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EFA Conference, NYC, editing, Sacramento Editing

September 6, 2016
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Highlights from the Editorial Freelancers Conference

I’d met Mary Norris and taken care of my obligatory awkward-stuttering-fan first words at the Under the Gum Tree booth at AWP in LA earlier this year. So starting the day chatting with Mary Norris, the Comma Queen herself, was nothing but a pleasure. … Continue reading

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August 10, 2016
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Supporting the community

In 2009, when I joined the ranks of full-time freelancers, I discovered the Editorial Freelancers’ Association, an education and support organization for editing/writing/publishing professionals. I wanted an affiliation, and I needed to learn. Not long after that,  fellow EFA member … Continue reading

#AWP15 Nonfiction panel

April 16, 2015
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#AWP15 Rundown, part 2: Nonfiction

Janna Marlies Maron, the Executive Editor/Publisher of the literary non-fiction and visual arts magazine Under the Gum Tree, and I (Senior Editor) attended and stopped by to chat with the many writers and publishers of creative non-fiction at #AWP15. We attended panel … Continue reading

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April 15, 2015
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The #AWP15 Rundown part 1: Small Press Publishers

The first year I attended the conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, I went as a writer. I was really focused on improving my own writing and hearing amazing authors read their work. That role for me … Continue reading

March 19, 2013
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AWP Boston 2013, take aways from the panels

Using Careless Speech for Careful Writing. Peter Elbow’s new book, Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing, was the impetus for this Day One 9 am panel. Elbow talked about intonation units in speech and how the musicality of … Continue reading

February 25, 2013
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What to do when you’ve finished your revisions…

 Put your manuscript in a drawer.  Write your next novel. With experience comes …well, experience. Oh, and wisdom. Did you know that “debut” fiction that we see in the catalogues of the big publishers are rarely the first novel that … Continue reading

January 14, 2013
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Effective Critique: Avoiding dogma and snobbery

Professor Doug Rice, author of Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist and A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find, (and more) was the second reader for my graduate thesis and a remarkable teacher of the craft of writing. One assignment from my … Continue reading

August 21, 2012
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Checking in with the blogosphere

As part of my ongoing professional development, every day I check in with a handful of writers in the blogosphere-mostly via RSS feed, a few notices via e-mail. I am so impressed by the high value of the information being … Continue reading

April 21, 2012
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The Perfect Client

The perfect client reads as well as writes.  The perfect client has done his or her research on editing and writing, is a good listener, and is willing to pay a professional rate for the professional services requested.  The perfect client … Continue reading