Liz Monument - Editor
Liz Monument specialised in adult education and taught in the creative arts field for 22 years before becoming a full-time novelist and editor.
Liz writes all kinds of fiction, including SF, historical, and horror. She believes that the mechanics of fiction are identical whether you’re writing literary, genre, or hybrids, and that the same principles can be applied to improve a manuscript regardless of its subject matter or style. Liz’s debut novel was short-listed for Mslexia Magazine’s unpublished novel competition in 2013, becoming a talking book in 2014, and a paperback in 2015. Liz’s second novel ‘Iteration’, a composite SF story, was on the submissions list for the Arthur C Clarke Award, 2018. Her third novel, written for a PhD in Creative Writing, is a genre-bending fusion of dystopian, historical, SF and literary fiction.
WHY WE LOVE LIZ
Based in Australia, Liz comes personally recommended by Jericho Writers Founder Harry Bingham. She’s particularly brilliant for writers who want an Australian perspective on their work, plus those writing historical fiction and dystopian/science fiction.
WHAT LIZ SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I spent many long years as a struggling novelist, feeling the burn to write, but never being sure how well I was handling my material. Several of my early novels found themselves consigned to the fabled shoebox under the bed, having failed miserably. I finally enrolled on a creative writing course and realised that, with ongoing coaching, it is possible for the almost-there writer to achieve the next level. Even best-selling authors need an editor, so it goes without saying that aspiring writers need help too. Today, I apply the same principles I learned from my own mentors to help writers achieve their goals. Whether you want to self-publish, send your work to literary agents, or enter a story/opening chapter competition, I can help. I offer individually-tailored coaching and structural reports for any genre including mainstream fiction, historical, SF, literary, children’s, non-fiction, horror, dystopian, thrillers, crime, and erotica. I also edit non-fiction. I particularly enjoy genre fusions or stories which mess with form to produce unusual composites. Receiving criticism on your manuscript can be daunting (it’s your ‘baby’, after all!) but with somebody holding your hand and offering constructive editorial guidance, your work will become much stronger moving forwards. This is every writer’s goal.
What Liz works on
Genres Liz specialises in
Liz's published books
The Eternity Fund
When Jess Green is recruited by The Unit for her unusual abilities, she hopes she’s finally found safe haven. Unfortunately life in Department Thirteen (Crime Solutions) is anything but.
A sinister brotherhood are stealing human organs, and Jess and her uncooperative handler are put on the case. Their quest takes them into the lair of a rich philanthropist and his beautiful, brilliant daughter who together run The Eternity Fund, anti-aging as it’s never been known before.
Haunted by flashbacks and convinced that something within the organisation is dreadfully familiar, Jess finds herself recalling the shadows of her past, and wonders whether she will ever truly be free.
Behind the perpetual cornfields and fast-maturing livestock of the world’s most effective genetic engineering project, computerised efficiency has outstripped even the smartest human mind.
Famine, warfare, and the effects of natural disaster will soon be neutralised forever. But when unexpected events suggest that the supercomputer in charge is conducting its own secret experiments, only one person guesses exactly where this could lead. And it’s down to Dr Jennifer Munroe to convince her increasingly careless colleagues to listen to her fears.
Spanning two thousand years and told by three narrators, Iteration follows the consequences of computation on the world around us…and on the future of the human race.