I’m a professional editor, a writer and a writing teacher. I’ve edited both literary and commercial fiction (including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, romance and erotica, middle grade, young adult). I’ve also edited short stories, plays, essay collections and memoirs.
I have an MFA in Writing from Pacific University (rated one of the top 3 low-residency programs by Poets & Writers). At Pacific I was mentored by some of America’s finest writers.
I have an abiding interest in the craft of writing and am continually deepening my engagement with it. In Sept. 2016 I was a June Dodge Fellow in fiction at Mineral School, a wonderful creative retreat in Mineral, WA. My professional development in editing is ongoing via EFA courses and conferences–including Book Mapping for Developmental Editors, with the incredible Heidi Fiedler (2015).
For more about my writing, visit me at www.patdobie.com
Your critique has really forced me to hone my understanding of story structure and to make sure I choose a protagonist in the future who is intimately involved with the story…I’m really glad I stuck with the POV characters I’ve had since the beginning and made them stronger instead of giving up on them and trying to re-draft the story from scratch again.
Amanda H, Writer (US)
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I’ve been busy writing as well as editing. My most recent non-fiction work is FICTION EDITING: A WRITER’S ROADMAP. This essential guide for fiction writers demystifies the editing process and helps you save money on editorial services. Coming Soon to Amazon and other retailers.
Beta reader feedback on FICTION EDITING:
This is a fabulous guide! I love the clear, breezy style, the easy-to-follow organization, the detailed, step-by-step descriptions of editing processes; and most of all, how informative this is. I thought I already know a fair bit about some mechanics of editing! But after reading your guide, I realize there was much I wasn’t aware of. I feel I have much more insight now into the editing process, how editing not only supports the writing (as well as the writer) but integrates with and lifts up the entire project, and how editing is so important to shaping readable and engaging prose.
AG, Writer (Canada)
Excellent! I found your book to be supremely engaging and very informative. I really like the informal (sometimes cheeky) conversational style and the humor that makes its way in. The voice is authentic and consistent throughout. This is a guide that will have great appeal for both writers and editors.
MP, Writer (Canada)
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