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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.)


Nov
29
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
@LaurenIpsum - I think it wouldnt.
Nov
29
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
Proofreading requests are off-topic here, I'm closing this.
Nov
28
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
That would mean going through a lot of proofreaders. I agree that ten errors seems a bit much, but I'm skeptical that you're able to ferret out every single typo in every single manuscript you work on. A book without even one typo (or at least something that's questionable) is exceedingly rare.
Nov
22
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
I suspect that the question here is really, "are these many errors acceptable?"
Nov
14
comment How to fix writer's thought muddledness?
Jenna, welcome to Writers, but I'm afraid questions like this aren't a good fit for Stack Exchange sites, which are a little different from most discussion boards. I'm going to close this for now, but if you can narrow this down to a more specific, answerable question, we'll consider reopening.
Nov
10
comment Is the opening of this detective short story gripping enough to read on? Can it be shortened?
Thanks for editing; I cleaned up your new text a little bit more and re-opened.
Nov
10
comment Is the opening of this detective short story gripping enough to read on? Can it be shortened?
That's great; if you could edit this information into the question, we can re-open.
Nov
10
comment Is the opening of this detective short story gripping enough to read on? Can it be shortened?
This helps, but could you please clarify what you mean by "optimization in words and picture"?
Nov
10
comment Is the opening of this detective short story gripping enough to read on? Can it be shortened?
I'm sorry to say that questions asking for general critique are off-topic on this site; please see our critique guidelines for more information. I'm closing this, but if you have specific, answerable questions about this piece of writing, we'd be happy to consider reopening.
Nov
9
comment Using abbreviations after in-text citations
@LaurenIpsum - Not necessarily; some writers get confused by style books and ask questions when they can't find the answer. I don't know if that's the case here, though.
Nov
8
comment Does this opening paragraph grab your attention? (very normal setting)
@alexchenco - I did an edit to the answer, you should be able to change your vote now.
Nov
8
comment Can you cite an article to your bibliography? If yes, what is the format?
Agreed. (This answer can be edited with specific information about references once we have this information.)
Nov
7
comment Can you cite an article to your bibliography? If yes, what is the format?
Is there a particular style guide you're following? AP, APA, Chicago, or the like?
Nov
6
comment Using abbreviations after in-text citations
This looks good, but I think the important part of this question is how to do this in APA style.
Nov
5
comment Poem in a short story?
This question is asking for a list, something that Stack Exchange sites don't handle well. Please edit this into a more specific question about writing or we'll have to close this.
Nov
3
comment Does stilted english means that the writer is dumb in using the langauge?
This question really needs context; at the moment, it's asking us for an opinion about a piece of writing which we haven't seen. Closing this for now, but please consider editing so it's not asking for vague opinions and we'll consider re-opening.
Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
I believe it helps. But there's no reason not to have "fan fiction" in the title!
Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
I'm concerned that the answers, while well-written, are really just people's opinions of FF. I'm not closing this - for now - but I have protected it. Am consulting with the other mods to see if this should remain open or not.
Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
How are your concerns specific to fan fiction, aside from using the Mary Sue label?
Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
Can you please clarify what you mean by "dangerous"? Otherwise, this question is just accumulating opinons on FF as its answers, and we'll have to close this.