If you’ve come to Rewrite, Reword, Rework looking for an editor, you undoubtedly have questions such as, Who is this person? and Is she qualified to touch my work?
Good for you. It’s right that you should care about your writing to that extent.
I myself am a writer, so when I submit my own work, I share those thoughts. And in case you’re wondering, I’ve published magazine articles, newspaper articles, and short stories. I’ve finaled in the Sword Review Short Story contest and in the ACFW Genesis contest. I’ve also placed in the Writer’s Digest Short, Short Fiction Competition, and I’m in the process of finding a publisher for my completed Christian fantasy quatrain. In other words, I’ve been edited, judged, critiqued, and evaluated. That kind of scrutiny isn’t particularly fun, but it’s necessary.
I know this from the other side of the desk, too. I’ve edited a number of published fiction and non-fiction books, including the popular Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis.
What led to my work as an editor was my work as a critique partner. And behind that were the thirty years I spent as an English teacher evaluating student writing.
Along with my experience, I bring a familiarity with various style manuals (MLA, AP, Chicago). Unless a client makes a specific request, I use The Chicago Manual of Style, fifteenth edition, which is generally the desired guide for fiction in publishing.
If you have other questions about my experience or qualifications, take some time to peruse this site or feel free to contact me by leaving a comment (moderation is on, so it will not be visible to others) or email me at rluellam at yahoo dot com.