Matthew B SoudersMatthew B. Souders,

Matthew is a career atmospheric scientist, fiction writer, and all around doer of everything. His interests range from the scientific "heavens" (astronomy) to the metaphysical "heaven" (comparative religions and philosophy), and from statistical analysis to romantic science fiction. As a result, he's edited everything from his wife's PhD dissertation to professional white papers in computer science to full-length nonfiction and self-help texts to Fred Himebaugh's absurdly upside-down alternate history novel "The Devil's Dictum" to children's books and short stories of every flavor. He prefers a dialogue with authors, rather than the imperial approach, and he enjoys the entire process, from line editing to editing for flow, story structure and continuity. But most of all, he edits because it's a way to read exciting new fiction and get paid for the privilege!

Rogena MJones

Rogena Mitchell-Jones,

Rogena Mitchell-Jones lives in the South Jersey (United States) with her wife, Karen, and her extremely pampered pets. If she isn’t at home editing or reading, you might find her at the beach – book in hand. Her background consists of over 25 years in journalism before starting her own business in 2013 editing full-time for independent authors internationally.

Rogena Mitchell-Jones Manuscript Service offers concise literary editing, including technical, substantive, and mechanical editing. Rogena offers expertise line-by-line manuscript analysis while focusing on both Rules-Based Editing and Analysis-Based Editing. Issues corrected include spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, inconsistencies within the story, awkwardness, logic flaws, and sentences that may be confusing to the reader. While working with independent authors internationally, Rogena offers editing in UK, AU, British, and US English.

She prides herself by saying, “I am an editor, not an author. I am a reader, not a writer. I am a Copy Editor. I want to live within your story while polishing your manuscript for publication.”

For more information about Rogena, visit her website and her Facebook page.

EJ Runyon

E.J. Runyon,
Editor (Coach)

E.J. Runyon lives in the southwestern United States. Since 2002 she’s found herself moving on to smaller and smaller desert towns, while working to become the author and writing coach she planned to be.

First, she quit working in software and sold her home to finance her degree in Creative Writing and her Grad-work in Online Teaching and Learning. She’s never looked back since.

Now, her life revolves around her own writing and Bridge to Story – an online creativity coaching business that she runs– and you know, being a better person day to day.

E.J.’s passion is focused on writing fine prose and on getting folks writing; her aim is coaching them in writing well. She participates yearly in National Novel Writing Month – an event she’s been involved in since 2001. Several of the short stories in Claiming One are excerpts from her ten in-progress novels, written during various NaNoWriMo years.