About Lucid Edit

Pat Dobie

I’m a professional editor, a writer and a writing teacher. I work with writers of literary and commercial fiction across genres (including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, romance and erotica, middle grade, & young adult). I also edit non-fiction (primarily self-help, how-to and memoir) as well as short stories, plays, and essay collections.

I’m author of the novella Pawn to Queen (Arsenal Press) and Fiction Editing: A Writer’s Roadmap (nonfiction). My novella What Really Happened took third place in the 2018 International 3-Day Novel Contest, and my historical novel Inventing Paris was a finalist for the 2015 Outstanding New Novel Award from the Historical Novel Society. I have an MFA in Writing from Oregon’s Pacific University and am a former June Dodge Fellow in fiction at Mineral School Residency. I’m an ally of the LGBQT+ community, I teach fiction at the Humanities 101 program to marginalized people from the Downtown East Side, and give workshops on editing and writing. My professional development in editing is ongoing via EFA courses and conferences. I am represented by the Wendy Schmalz Agency.

Your critique has really forced me to hone my understanding of story structure and to make sure I choose a protagonist in the future who is intimately involved with the story…I’m really glad I stuck with the POV characters I’ve had since the beginning and made them stronger instead of giving up on them and trying to re-draft the story from scratch again.

Amanda H, Writer (US)

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Here is a 2-page interview with me that will tell you a lot about my editing style: Interview with Pat at Lucid