Mary Vensel White
Type Eighteen Editing
Type Eighteen Editing Services is owned and operated by me, Mary Vensel White. I’m an author, writing teacher and coach, professor and speaker.
My debut novel, The Qualities of Wood, was the first book chosen for publication by HarperCollins for their Authonomy imprint. Bellflower, a “novel-in-moments,” was published in 2019, and a novel, “Starling,” will be published in late 2021. I attended University of Denver (B.A., English) and DePaul University (M.A., English), and I’m currently an adjunct professor of writing and English at Concordia University, Irvine.
I also write short fiction; my stories have appeared or are forthcoming in december magazine, Catapult, The Madison Review, The Write Launch, The Wisconsin Review, and other places. In addition to my own blog, where I write about the writing and reading life, I’ve published nonfiction in The Rumpus, Fiction Advocate, Author Magazine, LitChat, Shelf Pleasure and elsewhere.
I’m active in my local writing community and serve on the board of the California Writers Club, Orange County branch. I regularly speak and teach workshops at conferences and events such as Southern California Writers Conference, California Writers Club, San Diego State University Writers Conference, South Bay Creative Writers Group, and others. I’ve participated in several writing workshops as a student as well, most recently in 2016 at Chapman University, and the 2018 Masters Workshop at the Tucson Festival of Books.
My general procedure would be to edit at all levels: copy and line editing but especially at the developmental/substantive level. I edit in Microsoft Word, using the Track Changes feature. Along with these notations, you will receive an editorial letter offering suggestions and guidance about characterization, plot, pacing, voice, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other considerations. Also included in your editing price is a 1/2 hour coaching session, via phone call or Zoom. Sometimes, it’s very helpful to go over the notes and provide further explanation, if needed. Additional, follow-up coaching sessions are available, and I also have experience with collaborative writing and may be interested in the right ghost writing project.
I have experience in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres: literary, short stories, flash, women’s, book club, commercial, fantasy, historical, memoir, mystery, self-help, thriller, crime, middle grade, and young adult. If your work falls outside these classifications (or you’re not sure), try me!
Years in the field: 3
Years freelancing: 3