Every professional writer knows that the first draft of anything from
an epic novel to a short story is going to need considerable revision
and polishing. To get your prose in shape for submission and publication
may take several additional drafts. While some writers consider this
process part luck and part voodoo, there are definite paths to
Join us as a panel of editors discuss the right way to hone a masterpiece
(i.e.: worthy of publishing) by knowing what to look for and share
tips on how to fix it yourself. Then, we'll discuss when is the
right time to bring in a professional editor, and what it might cost.
No matter what you are writing, you must attend this special speaker
event to further your career as a writer. Guest panelists include:Lisa
Marguerite Mora, Barbara Ardinger, Mike
Robinson, Deanna Brady and Tony
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his comedy, The Clouds, Aristophanes sends a young Athenian
man to school at the Thinkery, which is run by Socrates. I wouldn’t
even begin to compare myself to Socrates, but I have a pretty good
idea what it’s like to live in a Thinkery. I live a wonderful
life working and playing with words. I’m blessed to have
edited something over 250 books, which—counting the people
who have come back to me with their second or third or fourth project—means
I’ve helped maybe a couple hundred people make their dreams
of holding in their own hands a published book they wrote come
true. If holding your published book in your hands is your dream,
I can help you.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and we can start talking about what you want to write. Read more.
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Major: English Renaissance literature (emphasis on the drama)
Minors: Restoration/18th century drama, modern continental drama
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Minor: Psychology Extensive study of history and comparative religion
Ms. Ardinger has been a freelance manuscript editor since 2003.
Editing manuscripts for published authors, would-be and wannabe
authors, graduate students, and professionals in many fields. “Go-to” editor
for two small on-demand publishers for several years. On-going
editor for the American Holistic Health Association. Projects include
fiction, nonfiction, and academic discourse, all on a wide variety
of topics by diverse authors around the U.S. and in Europe, Africa,
and Australia. Also screenplays and poetry. More than 250 manuscripts
edited to date. Freelance writer/editor and owner of I Can Write
It For You (a consulting service), 1983–2003. Primary clients:
small and mid-size businesses, corporate communications departments,
and entrepreneurs. Projects: articles, proposals, user and procedures
manuals, reports, collateral marketing literature, and other efforts.
Freelance book editor Barbara Ardinger’s newest book is
Secret Lives (CreateSpace, 2011), which is a novel of magical realism
set in Long Beach in 1989-90.
See http://www.barbaraardinger.com/straighttalk for
her comments about working with on-demand and vanity presses.
As an author whose books have been published by both traditional
and POD publishers, Barbara is able to guide smart people with
good ideas through the maze of writing a book—dialogue, punctuation,
spelling, logical and narrative flow, subject-verb agreement, adverbs,
and other matters of gooder English, plus some basic fact-checking—without
running into quite all the dead ends. Her aim is to help authors
not embarrass themselves in print.
in Long Beach’s historic Rose Park neighborhood, Secret
Lives tells the adventures in a year in the lives of a
circle of crones, mothers, and a maiden. Among the other characters
are the Green Man, an ageless Neolithic shaman, a ghostly inquisitor,
the Norns gone mad in the modern world, and a lost goddess who
reminds us of Red Riding Hood. And then there’s Madame Blavatsky,
the talking cat that is the circle’s too-familiar familiar.
There are both earthly love and cosmic war in Secret Lives, which
is a big novel about big issues—aging and death, the way
our society treats its senior citizens, women’s friendships,
the powers of love, the theory and practice of magic, the rebirth
of the Goddess and Her ancient religion. It’s about the untidy
mysteries of human life.
As the baby boom generation ages, the issues addressed in Secret
Lives become more significant to readers. Also more recognizable.
Issues that used to matter only to their parents are now starting
to pop up in the boomers’ own lives. This novel will thus
appeal not only to the large audience that reads pagan fiction,
but also to mainstream readers who love a good, complicated story
and may be curious about pagans and gods and goddesses. As they
read, they will learn a great deal. http://www.barbaraardinger.com/secret-lives
Brady is a highly versatile freelance writer and editor with more
than two decades of experience. She ghostwrites, rewrites, and
edits novels, literary and genre fiction, creative nonfiction,
biographies, scripts, self-help and how-to books, articles, essays,
proposals, cover and query letters, business communications, and
Web content. In addition to writing several children’s textbooks,
she has been an award-winning author of short fiction and poetry.
She taught in the Continuing Education department at California
State University for a dozen years. She also has an extensive background
in the film and television industry and is a voting member of Film
Independent and SAG.
Known as an “editor’s editor,” Deanna is adept
with ESL, dialects, and translated text. In addition to fantasy,
romance, historical, and young adult fiction, she specializes in
projects concerning spirituality, ecology, Native American Indian
and other indigenous cultures, psychology, and complementary medicine.
For ten years, she was editor of an internationally published inspirational
magazine. She has volunteered her services on behalf of several
charitable organizations, and her grant proposals have garnered
nearly half a million dollars for nonprofit groups.
