Hi, 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 http://www.anitamumm.com. 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!