Who are you?
What do you blog about, and how did it start?
So what is this about a manuscript editing service?
My online editing service is completely new—I’m mostly used to editing work only for people I’ve met in real life. However, many students are not as privileged as I am to have friends in real life who are also writers. As a result, I decided to make myself available for those teens who want access to a strong editor.
Wait, your editing service is free?
Yes, because it’s a service geared towards students who cannot afford a freelance editing service. I’ve done a fair bit of nonfiction editing, but I hated it. As a result, my editing is limited mostly to fiction. You can find out more here.
What are your qualifications as an editor?
- I am a teenager. What any writer wants is for their work to resonate with their audience, and I can help you ensure that your writing resonates with a teenage audience. For MG writers, I cannot offer the perspective of a true kid, but I know what a middle grade reader wants; I was one only a few years ago, and my sister is in elementary school. This advice is invaluable, and I am willing to offer it for free.
- I have editing experience. There are more experienced editors and grammarians out there, but that does not mean that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve taken a series of college composition courses, and I’ve participated in a multitude of invitation-only writing workshops with students years older than me. I have a keen eye for language usage and interaction, which has been aided by a working knowledge of Latin (summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam every year). I’ve taken classes on dystopian literature as well as ethical questions explored in much of today’s young adult literature. I have an extensive repertoire of skills with which to help your story grow.
- Many of the people whose work I have critiqued have gone on to win Scholastic Art and Writing awards at the regional and/or national level. A gold key regional award winner hailed me as a “master editor,” praising me for finding “all the things [she] never noticed.”
- Being an editor of a bi-annual science fiction and fantasy magazine has enabled me to speak with the likes of Holly Black, Delia Sherman, and Ellen Kushner on the process of writing fantasy. I’ve attended lectures by university professors and received one-on-one writing guidance from doctorates and MFAs. I have knowledge that I can apply to your writing to help craft stories that resonates with both children and teens.
So why are there grammatical errors and/or typos in your blog?
Everybody makes mistakes.
What about your writing? Are you represented by an agent?
Although I write a lot and think that NaNoWriMo is one of the coolest things ever, I have not yet queried. I simply don’t have the time yet to seek publication. After all, there is absolutely no rush to get published. I go to an extremely competitive high school in NYC, and right now it’s more important to me that I get good grades than that I be published before I turn eighteen (or any other age).
As for competitions, I have not entered any big ones. Scholastic Art and Writing, which is the biggest here in the US, always seems to hit me when I’m in the middle of a completely different writing project. Maybe next year.