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Lee Elliott

Lee Elliott - Editor

Wendell, United States

I am a book-loving word nerd, specializing in the editing of literary fiction, literary nonfiction, general nonfiction, memoir, and more.

Overview

As an author, you need not only an editor and a mentor but also, and more important, a passionate advocate to make your work of fiction or literary nonfiction, as well as your work of general nonfiction or biography or memoir, the best it can be. I am that editor, that mentor, and, above all, that advocate; I am on your side.

As a copyeditor, a substantive editor (or line editor), a developmental editor for over 25 years, I have helped authors of novels, short story collections, and memoirs get their works either self-published or published in many major publishing houses.

There are many ways that I can help you. For example, if you, as an author, should ask me to perform developmental editing on a work of fiction—be it literary fiction, crime fiction, science fiction, or young adult fiction—I would first evaluate your draft and then suggest improvements in storyline, character development, structure, description, dialogue, and pacing; then I would support you through the number of drafts it takes to complete a publishable manuscript.

In addition, I would provide ongoing consultation to help you focus your fiction and literary nonfiction (including memoirs) to serve your career goals and appeal to your specific audiences. Please e-mail me or telephone me today so that we can discuss how I can help you.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Christian (Non-Fiction) History
Fiction
Christian Crime & Mystery Dystopian Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction

Certifications

  • Editorial Freelancers Association Member

Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa UNC-Chapel Hill

Work experience

Managing Editor

Self-employed
June, 2002 – Present (over 15 years)

I have developmentally edited, copyedited, proofread, and fact-checked manuscripts on a freelance basis for a number of publishers—including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, United Nations University Press (Tokyo), Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (NC), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Alexandria, VA), and Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC). I have also copyedited for Bookmarks Magazine (Chapel Hill, NC, and Berkeley, CA).

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Fox's Walk

Annabel Davis-Goff

Alice Moore is eight years old and has just been left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely old house in the south of Ireland. It is 1915, the First World War has just entered its second year, and, in Ireland, Nation-alists are edging toward revolution. Often lonely and homesick, living in a rigid old-fashioned household where propriety is all-important, Alice piece... read more

Alice Moore is eight years old and has just been left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely old house in the south of Ireland. It is 1915, the First World War has just entered its second year, and, in Ireland, Nation-alists are edging toward revolution. Often lonely and homesick, living in a rigid old-fashioned household where propriety is all-important, Alice piece... read more

The Next Better Place: Memories of My Misspent Youth

Michael C. Keith Ph.D.

In 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith left a relatively stable life with his mother and sisters in Albany, New York, and surreptitiously set off for California with his irresponsible alcoholic father. For the rest of Michael's childhood, the two crisscrossed America, perpetually en route to someplace else. His memoir, told in the fresh, funny, world-wise voice of the young boy he once w... read more

In 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith left a relatively stable life with his mother and sisters in Albany, New York, and surreptitiously set off for California with his irresponsible alcoholic father. For the rest of Michael's childhood, the two crisscrossed America, perpetually en route to someplace else. His memoir, told in the fresh, funny, world-wise voice of the young boy he once w... read more

Girl Meets God: A Memoir

Lauren F. Winner

The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F. Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity. Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted. In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attem... read more

The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F. Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity. Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted. In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attem... read more

Elephas Maximus: A Portrait of the Indian Elephant

Stephen Alter

Revered in Indian religion and culture, coveted for its ivory tusks, the majestic Asian elephant has captured the fascination of humans for more than four thousand years. In an effort to shed light on this regal animal and its unique relationship with humankind, author Stephen Alter traveled around the world to explore its natural home and its place in history and myth. Alter's search takes hi... read more

Revered in Indian religion and culture, coveted for its ivory tusks, the majestic Asian elephant has captured the fascination of humans for more than four thousand years. In an effort to shed light on this regal animal and its unique relationship with humankind, author Stephen Alter traveled around the world to explore its natural home and its place in history and myth. Alter's search takes hi... read more

