The Evil Editor set up shop in 2006 and, largely thanks to plugs from Miss Snark, quickly gained sufficient followers and material to begin publishing a series of books -- collations of online contributions. He also sells mugs.
The site is based on a simple premise -- writers forward draft query letters to the Evil Editor and he runs his eyes over them, marking emendations, corrections, and often wickedly witty observations, in a different colour, and then presents a clean version.
These Face-Lifts, as they're called, also incorporate an element called Guess the Plot, where readers are given the title of a writer's text, a half-dozen tag lines, and asked to pair the tag with the title. All very amusing.
Then there are New Beginnings -- contributors are invited to supply the first 150 words of a work and allow site visitors (minions) to write a continuation.
The Evil Editor also invites writers to forward synopses of up to 400 words for analysis and surgery.
Then there's Book Chat, a monthly invitation to minions to chat about a book.
And there's Cartoon Caption, where minions supply captions to cartoons.
Back when I was really clueless I submitted a query letter to the Evil Editor and received a public make-over. He was very good. His assessment made me laugh. He did a really good job of untangling what was a right old minestrone. I tweaked his cleaned up version a little and used it -- didn't work though. But it was all good fun.
I used to hook up to this blog every day -- though now, it's probably just me, it all seems a little too pally and smug (too many in-jokes maybe?). Having said that, an occasional visit to the Evil Editor always prompts a smile.
If you have time to spare, a healthy sense of humour, and want join the fun and games go here.