AnitamummHi, there! My name is Anita Mumm and I’m a freelance editor at Mumm’s the Word Editing & Critique Services, based in Colorado. Here on Word Café, I share tips to help aspiring and established authors navigate the changing world of publishing.

For a person with a lifelong book addiction, there’s no better line of work than this. It’s thrilling to see a writer go from early draft to polished and ready for publication, and an honor to be involved in that process. On a personal level, I fall for lyrical stories that punch me in the heart or make me question things I take for granted. I’m particularly interested in stories that reflect the diversity of our world and that give voice to characters that have been marginalized or under-represented in literature. Shout-out to We Need Diverse Books!

Previously, I worked in submissions and foreign rights at Nelson Literary Agency. My time  at NLA was invaluable and I’m honored to have worked for such a phenomenal agency and its authors. Now, being an editor allows me to combine my passion for great writing with my other loves: teaching, travel, and other cultures. My most recent trip was to the refugee camp called The Jungle in Calais, France, where I worked with a phenomenal organization called Care4Calais. (Want to help? Check out their website.)

I am currently accepting editing projects for 2017. For details about my services and rates, please visit my website at I handle full manuscripts, partial manuscripts, and query letters in the following genres: commercial fiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, sci fi, fantasy, thrillers, young adult, middle grade, and memoir. If you have general questions about writing craft or getting your work published, I’d love to answer them here on Word Café—just add them in a comment to one of my most recent posts.

Best wishes for your writing!

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  1. Hi Anita! I’ve been a follower of Kristin’s “Pub Rants” blog for a long time now, and I’m so glad you’ve started one too! I’ve already learned so much from just the few posts you’ve done. Thank you!

  2. Hi Anita,
    We met tonight at the Pikes Peak Mountain of Authors event (I was the one in the corner–lol). I never made it over to chat with you, but thank you so much for talking with me. I loved what you said on the panel about how an agent can help you grow as a writer.
    You’ve inspired me to want that type of relationship. 🙂
    Again thank you so much for coming out and sharing your tips and view on publishing. I hope we’ll met again in the future…oh and I did sign up to receive your blog!

    Shelly Wright (not the country singer)

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  6. wonderful that I received one of your posts (query letters) and know your insight into publishing will improve my blog. in the distant future the blog will become almost a diary of life going home to Italy.

    if you wont mind questions about this mysterious process of editing, I should like to send you one or two

  7. Anita! Congratulations on opening your own business and best of luck! I was just browsing along looking for content for a class I’m doing on query letters for our ANWA meeting (in the which I will also be teaching querying to a 12-18 year old group we mentor so I need to be on my A game)… anyway I was remembering the query bootcamp we did with you back in… 2012 and looking for stuff in NLA and saw there was…. no Anita…. so I went looking for you. You are awesome! Again, best of luck to you! — Jewel Leann Williams (she of the 2012 ANWA Conference in Mesa AZ, author of the middle grade fantasy that wasn’t ready to submit but with such hubris she submitted it anyway and is still revising, revising, revising)

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