Developmental (substantive—structure, story arc, character development) manuscript editing
Broad strokes (2-page) feedback summary (all of the above, but shorter)
Copyediting (grammar, punctuation)
Proofreading (a final hunt for mechanical errors)
-Susan Lerner, creative nonfiction writer and The Interviewer for that one Franzen interview
Creative nonfiction writer, fiction dabbler, story addict, I love to write but also come to life helping other writers incubate, shape, and polish their own work. Previous posts as prose editor (Booth, Curly Red Stories) and a past life as a counselor equip me to navigate the writer-editor relationship with empathy and grace.
I feel that guacamole belongs on the food pyramid. I am a frustrated home decorator with a thing for birds, fish, and Benjamin Moore. Gary, my cat, is a person. And a dog. I belong back in Colorado, but Indiana's not so bad for now. David Mitchell is my literary boyfriend. He's also my husband's literary boyfriend, so it's all good. I married my favorite high school teacher. [Twenty years later. Relax.] My clever and arty son and daughter are too good and kind and fun to be true. My kids and Mr. Bates are my heart.
Authors tell me they value the role I play in their writing process and manuscript progress—offering motivation, craft instruction, and encouragement, all with a healthy dose of fierce honesty. I am more about elevating than simply correcting the work.
I love it all and am grateful that I get to flex both writing and editing muscle groups and to work with such smart, creative people—like you!
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