ON EDITING AND MENTORING: What people say.

THEO WELLS

Author, Take Care of Dying; Get on With Living

“A good editor is hard to find; Dot is a good editor.”

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sean murphy

AuthorTo the Top  of the Tree

"Dorothy Read showed me what was great about my story, and then she showed me what I needed to do to make it even greater."

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Wayne Ude

Founding Director of Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA  and Author, Becoming Coyote and Buffalo and Other Stories  

"She's an excellent mentor and, clearly, a long-time supporter of other writers and their work."

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Dr. Connie Dawson

Therapist and Author,  Life Beyond Shame

“I found her suggestions invaluable to the quality of the finished project. ”

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Pat Kelley Brunjes

Author, The Last Confession

“Dorothy Read took my manuscript and coached me in how to improve my story.”

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susan c. prescott

Book Designer and Literary Agent for Theo Wells

"Without Dot’s steady attention to detail, there would have been unfortunate errors."

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WILLIAM D. DARLING

Author, Anahuac  and Morgan's Point

 “Dorothy's plot and characterization notes are worth their weight in gold.”

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Mary Moeller

Author, The Devil’s  Apprentice and Burnt Offering

 “As an editor, Dorothy’s rare gift of discernment is stellar.”

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SUSAN JENSEN

Author,  Cold Snap, Island Solstice, and My Dad Smells Funny

 I've gone on to win awards in several genres and I've published three books. And it's all because of Dot.

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Margaret Bendet

Editor and Author, Learning to Eat Along the Way

 “I’ve watched Dot inspire many of us to step forward in ways we never thought we would.”

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Dr. Robin Therese Barre

Psychotherapist and Author,  Encountering the Minotaur

"She advocates not only for the writer but also for the writing itself.”

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Jacquie Milligan

Author, Whootie Gives A Hoot (children’s series) and Be Still Be Dead

 “Dot is an inspiring and encouraging mentor and a gifted writer, herself.”

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Allan Ament

Fmr. Chair of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and Author, Learning to Float

"Dot Read...is committed to helping writers become the best they can be."

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THEO WELLS Take Care of Dying; Get on with Living

A good editor is hard to find; Dot is a good editor. As an author, I expect next-to-perfection in an editor, so I look for these qualities:

  • Prompt, accurate editing.
  • Cooperation with author, internal designer and other members of the team.
  • Willingness to correct (or recheck) for errors.
  • Expertise on using Chicago Manual of Style and other standard sources.
  • Diligence in stating opinion when disagreeing with the author, but respectfully accepting the author's final decision.
  • Ability to keep a sense of humor and focus through it all.

Dot Read has all these qualities and has always been a supportive member of the team.


SEAN MURPHY To the Top of the Tree

I thought I was finished with To the Top of the Tree and all it needed was a little proofreading. Dorothy Read showed me what was great about my story, and then she showed me what I needed to do to make it even greater. I learned a lot and am very pleased with the result. Oh yes, she proofread it, too.

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M.J. MOELLER The Devil’s Apprentice and Burnt Offering

"Facilitate: to make easier or less difficult; to help forward." Dorothy Read became our facilitator when she led a group of us writers in our little town.  Our levels of writing experience ranged from beginners to published folk. The topics varied from mainstream to genre; romantic to paranormal; mysteries and thrillers to magical realism and science fiction. Dorothy treated each of us with respect, bringing forth her vast knowledge and expertise, as though our writings were as important as those of any of the bestselling authors.

As an editor, Dorothy’s rare gift of discernment is stellar. She sees the whole and catches the mistakes with gentle suggestions. So, when it came time to find an editor for my second novel (Burnt Offering), I chose Dorothy Read.

I highly endorse her work.

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SUSAN C. PRESCOTT Literary Agent for Take Care of Dying, Get on with Living

Dot and I worked with Theo Wells to complete Take Care of Dying—Get on with Living. Theo was very proud, intelligent, and witty; Dot maintained Theo’s spirit in her edits.

