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Literary (Fiction, Nonfiction) Editors | Screenplay Editors
Advance Submission ProCritique™ Program with Professional Editors 2018
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. Learn more...Please read each bio carefully to find the best editor for your genre before applying. (There is a reading / consultation fee per submission)

West Coast Writers Conferences consults with industry experts, veteran educators, noted authors and literary agents to develop each year's roster and curriculum. Line-up is subject to change for all the usual reasons.

hsDeanna Brady is a highly versatile freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience. She edits, rewrites, and ghostwrites both fiction and nonfiction, including literary and genre fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, biographies, scripts, self-help and how-to books, articles, essays, proposals, cover and query letters, business communications, and Web content. She enjoys working with authors at every level of expertise to help them enhance and perfect their manuscripts.

She works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals to major corporations, in widely varied fields. She taught at California State University for a dozen years and was the editor of an international magazine. In addition to writing and editing numerous books for children, she has been an award-winning author of short fiction and poetry. She also has an extensive background in the entertainment industry and is a voting member of Film Independent (Spirit Awards), SAG-AFTRA, and the IDA.

Deanna specializes in editing fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical, literary, children's, and young adult fiction, as well as general and creative nonfiction and projects concerning spirituality, ecology, American Indian and other indigenous cultures, psychology, and complementary medicine. Known as an “editor’s editor,” she is also adept with ESL, dialects, and translated text. 

She will read up to four manuscript excerpts of approximately 2,500 words each. She edits on all levels necessary, including copy, line, stylistic, substantive, and developmental, and provides commentary on such elements as clarity, diction, economy, dramatic impact, logic, structure, character development, pace, flow, etc. 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.


hsSara 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.

hsToni Robino, co-founder of Windword Literary Services, LLC, is a leading editorial collaborator, bringing books from concept to fruition, working with major publishing houses, independent publishers, and in the new hybrid digital space. BookWalk, her customized book-writing course walks writers through the process of conceptualizing and writing high-quality books. She also teaches writers how to create powerful pitch packages, increasing their likelihood of agency representation. As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and book projects for the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

Highlighted credits include New York Times bestsellers and groundbreaking titles such as The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think by Louann Brizendine, MD; 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species by Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet, MSNBC and Discovery; Higher Love, Skiing the Seven Summits by Kit DesLauriers; Spiritual Pregnancy by Shawn Tassone and Kathryn Landherr; Living Rich with Coupons by Cindy Livesey, a frequent guest on the Rachael Ray Show; The Little Book of Healthy Beauty by Dr. Pina LoGuidice, frequent guest on Dr. Oz. 

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hsSince earning a degree in Biology/Psychology from UCLA, Eve has lived all over the planet and spent much of her time in and out of jail – as a creative writing teacher for teen inmates. An agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency since 2012, Eve also serves as the Volunteer Training Coordinator for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Los Angeles, and is responsible for recruiting and training Guardians ad Litem assigned to foster youth.

A former medical student, child welfare social worker, and public school teacher, Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically - have the most fascinating tales to tell.

Her first book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s new young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in May 2017.

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hsMike 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.

Mike 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.


hsFormer 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 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.

hsRobert 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).

hsArt 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.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

You can read more of Art’s thoughts on the craft of writing at www.artholcomb.blogspot.com


hsDan Watanabe is a professor in the Media Arts department of Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches courses in low budget film producing, the production process, screenwriting and the history of broadcasting. He also taught eight sessions of a five week seminar series, the Production Assistant Boot Camp, in conjunction with Workplace Hollywood and the Los Angeles Community College District. He has written a series of courses for Los Angeles City College exploring the world of below-the-line production and distribution, which most recently included a Technical Certificate.

Mr. Watanabe has extensive experience in development, production and distribution, both in the office and on the set. For eleven years, he served as a “current” and new program development executive in both scripted and unscripted programming at FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television, All American Communications and Scotti Bros. Pictures), the production company behind Baywatch, The Price is Right, Family Feud and the hit series American Idol (which began just as he was leaving). He also served as a consultant for CRC Entertainment, an independent production company that has just completed a feature film (Boilermaker) and worked on a horror anthology television series pilot starring Robert Forester. He was also a freelance report writer for recruited test screenings for OTX Research, whose clients included Fox, New Line, Warner Independent, and Regency, and served as a development consultant for MyNetworks’ telenovela series

Mr. Watanabe will read manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages). He will edit screenplays for ProCritiques and provide up to twenty minutes of personal consultation, depending on the need.


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