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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, most recently 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 First-time author…can I publish in English in Mexico?
Welcome to Writers! Unfortunately, your question is far too broad for a Q&A site like this. Please have a look at our site tour for more information. If you can focus this to a more specific question, we'd consider reopening.
Mar
21
comment How many copies did “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka sold?
It would be helpful if answers focused on how to find this information, rather than handing the answer to this user. For more information, see Is it appropriate to ask questions on specialist knowledge areas?
Mar
21
comment Request for examples of different approaches to describe an object
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about existing works of literature with no current connection to a writing project. If you'd like to edit this to be more on-topic, asking a specific writing question rather than just asking for examples, we'll consider reopening.
Mar
21
comment From Journal to first draft - most effective route to take?
This question is very vague in its current form, have placed it on hold for now. If you'd like to edit this to be more specific, we can look at updating the answers as well.
Mar
20
comment Problem with hired freelance editor
Did you contract this editor for proofreading? Was the presence of another editor discussed?
Mar
19
comment Where can I find examples of nonfiction book proposals?
This question is asking for, essentially, a list of examples. Can you tell us what it is you need to find out by looking at examples? Maybe we can help answer your question rather than just provide links.
Mar
19
comment using ideas posted on social media: is it ok?
While your basic point is sound, your example could be better; Romeo and Juliet isn't under copyright.
Mar
19
comment using ideas posted on social media: is it ok?
It's always worth remembering that anybody can sue anybody for anything, even if it's a stupid lawsuit that'd get thrown out of court.
Mar
19
comment How to pen complex ideas
Okay, I've placed this on hold for now to prevent any answers until the question is updated, since answers may not reflect your question accurately. Can you edit the question to reflect what you just said? The more specific you can be about your working method, the better the answers we can give you.
Mar
19
comment How to show that a character is quoting from a book?
While I agree with this answer, I disagree that quotes within quotes can never be used in fiction. I've seen them used effectively, generally to convey tone of voice when a quote is being verbally implied. For example: > Ravi said, "As the bible says, 'never use air quotes or you risk looking foolish.'"
Mar
19
comment How to pen complex ideas
Welcome to Writers. I'm a little unclear on what your question is, and it'd be best if we can make this question more specific. Are you asking how to write in the first place, or how to get past writing about details? Or something else entirely?
Mar
18
comment How do I create the rest of the story when I only know the ending?
I think this question is asking what to write, and is off-topic.
Mar
18
comment Commenting on blogs and forums
What kind of problems do you forsee? Do you mean commenting on real-world blogs, or in the universe of the book?
Mar
14
comment using a literary agent
Welcome to the site. Your question could use some clarification: Are you asking if a literary agent is a good idea for someone seeking to publish a book traditionally? For any writer? What information are you looking for that you didn't find in the numerous books you read? If you just want discussion of the issues involved, this may not be the place for that, but if you have a specific question about agents, please edit this question to clarify it.
Mar
13
comment Critical Elements Of A Story
We can't tell you what your teacher wants you to do. Closing.
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
That definitely helps, thanks.
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
I think this is very close to being a general critique request.
Mar
12
comment Printing by the Publisher
Welcome to Writers. I have to ask: Respectfully, without seeing your contract, how can we know the answers to these questions?
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
The question is definitely clearer and more specific now.
Mar
11
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
I'm unclear on what you're asking here; this question also is veering very close to asking what to write, which is off-topic here. I'm going to place this on hold until it can be edited into a more clear, specific question.