Christian Editor Network

I am now a member of the Christian Editor Network, which connects authors with freelance editors. I found out about the group in May when I attended the Christian Writers Conference in Orange County. There is a stringent “testing” procedure, to verify that editors can perform at a certain high level. Tough tests, but I passed. Now I can advertise on the site for copyediting, substantive editing, and all other editing levels an author may require. I can also advertise my skills as a writing coach or mentor, an endeavor in which I am particularly skilled.

I currently work as a freelance editor for several publishing companies, but the CEN will connect me with individual authors as well as with publishers. I’m looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the group.

All writers, nascent and experienced, come one, come all. The doctor is in.

Long-Term Clients

Back in 2007, I was asked by a client to help edit her Masters in Nursing paper. At the time she contacted me, Maria typed on the computer as though using a typewriter, with a carriage return at the end of each line of text. Fixing that alone took a great deal of time, but it was necessary before I could even get to editing the meat of her paper.

We finished the project and her paper was accepted, and we ended our client relationship on excellent terms. Two years later, who appears again but Maria, with Doctoral proposal in hand (figuratively speaking, since we have never actually met face to face). By this time, fortunately, she had learned the fundamentals of computers and I could jump right in to the editing. There was a great deal of give and take on this project, as is to be expected when dealing with mentors and a review board, and the dissertation was finally accepted. Again, we parted on excellent terms.

Earlier this year, Maria approached me for help in turning her dissertation into a professional healthcare workbook. The result had to be a different animal from her dissertation, more user friendly and beneficial to the user. We worked long and hard on the conversion and she is close to publishing it now, after a few more tweaks.

I have been delighted to work with Maria for these projects and realize that client relationships don’t always end once a single project is completed. Good clients return, if I’ve done my job well.

Here is Maria’s testimony, written after this last project edit:

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Ann Aubrey Hanson as an editor. I have worked with Ann since 2007 as she edited several of my scholarly papers. This includes my final Masters in Nursing Project and, most recently, my Doctorate level papers and Capstone book project. Ann has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and accessibility in helping me to accomplish my objectives. She provides thorough feedback and is organized and sensitive when providing suggestions for changes in my research papers to enhance their quality. Ann is a wonderful editor. I am happy to give her my wholehearted endorsement.”
Maria Rodriguez, RN, MSN, CNS-BC

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Yesterday, I finished editing a dissertation into a book for Dr. Saba Soomekh of Loyola Marymount University. She had asked me to help her edit her Ph.D. dissertation into a book, which SUNY has already opted to publish.

It was an extremely interesting project, concerning three generations of Iranian Jewish women who have immigrated to Los Angeles. Fascinating reading, which was a good thing, since I had to read it, and very carefully, six or seven times. But I completed the project with time to spare and Saba was delighted with my work. In fact, she wrote a testimonial to my editing, which I shall now share here.

I cannot thank Ann Aubrey Hanson enough for all her help in editing and proofreading my manuscript. Ann took my 400-page Ph.D. dissertation and helped me turn it into a 300-page book which will be published by SUNY Press. She read my manuscript a number of times, paying attention to grammar, syntax, and content. My manuscript had a glossary of foreign words that I had defined. Ann, of course, found words in my manuscript that I myself did not realize I had missed. That shows her wonderful attention to detail. Plus, she finished editing my manuscript two weeks before the deadline I gave her. She is an excellent editor and she is incredibly efficient and professional. I wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone!”  Dr. Saba Soomekh, Theological Studies Department, Loyola Marymount University

High praise indeed and I am delighted that she was pleased with my work. This is what makes my job so entertaining and enlightening.

Heroes and Villains

In May, I will be teaching my “Vile, Evil Villains” class again at UCSD Extension. I taught this class last summer for the first time and the course proved so successful that the students rallied to extend it from a three-week class to a five-week class.

The gist of the course is “What makes a hero a hero and a villain a villain?” It’s my belief that villainy follows Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. A truly evil villain must face off against a truly heroic hero. But both must be flawed, for therein lies the tension. Think how boring Superman would have been without the threat of Kryptonite. Or how evil Snidely Whiplash would be without his love for Pauline. These fundamental, inherent flaws of body or nature are what provide the looming uncertainty: success or failure?

Of course, then there’s the triangle of tension between the hero, the villain, and the Loved One. Oh, so much more to talk about. But we’ll rest here with the fatal flaws.