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Literary (Fiction, Nonfiction) Editors | Screenplay Editors
Advance Submission ProCritique™ Program with Professional Editors

Our ProCritique programs, are a popular, cost-effective way to receive on-on-one constructive, professional feedback on your manuscript and improve your chances for publication and success.Attendees can submit portions of an unfinished fiction, nonfiction, Learn more...or screenplay in advance of the conference for review by professional editors who will read and review your submission in person at the event.

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 the detailsof the program and each bio carefully to find the best editor for your work before applying.


hsMatthew 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.


hsElaine Ash

ELAINE ASH edits fiction and nonfiction writers — from established authors to emerging talent. As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp e-zine, Elaine helped writers develop stories for publication.  Some of those writers went on to fame and fortune such as Hilary Davidson (Tor/Forge), Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur, Delacorte), Chris F. Holm (Angry Robot,, Mulholland), Frank Bill (Farrar Strauss Giroux) Patti Abbott (Polis), Jay Stringer (Thomas and Mercer) and many more. 

With a full complement of top agents and acquiring editors in her contacts, Elaine also helps clients pitch manuscripts and land deals. It all starts with a great manuscript. 

She is an award-winning author herself under the pen-name “Anonymous-9,” and won Best Short Story on the Web 2009 from Spinetingler Magazine, as well as two Readers Choice Awards from the House of Crime and Mystery. Her HARD BITE series is published by Down & Out Books. A true creative “insider,” Elaine appears alongside Margaret Atwood in a literary documentary on the late Canadian novelist Crad Kilodney, currently in production for 2019 release. She is the author of Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game, and the inventor of software in development for the publishing industry.

Aspiring writers through all levels are welcome to submit work to Elaine. She will read excerpts of 2500 words or less from ten manuscripts, and offer individual consultations of up to 30 minutes each. Feedback will encompass voice, style, characterization, development and sales potential, including commentary on where your skills have impact and where they could be strengthened. You will come away energized and motivated about your work! A printed copy of your excerpt with Elaine’s handwritten comments is yours to keep. All levels and genres are welcome, fiction and nonfiction.


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.


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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.

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Marcie Geffner is a multiple award-winning reporter, editor and writer whose work has been featured online and in print by the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesUrban LandBusiness Start-Ups and other newspapers, magazines and websites. Her corporate clients have included Anthem/Blue Cross, American Express, J.P. Morgan Chase, Union Bank, and Dun & Bradstreet. Marcie's articles have been cited in seven published nonfiction books and two U.S. Congressional hearings. The National Association of Real Estate Editors and Society of American Business Editors have both honored her work.

In addition to developmental and copy editing fiction, memoir and nonfiction, Marcie is a nonfiction book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and genre fiction reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Editors describe Marcie as “detail-driven,” “conscientious,” “smart,” “a wonderful writer,” “a delight to work with” and “incredibly versatile.” Fiction authors say her feedback helps them take their writing to the next level.

"Marcie has excellent instincts about the big picture of a written piece--what's missing, what needs to be added and what's not right about the work. Having her eyes on your piece could only be a positive thing," says one novelist. With a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Marcie has impressive academic credentials in both story-telling and business management. At UCLA, Marcie became a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. A second-generation native of Los Angeles, Marcie currently lives, works and writes in Ventura, California, a beach town between Malibu and Santa Barbara.

Marcie works with authors of mainstream, literary and genre fiction, memoir, and prescriptive and narrative nonfiction. Her conference critiques feature both developmental and copy editing, giving authors feedback on story-telling strengths, plot, character, novel-writing craft and writing mechanics. Marcie takes an educational approach to working with authors, explaining what does and doesn't work and why and showing them how to make substantive improvements to their work.

For this conference, Marcie will read up to five submissions of up to 2,000 words each. Authors will receive specific actionable feedback on their pages, plus a 20-minute private consultation at the conference. Additional editorial services may be arranged separately at or after the conference, if desired.

Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. No self-help, inspirational or horror. Extra love for fresh, original, fun or quirky stories and voices. (Saturday and Sunday only.)


hsMeghan Pinson provides expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts, and leads writing and editing workshops at conferences and for small groups. She also collaborates with Sunny Cooper at Outrider Literary to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths.

She launched My Two Cents Editing in 2009 and has expanded to help her clients move from first draft to faithful readerships. Now her small crew of literary specialists provides comprehensive manuscript critique and a full range of editing services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup.

Meghan is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Reedsy (where you can see her portfolio).

For ProCritique sessions, Meghan will read and edit up to 2500 words (around 10 pages) and meet with authors for 20+ minutes. She's currently interested in historical fiction, crime/mystery/thriller, literary fiction, YA/MG, strong female characters, and stories that make her laugh. Her ProCritiques will identify tension-killing exposition and examine the premise and promise of each submission. Annotated pages will be returned to each author. 


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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, Helga guides authors through the development and revision process. Handling a manuscript like a diamond in the rough, Helga'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. 

Helga 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 2000 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 reads all types of fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.


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.


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Robert 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).

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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.

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


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For over twenty-five years, Dan Watanabe was a development executive in the entertainment industry. Sixteen of those years were spent at the company now known as FremantleMedia, where he served as the Vice President of Development and Current Programming,. One-hour dramatic series he supervised included Baywatch, Air America, Sirens, numerous movies of the week, pilots, and game shows (Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right). 

Mr. Watanabe graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema, Critical Studies (1985). He is currently in process for an MFA in Digital Cinema Production at National University (expected graduation 2014). 

Dan is also the Director of the IDEASgrant, a California Economic and Workforce Development Responsive Training Fund Regional Center. 

For the past eleven years, he has taught television history, low budget film production/distribution and beginning screenwriting at Los Angeles Valley College. He is also currently serving as SLO coordinator for the Media Arts Department.

Dan will read up to 10 manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard script 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.

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