Thursday, March 29, 2012

Editorial Services

Probably most of you know I’m a freelance editor. What you may not know is that I’ve put that on hold. Back in mid-January, I took over as the Coordinator for Story Circle Network’s Editorial Services. So, I’m no longer taking on new clients, but am continuing to work with writers for whom I’ve edited before.

Unless you write memoir or life stories and are a woman, you may not have heard of Story Circle Network. If you do write memoir or have ever thought of writing about your life or family, then you probably know about Story Circle Network. If not, let me introduce you:
The Story Circle Network is a national not-for-profit membership organization made up of women who want to document their lives and explore their personal stories through journaling, memoir, autobiography, personal essays, poetry, drama, and mixed-media.
SCN’s headquarters are in Austin, Texas, but they also have an Internet chapter, Story Circles in local communities, online classes, book review website, e-letters and a mentorship program. Plus they have a national conference every other year. This year’s is coming up in April. And they have an editorial service which offers different levels of editing from proof reading all the way to ghostwriting – and 17 editors to choose from. No matter what genre you write, memoir, thrillers, sci-fi, mystery, romance, you can find an editor who edits that. And the service is open to men as well as women.

Before this devolves into a sales pitch, what I wanted to do was let you know what’s going on in my life and to tell anyone who is coming to the April 13-15 Story Circle Network Conference, look for me. I’ll be doing one-on-one coaching Friday morning. After that, I’ll be wherever they put me. I volunteered to work the conference.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Helen. I have heard of Story Circle before but I've not checked into it further. It sounds like a wonderful network!

    Enjoy the conference!
    Cheers,
    Jen

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  2. That's an interesting switch for you. If I ever write one of those I'll be in touch!

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  3. I wish I could go to the conference. It would be fun to meet you (and get coached)!

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  4. Hi Jen and Yvonne. (love the name Yvonne, by the way)

    Yvonne, visit SCN for any level of editing or any genre. That's one thing that impressed me about the SCN/ES -- they can do it all, from life stories to thrillers, proofreading to ghostwriting.

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  5. Laura, if you showed up I'd switch sides of the table and get you to coach me.

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  6. That's awesome! Bet it takes a lot of time and effort. But sounds like it's worth it.
    Rock the conference, Helen!

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  7. You made me laugh Alex. Trust me, there are some rock stars at the conference, but I'm not one of them.

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  8. I haven't heard of them before so thanks for the introduction. It sounds like another fun adventure for you (and everyone around you).
    Ann

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  9. I had always wanted to attend an SCN conference, but haven't made it so far. Congrats on taking on their editorial needs. The women who get you as an editor are lucky. From the small sampling of your work from the contest I won, you're a very gifted editor.
    Karen

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  10. I have not heard of the Story Circle Network before, but it sure does sound interesting! I am in a small writing group of ladies only that does focus on writing our memories, so I will have to check this out. Thanks Helen!

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  11. Hi Helen .. congratulations with the appointment - that's good news for the SCN .. and I love that concept of memoir ..

    Sounds like I should make sure you and Laura will be at the same conference, when I get a chance to visit ..

    Just enjoy .. sounds hard work as Alex says .. but so much comes out of it .. and you'll learn so much .. cheers Hilary

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  12. Helen, I think you will do a brilliant job as coach at the conference.

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  13. I'm so glad to have introduced some of you to SCN. It's a really great organization, originally started by the best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert.

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  14. I didn't know about this organization - very cool. Hope the conference is amazing! :)

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  15. That is wonderful news, Helen! I was not familiar with Story Circle Network, and will definitely learn more about it.
    And of course, Alex is right on - we know you're a rock star (a modest one) so do indeed rock the conference!

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