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Literary Editors | Screenplay Editors
Please review the bios and areas of expertise carefully before applying to find the best editors who work in your genre. (There is a fee per submission) Details here »

hsDeanna Brady will read up to four manuscript excerpts of approximately 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.


hsMarcie Geffner will read up to ten authors' submissions of approximately 2,500 words (10 standard pages), nonfiction, memoir or fiction in any genre. Her critiques focus on elements of craft that any writer can learn, including writing mechanics, voice, tone, character, dialog, plot, pacing and theme. Writers will receive detailed comments on what's working well, what could be improved—and how to do it, plus a 15-20 minute consultation at the conference. All writing levels are welcome.
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.

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 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.


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.

Saran's strong em pathetic 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, Saran, (who also works with novelists and non-fiction authors), will focus on screenwriting and read the first 15 pages of a script and offer feedback on character, dialogue and plot. She will also be available to listen to and critique pitches.


hsDan Watanabe will read up to ten screenplay manuscript pages 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.

Dan is also 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 will edit and provide personal consultation depending on the writer's need.


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