Victoria Mixon

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A. Victoria Mixon is a professional writer and freelance independent editor who has worked in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for over thirty years. She can be reached through email and followed on Twitter.

Mixon co-authored the nonfiction Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators, published by Prentice Hall in 1996, for which she is listed in the Who’s Who of America. She has been published in the Northwest Review, the Berkeley Poetry Review, and The Cream City Review, won an award from the Byzantium Chapbook Poetry and Short Fiction Contest, and been a finalist in the Bellingham Review Chapbook Contest.

Mixon’s blog, A. Victoria Mixon, Editor, was named a Top 10 Blog for Writers 2011, a Top 20 Blog for Writers 2012 and one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers 2013. And she maintains Victoria’s Advice Column, a free resource for all writers. In 2012, she wrote the editorial advice column Ask Victoria opposite the agent advice column Ask Chuck by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest on the popular writer’s online newsletter Writer Unboxed.

Mixon edits both published and unpublished writers, including the award-winning authors Millicent Dillon, winner of five O. Henry Awards and a PEN/Faulkner nominee; Lucia Orth, author Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, critically-acclaimed by NPR, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews and nominated for national fiction awards; Sasha Troyan, author of Angels in the Morning and The Forgotten Island, both Booksense selections; Stu Wakefield, author of the #1 Kindle bestseller Body of Water; and Bhaichand Patel, author of the #5 Asian Age bestseller Lovers, Mothers, and Other Strangers. Her clients are represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, Dunham Literary Inc, Foundry Literary + Media, Harold Ober Associates, Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Mixon has been interviewed on video on the award-winning writers’ marketing blog The Creative Penn. She has guest-posted on the blogs of the leaders of the online writing community. And she has published as guest posts a number of chapter excerpts from her second book on writing, The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner’s Manual.

Mixon has been invited to teach fiction through Writer's Digest and the San Francisco Writers Conference.

Mixon’s first book on writing, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual, is one of the elite handful recommended by Preditors & Editors.

Her second book on writing, The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner’s Manual, has been praised on video by #1 Kindle Best Selling author Stu Wakefield.

Her third book on writing, The Art & Craft of Prose: 3rd Practitioner's Manual, is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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What do you read for pleasure?
Literary fiction and mysteries.

I was raised on literary fiction--the clear, beautiful language of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Antoine St. Exupery, Jane Austen, Mervyn Peake--and I'm still and forever enamored of the power of great prose techniques to make the page vanish and the fictional world rise up around the reader in three dimensions.

I was introduced to mysteries young through Agatha Christie, as they were the only books in the library of a small 1930s passenger ship on which my family crossed the Atlantic when I was twelve years old. I love the intellectual challenge of mysteries, the marvelous weaving of red herrings and clues, the ultimate surprise yet inevitability of how each story can end in only one way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't use an e-reader. I'm old-fashioned. I read mostly second-hand (often out-of-print) mysteries of the early twentieth century. I love the quality of the storytelling and the marvelous smell of old pages.
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Art & Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers
Price: Free! Words: 15,190. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015 by Victoria Mixon. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Mixon's most popular posts on her award-winning writing blog, A. Victoria Mixon, Editor are now available for the first time in her new book, Secret Advice for Writers.
Art & Craft of Writing Stories: Second Writer's Manual
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,660. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011 by Victoria Mixon. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This sequel to Mixon's popular The Art & Craft of Fiction explores in detail the complex crafts of character development and plot structure, illuminating exactly how the greats have done this work to such powerful effect and teaching how to apply their lessons to your own fiction. Mixon's voice is warm and entertaining, your personal welcome into the greater fellowship of all writers.
Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: First Writer's Manual
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011 by Victoria Mixon. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Based on Mixon's work as a successful independent fiction editor, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual brings together in one place everything you need to know about writing a novel, an in-depth exploration of the myriad aspects of creating fiction in a warm, entertaining voice that welcomes you into the greater fellowship of all writers.

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