Editing is rarely an author’s favorite part of the path to a finished manuscript. It hurts. You have to kill your darlings and admit to having tried occasionally to get away with a less than perfectly phrased sentence. At our April 26 Roundtable, Genevieve Olivarez-Conklin, Anne Clermont, and Martha Cunningham, all professional editors, will talk about what to expect from the different types of editing, how to get help, and what to do with it when you get it.
Genevieve Olivarez-Conklin is a freelance editor focusing on developmental editing and copyediting. As a graduate of the University of Washington Editing Certificate Program and having completed the Author-Editor Clinic course on developmental editing, she has concentrated on editing mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. She has also completed the Popular Fiction and Literary Fiction writing programs at the University of Washington. In her day job, she reviews proposals and contracts for content and edits accordingly.
Anne Clermont pursued her first writing via The Writing Salon in San Francisco and continued under the mentorship of best-selling authors like Ellen Sussman and Maria Semple. She has participated in conferences in California, Maui, and the Bahamas and continues her education via books on writing, classes, and group critiques. Anne now devotes her time to writing, working as a development editor, and as a website designer for her company, Bookish Media.
Martha Cunningham is an editor with experience in marketing, legal services, educational materials, and publishing. From newsletters to novels, she has edited for real estate, legal, narratives, instructional manuals, advertising, and academic writings. In an Assistant Editor Internship with Mountaineer Books, she did copyediting for various publications, reviewed submissions and corresponded with authors. She has an Editing Certificate from University of Washington and attended an Author-Editor Clinic with Barbara Sjoholm where she learned to work with authors, write editorial correspondence, and do developmental editing.