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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.)


Mar
27
comment Are headlines about lists superior in print as they are in web content?
Ryan, @what - please take this to chat. Arguing in the comments isn't helpful.
Mar
24
comment I need advice regarding the use of real-world locations in a novel
Related: Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
Mar
24
comment Is there any structure to write a book?
@MonicaCellio - I agree that this is broad - perhaps too broad to be a useful question. But I'd like to let the community decide about keeping it open or not.
Mar
22
comment How much copying is okay?
Did one of the existing questions address your issue? If so, I'll close this as a duplicate, but it's okay to have multiple variations of a question.
Mar
20
comment A commentable live book format that doesn't lose the front-to-back reading order
Are you asking if anyone knows of a system like this? Are you looking to develop it? Are you generating text for it? This site is about writing and editing, and this seems to be more of a development statement than anything else. I'm putting this on hold for now, but ping a mod if you want to edit and reopen.
Mar
13
comment How can I get permission to translate and republish a book?
In the event that the book is self-published and the author holds the publishing rights, you may have to contact the author directly.
Mar
10
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
@kriseli - We do critiques here, so that'd be great. The best thing you can do is to ask specific questions about the text you need critiqued.
Mar
10
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Folks, it's easy to mock conspiracy theorists, but there's a valid question here about writing. Let's give this user the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is a serious question.
Mar
10
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
I've edited your question fairly heavily to attempt to bring out your meaning. Please don't hesitate to further edit this or revert my edits if my guesses as to what was meant are wrong!
Mar
9
comment How do I search for tick marks not smart quotes in Word?
Welcome to Writers. I'm afraid this doesn't really answer the question, but only restates the problem. How do you differentiate between tick marks and apostrophes/single quote marks in the Word search box?
Mar
8
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
@Scrollmaster - Good point, but in that case, this is a brainstorming question, meant to generate plot ideas.
Mar
7
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
This question appears to be off-topic because questions asking what to write are off-topic here.
Mar
6
comment Critque on how this sits as a prologue
If you don't really know what context or other information you can provide here, I agree with James about seeking out a writer's group that can provide more free-form criticism.
Mar
6
comment Critque on how this sits as a prologue
@Samuel - Welcome to the site, and thanks for posting. Until you can provide a little more in the way of what you're looking for, I'm going to protect this question. (That only prevents answers by very new users who may not be familiar with the site.) What are your specific concerns about the prologue, aside from whether it works well in context? For example, maybe you could tell us what the tone is that you want to achieve, and what kind of text will follow the prologue.
Mar
6
comment Critque on how this sits as a prologue
@James - I think this is answerable as it is, but I agree that providing more information will help focus the question and the answers will be more useful to Samuel.
Mar
4
comment Resource on archaic English
Related, on the English site: Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
Mar
3
comment Bullets vs. Numbering: which to use when?
@MonicaCellio - I think that MLA prohibits bulleted lists, but I don't own a copy to check that. Chicago seems to prefer numbered lists.
Mar
3
comment How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?
@BobStein-VisiBone - It's a Final Draft ScriptNote. You click on it and a window pops up with your notation.
Mar
2
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
Reopening this, as per discussion in meta.
Mar
2
comment Present tense in user manuals
Welcome to Writers! Before we get any votes to close: Since this is a question about general use of tenses in tech writing, it should not fall afoul of our policies that place questions about grammar and revising small passages off-topic.