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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.)


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comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
This isn't really a complete answer to the question. Also, CMOS is much better for print than the web.
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comment How does one break into journalism?
Does that answer everything you were looking for? If not, let's edit this so it's more distinctive.
Aug
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comment How does one break into journalism?
Welcome to the site! This question has been asked before, perhaps it will provide you with answers: Breaking into journalism without a degree.
Aug
25
comment does this paragraph persuade you to feel as though this couple is deserving of the award?
I think it's still not a very good critique question. What problems, specifically, do you think the piece has? What questions do you want this critique to answer? Also, you might want to turn this into paragraphs; it's very difficult to read as it is.
Aug
25
comment Best way to become more natural at English
This is a little too broad for this site, but it might be a good fit at English Language Learners. I'm placing this on hold for now, but I'll see if they'll take this there.
Aug
24
comment Is there a disadvantage to transcending genre?
Welcome to Writers!
Aug
24
comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Welcome to Writers!
Aug
24
comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
Whoops. Yes, quotation marks.
Aug
23
comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
Great answer. To clarify: Would a series of books be placed in italics or between apostrophes?
Aug
23
comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
@NoviceWriterFance - Not setting off titles of works in quotes or italics can be very confusing to readers, particularly those not familiar with the works in question.
Aug
23
comment What's the ideal usage for italics for names?
Whatever you decide to do, just be consistent. Lauren's answer is a good one, or you can consult any number of style guides. (The Yahoo Style Guide is great for web work.)
Aug
21
comment Free or cheap way to lay out a concert program booklet?
Related: Software recommendations for magazine layout?
Aug
21
comment How can I balance between a formal and informal tone?
I've put this on hold until Lauren's question can be answered; will reopen when we have context.
Aug
19
comment Using true/real names and events in a fiction novel
Debbie, we've closed this as a duplicate question, but if the question linked to above doesn't tell you what you need to know, please let us know why. We can edit and reopen this.
Aug
19
comment Do the guidelines for clear style that we use today get in the way of rhythm?
Related, on the English site: Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
Aug
19
comment Limitations in using a historical figure in a romance
Tobias, we've closed this as a duplicate question, but if the question linked to above doesn't tell you what you need to know, please let us know why. We can edit and reopen this.
Aug
19
comment Nonfiction: Need signed releases and/or pay subjects I am interviewing?
I didn't find any duplicates of this, but there are some related questions: Legal and Social effect of story involving real life people, Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media?.
Aug
19
comment What is the difference between a complication/twist and a situation?
Welcome to Writers, Tommy!
Aug
13
comment What are some creative memoir writing styles?
"How would it be be received" - where? By the general public? By techie audiences?
Aug
13
comment How to handle multiple notebooks?
Hello, and welcome to Writers. I've lightly edited your question to remove aspects that were polling the community (a type of question that's hard to answer canonically).