Brave Space Pledge
I am actively seeking out and excited about working with writers who are often excluded from the traditional publishing world, whether because of their identity, positionality, status, stories, or style. I am committed to supporting brave, challenging, and innovative work and encourage clients to tell me if anything I say or do impinges on that intention,
In the same spirit of accountability, writers who are unwilling to receive feedback about racism, sexism, or ableism in their work, may not be a good fit for Fool's Moon Books.
"Working with Amber is delightful, a partnership that means: trusting Amber's editing expertise completely; knowing she will return my material as quickly and efficiently as possible, and appreciating her professional approach. I feel very lucky to have her friendship and support throughout the whole process!"
- JUDY PATTERSON WENZEL
Update: Judy recently published her book, Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom
"...nothing could have prepared me for the absolute joy of working with Amber.
She talked me kindly and constructively through the entire process. In the weeks it took her to comb through my novel, she sent me email updates nearly every day, outlining her reactions to what she was reading. Remarkably constructive conversations followed. Even though we lived states away from each other, it always felt like I was just sitting down to a cup of coffee with a fellow literary addict. At the end of the whole process, Amber had read my novel through a total of three times. She left detailed notes in all of my margins and sent me a packet with nearly 20 pages of feedback, closely analyzing the strengths and weaknesses behind all of my characters, themes, and images.
Since working with Amber, I've begun querying agents and I am thrilled to announce that two highly reputable literary agents have requested to see my full manuscript and are reviewing my work. "
- NAOMI STEPHENS
Update: Naomi recently published her first novel!
The name Fool's Moon Books comes from an annual festival in the City of Ann Arbor, where I have spent the last ten years and most of my practice. Festifools happens each April and it is a celebration of community, creativity, and silliness. One specific event, FoolMoon, is an evening where community members fill the streets with luminaries. This celebration has always been an inspiration and a delight for me, a reminder of the humor and community of creativity.
As the editor of Fool's Moon Books, I offer new writers manuscript editing of three types: beta-reading, developmental editing, and line editing. All business can be done online, or we can meet in person if you're local to SE Michigan. In order to ensure that all writers have access to an editor, an invaluable tool of their craft, my prices are based on ensuring fair wages for my labor and reasonable expense for my clients. I provide scholarships to those who need financial support.
I start the editing process by learning what your goals are, what your writing means to you, and how we can meet those goals with meaning, bravery, and intention. I believe artists should not have to manipulate their craft based on what the market demands, unless that is their own goal. I will never tell a client they should change their stories based on what will sell. The publishing industry discriminates based on race, class, gender, and education, and one of the best ways to battle that discrimination is by crafting genuine, diverse, well-crafted stories and advocating fiercely to get them in print, not conforming to industry standards. I intend to advocate for every client to get to where they want to be, so I only take projects I believe in.
I also believe that artists of all mediums should be able to meet their basic needs and have time and energy to create. I work toward this larger mission by growing resources and connections, seeking out and supporting physical space in which artists can create and collaborate, expanding that space so that artists can share their work with their communities,. That means fighting for accessible housing, food, and social space for artists and their communities; art is valuable and we need a society that values artists as such. .
I have a Bachelor of Art's in Literature from Albion College and a Master's in Conflict Resolution from Wayne State University. I have been writing fiction my whole life and editing other people's work since 2006, doing freelance work for pay since 2010.
My favorite stories in print include The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison, Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, Dawn by Octavia Butler, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I am in love with Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples.
Beyond books, I am a community organizer, friend of all animals, and what I admire most in people is their capacity and willingness to imagine the world and worlds different than this one. I am terrible at phone calls, but appreciate text messages and e-mails of any quantity or frequency.
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