If you are reading this, most likely you’re dreaming of someone to help you with your writing endeavors.
Memoir and poetry can be deeply personal, and while it’s redundant to say fiction is fictional, it is still you, however far-reaching. There’s no way around it, writing is soul work. In creating a crime novel, a poem about birches, a history of witches, something inside you is finding its way to the page, something that isn’t known by anyone else until it’s read. All of which makes looking for an editor too much like a first date. How can you know who this person is, what they are going to say, or how they might influence you? Truthfully, you can’t—until they read what you’ve written and you’ve shared an initial exchange.
Still, you need to determine if I might be the right fit for you, if this is a chance worth taking. The following pages will give you a sense of me.
ABOUT D M GORDON will tell you what I’ve written and how I’ve learned what I know.
EDITORIAL SERVICES will begin to describe my approach to editing and how much it might cost.
WRITERS’ COMMENTS will inform you of other writers’ experiences.
But maybe start here, a short, online written interview, 10 Questions from the Massachusetts Review. https://www.massreview.org/node/9669 This includes a sonnet, linked through the poem title.
WRITING SAMPLES will give you further slivers of my work, a few pages of fiction and non-fiction, three poems. If I were shopping for someone to read for me, I’d like to have a sense of their writing. (In fact, you are reading a sample of my nonfiction right now.) These will tell you who I am as a writer, but not necessarily as a reader.
I respect and can accommodate a wide variety of voices. My job is to help you towards the best version of your writerly self, and not to sound like me. There is no carved-in-stone answer to what your best self might be. It is always evolving. I will start by looking at what you are trying to say and how you are saying it.
I begin each relationship by reminding both of us of the following; for as many people as you ask for feedback, you will receive that many responses. Teachers, editors, agents, fellow writers, family or next door neighbors, each will offer different things, sometimes wildly different. If I read for you, I will respond with everything I’ve got, but with the awareness that I am only one person, that possible responses are infinite, and the only opinion that matters, ever, is yours. My thoughts. Your work.
Please enjoy these pages. I look forward to hearing from you—you can find my contact information at the bottom of the Editorial Services page.