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An excerpt: “What’s going to happen after I’m dead?”

Posted by on Dec 26, 2022 in Blog Posts, Writing | 0 comments

An excerpt: “What’s going to happen after I’m dead?”

“There’s one thing that’s bothered me.” He felt the camera’s gaze and flushed, knowing those at the window would hear. “Maybe I should ask you to excuse me for saying this…” “You will never have to apologize to me for anything.” “What’s going to happen after I’m dead, when John Kosichev keeps giving the Commonwealth hell?” Gloria released his hand and smoothly reached for her dropped pocketbook. “I couldn’t answer you for certain, but I do have a theory—don’t worry about them,” she said when...

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New ghost story publication and a Year-End Sale!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2022 in Blog Posts, Writing | 0 comments

New ghost story publication and a Year-End Sale!

I’m excited to announce my short story “Ghostwitch” will be published as a free read on the site of publisher Rooster Republic on a Monday in 2023 – which Monday is yet to be determined, but announcements will be coming out in January and February. And then, you’ll probably want to catch all of the series of Two Thousand Word Terrors, which begins Monday, February 6 and will run for the next 45 weeks. While you wait for next year, there’s also the Smashwords...

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Open to new projects!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2022 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Open to new projects!

I visited this blog the other day, probably to get the link to my article “12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut” (which today I’d title something more like “12 Words to (Almost Always) Replace” or “12 Words to Watch Out For,” though with the latter I’d lose the cheeky use of two of those twelve words in parentheses). And to my surprise, dismay, chagrin, and other emotions, I saw the last time I’d posted an update was to tell everyone in...

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Closed to new book-length projects until October

Posted by on Sep 3, 2021 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

I’m able to offer sample edits and estimates for new projects, but I cannot deliver any additional projects until further notice. That is, if you’ve already contacted me about a project, you’re on my list. But if I hadn’t heard of your need for editing before today, I cannot start the work until I’ve completed some of my current to-do list. My to-do list as of today includes 12 projects, 6 of which I want to complete in September, 4 of which are “high...

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Q&A from the Clubhouse

Posted by on Aug 13, 2021 in Blog Posts, Featured, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Wow! Last evening was so fun and energizing–I admit I was a little unsure how a live chat app would work, but we had many wonderful people join us with some pertinent questions and insights. And talking to people out loud was very energizing; I just hope I didn’t talk too fast. I was mostly listening and talking rather than taking notes, but I jotted down a few questions and suggestions I remember from last night to share, both to help those of us who were there to remember and to...

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Notes from Your Editor (Clubhouse meeting, August 12)

Posted by on Aug 11, 2021 in Blog Posts, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Notes from Your Editor (Clubhouse meeting, August 12)

I hope many of you will be able to join me! As I prepare for my live chat with Nicki tomorrow, I have some notes that I’d like to share here on my website, both for listeners to follow along with, and for those who aren’t able to make it to benefit from: A. Copyediting, proofreading, line-by-line — what do all these terms mean? Developmental/structural/content edit – literally developing the ideas in the book. What to include and in what order? Add, reorganize, remove? Often...

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A Clarification to my Update: Short Fiction Pricing

Posted by on Aug 3, 2021 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

My schedule & rate updates described in my last post were made with book-length work in mind: the 90-day lead isn’t necessary for short fiction. So for all pieces under 10,000 words or so*, my standard rate is $40/hr, and delivery can be expected within 1-2 weeks. This doesn’t count as “rush” pricing because there’s a big difference in editing a 6,000 word story in 14 days and editing a 70,000 word story in 30 days. Usually I’m able to deliver short...

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Join me at the Clubhouse! (Plus, Rate & Scheduling Updates)

Posted by on Jul 26, 2021 in Blog Posts, Editing, Work and Career | 0 comments

Join me at the Clubhouse! (Plus, Rate & Scheduling Updates)

To celebrate the release of her hilarious and heartwarming women’s fiction novel (plus WWII survival story) StumpStrong, my client Nicki Pascarella is hosting a series of “Bookclub” talks on Clubhouse. I’ll be joining her the evening of August 12 to talk about “Preparing Your Manuscript for Editing”: how to get the most from working with an editor like me. Preparing for the Clubhouse chat has got me thinking about what elements have led to the best editing...

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Updates, mostly personal

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Look, I’ll be honest, after my last post to this blog it’s terribly difficult to think of a first line to this post that won’t sound obscenely flippant or bitter. I’m not bitter, actually–and fortunately. I have too many good memories, and I guess I just have a foundationally optimistic personality. All optimism aside, much of 2020 sucked. But there are good things happening too. For one, I’ve received my vaccine, and that was a weight off my mind I...

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A Personal Loss

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020 in Blog Posts, Featured, Uncategorized | 4 comments

A Personal Loss

Update 7/12/2020: I appreciate the outpouring of kind words. John is remembered on this memory wall at the Tribute Archive, where I’ve posted some pictures and the eulogy I read at a small ceremony with his family. Another small memorial will be held among his friends in the coming weeks. I write this in a state of shock. My partner for just over a year, John, passed away last night or early this morning (the cause is still to be determined. I believe he went in his sleep). He had...

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