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)
Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D.
will read two or three works, 10 to 15 pages each, for 10
to 12 twelve authors in sessions of 15 to 20 minutes each.
She will comment on “gooder English” (spelling punctuation,
syntax), logical development, dialogue, and overall readability.
As a published author (eight books, plus innumerable blogs
and book reviews) herself, she has worked with something
like 300 authors like you—really smart people who want to
express themselves more successfully in writing. She has
edited screenplays, children's books, academic discourse
(textbooks and doctoral and master's theses), web site text,
and some poetry. Fiction edited includes romance,
action-adventure, science fiction, western, mystery, historical,
speculative, and horror novels. Nonfiction edited includes philosophy (mostly mainstream metaphysics and New Age), Calvinist
theology, holistic health, science and technology, political
tracts, business topics, history, and memoirs and biography. Barbara
wants to help you produce the best book possible.
Brady will will read up to 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,science fiction, literary, narrative nonfiction, 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.
Robinson will read up to 2500 words (10 standard pages) of a novel 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.
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 and novelists to strengthen character development, clarify motivation, and improve story structure and plot.
Saran'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 also has experience working with students in her capacity as a professional expert in story and screenwriting in the IDEAS program at LA Valley College.
For this conference, Saran will accept the first 25 pages of a screenplay or the first chapter of a novel. For screenwriters, she will offer feedback on character, dialogue, and plot. Having listened to hundreds of ideas in her development career, she will also be available to hear and provide expert critiques on pitches. For novelists, she will determine if that first chapter is a seductive-enough opening that will cause the reader to eagerly turn the page to find out what happens in chapter two and beyond.
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.
ART 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 will appear in ANALOG Magazine in the spring of 2015. A play by the same name is currently under consideration for production by the National Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. A new science fiction – treasure hunt novel (with co-writer Hendrix) entitled The Strewn was scheduled for completion in 2015.
Watanabe will read up to
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.
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).