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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.)


Oct
23
comment Starting Out - Plot + Charaters by Documentaries
@Chris - In the case where editing a closed question would invalidate the existing answers, I suggest writing a new question. You could always invite someone who left a good answer on the closed question to answer the new question as well, by leaving a comment.
Oct
22
comment I suck at plots. Is there a way to sort of train oneself to think of creative plots, specifically in scifi?
Please keep in mind that this question is not a good example of an answerable question for this site. We're not closing it at this time because it's an older question that also may be of interest to the community.
Oct
22
comment Is the ambiguity in my story the salt which makes it tasty or just plain frustrating?
Lauren is correct. If you have specific questions about this for us to answer, please edit those in and we'd love to consider re-opening this question.
Oct
18
comment “I have/am” what are other short ways to not repeat this in a cover letter?
This question is asking for a list, something that doesn't work well with Stack Exchange sites. (How will you pick the answer? How are people expected to vote?) Could you please rewrite to tell us what you are looking for, as opposed to what you're trying to avoid? Otherwise we'll have to close.
Oct
18
comment How to write time duration correctly
Are you following any particular style guides or internal style sheets? Your answer may be in those.
Oct
18
comment Is this essay title critical?
This is tough to answer. Can you define "critical" for your purposes? Why are you so concerned with the title and not the essay's content?
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
This site is, technically, language-agnostic. In reality, we've not attracted much of a non-English-speaking audience. (Yet.)
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
@JohnSmithers - Based on the original version of this question, you'd be right about this being a dupe. But I think this question has been sufficiently differentiated by now.
Oct
16
comment Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
Brian, what is your question, exactly? How will you decide which answer is the "correct" one to that question? If you're simply looking for one word, I don't think this question is particularly answerable, as that would be purely a matter of opinion.
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
You're still asking for tips, which isn't really a particularly targeted question; answers can continue to come in forever, and they'd all be correct. However, this is certainly improved thanks for editing. I have done a little bit of further editing in this vein. (In all fairness, this is a very difficult thing to pose a good question about!) This could be a much better question if we knew more about your writing and why you're not finding your characters acceptable. Do you have any writing online you can link to?
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
This is a list question, a sort of question not well suited to Stack Exchange sites. However, there clearly is a specific problem here that can be answered. Would you be willing to edit this to avoid that aspect of the question and emphasize the problem itself? If not, we'll have to close.
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
Yep, that's why I didn't answer the question; I'll leave this to those more knowledgable in the wars of romance novels to answer more definitively. But my best guess: While 100,000 words is on the long side for a novel, it's hardly unheard of. 75,000 is a good length for any novel. My knowledge of romances is limited to what my wife has lying around the house, but not many of them seem to be thick enough to hit 100,000 words.
Oct
12
comment What is the process for turning a story into a “movie” script?
And a world where writers insist on being paid for their work. The ingrates!
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
I suspect you may be mixing up manuscript pages - the industry standard format is double-spaced, one-inch margins, weighing in at about 250 words a page - and pages in a book, which come out various word counts, depending on how the book is typeset.
Sep
28
comment Guidelines of reviewing journal manuscripts
Excellent, thanks. Have included this info in your answer. Please make additional edits if there is information you feel is required - or if you have to to fix anything I may have gotten wrong.
Sep
27
comment Guidelines of reviewing journal manuscripts
By "reviewing", do you mean evaluating them for purchase, reviewing articles for inclusion in the journal, or reviewing in the sense of peer review?
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Also, I think that there might be some confusion with terms: A publisher is, traditionally, someone who handles development of writers and books, editing, marketing, printing the physical books, and distributing them to stores. A press is someone who prints copies of whatever book you give them. Unfortunately, companies can call themselves whatever they like, and vanity presses traditionally only handle printing and maybe minimal versions of editing and distribution.
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
This question, although it betrays a lack of knowledge about how publishing works, is a surprisingly good one in that it's a very basic question. I don't think it's a duplicate of the questions @Standback mentioned, although I agree the answers to those questions will be helpful.
Sep
26
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@Robusto - We're arguing? News to me. :)
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@Robusto - Because enjoyable, clear writing is not always the best option. If you have expertise in academic writing, and can expand on your comment, you can always answer the question. But the concern here is that there's an expected formality in some academic disciplines that might find an overly familiar style of writing to be inappropriate for the subject matter. I've heard of academic papers being criticized for being informal, because the style seemingly doesn't take the subject matter seriously. (I think criticizing the style and before the content is ridiculous, but there you are.)