Lisa Gilliam - Editor

Lisa Gilliam - Editor Fiction editor and proofreader, helping publishers and indie authors bring great books to their readers since 2015. Fiction editor and proofreader, helping publishers and indie authors bring great books to their readers.
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Visit my website at www.lisagilliam.com/experience for examples of books I've edited and proofread.

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If you've ever wanted to attend the Writers' Police Academy but couldn't travel for it, the conference's organizer, Lee ...
09/21/2020
Tami Hoag to Headline Writers' Police Academy Online Seminar - Lee Lofland

If you've ever wanted to attend the Writers' Police Academy but couldn't travel for it, the conference's organizer, Lee Lofland, has just announced a brand-new, day-long, live seminar to take place on October 24. It looks like there will be four sessions, and the headliner is Tami Hoag!
https://leelofland.com/tami-hoag-to-headline-writers-police-academy-online-seminar/

Without further ado, I am pleased to present to you, "Mystery and Murder: Transforming Reality into Fantastic Fiction."

My supervisor is micromanaging me again. 😼Meet Mishka, sometimes a lap cat, sometimes a shoulder cat.
08/17/2020

My supervisor is micromanaging me again. 😼
Meet Mishka, sometimes a lap cat, sometimes a shoulder cat.

Finally had some time to update my portfolio today. I added 10 new books! Check it out to see if I've edited any books i...
07/02/2020
Experience | Lisa Gilliam

Finally had some time to update my portfolio today. I added 10 new books! Check it out to see if I've edited any books in your genre:
https://www.lisagilliam.com/experience/
Booking update: Schedule is filling up fast this year. I'm now booking for late October. If you need an editor or proofreader for your manuscript, book early! 😀

Industry Experience (Kensington Books, Charlie's Port) - Training & Certificates (Publishing Training Centre, Poynter Institute) - Portfolio - Testimonials

Writers: Sisters in Crime is hosting another free webinar, this time about the FBI."FBI Myths and Misconceptions" will b...
01/10/2020
Sisters in Crime

Writers: Sisters in Crime is hosting another free webinar, this time about the FBI.
"FBI Myths and Misconceptions" will be presented by 26-year FBI veteran Jerri Williams.
January 28, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET
https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1322889

Overview:  Author and former FBI Agent, Jerri Williams is more than ready to teach us who the FBI is and what they do. She will discuss the top 20 clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV and movies, and provide a reality check while breaking down the facts. The presentation will be f...

Look what my client Dean Kinne sent me just in time for Christmas! 🤩The Scourge of Godspear was an absolute pleasure to ...
12/24/2019

Look what my client Dean Kinne sent me just in time for Christmas! 🤩

The Scourge of Godspear was an absolute pleasure to edit, one of my favorites! It's a fantasy with lots of magic and adventure. This is the first book, and there are two more to come!

Writers: Sisters in Crime is hosting a free webinar titled “INSIDE THE CIA: for Mystery & Thriller Writers,” presented b...
10/28/2019
Sisters in Crime

Writers: Sisters in Crime is hosting a free webinar titled “INSIDE THE CIA: for Mystery & Thriller Writers,” presented by 30-year CIA veteran Carmen Amato. Should be interesting!
November 19, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1290108

Overview:  We all know that insider information makes our work ring true. In this webinar, Carmen Amato draws on her 30-year intelligence career to take you inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The webinar is a must-attend if you love writing--and reading--about spies and espionage. You'll get a...

Had a great coffee house meetup with fellow EFA editors today. We may be a fairly new chapter, but we have a great group...
10/20/2019

Had a great coffee house meetup with fellow EFA editors today. We may be a fairly new chapter, but we have a great group! 😊
#EFAMichigan #amediting #editorialfreelancersassociation #coffeehouse #EFAFreelancers

I've added a new skill to my proofreading skill set!I completed a course at the Publishing Training Centre, where I lear...
09/12/2019

I've added a new skill to my proofreading skill set!

