Triangle Book & Writers Conference – 9-15-18

If you are writing a book or want to get writing and editing tips, come out to join us all day  September 15. I will be on the panel for "Top 10 Editing Mistakes." What do you think they are? That's at NOON. Look for more on my editing background on my webpage here. And also enjoy the other panels. Half-price tickets available NOW. Use the code TWBC when you register on Eventbrite! Where McKimmon Center on the NC State Campus in Raleigh, NC. 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606. Registrati...
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Editing – Meister Ekhart – “Only the hand that Erases . . .”

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. - Saul Bellow BUT: Only the hand that erases can write the true thing - Meister Johann Eckhart Which is it? The words of the famous thirteenth-century German mystic or the modern Nobel Prize for Literature winner? Both, of course. Editing - writing - involves juggling these two basic truths. Sometimes a text comes out finished; the trick is to believe in it and not fiddle around. Other times, most of the time...
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Short Podcasts on Editing – What It Is

Below are two very short podcast interviews on how I see editing services. The first interview goes into some of the recent history of editing practices - with anecdotes. The second is about my current editing services and trends in the fast-changing market. It touches on topics like the importance of having a book edited, including my own experience at being edited. Also, there are anecdotes. If you are writing a book or have a topic and want to begin, there's a good chance I can help. A...
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Podcast on Meditation Tips, including for busy executives

This is the new podcast interview of me by Ayrial founder, Victoria Weston, called "A Meditative State." Or here. It's about several topics and ends up with a lively discussion on editing. I think it's interesting. It's certainly informative. She also, naturally - as the topic is ostensibly meditation - started off with questions about what meditation is and what a meditative state is, and what's the danger of walking around like a zombie. And how is it possible to steal a few minutes to m...
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Why I Might Be the Perfect Editor for You

The photo is of myself with author Ron Whitehead and an audience member, James Mohan, at Carmichael's Bookstore, where I had just given a presentation. First, I focus on quality and know the sensibilities of a writer. A central focus of my life has been on writing—being a writer. As an editor, I was called “a lass with a delicate ear” by one author and told (by Hunter S. Thompson) that I graze on words like a cow at pasture. I will be highly sensitive to your style of expression—how you pu...
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Editing Services

Get the same quality editing as Hunter S. Thompson in Hell’s Angels. Hunter often said [Margaret] was the best editor he ever worked with and they were close friends—William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist I have been an editor for decades. I get very absorbed in it. Each work is personal and receives my undivided attention. In my days at Random House I copyedited  or was assistant editor on some New York Times best sellers; some were reviewed on the front cover of the Times Sunday book r...
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About Myself as an Editor

My interest in writing began at age seven. By age fourteen I was taking journalism courses and working on the school newspaper. Under my guidance our newspaper won a national first-place Columbia University journalism award and the staff went to New York City to receive it. In the post of features editor, I interviewed every famous person within range, from the Speaker of the U.S. House to musician Dave Brubeck. The photos below are from that period (I was a teenager.) I won a couple ...
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The Time I Almost Edited Norman Mailer

The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer & Fanny Hill by the Lawyer Who Defended Them is dear to my heart. This now-classic received the George Polk Memorial Book of the Year Award in journalism. Random House considered it an important manuscript, and to edit it, I was "loaned out"—assigned to work at the law offices of the author, Harvard-educated Charles Rembar, all day every day for a couple of months. In the conference room, I sat at a big table with him ...
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Editing Services

Get the same quality editing as Hunter S. Thompson in Hell’s Angels. Hunter often said [Margaret] was the best editor he ever worked with and they were close friends—William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist Peacocks at Owl Farm I have been an editor for decades. I get very absorbed in it. Each work is personal and receives my undivided attention. In my days at Random House I copyedited some New York Times best sellers and other award-winning books; some were reviewed on the front...
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