The Sample Edit

I have been lucky enough to enjoy a good (if fleeting) relationship with many of the writers who’ve asked me for a sample edit.

One of those is Alex Clermont, whose work includes Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely.

Alex got in touch with me about his new collection, New York Stories. He didn’t end up going with me as his editor, and that’s okay. There are many, many talented editors out there and there is nothing more important than finding one who fits your needs.

But he did ask permission to quote from my sample edit on his blog, as a way to help other writers learn how to self-edit. Here’s Alex’s post. It’s got three great tips for making sure your reader can connect with the story opening, whether it’s a novel or a shorter piece.

I guess what I’m saying is: don’t be afraid to ask for a sample, and don’t worry that you’re wasting my time. If you are sincerely looking for an editor and ready to take your work to the next stage, please go ahead and contact me.

A note on scheduling and other details here.

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