I did the internal layout, and Dot edited and re-edited each layout version. Dot prepared the index as well. Theo’s health declined, and her attention became compromised. Without Dot’s steady attention to detail, the book would have contained unfortunate errors. Theo had almost a year to promote her book and enjoy its positive reception, until she recognized her life energy was waning. She chose February 12, 2017 to end her life with a physician’s assistance.

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DR. ROBIN THERESE BARRE Encountering the Minotaur

Dorothy Read was my teaching mentor for many years. She mentored her students as well, always helping them to see themselves as writers. Dorothy is passionate about the written word and effectively teaches the "how-tos" of writing. She advocates not only for the writer but also for the writing itself.

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ALLAN AMENT Learning to Float

Dot Read is a treasure. She is an energetic and talented organizer, but first and foremost she is a teacher, committed to helping others become the best they can be. I experienced this firsthand when we were members of the same writing group and when we worked together in the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA.) I was grateful for her support when I served as NILA board chair, confident she would make anything she took on a success. I’m proud to have known and worked with her.

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MARGARET BENDET Learning to Eat Along the Way

Dorothy Read is an exemplary editor, one who works with an author to find the most effective wording, the right tone, the best way forward in the plot. I've watched her draw writers into organizations, chair meetings and inspire many of us to step forward in ways we never dreamed we would. Whatever it is you want Dorothy Read to do, she can very likely do it--and beautifully!

 


SUSAN JENSEN Cold Snap, Island Solstice, and My Dad Smells Funny

When I retired from teaching, I started writing. I sent several pieces off to one of the writing contests that Dot Read founded and mentored on Whidbey Island, and I won a scholarship to the Whidbey Island Writers Conference. I wept.

I've gone on to win awards in several genres and I've published three books. And it's all because of Dot. I give her full credit for giving me the confidence to continue. She's a wonderful writer and editor, too. You can trust her with your life/book!"

 


PAT BRUNJES The Last Confession

No matter our genre, we need an excellent editor.  As a writer I can spin a yarn. My failings are writing short sentences, not letting the reader into what’s in my head, and dumping data. (I'm a researcher, so I hated giving up my data dumps.)

Dorothy Read took my manuscript and coached me in how to improve my story. She helped me find my voice and my style. The point here is that every writer needs a competent editor, someone who can read for the story, (developmental editing) and someone who is able to catch the errors (line editing).

When you think your manuscript is ready, send it to Dot.

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WAYNE UDE Becoming Coyote, Buffalo and Other Stories 

Dorothy Read was a leader in the Whidbey Island Writers Association (later known as the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts). She played a central role in creating structures which supported writers. She was an active member of the team which put on the annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference which served as the entry point for many Northwest writers. She created popular writing contests to encourage both children and adults. She founded WIWA's series of workshops for writers, and when the Writers Conference stumbled in 2008's economic downturn, Read created a mini-conference fund-raiser which set the larger conference back on its feet. Later, Read was one of the founders of the Writers Lockdown Retreat, an annual intensive three-day workshop. She's an excellent mentor and, clearly, a long-time supporter of other writers and their work.

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WILLIAM D. DARLING Anahuac and Morgan's Point

Dorothy's plot and characterization notes were worth their weight in gold. I felt like a veil had been lifted from my eyes on the road to Anahuac. Thanks for sharing your great insight. I just knew there was more there than I was seeing.

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JACQUIE MILLIGAN Whootie Gives a Hoot Series, Be Still Be Dead
 “Dot is an inspiring and encouraging mentor and a gifted writer, herself.” From my days in her writing groups to her work on my forthcoming mystery novel, Be Still Be Dead, I have always looked to her for encouragement and excellent suggestions. She's a great editor on all levels.

 

 


DR. CONNIE DAWSON Life Beyond Shame

Dorothy edited my chapter in a college textbook for clarity, flow, and consistency. She was well-versed in the academic style, and I found her suggestions invaluable to the quality of the finished project.

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