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About Me

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Priya Talwar

A Delhi-NCR based professional book editor, writing coach and literary agent. 

About me

I have more than 13 years of experience working with writers, non writers, journalists and subject matter experts as well as businesses, developing quality long and short form content end to end. After working for more than a decade in print and digital media as a features journalist, I worked as a commissioning with one of India’s largest trade publishers and took a somewhat of a leap working as the Head of Content at a digital marketing agency. 

 

Working in leading print magazines with the best journalists has fundamentally shaped my style as an editor. As a features journalist, I have worked with reporters, thought leaders and non-writers, helping them get to the ‘juice’ of an idea. I have experience writing and developing content in diverse magazines, including First City, India’s only indie arts and culture magazine; Down to Earth, India’s only fortnightly on the politics of environment and agriculture, Men’s Health India among others. 

 

When I was working for Rupa Publications, I loved to commission original nonfiction from debut as well as established authors, apart from managing manuscripts from cradle to grave, helping authors with contract negotiation and developmental editing. This is where I could see a need, mainly that all types of authors needed help navigating expectations in the risk averse business of publishing and decided to start Editor's Atelier, a boutique editorial agency, where I help writers and nonwriters develop their ideas into credible stories. 


Whether you are a debutant or established writer or a successful professional with a story to share, I can help you in any or all of these roles:

  • Literary agent (if your work is professionally edited)

  • Writing coach (if you want help writing your best)

  • Publishing consultant (if you wish to learn how to navigate the industry smoothly)

  • Ghostwriter (if you can’t write or don’t wish to write but have a story to share)

  • Developmental editor (if you need help developing an idea at any stage into a credible story)
     

Professional Training

I have done multiple professional book editing courses, from basic to advanced, mainly in developmental editing. These are offered mainly by international indie book editors and institutes or organisations, including the largest and oldest national professional organisation of independent editorial service providers in the US, called the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). 1. Introduction to Developmental Editing: Book Length Fiction and Creative Non-fiction by the Author Editor Clinic This is one of the most comprehensive courses in developmental editing and the editor, ever so kind but always objective, makes you think about what’s really on the page and figure out how you can help the author best. By the way, Barbara Sjoholom’s book, An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors is a great entry point for anyone learning book editing. Author of several books, Barbara runs Seal Press for over 25 years. 2. Advanced Editorial Workshop in Substantive Editing by UC Berkeley Extension I pursued my interest in big picture work right after Barbara’s course. We worked on a manuscript that was pretty raw but had immense potential. It was about a woman who led the shaping of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park into the institution it is today. By the way, this manuscript is the reason I wish to visit San Francisco. 3. Advanced Fiction Editing by Editorial Freelancers Association Although I had learnt developmental editing and writing editorial letters fairly well, I just wanted to experience the thrill again! 🙂 By the way, Jennifer Lawler, the course instructor and book editor for more than 20 years is one of the best teachers out there. 4. Editing Memoir by Editorial Freelancers Association This was the first genre specific course I did and I pursued my interests in memoir with another course in 2022. The course teacher and editor, Christina Frey shows you how to identify the unique challenges involved in editing not just a story, but someone’s life. 5. Explorations: Editing Memoir by Club Ed Freelancers Memoir editing is not easy or glamorous, just like writing a story about your life, not merely about your life is the hardest job ever! This is a course by Club Director, Jennifer Lawler and one of the best courses I have done. Click here to learn how I helped several authors develop their ideas into credible memoirs. 6. Copyediting Fiction 101 by The Penn Institute This course is useful to editors as well as authors who are new to self editing. While there is no substitute for a professional book editor, new authors can gain from knowing common errors and how to avoid them. By the way, the Penn Institute is one of the largest independent organizations for Christian authors. 7. Line editing (intermediate) by EFA This is the third course I did from EFA and highly recommended, even if you are a writer. What I appreciate the most was how the instructor and editor, Christina Frey showed us how to listen to the words on the page and gain the author’s trust. WRITING COURSES 1. Weekend Writing Workshop by Aditi Rao This has to be the best writing workshops for Delhi-NCR based writers, especially if you want to improve your skills using constructive feedback in a group setting. 2. Personal Essays by Writer’s Digest University This is my absolute favourite genre, after memoirs and one I hope to write in, if I face my writerly fears. Yikes! 3. Writing Fearlessly by William Kenower I recommend this course to all writers at any stage. William will gain your trust and make you feel validated, irrespective of your identity and accomplishments. I will say this at my own risk: leave everything and read his blogs. 😀 My educational background - B A English (Hons), Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi Diploma -Journalism, Express Institute of Media Studies, ITO, New Delhi

My Work

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