I have a dream job. Writers from all over North America, as well as a growing number from around the world, share with me their creative and professional work, looking for advice. That kind of trust and partnership brings both professional and personal rewards—professionally, my world view expands with each manuscript or piece I examine, and personally, I have been fortunate to have many of these writers become dear friends.
For over nine years, I have mentored more than 350 writers in the production of books, essays, and short fiction and nonfiction pieces. I also work in the vanguard of Transmedia Publishing. The job of a developmental editor and creative mentor is to help an author produce the best fiction or nonfiction work possible to submit to agents, acquisition editors, or readers in any given field.
What does this mentoring look like? Depending on the individual manuscript's needs, I lay out strategies for solving problems and for building on strengths. I hone prose and strengthen voice. I pose questions to encourage clarity, and I reorganize material for pacing and tension. I ask writers about their publishing goals and work diligently to see that these goals are met.
I work with established, emerging, and new writers of fiction and nonfiction—from helping to plan the manuscript to polishing the final draft. I also review and create materials for agent and other submissions, including query letters and nonfiction proposals.
My job is to be here in whatever capacity you need to bring your short or book-length manuscript to publication. I look forward to hearing about your project.
"It takes us deep into the mysteries of depression, and its power to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our very selves—a remarkable achievement." —Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker
—Winner of the 2012 Publishing Innovations Award for best Transmedia project at the Digital World Book Conference
—Winner, Most Fundable Startup at Startupalooza 2013
—Winner, Gold Medal–Popular Fiction, Gold Medal–Best Multimedia, and Silver Medal–Science Fi/Fantasy at eLit Awards
From Kirkus Reviews: "Stewart seamlessly incorporates the fast-paced world of social media into a unique writing style that perfectly captures the world of a modern teen. Janus’ complicated web of
computer networks is intricate enough to leave readers thoroughly engrossed by her hacking acumen while remaining accessible to even the least tech-savvy readers. Many teenage girl readers will find unconventional, strong Janus to be an intriguing role model, but as a clever, talented and often slightly dark hacker, she transcends gender stereotypes and will find fans among teen boy readers as well. A fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to distract teens from Facebook for at least a little while."