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A freelance editor, I specialize in fiction but I've worked on non-fiction as well as web copy, corporate literature, and non-profit materials. I also edit and write for the group blog Magnificent Nose, which covers many topics but gravitates towards articles about writing and reading.

I'm also a lyricist; a guitarist for the band Baroque & Hungry; and I'm a touring cyclist.

You can contact me about editing matters here. (Please don't use this form for Stack Exchange business; instead, ping me in chat.)


Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
You're still asking for tips, which isn't really a particularly targeted question; answers can continue to come in forever, and they'd all be correct. However, this is certainly improved thanks for editing. I have done a little bit of further editing in this vein. (In all fairness, this is a very difficult thing to pose a good question about!) This could be a much better question if we knew more about your writing and why you're not finding your characters acceptable. Do you have any writing online you can link to?
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
This is a list question, a sort of question not well suited to Stack Exchange sites. However, there clearly is a specific problem here that can be answered. Would you be willing to edit this to avoid that aspect of the question and emphasize the problem itself? If not, we'll have to close.
Oct
13
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
Yep, that's why I didn't answer the question; I'll leave this to those more knowledgable in the wars of romance novels to answer more definitively. But my best guess: While 100,000 words is on the long side for a novel, it's hardly unheard of. 75,000 is a good length for any novel. My knowledge of romances is limited to what my wife has lying around the house, but not many of them seem to be thick enough to hit 100,000 words.
Oct
12
comment What is the process for turning a story into a “movie” script?
And a world where writers insist on being paid for their work. The ingrates!
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
I suspect you may be mixing up manuscript pages - the industry standard format is double-spaced, one-inch margins, weighing in at about 250 words a page - and pages in a book, which come out various word counts, depending on how the book is typeset.
Oct
10
revised As a freelance writer, should I charge more for inconvenient time worked?
added 7 characters in body; edited title
Oct
10
revised How to combine a visual and textual outline
Removed request for discussion, formatting, tags
Oct
9
revised Should one use the legal “shall” in requirements documents and specification documents?
edited tags
Oct
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Oct
5
answered Is the first draft of a novel usually shorter than the finished work?
Oct
4
revised Scrivener project statistics is showing an incorrect word count
Title
Oct
3
revised Scrivener project statistics is showing an incorrect word count
edited tags
Sep
28
comment Guidelines of reviewing journal manuscripts
Excellent, thanks. Have included this info in your answer. Please make additional edits if there is information you feel is required - or if you have to to fix anything I may have gotten wrong.
Sep
28
revised Guidelines of reviewing journal manuscripts
Added info from comments, also smoothed over some phrasing
Sep
27
comment Guidelines of reviewing journal manuscripts
By "reviewing", do you mean evaluating them for purchase, reviewing articles for inclusion in the journal, or reviewing in the sense of peer review?
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Also, I think that there might be some confusion with terms: A publisher is, traditionally, someone who handles development of writers and books, editing, marketing, printing the physical books, and distributing them to stores. A press is someone who prints copies of whatever book you give them. Unfortunately, companies can call themselves whatever they like, and vanity presses traditionally only handle printing and maybe minimal versions of editing and distribution.
Sep
27
revised Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Typo
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
This question, although it betrays a lack of knowledge about how publishing works, is a surprisingly good one in that it's a very basic question. I don't think it's a duplicate of the questions @Standback mentioned, although I agree the answers to those questions will be helpful.