Recently, I had the distinct honor of reading/proofreading the manuscript of Impossible Lessons: Poems by Jennifer Bullis, poet and friend. Her chapbook is forthcoming in the Spring of 2013; I am looking forward to Jennifer’s book launch with great anticipation!
I was delighted when Jennifer asked me to proofread her manuscript. Her manuscript’s excellence made it easy for me to proofread and go beyond proofreading to close reading. I enjoyed offering comments and recommendations about a wide range of issues I thought Jennifer might want to consider.
Jennifer is a delight to work with: she is a fine poet, and is thoughtful, perceptive, professional, kind, and–as you can tell from her testimonial (below)–very generous. I love Jennifer’s poems and admire her dedication to her writing even with a very busy family schedule.
Jennifer sent me this testimonial for my work on her manuscript:
“I am extremely grateful for Andrew S. McBride’s expert help with final revisions to the manuscript for my chapbook, Impossible Lessons: Poems, forthcoming from MoonPath Press in spring 2013. I had edited the manuscript myself over and over, but I knew problems remained that I wasn’t seeing. Andrew caught what I had missed: formatting inconsistencies, need for capitalization changes, and issues with documenting some of the quotations that I use as epigraphs. He even thought to check the page numbers against those listed in the table of contents.
“Beyond his skilled and attentive proofreading, however, Andrew looked more deeply into the poems, making superb suggestions to sharpen the word choice. The revisions he recommended enhance the imagery and readability in several poems. As well, he proposed revisions to some of the titles, including an outstanding refinement to the title of the collection itself. Finally, he even suggested literary journals to which I might submit certain of the unpublished poems prior to the release of the chapbook.
“Another component of the manuscript Andrew helped me with is the biographical statement. My publisher asked me for an extended bio, and I had been struggling with what types of material to include beyond the brief version I routinely use. Andrew did an extremely thorough job helping me generate content for the long version: he researched my publications, public readings, and board service to provide me with a detailed list of writerly accomplishments to draw from. After he had laid all this groundwork, I found it much easier to select highlights to include in my statement.
“Throughout the process of working on my manuscript, Andrew communicated his observations and recommendations with tact, clarity, professionalism, and kind humor. It has been a delight to work with him, and his contributions to my chapbook manuscript make it a stronger, livelier collection. I enthusiastically recommend not only his editing services, but also his work as a writing coach and adviser, for writers seeking help with any stage of the writing process.
Are you following Jennifer’s blog? She blogs about “Poetry at the Intersection of Mythology and Hiking.” Jennifer’s recent blog post “Humming Right Along” contains a series of spectacular photographs by her husband Mark. See the photos and read her post here. Ah, there’s a sneak preview of her chapbook cover photo, too!
Read some of Jennifer’s poems here. Oh, and be on the look out for her “Goddess” poems!
Deep bow and grateful thank you to Jennifer Bullis!
Blessings to all, Andy