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Nancy Heckel

Nancy Heckel - Editor

Eugene, OR, United States

Editor, tutor, teacher--my editorial services reflect my background of helping writers develop their own voices and style!

Overview

I'm an independent editor whose main line of work is teaching composition and literature at the college level. I got started editing in graduate school and found that editing is what I really love to do--it's all the good parts of teaching without the worst part (grading). When editing, I help clients strengthen and refine their writing to match the vision in their heads--my goal is to help them communicate their ideas clearly and develop their own unique authorial voice.

My particular editorial interests are in genres that I enjoy reading, speculative fiction and non-fiction food writing. I have an academic background in medieval literature and the study of medievalism (how later time periods re-shape the medieval era in their art and culture) that gives me the research abilities necessary to help writers use research well, and my love of science fiction and fantasy has helped me to develop a strong sense for the coherence in world-building necessary to good speculative fiction. Though I haven't yet had the opportunity to edit a graphic novel or comic, I am actively looking for a chance to break into that genre as well.

In non-fiction, I would like to add food writing to my portfolio, as it is a genre I enjoy reading. My time as a composition teacher has taught me how to help writers develop a real story from factual information, a must in any non-fiction, and I have a strong sense of what readers do and don't need to know in order to see the information from the angle the author intends.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction

Work experience

Independent Editor

A Careful Reader Editorial Services

September, 2015 – Present (about 1 year)

I am still building my client base, but my projects to date include a self-help book on parenting and an Arthurian novel with a historical setting.

Assistant Professor

American Public University System

October, 2009 – Present (about 7 years)

I teach composition and literature for APUS, as well as acting as a course designer. My research focuses on medievalism, or the way that later era re-shaped and re-created the idea of the medieval period, and I particularly enjoy studying the more fantastic uses of the setting in fantasy literature and video games.

Editorial Assistant

Middle English Texts Series; Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS)

May, 2003 – February, 2006 (over 2 years)

With METS, I formatted, proofread, and fact-checked critical editions of Middle English literary works, as well as converting the finished texts for electronic publication.

Assistant

The Camelot Project

September, 2001 – July, 2009 (almost 8 years)

My work with the Camelot Project was part of my duties as a library assistant at the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester. As part of the Camelot Project staff, I not only formatted and edited Arthurian texts for online publication, but also wrote author biographies and character overviews.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Confessio Amantis (Teams Middle English Texts Series) (Vol. 3)

John Gower, Andrew Galloway

The complete text of John Gower's Confessio Amantis is a 3-volume edition, including all Latin components - with translations - of this bilingual poem and extensive glosses, bibliography, and explanatory notes. Volume 3 contains Books 5, 6, and 7, which follow another kind of development as Gower shifts from romance banter and formulaic confession to philosophical inquiry.

The complete text of John Gower's Confessio Amantis is a 3-volume edition, including all Latin components - with translations - of this bilingual poem and extensive glosses, bibliography, and explanatory notes. Volume 3 contains Books 5, 6, and 7, which follow another kind of development as Gower shifts from romance banter and formulaic confession to philosophical inquiry.

The Wallace: Selections (Teams Middle English Texts)

Anne McKim

The Wallace catalogs the sheer brutality of war. We are regaled with such detailed accounts of the sacking of towns and the burning down of buildings full of screaming inhabitants that the smells and sounds, as well as the terrible sights, of war are graphically conveyed in language which seems designed not only to express Wallace's rage and Hary's antipathy but also to incite hatred of the En... read more

The Wallace catalogs the sheer brutality of war. We are regaled with such detailed accounts of the sacking of towns and the burning down of buildings full of screaming inhabitants that the smells and sounds, as well as the terrible sights, of war are graphically conveyed in language which seems designed not only to express Wallace's rage and Hary's antipathy but also to incite hatred of the En... read more

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