Beth Barany

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France. Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother. Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.) Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites! From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors. On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads! Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

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  • http://Idon'thaveone. S. L. Fummerton

    I’m a novice novelist, and for me the toughest editing has involved SPAG, like typos (I can always see where fatigue and tremors were major factors), and when and when not to use hyphens, (like, a well-written novel and a novel well written).

    Believe me, this first outing has been a big education. The next time out, I will try to get the funds needed to get a really good content, continuity, and SPAG editor, even if it means selling a kidney to pay for it.

  • Beth Barany

    I too have a huge and horrible time with SPAG. (Love your name for all that stuff!) I also use the Chicago Manual of Style on things like hyphens, ’cause I’m geeky that way.

    The elements you need help with are often in the realm of different editors, and then perhaps you won’t have to sell a kidney to pay for some of the help you need.

  • CF Winn

    Wow! What a great routine to follow! My biggest problem is patience. I also put my work away to review later, but a year?? This will be a challenge for me. Thanks for the advice.

  • Beth Barany

    CF, Thanks for stopping by! ANd I hear you about the patience. When I run out of patience I get others to look at my manuscript. That often helps me re-ignite the focus. You’re welcome for the advice, and good luck!