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Joseph Ross Angelella

Joseph Ross Angelella - Editor

Baltimore, MD, United States

Published Author. University Writing Professor. Professional Editor. Offering honest, in-depth, critical feedback.

Overview

Joseph Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press, 2012) that Barnes & Noble described as “simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original—and darkly delightful—novel” and Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) called “an irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.” His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown and Fiction Writers Review. His short story “Sauce” won The Coachella Review’s grand prize in 2012. In addition, he has ghostwritten three Nancy Drew novels between 2009 and 2010 under the open name Carolyn Keene. He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University. In 2015, J.R. and his wife, the writer Kate Angelella, launched an editorial company–a full-service, craft-based editing agency, providing professional, in-depth and honest critiques to writers across multiple platforms. They specialize in editing Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Literary fiction as well as genre fiction, including: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller and Crime fiction.

TESTIMONIALS
"Ross Angelella is extremely personable and has a positive way of presenting his comments and criticisms. I highly recommend his services. When the edits and suggestions were done, we met via Skype and talked about how the idea for my novel came about, then reviewed all his editorial notations, as well as principles and examples of good dialog, reworking the Point Of View in one section, and ideas for rewriting certain portions of the manuscript to improve overall flow and find means other than dialog for ‘showing’ the story and moving it forward. Ross took the time to answer all my questions. I agreed with all of Ross’ suggestions and can honestly say my book is tremendously improved after I implemented them. Some were major rewrites. It was a lot of work and I’m glad I devoted the time and effort to the revisions. They have made all the difference in the quality and continuity of my novel."
-- Ernestine B. Colombo, author of RETURNING SOULS: A NOVEL

“A professional to the last dot and dash—J.R. Angelella thoroughly and effectively edited my manuscript. He provided balanced and specific direction for filling the voids where plot or dialogue fell short. His feedback was genuine and unfiltered, and he instinctively had an uncanny ability to understand my writer’s voice. I would highly recommend J.R. Angelella’s professional and compassionate approach to the editing process.”
-- Sharon CassanoLochman, author of MAN WITH THE SAND DOLLAR FACE: A NOVEL

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Literature Plays & Screenplays Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MFA in Fiction Writing (Bennington College, 2009)
  • BA in English Literature & Creative Writing (Ithaca College, 2002)

Awards

  • The Coachella Review - Short Story Grand Prize (2012)

Work experience

Lecturer

Towson Univeristy
January, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Concept and Story Development and Media Scriptwriting: both an introduction to concept development and storytelling methods through a variety of screen treatment and script-centric writing assignments and presentations. Students generate ideas and stories for projects in electronic media and film. Objectives: to provide a foundation in story development, which is the genesis for all forms of media and for all genres within that media; to help each student learn the fundamentals of storytelling and conceptual development, and to cultivate her/his own individual voice as a storyteller by combining lecture, class discussion, and workshops; to recognize that all people are individuals who have their own personal experience from which to draw; to learn critical and analytical skills and to become skilled at engaging others in intellectual, analytical, and aesthetic discourse about their own work, as well as the work of others; and to enhance and encourage creativity and risk-taking.

Lecturer

University of Maryland, College Park
August, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

Educate students on professional writing rhetorical strategies and skills required for effective workplace writing and communication necessary for success in their careers, such as how to identify and analyze audiences; establish credibility; research topics in a specific professional discipline; and write and edit for readability and suitability to audience and purpose. Course objectives: to understand how writing contributes to students’ formation as professionals; to understand the various roles that documents play in their particular field; to research the genres and styles particular to their intended career field; to design projects that exemplify a particular genre and style; to craft sentences, paragraphs, sections, chapters, visual complements, and entire documents for maximum clarity and accessibility to a specific, declared audience; to collaborate with others in evaluating and improving one another’s work; to integrate visual rhetoric into documents; and to develop documents for employment and professional school applications.

Freelance Editor & Writer

Self-employed
June, 2009 – Present (over 8 years)

Ross Angelella has been a freelance writer since 2009, penning numerous work-for-hire manuscripts, including three Nancy Drew mysteries under the pen name Carolyn Keene. He also has been a freelance editor since 2015 when he and his wife, Kate Angelella, began their own full-time freelance editorial business. He offers comprehensive editorial work, providing in-depth, honest, and compassionate critiques.

Writing Instructor

Gotham Writing Workshop, New York City
January, 2010 – August, 2012 (over 2 years)

This intensive fiction writing program offered a blend of small workshops and group writing sessions, which inspired students to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students honed their creative skills, and deepened their passion for the writer's craft. Participants explored numerous creative strategies for writing fiction. The writing assignments were discussed in a workshop setting where students received supportive feedback. In addition, students discussed and analyzed selections of fiction, exploring the techniques used by authors. Students also worked with revision, reflection, and rewriting techniques to complete and polish their own short fiction.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Zombie

J.R. Angelella

A zombie movie-obsessed teen is forced to face a dark family secret in this shocking debut literary novel from a talented new author. Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker attends an all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bullies make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father disappears night after night wit... read more

A zombie movie-obsessed teen is forced to face a dark family secret in this shocking debut literary novel from a talented new author. Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker attends an all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bullies make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father disappears night after night wit... read more

Who Done It?

Jon Scieszka

A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers. Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? T... read more

A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers. Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? T... read more

Returning Souls

Ernestine B. Colombo

The Man with the Sand Dollar Face

Sharon CassanoLochman

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