Writer: Mary Mullen, Assistant Professor of English and faculty member in the Center for Irish Studies, Villanova University
Book manuscript: Novel Institutions: Realism, Anachronism, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
- wrote comments on each chapter draft with suggestions for big-picture structural and rhetorical changes as Mary revised her dissertation into a book manuscript;
- consulted with Mary about revision strategies for each chapter;
- helped Mary set and hold herself to deadlines for revising chapters so that she was able to meet her self-set deadline for revising the whole manuscript;
- edited some of the chapter drafts on the sentence level after Mary revised them.
“Working with Michelle made an immensely stressful process—finishing a draft of my first book manuscript—actually fun. Her careful reading of chapter drafts, smart insights about structure, quick responses to my own ideas for revision, and calm demeanor helped me better understand how to communicate my argument while also reminding me why I care about this argument. She is a brilliant editor who shows that writing is an inherently social act.”
— Mary Mullen