ProCritique™ Program with Professional Editors
The following professional editors will appear at the conference. While all participate on speaker panels and most are available by appointment at the open pitch sessions, not all participate in the Advanced Submission ProCritique™ Program. Please read each bio carefully to find the best editor for your genre before applying.
(There is a reading / consultation fee per Advanced Critique submission)
Matthew Arkin, Lead Story Editor at My Two Cents Editing, writes noir detective novels, the first of which was released earlier this year. His self-published book was funded by a $17,000 Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal. A former attorney and now a critically acclaimed actor, he has been passionately involved in the exploration of character, plot, and motivation since he began his professional acting career at the age of eight. After graduating with honors in English from Wesleyan University in 1982, he continued his studies at Fordham Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986 and practiced law until 1989, when he decided to follow his passion and return to his acting career.
He has extensive Broadway, film, and television credits, and has appeared numerous times Off-Broadway and in many of the nation’s most prestigious regional theaters, and has worked on new plays with some of our finest playwrights, both established (Donald Margulies, Richard Greenberg, Annie Weisman) and newly emerging (Barbara Dana, Steven Drukman, Samuel D. Hunter, and Michael Hollinger). This work has kept him intimately connected with storytelling.
Matthew works predominantly in general adult fiction, with a special interest in detective, police procedural, mystery, suspense, science fiction, and horror. He will read and critique up to 5 manuscripts of up to 2500 words submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF. He will provide written annotations covering content and style together with a twenty-minute consultation.
Deanna Brady will will read up to four manuscript excerpts
of apx. 2,500 words. She edits on all levels necessary,
including copy, line, stylistic, substantive, and developmental,
and will provide commentary in regard to the suggested corrections/changes. She will also comment on such elements as diction, emotional
impact, clarity, economy, internal logic, structure, character
development, pace, flow, etc.
She will spend as many as twenty minutes
in the consultation. She has special expertise in fiction
and nonfiction genres/categories including fantasy, young
adult, literary fiction, romance, and creative nonfiction,
as well as American Indian and other indigenous cultures,
self-help, how-to, ESL projects, ecology, psychology, spirituality, and complementary
medicine. If available, please include a brief synopsis
or outline in addition to the sample -- which should be the first
chapter, or the introduction or prologue and first chapter --
to provide an idea of structure.
Sara Anne "Saran" Fox, a former development executive with a major Hollywood producer, played a vital role in the conception and development of over 25 screenplays, three published novels, and three produced films: "My Favorite Year", "Nosferatu" and "Quest For Fire". For over 20 years, she has used her skills as a writing coach and story editor with screenwriters to strengthen character development, clarify motivation, and improve story structure and plot.
Sara Anne's strong empathetic and intuitive gifts, combined with her editorial talents, serve to provide her clients with a comfortable creative atmosphere in which to realize their artistic goals and visions. She is also a professional expert in story and screenwriting in LA Valley College's IDEAS program.
For this conference, Ms. Fox, (who also works with novelists and nonfiction authors), will focus on screenwriting and read the first 15 pages of a script and offer feedback on character, dialog and plot. She will also be available to listen to and critique pitches.
Robinson will read up to ten manuscripts of
approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages) in the Science
Fiction, Thriller, Spiritual / Metaphysical and Literary categories.
He will provide both line editing (language flow, style,
grammar, syntax) and developmental editing (plot and character
logic, story structure). You won't find any MFA or Embittered
Teacher Dogma here: possessing a bit of an experimental streak,
he knows there are many, many ways a story can work, and
so seeks to fully understand and appreciate the author's
intention(s), and to edit within that framework to do justice
to the original vision.
Robinson has been writing since age 7, when his story Aliens
In My Backyard! became a runaway bestseller, topping international
charts (or maybe that was also a product of his imagination).
Nevertheless, he did go on to write professionally at age 19,
when he sold his first short story to the magazine Storyteller.
He has published fiction in a dozen magazines (print and electronic),
literary anthologies and podcasts. His first novel, Skunk Ape
Semester, released by Solstice Publishing, was a Finalist in
the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He now has three novels
contracted with Curiosity Quills Press, one of which, The Green-Eyed
Monster, is set to release October 23, 2012.
