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RIA # 176: Dr. Margy Thomas on Developmental Editing

Dr. Margy Thomas

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Margy Thomas, the founder of ScholarShape and the creator of the Build Your Story-Argument program. Margy founded ScholarShape in 2013 as an academic editing and writing consultation service, and through her years of helping hundreds of scholars develop their book and article manuscripts, she synthesized a unique framework for manuscript construction that is now the basis of the Build Your Story-Argument program where scholars hone their own Story-Argument models: flexible mental frameworks for navigating the process of writing and creating new knowledge in whatever forms and genres are relevant to the individual. The mission of the Build Your Story-Argument program is to put the benefits of developmental editing in scholars’ own hands, in an accessible and self-directed form. Margy lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her son and their several imaginary pets.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Developmental Editing [00:00-11:45]

In this first segment, Margy shares about her work as a developmental editor.

Segment 2: Building a Story-Argument [11:46-23:07]

In segment two, Margy describes the elements of creating a story-argument.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Bringing Powerful Scholarship into Being [23:08-34:37]

In segment three, Margy shares some of her broader philosophies of developmental editing and scholarly creation.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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