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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.)


Jul
2
comment How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
I think that's a limitation of markup; it gets confused when you try to do that. The only workaround I know of is to use HTML; see my edit.
Jul
2
revised How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
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Jul
1
comment How can I develop my ideas?
Have done a light edit to get rid of some of the discussion-y language; I agree that the question is vague, and it's on the edge of what we really should allow. But it is producing some good answers.
Jul
1
revised How can I develop my ideas?
deleted 139 characters in body; edited title
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
For anyone who's unaware of the shopping question issue on Stack Exchange, the gist is that, where possible, we prefer to tell people how to find X, rather than just hand them at the answer. (This isn't a shopping question at all, I'm just drawing an analogy using the teach-a-man-to-fish principle.)
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
@M.Na'el - That may be true. Ideally, we can do both: Explain and provide the answer.
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
Interesting question. I'd recommend that, analogous to how SE sites handle shopping questions, people focus on how to find such publishers rather than only providing suggestions for individual publishers that accept such MS's (since that can change over time).
Jun
29
comment What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?
Related: How can I get book my non-fiction book reviewed by professional reviewers?.
Jun
29
comment What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?
This is a press release/PR company, and not a company that writes impartial book reviews, which is what was requested here. The question also asks for organizations that will review in return for a copy of the book.
Jun
29
comment What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?
@RalphGallagher - I edited your question to clarify this, I hope it helps.
Jun
29
revised What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?
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Jun
27
answered Coming up with names for species in fiction?
Jun
26
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
@FearlessWriter - Have edited your comment into the question. It would also help focus the answers if you told us more about your novel, wanna share a plot summary?
Jun
26
revised How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
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Jun
26
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
@Patches - I agree, but marketing is on-topic here, within certain limits.
Jun
26
revised How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
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Jun
26
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
Jun
25
comment How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
From here: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Jun
22
comment Shared World licensing fees
Do you have priorities about licensing? Is it important to you, for example, that you retain all copyrights? Do you want the writers to retain copyright over their work? Are your concerns strictly financial? Do you want the terms to be attractive to writers? Or will you be inviting specific writers to participate? You need to identify your priorities here.
Jun
21
revised How do I cite Google Public Data in my bibliography (APA format)?
edited tags