Mr. Robinson is charter member of GLAWS who lends his editing
efforts to managing the society's official magazine, Literary
Landscapes, which publishes stories, poetry, excerpts and
articles by members. See his official website at http://www.twifalls.webs.com and
his blog, http://www.cryptopia-blog.com.
As a freelance editor, Mike has worked on memoirs, novels and
screenplays. A wide reader, he is familiar with most genres, but
is especially at home with Speculative Fiction (Paranormal,
Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy), Mystery, Magical Realism /
Metaphysical, Spiritual, Literary (Mainstream,
Experimental, Quirky), and Narrative Non-fiction.
Former Big Five Editor, Helga Schier, Ph. D. is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm. With over 20 years of experience in the (self-)publishing industry, Ms. Schier guides authors through the development and revision process. Handling a manuscript like a diamond in the rough, Ms. Schier’s editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and stylistic issues, helping writers unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers.
Ms. Schier has published essayistic works on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She is also a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences with successful lectures on topics such as Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make, and The Three Secrets to Successful Indie Publishing, and High Readability – What Is It and How Do I Get It?
Helga will read and edit (discussing content as well as style and language flow) up to 2500 words of up to ten manuscripts, and offer individual consultations of up to 20 minutes each. In addition, Helga will be available for follow-up questions at her company’s table (withpenandpaper.com) throughout the conference. Helga will read all types of fiction, memoir, and narrative Nonfiction.
Yehling is the editor of "The Hummingbird Review" literary journal and "Innovation & Technology
Today" magazine. He also has edited more than 130 books, many that were
picked up or contracted by major publishers (Warner, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin,
St. Martin's Press, Random House, IT Books, etc.).
He works with travel narrative, spiritual subjects, business,
leadership, poetry/essays, memoir, sports, topical Nonfiction,
biographies, music, self-help and health/wellness/fitness
Nonfiction; and mainstream, literary, genre-based, fantasy,
mysteries, and crime novels (no horror).
Art Holcomb will read screenplays, novels, short stories and comic book/graphic novel scripts - up to 10 manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages) and provide written notes and a twenty minute scheduled consultation. Please read the bio (below) on Art for more information about his experience and qualifications.
Follow-up consultations after the conference can be arranged separately is desired.
ART HOLCOMB is a screenwriter, playwright, fiction writer and comic book creator who began his writing career at age 13 when one of his plays was professionally performed by the American Conservatory Theater.
He has published poetry, essays and short stories and has written more than 50 comic book stories for franchises such as THE X-MEN, as well as original and licensed properties for Defiant, Valiant, Acclaim, Big Entertainment, FUNimation, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. His screen work has appeared on UPN, the Sci-Fi Channel and the SHOWTIME Channel.
He has sold to the STAR TREK television franchise at Paramount Television and worked on projects for the estates of Gene Roddenberry and legendary actor Steve McQueen. He has also written for the critically acclaimed animation series SHADOW RAIDERS, as well as consulted for video game companies, film production companies and publishing houses.
He is a regular columnist for Creative Screenwriting Magazine, called “The Best Magazine for Screenwriters” by The Los Angeles Times. He is a regular contributor on fiction and screenwriting to STORYFIX.COM, ranked one of the top fiction writing sites on the internet by Writer’s Digest Magazine.
Art is a sought-after lecturer on story and runs a consultancy for highly motivated screenwriters and novelists who are committed to moving their careers to the next professional level.
His most recent short story is The Perfect Bracket with acclaimed novelist Howard V. Hendrix, which appeared in ANALOG Magazine. A play by the same name is currently under consideration for production by the National Actor’s Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. A new science fiction – treasure hunt novel (with co-writer Hendrix) entitled The Strewn is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Watanabe will read up to 10 manuscripts of approximately
2500 words (10 standard pages). Mr. Watanabe was a studio
executive who "green lit" movies for 15 years
and currently teaches at Los Angeles Valley College.
He will edit screenplays for ProCritiques and
provide up to twenty minutes of personal consultation, depending
on the need.