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Subject: Looking for a project to edit!
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 12/12/2007
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Hi, I’m an editing student and I need a project to edit in April. I would love to work with an author on her current or completed manuscript. Let me
explain more below.

So, I’m looking for an author, published or not, no particular genre, to allow me to edit her work. While I edit, I will communicate with the author,
asking questions, querying, getting a general sense of your audience and personal voice. Because this is a practicum, I would need communication back from the author, responding to my edits. And obviously, I'm editing for free, because it's an internship of sorts. Contact is juliaulshafer at yahoo dot com.

I’m currently in the Editing Certificate through the University of Washington’s extension program, and taking an optional “career development practicum” this next quarter. In this class, I edit a project and learn to work with authors and other level editors in a practical environment. I would like to find a manuscript of my own to work on; that would make the whole experience more complete for me, I think.

I don’t have complete details of the class yet, but I was hoping to get a feel for the response on this. If there are lots of authors looking for a
free (!) edit, I can refer to other classmates. Please know that I will respect your rights as an author; I am not looking to mooch your prose – I
want to practice editing on something real and tangible.

Thanks for your time - gotta love PBS!


Subject: Not much help.
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 6:25 PM ET
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Well, I will flat out tell you that this isn't a manuscript, but I would like to work on turning this into something more. I am only a junior in high school and my mother does not support my thoughts of being a writer instead of a lawyer like her. I am going to start college in the fall of 2010. I am hoping to major in liberal arts. I understand that if you don't have the time to look at this. Thank You.



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Date Posted: 3/13/2009 10:23 AM ET
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Julia...I have a book started, but at this point, no way would I let someone read it.  I do, however, have my last short story if you would like to take a look at it.  Let me know, I'll email it.   Roni

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Julia, I have two completed projects that I need to get into shape to start shopping to agents and editors. One is a traditional/cozy mystery and one is a suspense/thriller ... both intended for the Christian market. I'd be happy to send you more information if you'd be interested in working on this type of manuscript.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 7:54 PM ET
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Thanks for all the interest! I've gotten a couple PMs as well.

And kudos to all of you for writing - can't wait to read it :)