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Your contribution exceeded by far what I had hoped to gain from an editor.

– Stephen Barry,      
author of
The Dancing Lion      

A good editor will...

* work behind the scenes so that your words are always delivered in your
    own voice.
* show you how to make pedestrian writing sing and leave you a more
    confident, accomplished writer.
* improve a manuscript’s chances with literary agents and acquisition
    editors in today’s tough-to-crack publishing marketplace, or lift your
    book above the crowd with reviewers and readers alike.
* be your educated reader, not only telling you what does or doesn't work,
    but more importantly, why and how to fix it.
* make your message clearer, more concise, more effective.
* prevent embarrassment or misunderstandings caused by typos,
    misspellings, or poor grammar.

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I offer professional, affordable, author-friendly editing coupled with value-added service, tailored to each project and each client. It's my job to make you look good, and help you get the results you want. Not sure if I can help with your project? Ask! You'll probably be surprised.

There was so much common-sense advice packed into author Seth Godin's August 2, 2006, blog post that I asked him if I could reprint it here. Be sure to read his Advice for Authors, and while you're at it, check out more helpful articles for writers on my Writer in the House page.

Want to learn even more about writing, or improve your existing fiction writing skills? Have a look at the writing course description and syllabus for Fundamentals of Fiction, an ongoing, start anytime, work at your own pace e-mail course that crams everything you ever wanted to know about writing fiction into eight weeks.


I really enjoyed working with you! I found your services and expertise to be both professional and insightful.

– Steve Clackson,         
author of Sand Storm

Tesseracts Nine coverBefore the Altar on the Feast for All Souls by Marg Gilks, in Tesseracts Nine (finalist, Prix Aurora Award and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award), was shortlisted for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award.
"My favorite short story of all we read. Done with a wonderfully light hand. Most of the people in this story are dead, which is what is so neat about it." – judge Ursula K. LeGuin

Dia de los Muertos coverBefore the Altar on the Feast for All Souls by Marg Gilks, in Dia de los Muertos - A Day of the Dead Anthology published by Elektrik Milk Bath Press

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