ABOUT I.S. GUZMAN

My Goal is to Simply Be the Best Editor

I enjoy partnering with you to help achieve your goals.

Coming from a teaching background, I discovered my love of publishing during grad school. 

I have a Master of Science (M.S.) in Publishing through Portland State University, Oregon, USA. My wide range of editorial experience includes: trade fiction & non-fiction, educational materials and texts, and copyediting academic articles.

 

My design experience includes: magazine layout, book interior, book cover and logos, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, and conference materials. 

 

Photo Credit: Catherine Hodges Photography

My professional editorial experience began as an in-house position at Ooligan Press where I edited trade fiction and nonfiction of literary and local-interest, and Young Adult. I'm also an Associate Fiction Editor of Pangyrus. 

I'm an editor, because I enjoy helping others in their writing journey. The experiences abroad and travel gave me ample opportunities to meet people from all walks of life—which influenced me. When I recall all my experiences abroad and in my home country, USA, I see commonalities of the human experience and human condition. That makes me want to seek out and uncover truth through fiction. 

The Pen Life blog captures the universal commonality that I noticed about creatives. Those traits are innate curiosity, sense of adventure and exploration, thinking outside the box as active observers of life.

 

Life itself inspires. Penning it captures the joys, dips, and mysteries of the creative life. In the blog, you'll find: 

  • Publishing topics

  • Writing advice

  • Writer events 

  • Social commentary of topics, issues, ideas of interest

  • Travel adventures and third culture kid experiences

  • Character Sketch: Candid descriptions of all character sorts

  • Book, film, (and anything) reviews

  • Personal Epiphanies

  • And much more...

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