Category Archives: Editing

Ray Bradbury on Writing

Ray Bradbury wrote one of my favorite quotes ever–I had it framed and it was in my classroom when I taught 7th & 8th grade and in my office for the decade I taught freshman comp at Penn State. It … Continue reading

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Editing Your Friends

For better or worse, in the tabletop roleplaying game industry, a lot of the people I work with are also my friends. Sometimes I become friends while working with them, and sometimes I end up working with people I’m already … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Note: This week I’m exploring the role of death in books for young readers. I’m cross-posting here and at Reads 4 Tweens—so yes, if you follow both sites, this will look familiar. Warning: some mild spoilers—if a book has been … Continue reading

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Death Be Not Gratuitous

There’s an issue that’s been building up for me, and I think I’m going to do it as a theme week on Read 4 Tweens—gratuitous death in kids books. (“Tune in for Gratuitous Death Week!” That has a ring to … Continue reading

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Not a Perfect World

In a perfect world, editing means working closely and personally with a writer to ensure the writer creates the best work possible. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world. Because I typically work on RPG books comprised of … Continue reading

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On the Usefulness of Style Guides

The Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game is done. It’s off to the printers and I couldn’t change a thing about it if I wanted to. And now, finally, I know enough to actually write a correct and accurate style guide. … Continue reading

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Grammar PSA

This isn’t so much a grammar rant as a public service announcement—the proper phrase is just deserts and not just desserts. I remember correcting this mistake in something I was editing, and someone up the line pointed out my correction … Continue reading

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Grammar Rant! “Try and…”

In general, I try really hard to stay open-minded, to see most issues as potential conversations with multiple rational points of view. Since most of the books I edit have a conversational tone, I’m probably more laid back than many … Continue reading

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Traveling Virtual Roads

As I’ve mentioned before, in many ways, I was really lucky as I started my career in RPG editing. It’s a path not everyone can follow, because it relies on being friends with people on the verge of making it … Continue reading

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The Lucky Road to RPG Editing

Note: This post is Part Two of two, for now. It’ll be a recurring theme, though. My winding emotional journey into editing began long ago, but the practical journey happened suddenly and unexpectedly, and the path was paved with luck, … Continue reading

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