Helping fiction writers reach their craft and career goals.

Project plans, editing, education, and support for fiction writers.

Chicago-compliant mechanical, developmental, and line editing.

Exceptional English to Spanish and Spanish to English fiction translation.

About Us


Writing Coach

Tina Alberino (she/her) is a certified copyeditor and project manager with over a decade of publishing experience. To escape her five children, Tina serves as the Executive Editor of The Dread Machine under her fiction-focused pseudonym, Alin Walker.



Tim Burkhardt (he/him) is a certified copyeditor and a writer whose fiction work has appeared in Metastellar, Riddled with Arrows, The Horror Tree, and others. Because there's more to life than money, Tim serves as the Managing Editor of The Dread Machine.



Monica Louzon (she/her) is an editor and translator whose translations have appeared in Apex Magazine, Constelación Magazine, and the anthology, Triangulation: Energy. Even while on international adventures, Monica serves as the Acquiring Editor of The Dread Machine.

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Writer Resources

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How to Collaborate with Editors

A great editor can accelerate your growth as a writer if you’re open to collaboration and receptive to constructive critique. In this article, we’ll share five tips for collaborating with editors so you can maximize the value and education you receive from the production process.

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Schedule your free sample edits.

It can be scary to send your art to strangers wielding red pens! Fill in the form below to schedule a free 15-minute meet-and-greet with our team to discuss your project. If you feel comfortable proceeding, we’ll provide two pages of sample edits, on the house.