pat matsueda

pat matsueda - Editor

Honolulu, HI, USA

Writer and editor with thirty years of experience in literary publishing

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Overview

At my day job, I am the managing editor of a literary journal published twice a year by a university press. I copy edit and proofread 300 to 400 manuscript pages a year. Authors I have worked with include Barry Lopez, Catherine Filloux, Thomas Farber, and Samrat Upadhyay. Eminent translators I've worked with include Alok Bhalla and Andrew Schelling. I have worked on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and plays. An essay by Ken Chen that I copy edited was accepted for publication in Best American Essays. Chen is now the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

I work on hard copy and exchange marked-up manuscripts, notes, and suggestions with authors. Some of the responses I've received from clients:

"Thank you for your wise and thoughtful editing of my novel Sea Home. The story is clearer, truer, and more fully itself thanks to your wonderful ear, unfailing intuition, and expert work. You are a master wordsmith."—Phyllis Young, author of Sea Home

"I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate your help with the editing of the collection of stories that I translated from Vietnamese to English. The challenge was to retain what the authors wanted to convey and to do it in a manner that the English reader could relate to. Your editing clarified much of what I translated. You also made it so much more exciting by rearranging the sentences, cutting the repetitions, and quickening the pace of the stories. I learned that punctuation marks are used differently in Vietnamese and English; even the construction of sentences is done differently. Thank you for making it possible for English readers to enjoy the book."—Linda Liem, translator of Faith in Viet Nam and Beyond

"The manuscript is so tight with [Pat's] editing that if you drop it, it bounces."—Ben Schwartz, author of Everything There Was to Tell



Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Literature
Non-Fiction
Publishing

Work experience

Copy Editor

Self-employed
February, 2004 – Present (over 15 years)

Managing Editor

Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing
April, 1992 – Present (over 27 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Bedeviled: A Novella

Ms Pat Matsueda

Bedeviled: A Novella is the latest publication from Manoa Books (an imprint of The Manoa Foundation) and El Leon Literary Arts. At war with the better angels of his nature, Ted Koga takes refuge in a realm of fantasy and sensuality. He comes to prefer it to his daily life, then discovers that it is as unsafe as it is seductive, as likely to expose his secrets as keep them. While the online ide... read more

Bedeviled: A Novella is the latest publication from Manoa Books (an imprint of The Manoa Foundation) and El Leon Literary Arts. At war with the better angels of his nature, Ted Koga takes refuge in a realm of fantasy and sensuality. He comes to prefer it to his daily life, then discovers that it is as unsafe as it is seductive, as likely to expose his secrets as keep them. While the online ide... read more

Ms. Aligned 2: Women Writing About Men (Volume 2)

Ms. Connie Pan

The second in a series, MS. ALIGNED 2 is an anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in which women writers explore male thinking, behavior, and identity. Included are statements by the authors in which they discuss their reasons for writing about men. The foreword is by Jill McCabe Johnson, an award-winning poet and the series editor of the University of Nebraska Gender Programs anthologi... read more

The second in a series, MS. ALIGNED 2 is an anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in which women writers explore male thinking, behavior, and identity. Included are statements by the authors in which they discuss their reasons for writing about men. The foreword is by Jill McCabe Johnson, an award-winning poet and the series editor of the University of Nebraska Gender Programs anthologi... read more

Becoming Brazil: New Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir (Mānoa)

When Dom Pedro I declared Brazilian independence in September 1822, he could not have known that the newly liberated country would one day become a nation of 200 million citizens. Becoming Brazil: New Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir presents writing by and about the vibrant people of this fascinatingly diverse and rapidly changing country. Although Brazil is by far the largest and most populous na... read more

When Dom Pedro I declared Brazilian independence in September 1822, he could not have known that the newly liberated country would one day become a nation of 200 million citizens. Becoming Brazil: New Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir presents writing by and about the vibrant people of this fascinatingly diverse and rapidly changing country. Although Brazil is by far the largest and most populous na... read more

Here and Gone

Thomas Farber

Turning seventy, author Thomas Farber appraises the writing life, aging, love, his own fate, and ours. In this spare, elegant volume Thomas Farber takes the measure of both his vocation and, in several quite different ways, his troubled heart. Retracing a life’s paths—Boston, northern California, Honolulu—and marveling at the closely observed natural world, he evokes his extraordinary poet-mot... read more

Turning seventy, author Thomas Farber appraises the writing life, aging, love, his own fate, and ours. In this spare, elegant volume Thomas Farber takes the measure of both his vocation and, in several quite different ways, his troubled heart. Retracing a life’s paths—Boston, northern California, Honolulu—and marveling at the closely observed natural world, he evokes his extraordinary poet-mot... read more

Poems and Essays from an Ordinary Room

Lawrence Levin

As a physician, Dr. Lawrence Levin counseled patients coping with chronic pain. After undergoing back surgery, however, he himself began to suffer dramatically. Previously, he d pursued his vocation, embraced family life, and reveled in sports. Now, he found himself confined to an ordinary room. In response, Dr. Levin turned to exploring the inner chaos pain brings, and embarked on a spiritual... read more

As a physician, Dr. Lawrence Levin counseled patients coping with chronic pain. After undergoing back surgery, however, he himself began to suffer dramatically. Previously, he d pursued his vocation, embraced family life, and reveled in sports. Now, he found himself confined to an ordinary room. In response, Dr. Levin turned to exploring the inner chaos pain brings, and embarked on a spiritual... read more

Sea Home: a novel

Phyllis Gray Young

Part contemporary sea tale, part fable, SEA HOME explores the boundaries between reality and the imagination and follows one woman's passage into a new life.As a girl, Rosie Fields dreamed of a sea home--be it a pail of water, a river, a lake, or the ocean deep--that safe place in which to fulfill a sea change or even a metamorphosis. As a woman, lulled by the rhythms of work as a nurse, she l... read more

Part contemporary sea tale, part fable, SEA HOME explores the boundaries between reality and the imagination and follows one woman's passage into a new life.As a girl, Rosie Fields dreamed of a sea home--be it a pail of water, a river, a lake, or the ocean deep--that safe place in which to fulfill a sea change or even a metamorphosis. As a woman, lulled by the rhythms of work as a nurse, she l... read more

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