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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.”

Passive Voice

If you have ever taken a composition course, your instructors have probably admonished you not to use passive voice. But what exactly is passive voice, and why shouldn’t one use it?

I have noticed some confusion in the writing world between the idea of a passive construction (a more general concept) and the specific grammatical phenomenon called passive voice. »

Word of the Day

I’d like to start a new tradition in 2010 of keeping a log of interesting words I find throughout my travels. Definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate 11.

Today’s word: hecatomb

  1. an ancient Greek and Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen or cattle 2. the sacrifice or slaughter of many victims.

Found in Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions, trans. Andrew Hurley, in “In Memoriam, J.F.K.”:

In the mid-seventeenth century, vengeance had employed [this bullet] for the assassination of Sweden’s Gustavus Adolphus, in the midst of the public hecatomb of a battle.”


Erin Wilcox has been instrumental in helping me select promising pieces of my nonfiction via her editorial assessment service. She then provided outstanding developmental editing, which was crucial to getting the pieces accepted for publication. Not least, she is a pleasure to work with.”

Richard Moore,
"Crossing Erez," "Princeton Dreaming," "A Death in the Hot Season"

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