The Work of Wolves

Kent Meyers

When fourteen-year-old Carson Fielding bought his first horse from Magnus Yarborough, it became clear that the teenager was a better judge of horses than the rich landowner was of humans. Years later, Carson, now a skilled and respected horse trainer, grudgingly agrees to train Magnus's horses and teach his wife to ride. But as Carson becomes disaffected with the power-hungry Magnus, he also g... read more

When fourteen-year-old Carson Fielding bought his first horse from Magnus Yarborough, it became clear that the teenager was a better judge of horses than the rich landowner was of humans. Years later, Carson, now a skilled and respected horse trainer, grudgingly agrees to train Magnus's horses and teach his wife to ride. But as Carson becomes disaffected with the power-hungry Magnus, he also g... read more

Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861

David Detzer

In April 1861, Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender. Within weeks, the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond. On May 24, Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into Virginia, only a few miles from the Confederate military base near the hamlet of Manassas. A great battle was inevitable; whether this would end the war, as many expected, was the only question.... read more

In April 1861, Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender. Within weeks, the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond. On May 24, Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into Virginia, only a few miles from the Confederate military base near the hamlet of Manassas. A great battle was inevitable; whether this would end the war, as many expected, was the only question.... read more

The Year of Past Things

M. A. Harper

Phil Randazzo, owner of the trendy Tasso Restaurant in New Orleans, is being haunted and he's not at all happy about it. Strange supernatural events are taking place in the home he shares with his new wife, Michelle. Michelle's late husband, the legendary Cajun musician A. P. Savoie, begins to appear at will and inhabit everyday objects. As Savoie's presence grows stronger, the couple asks for... read more

Phil Randazzo, owner of the trendy Tasso Restaurant in New Orleans, is being haunted and he's not at all happy about it. Strange supernatural events are taking place in the home he shares with his new wife, Michelle. Michelle's late husband, the legendary Cajun musician A. P. Savoie, begins to appear at will and inhabit everyday objects. As Savoie's presence grows stronger, the couple asks for... read more

Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons

George Pendle

BRILLIANT ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN EXPLOSION screamed the front-page headline of the Los Angeles Times on 18 June 1952. John Parsons, a maverick rocketeer whose work had helped transform the rocket from a derided sci-fi plotline into a reality, was at first mourned as a tragically young victim of mishandled chemicals. But as reporters dug deeper a shocking story emerged. Parsons had been per... read more

BRILLIANT ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN EXPLOSION screamed the front-page headline of the Los Angeles Times on 18 June 1952. John Parsons, a maverick rocketeer whose work had helped transform the rocket from a derided sci-fi plotline into a reality, was at first mourned as a tragically young victim of mishandled chemicals. But as reporters dug deeper a shocking story emerged. Parsons had been per... read more

Haint Blue

Carl E. Linke

In 1986, a novice businessman, Kip Drummond, rescued a sentimental landmark-the Lady's Island Oyster Factory-in Beaufort, South Carolina. But six years later, he finds himself pressured by corporate greed and paralyzed by Lowcountry desperation. On one side, a trio of predators from Philadelphia, spurred by plans to replace the rundown factory with a megamillion dollar waterfront development, ... read more

In 1986, a novice businessman, Kip Drummond, rescued a sentimental landmark-the Lady's Island Oyster Factory-in Beaufort, South Carolina. But six years later, he finds himself pressured by corporate greed and paralyzed by Lowcountry desperation. On one side, a trio of predators from Philadelphia, spurred by plans to replace the rundown factory with a megamillion dollar waterfront development, ... read more

Wrath: The Tribulation Has Begun, and the Church Is Still Here!

