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Steve Rapaport

Steve Rapaport - Editor

Edinburgh

Editor: Ex-publisher and a Director of the Scottish Writers' Centre, happy to help you make your writing even better.

Overview

These days, professional writing is changing a lot. Should you self-publish or seek out an agent? If you're already published with a following, could you make a better return from self-publishing your own work? No matter which you choose, if you're writing genre fiction, you need an editor with a feel for genre fiction. Genre fiction has its own pace, its own balance of description, character and plot.

I can help you edit your crime, fantasy, comedy or science fiction, including content editing (helping with structure and pace), substantive editing (helping with style and continuity), and proofreading in the final draft.

I am also happy to help with character development, your writing voice, and on the academic side, the structure of your essay, textbook or thesis. I have been editing, translating and critiquing books since 1991.



Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Humor & Comedy Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet Health & wellbeing

Work experience

Director

Scottish Writers' Centre

August, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

As one of the Directors of the Scottish Writers' Centre, it's my role to help nurture and develop writing talent in Scotland.

Proprietor

Pulp Fiction Books

September, 2011 – September, 2013 (about 2 years)

Created and ran Edinburgh's best genre-fiction bookstore for two years. Hosted masterclasses and readings by authors Nicola Morgan, Sara Sheridan, Charles Stross, Robert Shearman, Val McDermid, and more.

Hosted and moderated two Edinburgh writing critique groups: The Edinburgh Creative Writers' Club and the Edinburgh Rogue Writers.

Publisher/Editor

Rough Publishing Limited

February, 2008 – October, 2011 (over 3 years)

Ran a small genre-fiction publishing company, edited books myself and formatted them for publishing. Marketed and sold the results. Turnover between £3000 and £10000 per month.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Wings Of Wrath

C. S. Friedman

HTML Sourcebook: A Complete Guide to HTML 3.2 and HTML Extensions (Sourcebooks)

Ian S. Graham

"The most effective way to learn how to write HTML pages. . . A complete, step-by-step guide to designing, editing, and managing Web pages." —PC Magazine"For HTML sophisticates, HTML Sourcebook will fill in gaps in your expertise and point you in new directions as you design your Internet facades." —Library JournalCritics everywhere agree, HTML Sourcebook is the best guide to HTML for Web prof... read more

"The most effective way to learn how to write HTML pages. . . A complete, step-by-step guide to designing, editing, and managing Web pages." —PC Magazine"For HTML sophisticates, HTML Sourcebook will fill in gaps in your expertise and point you in new directions as you design your Internet facades." —Library JournalCritics everywhere agree, HTML Sourcebook is the best guide to HTML for Web prof... read more

I Won A Spaceship

Harrision Park

I was astounded to discover I’d won a spaceship in the Grand Galactic Lottery. I don’t do lotteries. Of course, nothing is easy but I didn’t realise how complicated it would be until I arrived on Geretimal, the capital of the Capellan Theocracy. There I encountered corruption, greed and personal danger. I also found love, friendship… and tragedy. Was a spaceship really worth it?

I was astounded to discover I’d won a spaceship in the Grand Galactic Lottery. I don’t do lotteries. Of course, nothing is easy but I didn’t realise how complicated it would be until I arrived on Geretimal, the capital of the Capellan Theocracy. There I encountered corruption, greed and personal danger. I also found love, friendship… and tragedy. Was a spaceship really worth it?

Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident

Justin Lee Anderson

"Douglas Adams meets Heart-Shaped Box...There are so many delightful surprises showcased within these addictive and extremely witty pages. Anderson has a flare for rather classic characterisation from Simon's introvert insecurity to the potty-mouthed loudness of his alcohol-swilling Great Aunt Harriet (one of only three survivors of the Debovar dessert massacre), a double act that should go do... read more

"Douglas Adams meets Heart-Shaped Box...There are so many delightful surprises showcased within these addictive and extremely witty pages. Anderson has a flare for rather classic characterisation from Simon's introvert insecurity to the potty-mouthed loudness of his alcohol-swilling Great Aunt Harriet (one of only three survivors of the Debovar dessert massacre), a double act that should go do... read more

The Awesome Headfux

Will Lorimer

Spanning worlds, realities, genres and possibilities, this counter factual novel begs the question -....

Spanning worlds, realities, genres and possibilities, this counter factual novel begs the question -....

GoneGodWorld - Episode Two: Paradise Lot (Urban Fantasy Series #2)

R.E. Vance

Episode Two… Jean-Luc’s hotel has been blown up, his friend is dead and he is under investigation by Paradise Lot’s police chief, the archangel Michael. And his day hasn’t even started yet... Hellelujah!.. The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Unti... read more

Episode Two… Jean-Luc’s hotel has been blown up, his friend is dead and he is under investigation by Paradise Lot’s police chief, the archangel Michael. And his day hasn’t even started yet... Hellelujah!.. The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Unti... read more

GoneGodWorld - Episode Three: Paradise Lot (Urban Fantasy Series #3)

R.E. Vance

Episode Three... What a day! After some strange 'Other' blew up the One Spire Inn and killed his friend, Jean-Luc spent the last few hours trying to figure out what's going on. Lucky for him, he is friends with the angel Penemue and the succubus Astarte—two creatures older than most mountains. Unlucky for him, the insane creature that's causing havoc in his city is the one and only Avatar of G... read more

Episode Three... What a day! After some strange 'Other' blew up the One Spire Inn and killed his friend, Jean-Luc spent the last few hours trying to figure out what's going on. Lucky for him, he is friends with the angel Penemue and the succubus Astarte—two creatures older than most mountains. Unlucky for him, the insane creature that's causing havoc in his city is the one and only Avatar of G... read more

GoneGodWorld - Episode Four: Paradise Lot (Urban Fantasy Series #4)

R.E. Vance

Episode Four... The gauntlet has been thrown as Jean-Luc challenges the Avatar of Gravity to a one-on-one fight in the middle of nowhere. Jean-Luc doesn’t know if he’ll see the light of dawn and he doesn’t care. There’s only so much one human can endure … The exciting finale of Paradise Lot: Season One is finally here! The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank ... read more

Episode Four... The gauntlet has been thrown as Jean-Luc challenges the Avatar of Gravity to a one-on-one fight in the middle of nowhere. Jean-Luc doesn’t know if he’ll see the light of dawn and he doesn’t care. There’s only so much one human can endure … The exciting finale of Paradise Lot: Season One is finally here! The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank ... read more

Interludes: Paradise Lot (Urban Fantasy Series #5)

R.E. Vance

The gods are gone. All of them. When the gods left, their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps. Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life... read more

The gods are gone. All of them. When the gods left, their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps. Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life... read more

GoneGod World: A Paradise Lot Urban Fantasy

R.E. Vance

The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps. Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble i... read more

The gods are gone. All of them. Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps. Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble i... read more

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