Skip to main content

Lyon, Elizabeth Redditt 1950–

Lyon, Elizabeth Redditt 1950–

PERSONAL: Born 1950, in Toledo, OH; married (twice; divorced twice); children: one daughter, one son. Education: Whittier College, B.A.; Azusa Pacific University, M.A.

ADDRESSES: Office—Editing International, 3355 N. Delta Hwy, Ste. 146, Eugene, OR 97408. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Educator, writer, and editor. Lyon's Literary Services, founder and operator, 1988–2002; Editing International, president, 2002–. Also teaches master classes in novel craft at Writer's Retreat Workshop, Erlanger, KY.


Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and an Advance before Writing Your Book, Blue Heron (Hillsboro, OR), 1995, revised and updated, Perigee Books (New York, NY), 2002.

The Sell-Your-Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing, and Breaking In, Blue Heron (Hillsboro, OR), 1997, revised and updated, Perigee Books (New York, NY), 2002.

A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction, Perigee Books (New York, NY), 2003.

A Writer's Guide to Fiction, Perigee Books (New York, NY), 2004.

National Directory of Editors and Writers: Freelance Editors, Copyeditors, Ghostwriters, and Technical Writers, and Proofreaders for Individuals, Businesses, Nonprofits, and Government Agencies, M. Evans (New York, NY), 2005.

Also author of self-published Mabel: The Story of One Midwife, distributed by Midwifery Today magazine. Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Writer and Writer's Digest, and to The Writer's Handbook, A Complete Guide to Novel Writing and Language Awareness, Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2004.

SIDELIGHTS: Elizabeth Redditt Lyon has developed a career as a writing coach and editor, and has written several books aimed at helping writers to both improve their writing and market their books and articles. On her Home Page, Lyon noted, "All writers work on craft forever. My goal since I became a writing teacher, author, and editor has been to find and share the good advice out of the flood of not-so-good advice."

In A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction Lyon covers everything from getting started and troubleshooting to marketing and expanding horizons. The author also explores the writing of various genres of nonfiction, including memoirs, travel writing, and technical writing. The book includes "maps," or specific guidelines, that are designed to help the writer get organized, focus on an audience, and conduct research. Janice Bees, writing in Kliatt, felt that while the book's weakness coms from a lack of writing examples from other writers, it "is strong when it comes to describing how to structure, organize, and research your nonfiction piece, and how to tailor and market your piece to a target audience." In a review in Library Journal, Herbert E. Shapiro felt that Lyon writes primarily for "readers interested in the practicalities of publishing and marketing their work."

Lyon is also the author of A Writer's Guide to Fiction. Writer contributor Steve Weinberg noted that, in this book, she focuses specifically on the craft of writing, including such elements as characterization and "mapping the plot line, composing effective settings, descriptions and imagery, [and] finding the appropriate ending."



Kliatt, May, 2003, Janice Bees, review of A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction, p. 29.

Library Journal, May 15, 2003, Herbert E. Shapiro, review of A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction, p. 98.

Writer, November, 2004, Steve Weinberg, review of A Writer's Guide to Fiction, p. 48.

ONLINE, (June 3, 2005), Jenna Glatzer, interview with Lyon.

Elizabeth Lyon Home Page, (June 3, 2005)., (June 3, 2005), Dana Mitchells, interview with Lyon.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Lyon, Elizabeth Redditt 1950–." Contemporary Authors. . 18 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Lyon, Elizabeth Redditt 1950–." Contemporary Authors. . (April 18, 2019).

"Lyon, Elizabeth Redditt 1950–." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved April 18, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.