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"Matthew Bennett has a sharp eye for the hackneyed phrase. My short stories were fresher and more powerful from his editing." Jean Rae Baxter, author of The Way Lies North

Matthew Bennett $100/hr

Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read partial manuscript

Available For

  • Academic Monographs
  • Book Proposals
  • Developmental Editing
  • Essay
  • Genre
  • Graphic Novels/Comics
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

"Matthew Bennett has a sharp eye for the hackneyed phrase. My short stories were fresher and more powerful from his editing." Jean Rae Baxter, author of The Way Lies North

Matthew Bennett began editing in 2008 at Ronsdale Press, where he shepherded documents from submission to final print, and served as editor for publications such as Sheila James’s In the Wake of Loss (2009). He was later copy and line editor of academic monographs, such as Nicholas Hudson’s A Political Biography of Samuel Johnson (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). His current editing work includes novels and short stories, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, and more. As a language professional, Matthew has an exceptional record of teaching everything from English and Spanish grammar to modern philosophy of language. He has an English PhD from the University of British Columbia and has been writing, publishing, and editing academic, journalistic, and fictional prose for over a decade.

Working Style

For short personal encounters, I’m able to meet with writers and hear their pitch, read a five-page section of the manuscript, and then provide them rough editorial advice. From there our work together can incorporate all levels of advice and revision, from developmental editing, to line and copy editing. For extensive involvement, I can read complete or partial manuscripts and develop a detailed readers report, the length of which is determined by the writer’s budget.

Availability

I’m available to meet the writer once for conversation, or multiple times for a more extensive consultation. If you live in Seattle, we can speak in person; otherwise on the phone, or through Skype.

Feedback can be given in written form or in conversation. Either way should be guided by the writer’s specific concerns for the project, which may be helpfully provided in a list of questions to the editor.

Interests

My reading and writing interests range from high literary fiction to pulp sci-fi and horror, from nuts-and-bolts histories to cutting-edge philosophy. Writers I’ve mentored in the past have been similarly diverse—short story mavens, novelist aces, and scholar hedgehogs—and they typically find my bizarre reading recommendations spot-on. I tell my writing friends my ideal author would have the philosophical speculation of Borges and the emotional depth of Carver. Because of my training and voracious literary diet, I’m qualified to advise writers of literary fiction, genre fiction (sci-fi, horror, Western, romance), young adult fiction, graphic novels, memoir, and even academic monographs.