The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
"Beyond the First Draft - Essentials to Editing Your Novel Successfully"
So you've just finished writing the next best-selling novel and think that you're done. Think again. Most authors view their first draft as their worst. It's the second and additional drafts where the novel or short-story really comes to life. While some consider this process to be part luck and part voodoo, GLAWS presents a panel of professional editors and authors who discuss the best ways to hone a masterpiece (i.e., worthy of publishing) by knowing what to look for and how to best fix it.
Held: Saturday, April 17th, 3:00 pm
Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. (www.barbaraardinger.com), is a published author and freelance editor. To date, she has edited more than 200 books, most of them for authors going to small, vanity, or on-demand presses. The 200 projects are both fiction and nonfiction and also include 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. The authors live around the U.S. and around the world, and for many of them, English is their second language. Barbara has also taught university classes in writing and public speaking and has worked as a technical editor (four different industries).
Barbara lives in Southern California with her two rescued Maine coon cats, Heisenberg and Schroedinger. When she can get away from the computer, she goes to the theater as often as possible—she loves musical theater and movies in which people sing and dance. She is also an active CERT (Community Emergency Rescue Team) volunteer and a member (and occasional secretary pro-tem) of a neighborhood organization that focuses on code enforcement and safety for citizens. She has been an AIDS emotional support volunteer and a literacy volunteer. She is an active member of the neopagan community and is well known for the rituals she creates and leads.
Lisa Marguerite Mora
Lisa Marguerite Mora of Barrington Editorial Services offers manuscript critiques/editing and creative writing/editing workshops. While she is an excellent line editor, she can also help with broader problems of content and structure. Lisa was an Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus an Online Literary Magazine of the Arts and now offers Hidden Wisdom Writing Workshops — Finding the Words in the Writer and the Writer in the Words — an eight-week creative writing workshop. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English-Creative Writing Emphasis-from UCLA, where she studied under Carolyn See.
She has studied editing with the editor of a literary journal, story structure with a literary agent and consultant, as well as copyediting at UCLA Extension. A member of PEN, she has had work published and forthcoming in several small regional and national literary journals in the United States (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Common Ties, California Quarterly, Literary Mama, The Venice Beachhead, among others. Lisa has conducted workshops at Cal State Los Angeles and is an instructor at Santa Monica College Community Services. With her literature and writing background, and her sharp eye for mechanical incongruities, her editing skills have helped many documents and manuscripts find a clearer direction and focus, and a more resonant voice. References; resume available.
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