Thanks for your interest in our editorial column! Here’s what you need to know:
This column is the brain-child of Dave King, co-author (with Renni Browne) of the classic craft book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Dave will personally read and manage the bank of submissions, and will be among the team of editors who will post twice monthly for the column. This team includes WU contributors who are also freelance editors: Sarah Callender, David Corbett, Kathryn Craft, Jim Dempsey, Margaret Dilloway, Ray Rhamey, and Heather Webb.
- Submissions should be two or three pages long, double-spaced, and with a 12-point font, and can be taken from any point in the manuscript. Submitters can include a quick explanation of who the characters are or what the situation is, and are welcome to ask specific questions about the piece that editors will try to address in the notes.
- Due to the high number of submissions we have already received for this column, there is no guarantee your submission will be chosen to be profiled on WU. However, all submissions will be read and considered for teaching value. Interested writers can send pages and a note of interest to Dave directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once you’ve submitted pages, please do not contact us with follow-up questions (‘Has my entry been chosen?’, ‘When will it appear?’, ‘I’ve revised my pages; can you use these instead?’), as we will be unable to respond or make updates. The only exception is if you would like your pages to be withdrawn from consideration, in which case you can send us a simple request and your pages will be removed from the pool.
- Postings on the WU website will not identify the authors of pages, though you’re certainly welcome to ‘out’ yourselves in comments.