Indu Guzman

Indu Guzman - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

Fiction Editor at Pangyrus Literary Magazine | Edited award-winning books (YA, Literary, History) | 6 years experience (in-house/freelance)

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Overview

My background is education till I discovered my passion for publishing and the written word. To pursue my love of publishing, I earned a Master's in Writing: Publishing from Portland State University, Oregon where my emphasis was Rhetoric and Composition Studies and Publishing. Studying writing sharpened my editorial insight for structure and voice, so that I can offer in-depth suggestions for revisions. Rhetoric and Composition courses from grad school made me appreciate what it takes to form a story. I have experience as an in-house editor for a trade publishing company, Ooligan Press that published award-winning books in YA/NA, Literary, Nonfiction, Regional Interest (Pacific Northwest). I'm currently an Associate Fiction Editor of Pangyrus. I enjoy and have experience editing in dialects. I can translate between British and American English.

I believe that no one else can write your story like you do. Every writer has his or her own voice, and my job as an editor is to partner with you. My approach is to understand your writing style and voice. A good editor does not impose his or her opinions or style on your writing. I keep your style while helping strengthen your manuscript. My policy is to take only one client at a time, so that it's possible for me to return the manuscript quickly and meet deadlines and give each other's manuscript undeserved attention. I'll be your second eye to catch all those errors and inconsistencies, coach to improve writing, and partner to prepare your manuscript for publication.



Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • M.S. in Publishing from Portland State University, Oregon
  • B.A. in English/Education, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon
  • Advanced Copyediting course, Editorial Freelancers Association
  • ACES/Poynter Copy Editing Certificate

Awards

  • Independent Womens' Forum Annual Essay Contest Finalist, 2005

Work experience

Associate Fiction Editor

Pangyrus Literary Magazine
March, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

Evaluate submissions approved by readers in Submittable and pass on to Fiction Editor
Provide feedback for fiction writing
Proofreading,
Writing social media blurbs for stories to be posted in Twitter and Instagram
Researched potential authors and upcoming fiction for interviews and reviews to present to editorial managers
Contacted authors and managed relationships with publicists for interviews and review copy requests

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (almost 6 years)

Developmental Editing (fiction only), Line Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading,
Copyedited and proofread fiction and narrative non-fiction with a reputation for speed and accuracy
In-Depth familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition
Experience editing with dialects
Evaluated/Developmental editing of memoirs, fiction, YA fiction with in-depth analysis
Experience with line editing while maintaining the author's style, voice, and branding

Editor

Ooligan Press
August, 2010 – September, 2013 (about 3 years)

Responsible for editing at all levels (substantive, copyediting, proofreading) literary fiction, non-fiction, Young Adult titles within tight and varying deadlines
Performed developmental editing projects using book mapping
Collaborated with Social Media department to develop blog style guide
Copyedited award-winning Young Adult fiction (2013 Oregon Book Award)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Gullah Days: Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge 1861-1956

Thomas C. Barnwell Jr., Emory Shaw Campbell, Carolyn Grant

The Gullah culture, though borne of isolation and slavery, thrived on the US East Coast sea islands from pre-Civil War times until today, and nowhere more prominently than on Hilton Head Island, SC. On this small barrier island descendants of the first generations of Gullah people continue to preserve Gullah language, customs, arts, and cuisine. The three authors of Gullah Days: Hilton Head Is... read more

The Gullah culture, though borne of isolation and slavery, thrived on the US East Coast sea islands from pre-Civil War times until today, and nowhere more prominently than on Hilton Head Island, SC. On this small barrier island descendants of the first generations of Gullah people continue to preserve Gullah language, customs, arts, and cuisine. The three authors of Gullah Days: Hilton Head Is... read more

Oregon at Work: 1859-2009

Fuller, Tom, Ayre, Art

Pangyrus Six

Pinsky, Robert, Almond, Steve, Harris, Greg

Blue Thread

Ruth Tenzer Feldman

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

The Weight of the Sun

Tagatac, Geronimo

Zagreb, Exit South (New Croatia)

Popovic, Edo, Julienne Eden Busic

Close is Fine

Eliot Treichel

Life’s private reflections, big and small, shape and define the characters in Eliot Treichel's debut short story collection. Rural Wisconsin—the lonely, aching expanse of quiet isolation—doubles as a metaphor for the characters who yearn for a closeness in personal relationships that is just out of grasp. A rivalry between lumberjacks reaches a sticky end. A man's substandard work on his house... read more

Life’s private reflections, big and small, shape and define the characters in Eliot Treichel's debut short story collection. Rural Wisconsin—the lonely, aching expanse of quiet isolation—doubles as a metaphor for the characters who yearn for a closeness in personal relationships that is just out of grasp. A rivalry between lumberjacks reaches a sticky end. A man's substandard work on his house... read more

Fillings

Garlock, Dave

Pangyrus Seven

Harris, Greg

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