Robb Grindstaff’s novels and short stories have garnered rave reviews from critics and readers alike, his writing compared to Flannery O’Connor and John Irving. In his 35+ year journalism career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and executive, Robb has worked in Phoenix, Arizona, small towns in North Carolina and Texas, seven years in Washington, D.C., and five years in Asia. He now lives in Wisconsin, where he manages a group of community newspapers. His articles on the craft of fiction have appeared in writing magazines and websites. Robb edits fiction and non-fiction manuscripts by agented, traditionally published, and independent authors from around the world. Learn more about Robb or connect with him on www.RobbGrindstaff.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.
The ideal editing client has a few errors and some weaknesses in the story and writing and the burning desire to raise a manuscript up a notch or two. Otherwise, there would be no need for an editor. The key trait my ideal client displays is a willingness to learn, practice, work, edit, revise and rewrite as needed. A thick skin – or at least the ability recognize that an edit is not a personal criticism – is required. What I promise in return is that your story is exactly that – your story. It’s not my story, and I won’t rewrite it the way I would tell it. I will work with you to help you tell your story better with your words and your voice.
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