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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.)


Dec
22
comment Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
This is a bit of a list question, a bit of a discussion question, and also a duplicate of a question that was closed for the same reasons. Closing.
Dec
22
comment Which fantasy worlds can be freely used in new work without a license?
This is a list question, where the answer can be a near-infinite list, a kind of question disallowed on Stack Exchange sites. Closing.
Dec
21
comment Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
Interesting question. Knowing the type of project would probably help us give you a better answer.
Dec
20
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
Time will tell, but I have a feeling you might get better answers on English or on Science-Fiction/Fantasy. (This is on-topic here, I'm just saying.)
Dec
19
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
@Jayraj - "This means basically every author gets something wrong at some level?" Very possibly; nobody is perfect. Just do the best you can. If you're in doubt about a story, have someone who's an expert in criminology (or physics, or whatever the subject matter is) read the MS and give you feedback.
Dec
19
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
Is the proofreader a professional proofreader unsaddled by being asked to do a copyedit at the same time? Or is this solely a proofreading run? I'm honestly curious.
Dec
19
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
However, it's important to recognize the differences between proofreading and copyediting; problems generally arise when one person is expected to fill both roles. spiceyokooko's excellent answer is a good counterpart to this one.
Dec
16
comment Using Documentary For Inspiration
I'm closing this question because it's very confusing and also very broad. Please consider focusing the question, possibly choosing one single aspect of it and expanding on it. It would also be helpful if you could be more specific about what exactly it is that you're trying to do. USe the structure of a documentary for inspiration? Searching for structural guidance? Or are you more concerned with archetypes?
Dec
15
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
Please keep in mind that, even if a use is "fair use", a copyright holder can still take action against you. (i.e., a cease and desist letter, etc.)
Dec
15
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
The only part of this I take exception to: "you can copyright an a cappella song, which has no 'music' at all." It does indeed have music, it has a melody. I think you mean "accompaniment"?
Dec
10
comment Critique My Poem Please!
Welcome to Writers.SE. Works to be critiqued need to have specific questions, as per our FAQ. Do you have specific concerns about the poem?
Dec
5
comment How many errors per page volume is typically “okay” in a book?
@JohnSmithers - If you want to discuss this further, take it to chat.
Dec
5
comment How many errors per page volume is typically “okay” in a book?
@JohnSmithers - The answer below is already one that works for this question but wouldn't work for the other proofreader question. This is not a dupe.
Dec
3
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
Perhaps, instead of asking if this is "good style", you could ask what effect this kind of writing will have?
Dec
1
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
Proofreading tag aside, there are a couple of ways you could take this. If you want a critique of your text, you'll need to provide more than a sentence or three and also provide specific questions. Our critique guidelines may be of help. Or - Perhaps what you want to refocus this so it's asking about writing in a conversational manner? If so, I'd suggest expanding the question to focus on that.
Nov
29
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
@XORGate - I assumed it was a proofreading question because you used the proofreading tag. There's also no real question here; you're just asking people to tell you what they think of the sentence.
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?"