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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
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
A diary is a personal work, for an audience of one (or very few), but it's no less valid to ask questions about writing techniques' effectiveness on a very small, limited audience.
Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
@Carlo_R - Agreed. Fortunately, Emily has answered the implied question - what effect will different tenses have - rather than the obvious one, "which should I do?"
Jul
25
comment Which tense to use when writing a diary?
This is an excellent answer; different tenses will produce different effects. Which one you use will be determined by which kind of effect you want to achieve in your audience - yourself, reading it later. Also note that writing in the present tense will make you relive events in a more immediate, you-are-there way.
Jul
24
revised Am I correctly referencing chapters which belong to the same book?
edited tags
Jul
23
comment Is it good idea to create a Sarcastic tone for provocative thoughts
I'm afraid I have to close this; this question is unanswerable in its present form. Lauren's comment addresses many of its problems: For what sort of publication are you writing? Is this voice appropriate to the venue? Please consider clarifying this and we'd be happy to consider reopening.
Jul
23
comment How to find an agent for a children's picture book?
Welcome to Writers! I've cleaned up your question a bit, in the interests of clarification, but please feel free to revert my edit if I've changed your meaning.
Jul
23
revised How to find an agent for a children's picture book?
title, clarified text
Jul
22
comment Main idea or Thesis
This question is overly broad, and may be difficult to answer directly. By "more sophisticated pieces of writing", are you referring to NY Times articles, or something else entirely?
Jul
18
comment If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
You can do what you like, of course, but I'd proofread before sending it to the editor, as much as you can within reason. Your editor will make changes and catch any additional errors, but it'll be easier for the editor if you've cleaned things up a bit. I have one writer friend who regularly asks friends on FB to do a pre-editor proofing run. My estimate of the time it'll take to edit something is based on how long I take to edit a sample (usually around 10 pages). The cleaner the text is, the faster I can go.
Jul
17
comment If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
No, I'm just clarifying what you said. They amount to more or less the same thing.
Jul
17
comment If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
Proofreaders generally charge per hour, not per page, but they'll often say up front how many pages of [work foo] they can cover in an hour.
Jul
17
answered If I'm going to hire a copyeditor, do I need to do any proofing myself?
Jul
17
revised First-time meeting with publisher & editors (What to expect)
Added clarification from the comments
Jul
15
comment First-time meeting with publisher & editors (What to expect)
What are the circumstances of the meeting? Contract signing? Exploratory boozy lunch? Is the agent pitching to the publisher? Has the agent taken your fiancee on as a client? etc.
Jul
13
comment How to separate scenes in a chapter?
Your edit helps enormously; have updated my answer.
Jul
13
revised How to separate scenes in a chapter?
added 567 characters in body
Jul
13
comment How to separate scenes in a chapter?
@Standback - thanks, I didn't know that!
Jul
13
revised How to separate scenes in a chapter?
added 65 characters in body; added 50 characters in body
Jul
12
comment How to separate scenes in a chapter?
"I'm not so interested in what the style manuals say, I just want to make it easy for the readers to understand they are in a new scene." Style manuals exist to help do this very thing: to help clarify text for readers.
Jul
12
answered How to separate scenes in a chapter?