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Photo collage of the October BAIPA Panel of Editors: David Kudler, Linda Jay Geldens, Arlene Miller, David Colin Carr, Virginia Jenny and Moderator, Ruth Schwartz

Be At the October 12 BAIPA Meeting to Go On “Adventures with Editors”!

By Linda Jay Geldens

Whether you are writing your first book or your fifth book, at the October 12 BAIPA meeting, “Adventures with Editors,” you will discover useful information about editing that you can apply to your specific project.

Photo collage of the October BAIPA Panel of Editors: David Kudler, Linda Jay Geldens, Arlene Miller, David Colin Carr, Virginia Jenny and Moderator, Ruth SchwartzJoin  our panel of editing and proofreading experts from the fields of developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading (reviewing final layout proofs).  The panel includes BAIPA members David Kudler, Linda Jay Geldens, Arlene Miller, David Colin Carr and Virginia Jenny; the moderator is Ruth Schwartz.

DAVID KUDLER is a writer, editor, and Bay Area native. He serves as publisher for Stillpoint Digital Press.  Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell’s previously unpublished work, and managed the publication of over fifty print, ebook, audio, and video titles. 

LINDA JAY GELDENS started her publishing career as an advertising copywriter in the Trade Book Department of Little, Brown Publishers in Boston in 1962.  Linda copyedits about 25 book manuscripts a year– business books, novels, memoirs, fantasies, spirituality; and writes promotional copy–back jackets for books, website text, blog posts, profiles.

ARLENE MILLER is a copyeditor, grammarian, author, and teacher. She has recently edited both fiction and nonfiction books, college application essays, and professional papers.  A journalism major, Arlene’s experience includes newspaper reporting and editing, and technical editing and writing.  She is the author of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! and Correct Me If I’m Wrong

Editor DAVID COLIN CARR has been freelancing fiction and nonfiction since 1988 with writers as farflung as China and Thailand, as well as doctoral candidates.  He is dedicated to projects that value, expand and connect our human hearts, and works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion with clarity and coherence. 

VIRGINIA JENNY started her editing and proofreading career with a word processing/admin assistant business.  She turned spoken word transcriptions into clear, written documents. Recently, she has copyedited and proofread fiction and non-fiction books, working in MSWord and on pdf layouts.

RUTH SCHWARTZ has worked in traditional publishing for seven years, in the self-publishing industry for five years, including managing the production on thirteen multi-author books. She has published two books under her own imprint, and is the proud “mid-wife” of a number of recent indie published books, helping several authors birth their books with ease.

Panel members will clarify the distinctions among different types of editing, as well as best practices when working with editors and proofers.  What basic skills do you need as an author and client to make the editing process as painless as possible?  You can also expect to learn what kind of editor you need to hire, and how to ascertain if someone is a good fit for your project. Be sure to come with all of your questions about editing, because we will devote a large chunk of time during the presentation to Q&A!

Pat Taylor — From Neurosurgeon to Fantasy Writer

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Spotlight on BAIPA Members – By Linda Jay Geldens

Pat Taylor is a retired neurosurgeon-turned-fantasy writer.

His latest book, The Martian Pendant, is an intriguing mix of Neanderthals, Martians who landed in Africa in a spaceship eons ago, a British archaeologist/Grace Kelly lookalike, and hair-raising flights and chases around the world by academic researchers attempting to escape villainous enemies.

Pat’s lifelong fascination with science, aircraft, flying, and space travel — fired by reading as a kid about Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and stories by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds) inspired Pat Taylor to “spin a yarn embodying most of my interests in a science-fiction thriller” — The Martian Pendant.

Pat is also working on another novel; this one is for teenagers and  involves astronomy, shamanism and the evolution of a Neolithic society.  His grandkids say their imaginations are already fired up to read this action-packed story when it’s finished.

In May 2013 Pat published Wings of Love and War, a historical/biographical novel based on the life of his older brother Phillip — “the golden boy of our large family, the son with so much promise” who was killed in Germany as a B17 Bombardier during World War II. This month, the novel was awarded a Pinnacle Achievement Award as the best work of fiction.

And, in a completely different book category…Pat is thinking of publishing a small book about a subject he knows well: port wine.  He has won so many awards for making zinfandel port wine at his Taylor Vineyard, located in the Dry Creek Valley northwest of Geyserville, many consider him an authority on the subject.

“Writing is now my principal hobby,” Pat says, a hobby that he has time to pursue, now that he’s only spending one day a week in the San Francisco neurosurgery practice he’s had for forty years.

Born in 1926 in Los Angeles, Pat and his five siblings grew up in the San Fernando Valley; “the Great Depression in 1932 took its toll on the family’s coffers, but my  Dad was an ace salesman for Metropolitan Life, and my Mom was an expert seamstress who made drapes and gowns to sell, so we kept a roof over our heads.” The summer before graduating from North Hollywood High, Pat worked as a riveter’s helper, building B-17 bombers.  “That earned me enough to buy my first car.”

Pat went into the USAAF pilot training program in 1944, and then served as a medic the following year in Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin.  He studied pre-med at USC on the G.I. Bill, and earned his M.D. at the University of Chicago, where he met his wife Eivor, then a grad student in psychology and an alumna of Northwestern and the Medill School of Journalism.  Pat returned to California, to the UCLA neurosurgical program, spent a year at London’s National Hospital, and taught neurosurgery at the University of Florida.

Pat and his wife Eivor have three grown children and six grandchildren, the oldest three still in college.  They have lived in Sausalito since 1961.  “I’ve written about 200 pages about my life, which I might make into a memoir.  And I have four unpublished short-short stories in the medical science-fiction genre.  There isn’t enough time in days of just 24 hours to write everything I want to write.  Maybe Martian days, though?”


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