Writing is rewriting

Revision means literally “to see again,” to look at something from a fresh, critical perspective. A good editor brings an objective eye to what’s on the page and provides an instinctive sense of what a work wants to become.

My approach to editing is concrete and collaborative. We pay attention to the big picture as well as the nuts and bolts of what’s working and what’s not. The format and scope of editing are tailored to each writer’s needs. We address elements of plot, structure, character, voice, language, image and point-of-view. Discussion also includes:

-Overall scope and movement
-Relationship between form and content
-Author’s intent
-Theme and subtext
-Literary/commercial context
-Publication and marketing considerations

Longer works can be reviewed by section or chapter over a period of time, or addressed in a one-time manuscript consultation. Writers receive a set of detailed notes and a discussion of their work — either in person, by Skype or by phone.