Bio of author and freelance professional book editor
|Patricia Anderson, PhD, is an author, editor, and literary consultant. Based near Vancouver, Canada, she provides manuscript evaluation and book editing for an international clientele of emerging and mid-career authors who are conventionally published and self-published.|
Author of books, articles, essays, and reviews
My scholarly background takes in English literature (BEd), fine arts (MA),
and cultural history and publishing studies (PhD). As both a scholar and commercial author, I have written and published books, magazine and journal articles, anthology contributions, and book reviews. My books include Passion Lost (Toronto: Thomas Allen Books of Merit), When Passion Reigned (New York: HarperCollins/Basic), The Printed Image and the Transformation of Popular Culture (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press) and, as author/editor, a two-volume history, British Literary Publishing Houses, in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series (vols. 106 and 112, with Jonathan Rose; London and Detroit: Gale Group).
My books have been represented by literary agents in New York and London and have attracted reviews in such publications as the New York Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, A.L.A. Booklist, Library Journal, National Post, San Francisco Review, Times Literary Supplement, and special-interest journals. My work has also been featured on CTV's Canada AM, CBC TV's Broadcast One Bookmark, BRAVO's Book TV, in the book and lifestyle sections of several newspapers, and on various American and Canadian radio shows.
Prior to starting my current freelance editing and literary consulting business, Helping You Get Published, I served as assistant editor for a scholarly journal in London, England, and edited on contract for Canadian and American publishers. For several years on the advisory board of the Federation of BC Writers magazine WordWorks, I am now a member of the editorial board of the international journal Media History.
In 1999 I went online as a freelance book editor, with the aim of helping authors navigate the ups and downs of the publishing industry. Whether I'm editing a lengthy book manuscript, short article, press release, or book blurb, I never waver from my primary concern to preserve and enhance each author's voice, and to bring out the best in every manuscript, proof, and document. Over the years of providing Helping You Get Published editorial services, I have edited and proofread manuscripts and books; evaluated all kinds of fiction and nonfiction; and written book proposals, queries, and book marketing materials for hundreds of clients—most of whom are now published authors, through both traditional publication and new self-publishing opportunities.
Writing and publishing instructor and workshop presenter
I have taught the business and history of the book trade in the Writing and Publishing and Master of Publishing programs at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. Additionally, for ten years, up until 2008, I provided a workshop series for Vancouver School Board Continuing Education and West Vancouver Cultural Services. Topics covered include secrets of getting published in the conventional book trade, tips on self-publishing, how to write effective queries and book proposals, and techniques for writing publishable memoirs and novels.
Listings in who's who and book trade directories
- International Authors and Writers Who's Who
- Killam Scholars Who's Who
- Literary Market Place (LMP)
- The Writers Directory (formerly Contemporary Authors)
Professional writing and editing memberships
- Authors Guild (U.S.)
- Editors' Association of Canada
- The Writers' Union of Canada
Books-in-progress and ongoing commitment
I am currently working on series of ebooks that will bring together my experience as a book author, professional editor, and literary consultant—and be a comprehensive guide to successful writing and publishing. This book series is a long-term project, because my major and ongoing commitment is to my editorial work at Helping You Get Published and to doing whatever I can to assist authors.