Editing Services Now Available!

It’s hard to believe that this is my 100th post for The Cat’s Cradle.  So, after some consideration, I decided to make a special announcement:

I am now offering editing services!  I’ve always liked editing.  It’s like polishing a gem, smoothing rough edges and cutting the facets.  And I love taking a rough work and helping another writer improve upon it.  Taking an unbiased view of your own work can be difficult, especially if you’ve been immersed in its world for months, even years.  I am posting a list of the services I will offer below.  I will also create an “Editing Services” page for easy future reference.

 

Qualifications:

I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and have been an amateur editor for the better part of ten years.  I am also a reader, a fantasy writer, and librarian.  I can guarantee high-quality, detail-oriented results delivered in a timely and courteous fashion.  Any questions or points to be negotiated?  Please contact me at kclements.editor@gmail.com.

 

Services offered:

  • Developmental Editing (big picture review on pacing, flow, strengths and weaknesses of the work as a whole, major structural changes suggested)
  • Line Editing (points out specific places where the manuscript is particularly strong or weak and suggests changes)
  • Proofreading/Copyediting (punctuation, spelling, grammar, word choice, sentence structure, continuity errors)

I edit fiction novels, novellas, and short stories, specializing in science fiction and fantasy.  Movie or stage scripts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Nonfiction and technical submissions will not be accepted.  I retain the right to decline any project.

** Unless otherwise specified by the client, I focus on Developmental and Line editing when I receive an assignment.  If a manuscript has few large flaws, then proofreading/copyediting may be included.

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Gender, Color, and Sexuality in Characters

I’m currently working on the script for my manga project Astral Rain for the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo 2014.  Well, more accurately, I’ve been working on a lot of background notes, plot notes, and world-building because I noticed that a lot of that hadn’t been worked out in advance.  As I was writing, I came across the article “I’m Demanding Better Representation For Black Girl Nerds in Geek Culture” by Chaka Cumberbatch.  And that’s when it hit me:  all of my characters in Astral Rain are white.

Granted, it’s supposed to be an OEL (Original English Language) manga, and most anime and manga lack people of color.  I have no problem featuring white characters, but what surprised me is that the idea of any of the cast of Astral Rain being anything but fair-skinned never occurred to me.  And that concerns me.

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