Hello, writers! I know you want an editor who:

  • Totally gets your struggles as a writer (because I'm a writer, too!)
  • Takes the time to learn about you, your goals, and your vision before plunging into your novel or short story
  • Gives detailed, specific, and clear suggestions (because you need more than vague opinions and random “feedback” to shape a brilliant story)
  • Never responds to "why?" with "because that's how it is" (I can always explain the logic behind my suggestions, which means you get to learn through the process)
  • Isn't trying to "fix" your writing (it's not broken!), or make it into something it's not. You want an editor brings your story into alignment with your intentions, not someone who is trying to make your story theirs!
  • Goes the distance to make sure you feel taken care of — presents you with different options, gets on the phone to answer all your questions, responds promptly to your emails, and makes the editing process smooth and enjoyable
  • Truly believes in you and your writing — I can guarantee this because I only work with writers who have a vision I can honestly get on board with
  • Unlike other editors who offer everything under the sun, you want an editor who specializes in story development for fiction writers, and has years of experience working with writers just like you

Ready to talk about your story?

Bucket Siler, The Literary Architect
Bucket at the ocean

The official bio:

Bucket Siler is a published writer, zine enthusiast, and the founder of Santa Fe Zine Fest. Her most recent zine is Pigtail Girls, a dark, feminist fantasy illustrated by Lindsay Payton. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and has been a Vermont Studio Center fellow and the recipient of a Fulcrum Fund Award. Her work has appeared in Bracken, The Nervous Breakdown, and Storm Cellar, where she won second prize the 2017 Force Majeure Flash Contest. You can learn more about her work on her writer's website. When she's not writing or sleeping, she likes to wander around the desert, drink tea, give unusually long hugs to her friends, and make off-kilter jokes with a straight face. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has lived in New Mexico since 2006.

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What my clients are saying about me...

“The Literary Architect gave me a new direction when I hit a wall.”

The Literary Architect gave me a new direction and passion for my novel-in-progress when I felt I’d hit a wall....

Kim Gryphon, Author of Shadow Flare

2016-06-15T22:31:48+00:00

Kim Gryphon, Author of Shadow Flare

The Literary Architect gave me a new direction and passion for my novel-in-progress when I felt I’d hit a wall. Bucket immediately dove into the world of my story, closely examining my plot, characters, and theme, and brought a fresh, positive perspective to my work. Now I have a better focus for revision, and a deeper understanding of my own writing than ever before.

“Her feedback was absolutely spot-on.”

I’ve worked with Bucket on two occasions, and her feedback on my writing was absolutely spot-on. She provided me with...

Warren Read, Author of The Lyncher in Me.

2016-06-15T22:34:29+00:00

Warren Read, Author of The Lyncher in Me.

I’ve worked with Bucket on two occasions, and her feedback on my writing was absolutely spot-on. She provided me with a comprehensive evaluation of the piece, taking the time to articulate the strengths as well as the places where questions still lingered. My first piece was published in late 2014; the second is polished and ready to go.

“Raises your game every time.”

Bucket is a phenomenally gifted developmental editor. Her incisive eye is particularly helpful in illuminating gaps in your character development...

Ned Hayes, MA and MFA. Author of the bestselling novel The Eagle Tree.

2016-06-16T19:38:17+00:00

Ned Hayes, MA and MFA. Author of the bestselling novel The Eagle Tree.

Bucket is a phenomenally gifted developmental editor. Her incisive eye is particularly helpful in illuminating gaps in your character development and areas of improvement in your plot. She brings a deep knowledge of literary techniques and a rich toolbox of narrative strategies to her editorial task. Your manuscript will be immeasurably improved by your work with this editor. The Literary Architect raises your game every time.

“A copilot to my creative process.”

As a writer who frequently gives up on projects halfway through, I’ve been looking for someone like Bucket Siler for...

Galen Hutchison, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

2016-08-23T21:55:53+00:00

Galen Hutchison, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

As a writer who frequently gives up on projects halfway through, I’ve been looking for someone like Bucket Siler for a long time. I came to her with nothing more than a vague idea of the story I wanted to tell; with her help, I had a completed screenplay, ready for production, in a matter of months. She is an intelligent and skillful writer herself, and was able to act as a sort of copilot to my creative process. Anytime I found myself stuck, or lost in what I was writing, I was able to talk it out with her and move through it. With her help I was able untangle and understand the mess of ideas in my head, and turn them into what is likely the tightest and most nuanced screenplay I have ever written. I will definitely be working with her again on the next one.

“Bucket’s process is totally unique.”

Before hiring Bucket, I had stopped writing because I felt too overwhelmed with what wasn't working. As a passionate writer...

Devon Lang, writer

2016-10-10T18:48:21+00:00

Devon Lang, writer

Before hiring Bucket, I had stopped writing because I felt too overwhelmed with what wasn't working. As a passionate writer with very little literary training, I knew I needed some guidance but hated the idea of someone slashing through my unfinished manuscript and telling me why my unconventional story would never sell. Bucket immediately picked up on the problem areas I had sensed, and affirmed the strength of the juicy spots I liked best. Her process is totally unique, and her feedback is incredibly on-point and personalized. She returned my manuscript with a goldmine of observations about how I could tell the story I set out to tell, in a way that would connect with readers. I feel incredibly glad that I made the leap and entrusted this work to Bucket.

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