Larry M Edwards
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News You Can Use October 23, 2017

Larry Edwards Joins Editors Panel at
Memoir Writers Association Event, Nov. 4

Larry Edwards

Freelance editor Larry Edwards, of Polishing Your Prose, will join a panel of editors at an event sponsored by the San Diego Memoir Writers Association.

The event, The Who, What, Why, When and How of Working with an Editor, is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at

     San Diego Writers, Ink
     2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
     Barracks 16, Suite 202 & 204
     San Diego, CA 92106

Edwards says: "I enjoy editing memoirs because they are so personal and heartfelt. Yet, that personal nature can also be a roadblock to developing a truly engaging story because the author, at times, cannot distinguish the proverbial forest from the trees; the author does not always see the most compelling aspects of her or his story.

"An editor can help with laying out a story path that will captivate readers, in addition to editing the copy for errors in grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and so on. This greater involvement is known as content editing, or developmental editing -- when an editor is involved early on, or even from the outset, rather than only after the manuscript is completed.

"Finding the right editor can be challenging because of the personal nature of a memoir. I have edited many books written by people I have never met in person, including memoirs. However, I recommend a face-to-face meeting with a prospective editor for memoir (when geographically feasible) to ensure the memoirist is comfortable working with the editor and confident that the editor will provide the guidance needed."

Larry Edwards is an award-winning author, editor, and publisher of nonfiction and fiction. His memoir Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss garnered top honors at the San Diego Book Awards for 2013, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and became a top seller on in both Memoir and True Crime categories.

Among the many memoirs he has edited, Accidental Immigrants took top honors in the San Diego Book Awards for 2014. His short story By the Light of the Moon took first place in the San Diego Books Awards for 2016.

As an editor and publisher, Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources won a Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin book awards competition sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Edwards worked as journalist and editor for local, national, and international publications for nearly three decades. He currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant. Outside of writing and editing, he plays the fiddle in old-time music and bluegrass bands, and is a historical re-enactor of the American fur-trade era.

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