D R Roquemore

What if everything you have been told about the timing of the Rapture is wrong? The Bible teaches that Christians are not appointed to suffer wrath. But what if the first few years of the Tribulation are not God's wrath, but the wrath of Satan and the Antichrist? Revelation chapter 6 clearly says that God's wrath begins at some point after the midpoint of the Tribulation. That means Christians... read more

What if everything you have been told about the timing of the Rapture is wrong? The Bible teaches that Christians are not appointed to suffer wrath. But what if the first few years of the Tribulation are not God's wrath, but the wrath of Satan and the Antichrist? Revelation chapter 6 clearly says that God's wrath begins at some point after the midpoint of the Tribulation. That means Christians... read more

Beware the Raised Eyebrow: Are Cultural Expectations the Path to the Good Life?

Dr. Mark Johnson MD

Assumptions are powerful things. We assume where ‘everyone’ is going is where we want to go, and we want to get there first. We assume that other people are qualified to judge our lives. As we follow the herd, and submit to its scrutiny, though, where are we really going? Perhaps it’s not where we assume. We know ‘the good life’ for us is ‘out there somewhere’, waiting to be found and lived. P... read more

Assumptions are powerful things. We assume where ‘everyone’ is going is where we want to go, and we want to get there first. We assume that other people are qualified to judge our lives. As we follow the herd, and submit to its scrutiny, though, where are we really going? Perhaps it’s not where we assume. We know ‘the good life’ for us is ‘out there somewhere’, waiting to be found and lived. P... read more

Me and Money: The Psychology of Wealth

Said Davlatov

Me and Money is a book that will change the way you look at your relationship with money. Said Davlatov breaks down the relationship that we have with money and creates a simple, easy to follow process for changing your life and creating wealth.Do you want to be rich? Financial security is something that we all strive for. Poverty and wealth are mindsets. If you do not apply yourself or have t... read more

Me and Money is a book that will change the way you look at your relationship with money. Said Davlatov breaks down the relationship that we have with money and creates a simple, easy to follow process for changing your life and creating wealth.Do you want to be rich? Financial security is something that we all strive for. Poverty and wealth are mindsets. If you do not apply yourself or have t... read more

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D.G. Harris

There, across the Blue winds of reality, of time, one will find these myriad universes stacked against one another, folded into one another. And if one were to look across the face of these winds one might be able to see the countless ways of being, manifesting into corporeal circumstances---cognitive entity seeping mist into form.Mackenzie Mercy is a space priveteer---an adventure junkie stru... read more

There, across the Blue winds of reality, of time, one will find these myriad universes stacked against one another, folded into one another. And if one were to look across the face of these winds one might be able to see the countless ways of being, manifesting into corporeal circumstances---cognitive entity seeping mist into form.Mackenzie Mercy is a space priveteer---an adventure junkie stru... read more

Kicking Gas and Taking Charge!: How 8 Electric Vehicle Crusaders Set a Guinness World Record

Duane A Leffel

To make an impact in Sustainability, eight strangers from around the world attempt to set four Guinness World Records on electric vehicles by proving they are reliable and viable today. In 2013, the group took on the seemingly impossible task of crossing the U.S. using four different types of electric vehicles in the middle of a hot summer, with no corporate funding and very limited planning. ... read more

To make an impact in Sustainability, eight strangers from around the world attempt to set four Guinness World Records on electric vehicles by proving they are reliable and viable today. In 2013, the group took on the seemingly impossible task of crossing the U.S. using four different types of electric vehicles in the middle of a hot summer, with no corporate funding and very limited planning. ... read more

Time: A Traveler's Companion

Oliver Harper

This seminal narrative on time is a commentary on strategic ways we all can live meaningful lives. As we all journey as travelers through life, time like a shadow, is our constant companion. It lives in us, as we live in time. It is our most precious unreplenishable commodity that begins its first tick at conception with a terrestrially undetermined expiration date.How we orchestrate the journ... read more

This seminal narrative on time is a commentary on strategic ways we all can live meaningful lives. As we all journey as travelers through life, time like a shadow, is our constant companion. It lives in us, as we live in time. It is our most precious unreplenishable commodity that begins its first tick at conception with a terrestrially undetermined expiration date.How we orchestrate the journ... read more

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