The Seventh Draft is a podcast about writing, rewriting, and editing. Every two weeks a writer and an editor discuss everything about writing. Join us as we pull apart characterization, dialogue, killing darlings, M-dashes, tools of the trade, gerunds, word counting, style, and much, much more.


Editor, Juliet Ulman

juliet_ulmanI am a seasoned developmental editor, with over 16 years of experience. I began as an editorial assistant at Bantam Dell Publishing Group, and went on to work there for eleven years, acquiring and editing titles for Bantam Books and the Bantam Spectra imprint. I have subsequently worked as a freelance editor with such clients as HarperCollins Publishers, Random House, Inc., Sterling Publishing Group, Amazon Publishing, and Night Shade Books, among others. I have extensive experience editing science fiction, fantasy, literary fantasy, and speculative fiction. I have also edited biomedical thrillers, fantasy-romance, mysteries, and media tie-in projects.

Projects I have edited have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Mythopoeic Award, among others. Books I worked on have been named Best of the Year by Publishers WeeklyKirkus ReviewsThe Village Voice, Amazon.com, Powells.com, and SFSite.com, and honored as New York Times Notable Books. I have personally been short-listed for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor twice, and long-listed for the same award three times.

Visit her site at: http://www.papertyger.net


Writer: Jon Armstrong

jon_armstrong_photoI’ve been writing since the 11th grade.  In 2007 Grey, was published by Night Shade Books. I was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award Best New Author and it was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award. My second novel, Yarn was published in 2010. It was also short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award. Future novels are being written.

I hosted the If You’re Just Joining Us podcast for several years and spoke with such people as other novelists, TV writers, fashion designers, chefs, and even one man who built a toaster from scratch. Some of those episodes are archived at http://ifyourejustjoiningus.com.

Visit his site: http://www.jonarmstrong.com