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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.)


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.
Sep
27
revised Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Spelling, wording, formatting
Sep
26
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@Robusto - We're arguing? News to me. :)
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@Robusto - Because enjoyable, clear writing is not always the best option. If you have expertise in academic writing, and can expand on your comment, you can always answer the question. But the concern here is that there's an expected formality in some academic disciplines that might find an overly familiar style of writing to be inappropriate for the subject matter. I've heard of academic papers being criticized for being informal, because the style seemingly doesn't take the subject matter seriously. (I think criticizing the style and before the content is ridiculous, but there you are.)
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@Robusto - Used in the sense of "mutually incompatible", or being in opposition to the needs of a thing. The question is asking, primarily, whether contractions would be contrary to the needs of academic writing.
Sep
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
24
comment Common errors for a non-native English writer starting a blog in English?
Eduard - Thanks, your rewrite is helpful. Now that I understand your question, I was able to do a final polish on the question before reopening it. (Just in case you're not aware of this, you can see all changes in a post by clicking on the last edit time, like so.) Am reopening the question, and thanks.
Sep
24
revised Common errors for a non-native English writer starting a blog in English?
Rewrote for grammar and clarity
Sep
23
comment Common errors for a non-native English writer starting a blog in English?
Eduard, this question is one that will start a discussion, and is not answerable in its current form. In particular, asking people to all provide their personal experiences will result in many answers that are all equally valid. If you want to edit this so it's more answerable, we'd be happy to consider reopening.
Sep
23
comment How much power does the author have over an original work?
Not an answer that's nearly detailed enough, but: I suggest you re-read your contract. Do you have any say at all when it comes down to the publisher's marketing materials? (Am I correct in thinking that these changes are in the marketing sample sent to distributors and not in the finished book?)
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
revised Are there any metrical dictionaries?
deleted 9 characters in body
Sep
21
comment Should this sentence be included in the Executive Summary?
It would depend on what kinds of calculations, and the type of document. And it's also difficult to say if a sentence is needed for a hypothetical piece of text. (I assume we're talking about executive summaries in general and not about a specific one.)
Sep
20
answered Are there any metrical dictionaries?
Sep
20
comment Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?
@Joe - Only if the writer is bathed in liquid grammar.
Sep
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?
Sep
20
comment What is “head popping” and why is it bad?
I've pointed this problem out to writers before, but never had a name for it; but I'm not sure I would want to tell a client they're guilty of "head popping".
Sep
19
revised Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
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