Wilcox Editing Services

The Particular: Editing Weblog

Author and Illustrator of Raggedy Chan Develop Book for iPhone

More exciting news from my client Camille Picott!:

Author Camille Picott and illustrator Joey Manfre have turned their children’s book, Raggedy Chan, into an app for the iPhone.

Of their new app, Picott says, “172 million smartphones were sold in 2009. Now Raggedy Chan is available to those 172 million people, plus everyone else who owns a smartphone.” The app, which can be purchased from iTunes, is also available to the growing number of people who own an iPad. »

Beyond Sitcom by Antonio Savorelli

Congratulations to my friend, client, and Web designer Antonio Savorelli, whose book Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy has just come out from McFarland! This comparative semiotic analysis of four American TV shows is a translation and new edition of a book Antonio published in Italian several years ago. I copyedited the translation before it went to production. You can read more about the work through this main site, which will direct you to related sites where you can buy it:


Raggedy Chan Named Best Juvenile Fantasy

Congratulations to my client Camille Picott, author of Raggedy Chan, a beautifully written and illustrated children’s novel that was just named Best Juvenile Fantasy by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association! Raggedy Chan is the story of a Chinese princess who travels to America to rescue her dragon and meets many interesting friends along the way. The novel is a frame tale, structured a la 1001 Nights or The Canterbury Tales. It was my honor to copyedit Camille’s book in 2008. »

Lorraine M. Lopez a Finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award

I am pleased to announce that Lorraine M. Lopez’s collection Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press, 2009) was a finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner award. I copyedited the title story when it premiered in Alaska Quarterly Review volume 23, issues 1&2, in 2006. Lopez is an English professor at Vanderbilt University. As a finalist for this prestigious literary award, won by Sherman Alexie for his collection War Dances (Grove Press, 2009), Lopez will receive $5,000 and be honored at a ceremony in May held in Washington DC. Congratulations, Ms. »

Word of the Day

Today’s word is:

(n) something that covers or encloses; esp : an enveloping layer (as a skin, membrane, or cuticle) of an organism or one of its parts

Found in Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), section 1.109.
“Hard covers are usually constructed of laminated cardboard over which is stretched an integument of cloth, treated paper, or vinyl or some other plastic.”


Erin Wilcox is a truly gifted literary copyeditor. Her reading of the text is both meticulous and informed, and her insights are luminous.”

Ronald Spatz,
executive founding editor,
Alaska Quarterly Review