I completed a course at the Publishing Training Centre, where I learned the British system of proofreading symbols, called BSI. Bring on the on-paper proofreading projects for UK English!

The course was more difficult than I'd anticipated, but I passed with distinction!

I'm cracking open that bottle of Writers' Tears to celebrate! 🥳

Great article on copy editing. And so very accurate!"There’s a science to copy editing that requires extreme attention t...
08/20/2019
Why You Need a Copy Editor - Pace

Great article on copy editing. And so very accurate!

"There’s a science to copy editing that requires extreme attention to detail and a talent for finding things everyone else doesn’t."

https://www.paceco.com/insights/copy-editor/

Key insights on the importance of copy editing and how to keep your copy editor happy—giving you better results.

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05/15/2019

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My Mother's Day gift from my son arrived in the mail today! I've wanted a bottle of this for YEARS! 😍
#MothersDay #WritersTears #BestKidsEver

My Mother's Day gift from my son arrived in the mail today! I've wanted a bottle of this for YEARS! 😍#MothersDay #Writer...
05/15/2019

My Mother's Day gift from my son arrived in the mail today! I've wanted a bottle of this for YEARS! 😍
#MothersDay #WritersTears #BestKidsEver

A new book store is about to open in my city, and a local candlemaker made the store its own scent! I can't wait for thi...
03/28/2019

A new book store is about to open in my city, and a local candlemaker made the store its own scent! I can't wait for this store to open! :)

I’m so excited to share our newest retail item here at Brooks Books!! Walker’s Hollow Candles!! These are just a few of the scents that will be available for sale at our Grand Opening!! We have our own scent!! A huge thank you to Shannon for working with me to get them just right! 🖤📖📚

When dictionaries disagree (it happens more often than you might realize!) 😒
03/13/2019

When dictionaries disagree (it happens more often than you might realize!) 😒

In this week's #SimpleMarkup, the dictionaries are back! And they're driving Edie crazy! #comics #lol #humor #amediting #editor #editors #wordhumor #editorslife #dictionaries #wordnerd
Blog post: https://buff.ly/2Htdba4
Archive: https://buff.ly/2pcyIZX
Store: https://buff.ly/2IrILmi

It's so cold that you can see the Detroit River's breath. 😳#PolarVortex #staywarm
01/30/2019

It's so cold that you can see the Detroit River's breath. 😳
#PolarVortex #staywarm

I read 76 books in 2017 for pleasure (not work), and only 44 in 2018, but if I add the books I edited/proofread, that's ...
01/01/2019

I read 76 books in 2017 for pleasure (not work), and only 44 in 2018, but if I add the books I edited/proofread, that's 84 books for 2018. Not bad! Do you keep a count of the books you read? What are your 2018 numbers?

Neil Gaiman is teaching a Masterclass next year! I've just started the Margaret Atwood class recently, so now I have eve...
12/10/2018
MasterClass

Neil Gaiman is teaching a Masterclass next year! I've just started the Margaret Atwood class recently, so now I have even more to look forward to. 😃

Neil Gaiman will teach his first MasterClass in 2019. Harness your imagination and learn how to become a creative writer from one of today's most renowned fiction authors.

Freedom, one of my favorite apps to help me stay focused, is on sale this week! You can set up multiple time blocks when...
11/26/2018
Freedom: Internet, App and Website Blocker

Freedom, one of my favorite apps to help me stay focused, is on sale this week! You can set up multiple time blocks when the app will block whatever you tell it to (I tell mine to block social media during certain times of the day). I highly recommend it! 😃

Use code CYBER30 for 30% of an annual subscription, or CYBER2018 for 50% off a lifetime subscription.
https://freedom.refersion.com/l/980.490082

Easily block websites and apps on your computer, phone, and tablet with Freedom. The original and best website and internet blocker - Freedom blocks distractions so you can be more focused and productive. Freedom works on Mac, Windows, iPhone and iPad devices - Android coming soon. Try it for free t...

