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I'm Blissom.

Your Virtual Developmental Editor & Writing Coach

 

What I believe about the editing process

  • As an editor, I work as a conduit between the writer and the reader. I’ll remind you as you write, you’re in constant conversation with your ideal reader.

  • Humans absorb stories like sponges. Mastering the art of storytelling is one of the most important skills you can acquire in a lifetime.

  • Developmental editing isn’t just about red-marking manuscripts. It’s about coaching you to make the best choices on the page.

  • You can (and should) learn how to self-edit your writing before working with an editor. The self-editing process is the real writing process.

  • Writing is only the beginning…

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How’s The Naked Page different?

Most writing websites answer the whys and whats of writing. But these sites don't go beyond the basics. They don't answer the hows of the writing process. The Naked Page teaches the craft of storytelling, specifically self-editing, so you can learn how to develop a writing process… Read more

What is editing, anyway?

My tools aren't designed to fix spelling and grammatical errors, they're here to help you become your own developmental editor. To get comfortable making choices about what you'll put in your stories and what you'll leave out. And why… Read more

Why do I need to learn self-editing?

The publishing industry has changed drastically over the last few decades. Thanks to the internet, writers have more opportunities than ever to break into niche markets. But without agents and publishers, you’re on your own when it comes to capturing the attention of readers. … Read more

 
 

My Featured Articles

 
I feel more naked writing than I ever did performing burlesque
— Blissom Booblé
 

Blissom Booblé, Titan of Words, Fakes Death at 41

After a stint as a burlesque emcee and (sometimes) nude model in Phoenix, Arizona, Blissom Booblé returned to the Deep South and was told she’d never find work. There, on Georgia’s and South Carolina’s conservative coast, she mentored LGBT homeless youth, advocated for Southern HIV reform, and wrote a sermon entitled Be More Naked that she gave to a local Unitarian Universalist congregation before cashing in her chips to be a writer.

It’s been confirmed by her husband and several close friends that Ms. Booblé has murdered all of her previous incarnations including administrative assistant, high school English teacher, burlesque performer, social activist, and flight attendant.

Surviving as a developmental editor and writing coach, she remains naked.

Ms. Booblé relentlessly followed words throughout her academic, theatre, teaching, and traveling careers. During her time at university, she was encouraged by her professors to pursue writing after crafting thoughtful and nuanced play reviews. Yet, she completed the Acting Track in Theatre & Performance Studies with a minor in Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in 2003.

Upon graduation, she left her husband of only four months and followed a friend to Phoenix, Arizona where she worked as an administrative assistant for several engineering firms. Despite being pushed to write for the marketing departments, Ms. Booblé obtained another degree in Secondary English Education in 2006. She taught English, ESL, drama, reading, speech and debate, and constructed an original writing curriculum for students unable to pass the state graduation test.

After only four years of teaching, she married her second husband—a Scotsman and computer science whiz— and quit her job to attend to a major health meltdown. Medical malpractice from a routine lithotripsy left her with an autoimmune disorder and chronic pain. She challenged her diagnosis by changing to a more active lifestyle which included pole dance lessons and a burlesque class taught by Pyrrha Sutra, the Queen of the Blazing Bustier.

Within a year, Ms. Booblé recovered her health and was emceeing and writing shows for Sutra’s company Scandalesque. She produced Phoenix’s first burlesque festival, The Burlesque Weekend featuring Catherine D’lish. Her then husband assisted her with designing 3-dimensional, asymmetrical LED pasties which were featured in her solo acts when she took over as primary emcee for Scandalesque.

Divorcing her second husband, Ms. Booblé relocated to Savannah, Georgia in 2011. Here, she provided editing and social media for Rosemary Daniell, author of The Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (And Sisterhood) Change Women's Lives. And learned the meticulous art of revising poetry with Olivia Stiffler, author of Otherwise, We Are Safe.

Despite returning to the more conservative South, she continued to challenge the status quo. On the banks of Bluffton, South Carolina, she taught as a sexuality educator under Unitarian Universalist’s Our Whole Lives Program and was elected to co-chair The Ryan White Coastal Care Consortium, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering people of the coastal South about HIV. This social advocacy informed her beginnings as a travel writer and she published her first article about Savannah on Matador Network.

Sustained by stories, but struggling to find a foothold in the marshy South due to the nation’s economic downturn, Ms. Booblé returned to Phoenix in 2014. She applied to be a flight attendant to continue her travel writing. Graduating from the first flight attendant training class of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines, she started a 50 state writing challenge. On the first class jump seat of many red-eye flights, she completed a memoir, a play, and published articles for Matador Network, Pink Pangea, Sonderers, Nowhere Magazine, and a piece in the St. Martin's Press book 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die

She met her third husband-to-be at Phoenix’s first literary salon. The two acted as submissions editors for Four Chambers Press, a local literary magazine, while she was still flying. But a miscarriage and then successful pregnancy at age 40 led Ms. Booblé to quit the airlines after the flight crew were issued toxic uniforms. Drawing upon her social activism, she advocated against the airlines’ policies and appeared in photo journalism spreads—pregnant and wearing a gas mask—to alert the public to the health hazards flight attendants face.

Now a mom and entrepreneur, Ms. Booblé created The Naked Page and co-founded The Narrative Nest, a critique group for moms who write. At the Naked Page, she guides writers towards strengthening their literary voices and transforming their stories. Her goal as a developmental editor and writing coach is for authors to master strong, publishable writing by learning the self-editing process. 

She writes authors’ bios, erotica, and standup comedy in her spare time.

She isn’t dead, yet. But when she kicks the bucket, Ms. Booblé will survive through her words.