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Good writing makes me salivate. Helping writers get there fills me with joy. An early background in writing data entry manuals gives me an understanding of the need for clarity and organization, while my love of the English language keeps me from becoming dogmatic about it -- sometimes the beauty or humor of the words is the most important factor.
I view editing as more than just sprucing up a manuscript. It's also teaching. As your editor, I will be whole-heartedly on your side, telling you not only what needs to be changed but why -- I want your book to be as sellable as possible and your next one, because of what I teach you, to be even better. I'll also tell you when I think something is great: nobody likes to just get criticized!
Editor, Adult & Ya Fiction, Non-Fiction, How-To's
Since 2003. Developmental editing, copy-editing, re-writes, book design & layout, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure, young adult, how-to, memoirs etc
“She did a great job and she has taught me some valuable things, with a great sense of humor, about writing. I am laughing at her comments... I need her sitting with me as I write....
I am very appreciative of all the comments and directives that Leslie has taken the time to highlight, her suggestions are great.”
Ken Ramirez, Valley of the Raven
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"Excellent copy edits! Very rare these days."
Deborah M. Nigro, The Wolfman, the Shrink, and the Eighth-Grade Election
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"Do thank Leslie for making my book better. She did such a lot of work that I did not know how to do. (I am on chapter 5) I am learning a lot and I do hope it sticks in my mind to be consistent in what I write.
I feel she has helped me a great deal. You will see that I did change and add to some parts to make things clearer for her and myself."
Dorothy Skarles, Learning to Write for Fun, Posterity, and Money (via the publisher)
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"Dear, Smart, Wonderful Leslie,
You are amazing! I feel so lucky to have you as my editor, layout artist, and friend."
Kai Bravo, The BLT That Saved My Life
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"I would like to thank the following people for helping me in my journey with this novel: (many others, and...) Carol Guy and Leslie Holman-Anderson, editors extraordinaire."
Erica Miner, Murder in the Pit, acknowledgements
Avalon House (my company)
From November 2003
A WIDE EXPERIENCE ON THE JOB
45 years in the business world, much of it in communications, writing, advertising, and editing.
The Crystal Well
During the 1970's I co-edited the first upscale title in the emerging field of occult and Neopagan journalism, The Crystal Well. We were the first to have professional layouts or full color, professional photography on the cover.
EDITS TO DATE by TITLE & AUTHOR
A Dreamer’s Escape -- James Ozinga
Alien Infection -- Darrell Bain
Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross -- Florence Weinberg
Bainstorming -- Darrell Bain
Bigfoot Crazy -- Darrell Bain
BLT That Saved My Life, The (also layout & design) -- Kai Bravo
By Way of the Rose -- Cynthia Ward
Casebook of Doakes and Haig, The -- Patrick Welch
Cavalier Spy -- S.W. O'Connell
Caves, Cannon & Crinolines -- B. Stowe McClure
Cresperian Alliance, The -- D. Bain & S. Osborne
Darkly, Darkly -- Robert Marcom
Deceitful Hags -- Celia A. Leaman
Divided -- Ralph Freedman
Dragon's Moon -- Bent Lorentzen
Edit short stories for Twilight Times Magazine -- Various Authors
Fire Owl -- Gerald W. Mills
Focus Factor, The -- D. Bain and G. Mills
Forever Girl, The -- S. Raywood (as
Rebecca Hamilton) -- A
Gaia and the Seraph -- Robina Williams
Gift of the Ancient Grove: Book One of the Naida's Quest Trilogy -- Ken Ramirez
Griffin Rising -- Darby Karchut
Harry's Agatha -- Jamie Richards
Hotline to Heaven -- Darrell Bain
How I wrote My First Book -- Various Authors
Hudson Lake (partial edit) -- Laura M. Toops
Into You -- Joan Ford
Lady Runaway -- Ginger Hanson
Last Protector, the -- Daniel Starr
Learning to Write the Easy Way for Fun, Posterity and Money -- Dorothy A. Skarles
Life on Santa Claus Lane -- Darrell Bain
Magic For Your Writing -- Gerald W. Mills
Magnolia Blossoms -- Leanna Sain
Medics Wild! -- Darrell Bain
Melanin Apocalypse, The -- Darrell Bain
Murder in the Pit -- Erica Miner
Nine Lives and Three Wishes -- Jennifer St. Clair
No Place for Gods -- Gerald Mills
Out of the Psychic Closet -- Toby Heathcotte
Patriot Spy -- S.W. O’Connell
Postwar Dinosaur Blues -- Darrell Bain
Purple Snowflake Marketing -- D.& L. Brummet
Return to Nowhere -- Leanna Sain
Revenant: Dawn of Destiny -- Eric A. Radulski
Rue the Day -- Ralph Freedman
Seven Cities of Mud -- Florence Weinberg
Sonora Moonlight -- Florence Weinberg
Sonora Wind -- Florence Weinberg
Storks of La Caridad, The -- Florence Weinberg
Strange Valley -- Darrell Bain
Toppers -- D. Bain & W. Stafford
Touch of Fate -- Christine Amsden
Tremolo, the Cry of the Loon -- Aaron Lazar
Valley of the Raven -- Ken Ramirez
Warp Point -- Darrell Bain
Winnowed Woman -- Celia A. Leaman
Wolfman, The Shrink, & the 8th Grade Election, The -- Deborah M. Nigro
You and Me, Naideen and a Bee -- Ken Ramirez
Qualifications & Certifications
English, Business, Computers
UCLA, Glendale College, Boise State, Tacoma Community
High School English Nerd
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