H.

May, 2024

Celia was the perfect person to help me with my first novel. I'm very happy with what she's done for me. Looking forward to working together more! (:
Tracey P.

Tracey P.

May, 2024

An absolutely professional. Celia told me what I needed to hear and did it in a way that has strengthened my writing. I am ready to take my manuscript to the next level. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
Ben H.

Ben H.

Mar, 2024

Celia is prompt, professional, supportive, and friendly! Would highly recommend her for editing and query letter composition!
Derek K.

Derek K.

Mar, 2024

Célia's help was invaluable. I felt that she fully engaged with my manuscript—as a genuinely, generously interested reader—while at the same time meticulously assessing it: she weighed its merits, and its weaknesses, and its alternative possibilities critically, judiciously, yet from a place of sympathy. I expected (and got) an expert response, from an editor well-versed in my field, but my hop...
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