Writing and Editing, 23

When we write our first draft of any text, a sense of vulnerability hits us. Our capacity to word our intended content will be exposed, after all – together with our authorial voice; especially, if we are working toward the product of a literary genre. More the reason for us to be mindful as to how we compose that writing. Clarity, coherence and cohesiveness had better be on our side!

Writing and Editing, 22

An editor is a professional who must limit himself / herself to modifying only a writer’s words, sentences and paragraphs for the sake of clarity, coherence and cohesiveness. Once the editing process results in the sacrifice of the authorial voice, the edited draft is no longer the artistic creation of the writer but rather, the product of an overzealous red pen-user.

Writing and Editing, 20

“I have a confession. I’m a little OCD when I post on social media – I tend to edit more than I should. But then I started thinking, maybe we should all edit a little more – our posts, our thoughts, our words.” ~ Traci Lea LaRussa

I have the same confession. Hence, the appeal of this sentiment by Traci Lea LaRussa . . . I would, however, eliminate “maybe” from the equation and intensify “a little more” – because we all owe it to clarity and coherence, and should, therefore, edit our writings not only “a little more”, but rather more intently.

A Few Words of Gratitude

Today is not the only time when I am filled with gratitude for the trust a large number of authors have invested in me in working with them through their manuscript drafts – whether the task involved copy-editing or substantial editing. I am grateful beyond words. And then, when an author reaches out to express to me her / his appreciation of the work involved and the ensuing product, my gratitude is sky-high. Below, you will find the names of some of the authors I have successfully worked with. The titles of their precious writings follow their names. Please, bear with me while I “brag about” my professional dedication and commitment, but most of all, my labor of love toward the completion of each of these remarkable books. In front of you, dear reader, I wholeheartedly thank each of the authors whose names appear below for entrusting me with their creative writings.

[Please note: The list has been compiled in random order. As for the different genres, the titles represent a large variety which includes poetry, novel, memoir, prose poetry, single autobiography and a collection of autobiographical essays. My own literary work that has undergone my editing scrutiny has not been included here.]

William S. Peters, Sr. (Pulitzer Poetry Prize and Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Day by Day; Think on These Things; Inward Reflections; This Is Why I Sleep; 7 Days in Palestine, and Eclectic Verse

Fahredin Shehu (Pulitzer Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Bonds; Neon Child, and HERENOW

Dr. John R. Strum ~ Of Cabbages and Kings; Opus 5, and As the Don Flows Down to the Sea

Demetrios Trifiatis (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ An Aegean Breeze of Peace (co-author); Lessons Life Taught Me, and Whispers of Inspiration

Jackie Davis Allen (Pulitzer Poetry Prize and Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Looking for Rainbows; Dark Side of the Moon and No Illusions

Mario Rigli ~ Words over the Ocean

Faleeha Hassan (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Mass Graves and Breakfast for Butterflies

Gail Weston Shazor ~ Lies My Grandfathers Told Me

Nataša Sardžoska (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Skin

Shareef Abdur-Rasheed ~ Poetic Snacks 4 the Conscious Munchies

Jen Walls ~ Tender Petals

Shirlee Hall ~ Circle of Light Revisited and Adventures in Consciousness

Frank Verkley (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ Frankly Inspired. Volume I; Frankly Inspired. Volume II, and Frankly Inspired. Volume III

Laure Charazac ~ Voyages of a Loving Soul

Samih Masoud ~ Haifa, Burqa. A Search for Roots. Volume II and Haifa, Burqa. A Search for Roots. Volume III

Bassam S. Abu-Ghazalah ~ Bitter Love. An Image of the Palestinian Diaspora

Anwer Ghani (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ A Farmer’s Chants

Lonneice Weeks-Badley ~ The Evils of Greed Is Not Your Root and The Essence of God’s Law of Love

Chukwu John David ~ African Dark Light

Tihomir Jancovski ~ The Noise of Loneliness

Langley Shazor ~ Tips from Taps

Barbara Coats Allan ~ Memories of You

Yasmeen Hamzeh (Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee) ~ A Small Revolt

Lana ‘LJ’ Joseph ~ God’s Radiance