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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.)


Jun
20
comment Main male character description
Lauren, I agree, but this is a borderline situation. If people vote-to-close, it'll show the community agrees with you.
Jun
19
reviewed No Action Needed Can a textbook contain heavy reference to other materials?
Jun
19
comment How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
Stack Exchange sites work best with more focused questions than this. From the help center: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." Placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit and we'll consider reopening.
Jun
16
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
Thanks for editing. I had in mind pointing out multiple volumes as an option, but I agree that this is a conversation best had with an individual printer.
Jun
16
revised What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
Edited out, "I hope that's ok, Neil, if not, pse let me know, I'm new on the StackExchange scene."
Jun
16
comment Is there a complete guideline for which tense to use?
I'd like to point out that while grammar itself os off-topic here, the use of grammar as a writing tool is quite on-topic. I'd ask that answers focus on the latter aspect of this question.
Jun
15
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
Although naming specific vendors is helpful and a good starting point, could you expand your answer to indicate what the options are with these publishers? The question is asking "what are my options given such-and-such parameters".
Jun
15
reviewed No Action Needed How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
Jun
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Welcome to Writers. Asking what to write is off-topic on this site. Do you think you can edit this to avoid that?
Jun
10
comment RDF vocabularly for storytelling
@sh1ftst0rm - Yes, definitely. I'd like to see Monica's concerns addressed as well; the clearer the question, the better answers you can get.
Jun
9
comment What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?
Can you clarify this question by telling us where you encountered these terms, and what the context is? This is difficult to answer otherwise.
Jun
9
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
CW status removed. There was no reason for its use here other than to avoid reputation loss.
Jun
8
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is there any good time-line software out there?
Jun
7
reviewed No Action Needed Are there any places to have community story development?
Jun
7
answered Improving my English
Jun
5
comment Best Tool to Create User Guides
Thanks, that's helpful.
Jun
4
comment Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?
I don't work for a publisher, but off the top of my head, I'd ask the publisher about what they're looking for and how it relates to your work, what their workflow is, etc - stuff of interest to them that they can answer.
Jun
4
revised Is it considered faulty language to use Spivak pronouns in an essay?
added link; edited tags
Jun
4
comment Best Tool to Create User Guides
I'm a little unclear on what you're looking for here. DO you need recommendations for the interface for the software tool, or recommendations for software to update the software tool's user guide? If the latter, what's wrong with just using Word to create PDFs? Or do you want a user guide inside the software? (If the former, you're on the wrong site, I'm afraid.)
Jun
4
comment Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?
Good question. I've done a little editing to make this more answerable on a Q&A site like this, but please revert my edits (or edit further) if I've changed your intent anywhere.