Crime/mystery/thriller writers: There's a great thread on Reddit today about what it really feels like to get shot, alon...
11/20/2018
People who have been shot, what are some things that movies don't portray correctly? • r/AskReddit

Crime/mystery/thriller writers: There's a great thread on Reddit today about what it really feels like to get shot, along with some info about how to properly care for a gunshot wound (spoiler: they are rarely sutured). Interesting stuff!
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/9yqrht/people_who_have_been_shot_what_are_some_things/?st=JOPY8YNI&sh=4f30525e

7148 points and 1856 comments so far on reddit

To all the writers out there:
06/04/2018

To all the writers out there:

Amen.

I've reached a milestone! 50 books! Visit www.lisagilliam.com/experience to see the full list of books I'm lucky enough ...
05/15/2018

I've reached a milestone! 50 books! Visit www.lisagilliam.com/experience to see the full list of books I'm lucky enough to have worked on. Thank you to all my clients for choosing me to be part of your publishing team!

*sigh* The struggle is real...
05/05/2018

*sigh* The struggle is real...

I've always loved this quote. :)
04/06/2018

I've always loved this quote. :)

Anyone else grow up with unreliable pronunciation? http://bit.ly/2q8wAnt

Lisa Gilliam - Editor's cover photo
04/05/2018

Lisa Gilliam - Editor's cover photo

Attending The Writers' Police Academy today through Sunday. Ready to learn all the things!
08/10/2017
The Writers' Police Academy

Attending The Writers' Police Academy today through Sunday. Ready to learn all the things!

It's Disneyland for writers!

04/06/2017

In the "April Q & A" published today, the Chicago Manual of Style reiterated its opinion on the one-space rule, and not without a bit of snark ;) :

"Q. I recognize all writing formats today say there is to be one space between the period of a sentence and the first letter of the next sentence. I believe this fails to take into account studies that refer to visual cues that assist the reading process. So I start here with you to request this be fully discussed and reviewed with the hope that we may at minimum note that two spaces are acceptable between sentences. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

A. I’m so sorry to report that that ship sailed long ago. You are a lone voice, crying in the wilderness. Too little, too late; a bolted horse, a dollar short. No metaphor can express how hopeless this is. Our best advice to you is to look for a silver lining in the single space."

Nice list of free online writing courses for 2017:
01/30/2017
11 Free Writing E-courses for 2017

Nice list of free online writing courses for 2017:

While some people look for in-person classes to learn new things this year, there are a number of great alternatives, as known as e-courses, for individuals who prefer staying at home, studying at their own pace. There are free resources, perfect to try in the first few months

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Fiction editor and proofreader, helping publishers and indie authors bring great books to their readers.

I got my start in editing and proofreading in the corporate sector almost twenty years ago. I’ve always been the resident Finder of Typos, but when I wanted to make the switch to fiction in 2013, I quickly realized that being “good at English” didn’t make me a good fiction editor—not yet. I spent the next two years reading, studying, and taking classes in creative writing and story structure. In early 2015, I applied for a proofreading position with Booktrope Publishing, passed their test, and was hired. There, I combined what I’d learned with the knowledge of many other editors and learned how to be a great editor. Booktrope unfortunately closed their virtual doors in mid-2016, but I had already started my own editing business, and thankfully, many of my Booktrope clients chose to continue working with me as they pursued their indie careers.

I now work as a copy editor and proofreader for Kensington Publishing, under three of their imprints. I also work as a proofreader for another professional editor, Crystal Watanabe, owner of Pikko’s House Editing. Both hiring processes included passing their respective editing tests, so my skills are tried and true.

Though I enjoy working for a traditional publisher, I still love working with indie authors! I’m a huge fan of indie books, and there’s nothing like the collaborative efforts of working with an indie author to bring a new book to its readers. My schedule is usually booked a few weeks out, but I’m always available to take on new clients. I’d love to be part of your team.

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