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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
26
comment Is there a quality difference in purchased hardcovers?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for this interesting question.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jun
3
comment Essay writing contests
Are you affiliated with this site? Cause this looks kinda like spam.
Jun
1
comment Story-telling to improve writing skills?
Okay, I'm closing this for now, since there's no specific question being asked. Please ping a moderator if you want to edit and reopen, we'd be happy to help refine this.
May
30
comment Legal effect of standard fiction disclaimer
This looks to be a legal question that has nothing to do with writing. How do other folks weigh in on this?
May
30
comment How to write a polite reminder email?
Just a note: If this question were asked now, it might well be closed as off-topic. (It's not asking what to write, exactly, but those are the answers it's generating.)
May
30
comment Story-telling to improve writing skills?
What is your question here, exactly? It reads like a question that's asking for everybody's experiences - which is a discussion question, not an answerable question. Is there any way to focus this question more?
May
30
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
@martinf - This is a question about publishing, which is on-topic here.