Deanna works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals
to major corporations, in widely varied fields. She has written
and edited nearly every type of literature, including advertising
and marketing copy, prospectuses, and training materials for such
diverse clients as IBM, AT&T, Omnicom Group Worldwide, George
Marciano/Guess, Learning Tree International, Crabtree Publishing
Company, Canon Communications, and the RAND Corporation.
Writer, editor, ghostwriter, book doctor, script doctor Copywriter:
marketing, advertising, Web sites Topics: business, health, medical,
technical, legal, and science editor Submission services: book
proposals and query letters Fiction and nonfiction categories include:
fantasy/speculative fiction, historical, romance, adventure, young
adult and children’s literature, creative nonfiction, memoir/biography,
self-help, how-to, indigenous cultures, psychology, spirituality,
complementary/alternative and allopathic medicine, fitness and
health, entertainment, fashion, ecology, and political/social issues.
Lisa Marguerite Mora of Barrington Editorial Services and
Hidden Wisdom Writing Workshops offers editing, as well as manuscript
critiques and a writing environment in which to create new work.
While she is an excellent line editor, she specializes in the broader
problems of content and structure. Lisa can help the writer discover
their direction and their unique voice, and the manuscript’s
shape and purpose. Her clients include traditionally published
authors and award winning independents.
She has published and forthcoming poetry and prose in (Rattle,
ONTHEBUS, Literary Mama, Common Ties, California Quarterly among
others; 2008 Second Place Poetry Prize Blue Mountain Arts); freelance
editor at Barrington Editorial; 2007-2008 Assistant Fiction Editor
at 42opus a Magazine of the Literary Arts; UCLA Bachelors English-Creative
Writing Emphasis. She was a featured reader at Beyond Baroque Literary
Arts Center and for West Hollywood Book Fair, She has been a panelist
many times for GLAWS and also for IWOSC. Lisa has conducted workshops
for independent bookstores, the Los Angeles Public Library, West
Los Angeles College Creative Writers Club, and California State
University Los Angeles. She is on staff at Santa Monica College
Community Services, and GLAWS Critique Group Leader for Poetry.
Her novel-in-progress has generated agent interest for its historical
and literary themes..
Finding the wisdom,magic, and communicative spark in each client's
writing. Literary fiction, poetry, YA, memoir, self-help. Workshops & Manuscript
Critiques, Editing. www.barringtoneditorial.com
Having written since age seven, Mike sold his first short story
at nineteen. Now twenty-eight, he has sold fiction to a dozen print
and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Taking in Malcolm
Gladwell's "10,000-hour rule", he has rigorously
dedicated the past decade to writing and revising some nine novels
and nearly fifty short stories. One of his novels is slated to
debut later this year from Solstice Publishing. As a freelance
editor, he has worked on short stories, poetry, essays, dissertations,
novels and screenplays, all in a line, developmental or copyediting
vein. He is also managing editor of GLAWS' forthcoming literary
In terms of artistic philosophy, he falls somewhere between a
postmodernist and a romantic, perhaps with an emphasis on the latter
(can you be a romantic postmodernist?!). The former side of him
believes there are innumerable paths to the transcendent qualities
of "Art"; the latter side uses (and believes in) words
like "transcendent". As an editor, these two halves
work side by side, ensuring the original ideal of the work is preserved
while taking every opportunity for polish. I don't work to the
winds of the market, or even to what I in particular would like
to see, but aim to help you realize what is, primarily for you,
the most satisfactory version of your vision.
N. Todaro is Co-founder and President of the Greater Los Angeles
Writers Society. As he considers this one of the more important
subjects for every writer of every discipline, he will personally
serve as moderator.
Mr. Todaro has earned his living as a writer, brand strategist
and creative director for over thirty years, consulting and writing
for a wide range of organizations, from Fortune 1000 companies
to non-profits, and more recently, Hollywood unions and the Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Center / Department of Defense.
He is also a consultant to conventions and workshops on their
writers program. He is a regular speaker at the Los Angeles Regional
Science Fiction Convention, the San Diego Science Fiction Conventions,
Baycon, the regional Westercons, and other events, where he has
appeared on countless writer panels. He also programmed the writers
stream for Loscon in 2009 and 2010 with more than 15 panels, 75
speakers and industry experts over three days.
He was awarded a grant to strategize and author the branding and
website for Los Angeles Valley College’s Media Arts, which includes
Cinema, Screenplay and Broadcasting. He is also a professional
consultant to the Media Arts department, the Entertainment Industry
Training Collaboration (EITC) with Hollywood unions and the IDEAS
Writing as T.N.Todaro, his previous novels include "True Light" and "Nexus
of Swords" in the Lightriders Saga series, and the forthcoming "What
Comes Around" and “Eyes of God” his new gritty futuristic Xander
Hunt series. He is a perennial author of novels. short stories,
and articles on the craft of writing. He also critiques and edits
the work of others.
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is
a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all
disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing.
GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums,
critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other
events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers
of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to
the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your