Hi! I’m Brenda. I am the eclectic editor.
I can’t wait to help you with your book.
I love to read.
By my last count, I’ve read over a thousand fiction books over my twenty seven years, and I have no intention of slowing down. While some readers are drawn to genre, I am drawn to story. I love good stories of all kinds, whether they’re categorized as romance, suspense, humor, fantasy, science fiction, YA, mystery, or none of the above. Storytelling is an essentially human activity, and I am essentially human.
I also love helping writers write.
In my experience, the writing process informs the art, and you can’t create good content without understanding how you create good content. It’s my intention to bring some of those processes out into the light, examine them, and make them easier for you. It also makes me impossibly sad to see how much people suffer for their craft. I want to ameliorate the frustration that authors often feel while toiling away with their manuscripts, sequestered from the world. We’re all in this book-writing thing together.
I love serial commas.
I know that Oxford has abandoned them, but the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. recommends serial commas for clarity. Who am I to argue with the CMOS? I’m the person who geeked out over sentence structure diagrams and who likes to create verb conjugation charts in her free time. (Who knew that “fart” is one of the only standard verbs in the English language?) But, even though I love serial commas with all my heart, I won’t force you to use them if you don’t want to–it’s part of my philosophy. I will not, however, allow you to use a semicolon as a comma. I’m not the grammar police, but…I’m close.
I love talking to writers about their books.
Every time I get to talk to someone about their work in progress, it makes my day–I love being able to talk to the people I work with about the things they care about the most. For me, editing is about being in conversation. It’s about forming a relationship, and it’s about figuring out how I can help you write the book you’ve always wanted to write. While I’ve got outside interests, I promise, I talk about books, writing, and story more than anything else combined–and there’s nothing that makes me happier than being able to pass along what I’ve learned.
So. You write. I edit. Let’s talk.