Victoria Mixon is a professional author and freelance independent editor who has worked in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for over thirty years.

Mixon’s blog, Victoria Mixon, Author & Editor, has been named a Top 10 Blog for Writers 2011, a Top 20 Blog for Writers 2012 and one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers 2013. In 2013, she wrote the editorial advice column Ask Victoria opposite the agent advice column Ask Chuck by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest on the popular writer’s newsletter Writer Unboxed. She has been quoted for her expertise in fiction in the Huffington Post and has taught for Writer’s Digest and the San Francisco Writers Conference.

Mixon is the author of four books in the Art & Craft of Writing series:

Fiction: First Writer’s Manual

Stories: Second Writer’s Manual

Secret Advice for Writers

Favorite Advice for Writers

In 1996, she co-authored the nonfiction Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators, published by Prentice Hall, for which she is listed in the Who’s Who of America. She has been published in the Northwest Review, the Berkeley Poetry Review and The Cream City Review, won an award from the Byzantium Chapbook Poetry and Short Fiction Contest and been a finalist in the Bellingham Review Chapbook Contest.

Mixon’s editing clients are represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, Dunham Literary Inc, Foundry Literary + Media, Harold Ober Associates, Irene Goodman Literary Agency and Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

She can be reached through email and Twitter.

She also has available a few elite items of swag.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Carol Kean says:

    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 says:

    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!


  3. David M Goodman Sr. says:

    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.

  4. Victoria says:

    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.

  5. Heather Todd says:

    Nice to meet you Victoria,you have wonderful website

    1. Victoria says:

      Thank you, Heather!

  6. oscar says:

    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

    1. Victoria says:

      I’ll send you email, oscar

  7. Suanne Schafer says:

    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.

    1. Victoria says:

      Suanne, feel free to email me here.

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