Editing 101: What Editors (Should) Do

by Ed Davis on May 4, 2015


May 3, 2015

*After I’d edited one of her essays, a new writer-friend asked me what a good editor does, giving me a chance to reflect on a skill I’ve picked up over the past forty years, one which I take for granted but shouldn’t. The e-mail below excerpts a correspondence I had several months back with her, which she’s kindly allowing me to share.

Dear Barbara:

I think it’s time I answered your wonderful e-mail of a couple weeks ago. I’ve thought a lot about what I need to say—and what you might need to hear about what … Read the full article


Derailed by Diagnosis

by Ed Davis on April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

“The biopsy showed that out of twelve samples of your prostate, two of them tested positive for cancer.” As ready as I thought I was to hear this news imparted by the soft-spoken urologist, I still took a hit, despite what I’d always told myself: why should I escape the serious health issues so many friends and family members have suffered?

Nothing like getting a cancer diagnosis in the middle of your book tour to knock you for a loop. Even Israel Jones might be tempted to lay down his guitar and sleep for a few months.… Read the full article


Busting Out at Barnes & Noble

March 23, 2015
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We Did It! 

The Miami Valley’s literary community did it again! My wife counted 45 people attending my reading at the Beavercreek (Ohio) Barnes & Noble last Saturday, March 21. Just as you did for Cyndi Pauwels last September, you supported me—and, therefore, all local authors—by coming out in force to show one of the last remaining big bookstores that you care about literature and you vote! (By buying books.)

Like a Field of Sunflowers . . . 

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Breaking in at Barnes & Noble
(and the Epic in Yellow Springs)

March 2, 2015
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A Call to Arms 

This is a tale of the Little Literary Community that could—and hopefully still can.

Last fall, my friend Cyndi Pauwels set her sights on Barnes & Noble in Beavercreek for the literary debut of her first mystery novel, Forty and Out. She knew she’d have to persuade B & N that she could draw a crowd. Thus, she composed a very convincing letter to Pamela McGill, Community Business Development Manager, which she dropped off personally, along with a copy of the book to prove that it was professionally edited and published.

It worked. … Read the full article

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News for Readers & Writers

February 4, 2015
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Writers Needed 

Are you by any chance looking for a prose writing workshop? I’m currently facilitating a small group meeting monthly at Epic Bookshop in Yellow Springs. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2-4:00 p.m.

What began last fall as an Autobiographical Fiction group quickly morphed into an Autobiographical Narrative group, critiquing both fiction and memoir. We usually meet 2-4:00 p.m. one Sunday per month and pride ourselves on being as honest, gentle and respectful of other people’s writing.

Some members are unpublished while one member published a novel years ago with a major NY publisher. Because we … Read the full article

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For the Road

January 29, 2015


January 29, 2015


“Tires crunch, and I merge back onto the highway. Black

tar and metal signs. The road makes sense. Remain

between the painted boundaries, cascade forward like

water in a pipe, be steady and only end by choice. There

is always another curve, exit, or intersection. There is

always a choice.”

“Shadow of the Spider” by Alice G. Otto


New Anthology From CCC

The Columbus Creative Cooperative is at it again with their newest anthology, For the Road, featuring ten stories about life on America’s highways, including my story “Cracked Blacktop.” Since I first blogged … Read the full article

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Book Nook with Israel Jones

January 12, 2015
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Halloween Surprise 

Last fall I launched my new novel The Psalms of Israel Jones and was extremely fortunate to receive an invitation from Vick Mickunas to appear on WYSO radio’s “The Book Nook.” The interview has now been archived and is available at http://wyso.org/post/book-nook-psalms-israel-jones-ed-davis.

Meeting the media has in the past unnerved me:  there’s something different between a live performance with the audience present versus the pressurized intimacy of interviewer and interviewee isolated in a small room. However, when Vick interviewed me on a cold, rainy October 31, there was nothing at all frightful about the experience. In … Read the full article

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Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Writing

November 28, 2014

 Guest Blogger Joe Downing is the author of The Abundant Bohemian: How To Live an Unconventional Life Without Starving in the Process and the writer of the blog abundantbohemian.com. 

“No matter what our age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity. ‘I’m too old’ is something we tell ourselves to save ourselves from the emotional costs of the ego deflation involved in being a beginner.”  –Julia Cameron… Read the full article

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Literary News & Events for Readers & Writers

November 13, 2014
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Katrina Kittle’s New Online Workshops

My good friend and fellow novelist Katrina Kittle is teaching online fiction-writing classes for OnLiten. She is the author of four books for adults: Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals as well as one published novel for tweens, Reasons to Be Happy, with another in the works. Katrina has an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville and teaches regularly for Word’s Worth Writing Connections and offers manuscript consultations through Write Sisters Consulting. Check out her current and … Read the full article

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The Fries Meet Israel Jones

November 2, 2014
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A Reading That Will Rock

 This is the lit-event I’ve been waiting for:  On Sunday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., Israel Jones, mythic rocker from my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, will share the stage with Dayton’s own legend, The Fries Band, at the beautiful Hayner Cultural Center at 301 W. Main Street in downtown Troy, Ohio.

It will be the trio, not the entire band with bass and drums—we want to leave a few of the Hayner’s walls standing. But there will be plenty of their trademark tight harmonies and acoustic guitars. (*Note:  The Read the full article

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