My approach to editing has been described as "thorough," "precise," and "kind." I have worked in the fiction-writing industry for over seven years and have been editing stories for longer. I have edited for both award-winning and best-selling authors and have worked on manuscripts written for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers, with most of my experience being in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Previous to freelancing, I was mentored by a creative writing professor, an award-winning international best-selling author, and a professional editor.
I hold an English degree with honors from Dixie State University, where I wrote my thesis on the worldwide appeal of Harry Potter. I served as a fiction editor and managing editor for the literary journal The Southern Quill. And for years, I worked through New York Times best-selling author David Farland, editing his workshop students' manuscripts, writing assignments, and sometimes, David's own books. When not editing, I'm penning my own stories and running an award-winning writing tip blog. I also serve as a writing coach on WritersHelpingWriters.net (home of the Emotion Thesaurus). I have written over 200 writing tip articles.
My tips have appeared on Grammar Girl and in classrooms; my "story dissections" have hit the front page of Hypable three times, and my series on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been turned into its own unit in a creative writing class.
For online anonymity, I blog and write under the pseudonym September C. Fawkes. (For those unfamiliar with the last name, "Fawkes" rhymes with "hawks.")