Saturday, January 16, 2016

Things I published in 2015

2015 was a difficult year for me, writing-wise, and the end of December left me feeling vaguely disappointed. So this post is as much for me - to remind myself that I did publish work that I was proud of - as it is for anyone who is looking for things to read, or for potential awards consideration.

All of my 2015 work was short stories:

"Returned" - Nightmare

"Translatio Corporis" - Uncanny

"The Universe, Sung in Stars" - Lightspeed

"A User's Guide to Increments of Time" - F&SF

"Those Are Pearls" - Guillotine Fantastique

As always, if you are considering nominating anything I wrote for an award, I respectfully request that you also consider the editor who helped me make the final product what it is, and the venue that published it.

Here is a list of some of the books I loved in 2015.

I am behind on my short fiction reading for the year, but a few pieces that have really stuck in my head are Usman Malik's novella, "The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn," Alyssa Wong's short story, "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" and Genevieve Valentine's short story, "Given the Advantage of the Blade."

Monday, January 4, 2016

Are you looking for an editor? I'm here to help

Happy 2016, and welcome back to the world of writing. Do you have a novel that you need help revising before you query agents, self-publish, or submit it to a publisher's open call for manuscripts? Maybe you're still in the drafting stage, and you know things need work, but you're not sure where. Maybe you have some short fiction that you'd like help polishing. Whatever it is, any length, any genre, I have openings for clients.

Here's who I am: I have over 30 professional short fiction sales. My work has been performed on NPR, included in year’s best and best of anthologies, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the WSFA Small Press Award. My novella with Maria Dahvana Headley, The End of the Sentence, was chosen as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. I am a graduate of Clarion at UCSD, and am represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House. My debut novel, Roses and Rot, will be out from Saga Press in June of this year. Additionally, I have a Ph.D. in English Literature, and have taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Minnesota, and Stonybrook University. I have also taught an Intro to Writing SFF course with LitReactor.

In other words, I have experience, both as a writer, and in helping other people make their writing better.

Here's what I do: I edit for content - so, this is not copy-editing, or line-editing, or the kind of thing where you have someone read over your manuscript for typos. In fact, unless I can't understand it, I'm going to leave your sentence-level prose alone. What I will do is offer you feedback on character, plot, theme, overall story - the big pieces of your project. I'll also be sure to include feedback on any specific questions that you have. 


What you need: A completed manuscript. This can be anywhere from your just-finished draft to something that you think is polished enough to start querying with - I offer different levels of feedback based on what you think you need to revise or rewrite. While I primarily write SFF, I'm happy to work with writers in any genre. I've worked with people who have self-published, and with people who have successfully pursued traditional publishing. You do not need any previous publications or credentials - I am happy to work with writers at any career stage, whether this is the first book you've finished or the 10th. I really mean this - there are always people who worry that they need writing credits, or to send me a writing sample, or to edit their manuscript again before I see it, and that's just not the case. I'm not here to judge your writing, I'm here to help you find ways to make it stronger. 

If you think you're interested: Contact me at KatWithSword@gmail.com. We'll talk about exactly what you're looking for, my rates, and the turnaround time for your manuscript. Please note that these last two are based on manuscript length, so if you know your approximate word count, that will help me give you a quote. I'm happy to answer any questions.