fiction and creative nonfiction
I write weirdo fiction and overly honest memoir and personal essays. Writing appears in The Rumpus, Guernica, Joyland, Gargoyle, PANK, and elsewhere. It has also been noted by Best Sex Writing, The Best American Essays, Recognize: Bi Men’s Voices, and The Golden State, an Anthology of the Best Californian Writing.
developmental book editing
I edit for publishing houses and independent writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. I specialize in developmental and substantive editing. Clients include Rare Bird Lit, Jaded Ibis Press, and Stillhouse Press, and individual clients have gone on to publish with FSG, The MIT Press, Cornell University Press, Rare Bird Lit, and elsewhere.
Rates are between $75-$125 an hour, with a limited number of $50-an-hour slots available for clients who can demonstrate financial need. Project estimates are also available. For testimonials, please visit the bottom of this page.
I have specialized in copywriting, copyediting, community organizing, and development work for nonprofits and progressive political organizations for more than a decade.
My clients and employers have included Stanford Children’s Health, Antioch University Los Angeles, California Calls, the California Academy of Sciences, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, and the House of Representatives.
Specialities: web copy, brochures, case studies, donor correspondence, learning assessment development, constituent outreach, grant reports, classroom simulations, policy memos, white papers, and more.
I teach classes in a wide variety of creative and professional writing and editing both online and throughout the Los Angeles Area. I teach at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program, Antioch University Los Angeles, and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. I also appear in university or professional setting to discuss topics that include bisexuality, developmental editing, narrative and storytelling in teaching and activism, and more.
"From manuscript development to jacket-copy, Seth Fischer is an amazing and nurturing editor. Detail oriented, prompt, and wise: Fischer readily gets the gist of a narrative and communicates suggestions for revision via thorough in-line comments. His letters to our authors are intuitive and insightful. Conversations with Seth help guide our editors through the process of transforming manuscripts into excellent books. Stillhouse Press is proud to trust Seth’s wisdom and grammatical perfection!"
— Marcos Martinez, Editor-in-Chief at Stillhouse Press.
"Being a general trade publisher and publishing many different genres, we often find ourselves in situations where we’re bouncing back and forth between voices and audiences, and it’s can be challenging to navigate effectively. Seth Fischer is one of our go-to editorial masters, and he helps immensely with making sense out of what we’re continuing to accomplish."
—Tyson Cornell, Rare Bird Lit
"Seth has a scalpel-like intellect guided by the steadiest hand. He dissected with great care every part of the work and revealed exactly what it needed to be healed. He is meticulous with his process and the yield is that what gets produced, in the end, is much greater than the sum of its parts."
"I’ve now worked with Seth on two very different books, and can say, enthusiastically, that I have never had a more superb story editor analyze my prose. Seth is masterful at suggesting how to repair narratives in a manner that sharpens a rough manuscript into a captivating arc."
"Sometimes when we’re writers bobbing around in the world being overly sensitive romantics, our vision gets a little muddled between seeing the forest from the trees. This is a great time to call Seth Fischer."
— Melissa Chadburn, author of the forthcoming novel A Tiny Upward Shove, from FSG
"Without Seth Fischer, Saturnalia wouldn’t be the amazing book it is today. Thank you, Seth, for your advice, your patience, and your trust in me. You knew what I was trying to say and helped me say it. Thank you for helping me bring out my voice."
— Justin Chapman, author of Saturnalia
"Seth Fischer is a joy to work with. I wouldn’t have a book without his phenomenal editing. He has the crucial combination of extreme fastidiousness and a laid back attitude which is absolutely key in an editor."
—Antonia Crane, author of Spent