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Two huge announcements!

Threepenny welcomes short story editor Janice Obuchowski: The Threepenny Editor is thrilled to welcome Janice Obuchowski to our editing team. Janice is a fiction editor at the New England Review and has served on the admissions board for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has been a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Her fiction appears in Gettysburg Review, Passages North, Slice,…

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New service: The $200 layout!

Page layout for novels & ebooks: Threepenny’s partner and pro book designer Phillip Gessert has developed a new, trimmer approach to page layout. It lets us do the biggest design job in publishing at a third of the normal cost. For novels, we can do ebook+print layout for $200. They’re bundled because Phillip builds them both in tandem. The quality is comparable with his custom work, but…

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Writing Contest: Winner Announced

I’m delighted to congratulate Siel Ju on winning this year’s writing contest. Siel holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit from Dancing Girl Press and Might Club from Horse Less Press. Her poems and stories appear in Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, The Missouri Review, ZYZZYVA, Hobart, LIT, and other places. Siel’s…

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Writing contest: Win a free edit!

In honor of my business’s upcoming birthday on February 1, 2016, I am proud to offer a chance to win a free critique-and-notes manuscript evaluation from me. No strings attached–just submit your query and first two chapters by October 15, and one manuscript will receive $1,200 of editing work from The Threepenny Editor for $0. **3/20/16 Note: the deadline for this year’s contest…

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More client successes to announce!

I’m pleased to share a round-up of good news for some of Threepenny Editor’s past and current clients. I’m especially happy for client Elie Axelroth, whose very first short story, “The Sound of Emptiness” was just published in The Packingdown Review. This spring also brought unexpected good news for poet and novelist Sweta Vikram, whose article will be adapted for national radio. Congratulations! Glenn Damato‘s…

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Project 2015, Part 5: Writer’s Block and Depression

I want to switch it up a little, and instead of talking about “doing” of writing, look at about the “being” of writing–specifically, writer’s block and depression. A longtime client wrote to me after a while of silence, asking a heartfelt and anguished question: “I can’t hear my characters anymore. What can I do?” The problem, she said, stemmed from a difficult bout…

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Editing and freelancing resources

I have been on a hunt for great editing and freelancing resources these past few weeks. The changing of the seasons always inspires me to take a fresh look at my writing and editing business, and make sure everything is on track. Once in a while, Amazon’s list of book recommendations is spot-on, and I thought I’d share a few…

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Editor interview! Shop talk with author Georgia Clark…

Author Georgia Clark is making the jump from writing YA novels to adult fiction with a speculative twist, but made some time for a quick editor interview on writing. A little backstory: she hired me to read through her fascinating and funny new manuscript, The Regulars, before sending it off to her agent. I loved working on it for so many reasons: Besides…

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