A. Victoria Mixon, Editor
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Writer's Digest presents an excerpt from my webinar, "Three Secrets of the Greats: Structure Your Story for Ultimate Reader Addiction."

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, interviews me about storytelling, writing, independent editing, and the difference between literary fiction and genre, with an impromptu exercise on her own Work-in-Progress.

Editing client Stu Wakefield, author of the Kindle #1 Best Seller Body of Water, talks about our work together on Memory of Water, the second novel of his Water trilogy.

12 Responses to “About”

  1. Victoria, I read your critique at the online workshop and thought, “This woman is too good to be one of us,” so I checked out your blog. You’re a real pro! I’m one of the not-yet-published. Your critique was startling good. I read the same chapter without being able to write with such insight and authority.

    I’ve improved a lot since I first joined in April, and I plan to be as accomplished as you are — one of these days. Thanks for a great website. Mystery is not my genre, but you’ve made me think I should try it sometime.

  2. gotheca said on

    Thank you, Carol! Yes, I do this for a living. It’s wonderful, fun work, and I get to meet a lot of very talented writers.

    I love the mystery genre. I’m on a mission right now to read everyone writing mysteries out there. . .I spend my whole life thinking up excuses to cruise the local thrift shop for old paperbacks.

    Please feel free to hang around the blog and join in the comments. They’re fun people!


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  4. David M Goodman Sr. said on

    Character’s thoughts? Italics, quotes, or depends on the publisher? I’m in revision of my first novel, and have read different views about craft. You are magnificent, and have an inspiring site. Thank you for all your time and dedication to the craft of the greatest profession in the world, being a writer.

  5. Thank you, David! You’re very kind.

    Common standard is italics for characters’ thoughts. Quotations marks are for speech. Still, some writers and publishers will play with conventions just for the sake of being. . .unconventional.

  6. Heather Todd said on

    Nice to meet you Victoria,you have wonderful website

  7. Dear Victoria.
    my name is oscar, I came across your contact when l was searching for an editing agent, who will help me to edit and publish my new book. kindly contact me by email for further information if your interested on the editing job.
    Thanks. oscar

  8. Victoria said on

    I’ll send you email, oscar

  9. Suanne Schafer said on

    Dear Ms. Mixon,

    I am a family practice doctor, who, upon reaching the burnt-out stage, decided to write to save my sanity. I have almost finished my first novel, am about 1/3 of the way through the second, and have finished a short story.

    I am considering self publishing, starting with the short story, to see how things go. Would you be interested in a developmental edit of the short story?

    It is titled SHIFTING HEAT, 9500 words. Just back from Africa, watched lions mating on the Serengeti, and decided a short story about shape shifters blurring the lines between animal and human sex would be cool. So it’s a rather hot little book.

  10. Suanne, feel free to email me here.

  11. Thank you, Heather!

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MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .

BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by PanMacmillan. Read more. . .

LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .

SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .

STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .

ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .

TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I am working with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .

GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .

SCOTT WILBANKS, represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, is the author of the debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, forthcoming from Sourcebooks in August, 2015. I'm working with Wilbanks on his sophomore novel, Easy Pickens, the story of the world’s only medically-diagnosed case of chronic naiveté. Read more. . .

LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel, The Shoebox, and her up-coming The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .

JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .

LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .

JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .

In addition, I work with dozens of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this literary art and craft.