Hillary isn’t only an author doing her own thing. She’s a participating, contributing member of a thriving writing community. That says it all. –Deanna M. Rasch- author, editor
Hillary recently edited an essay of mine about a difficult subject, and I was astounded by her thoroughness, her thoughtfulness, her professionalism, and her compassion. She was more than a champion for my work; she understood exactly what I wanted to do and had clear-eyed advice on how to do it. I would work with her again on another project without hesitation. -Cheryl Pappas- author, editor
If you need an editor or proofreader for a project, I can’t sing Hillary’s praises enough. She jumped in at the last minute, turned it around fast and is generally a wizard with words and all-around fabulous human. -Mary Harpin- author
EDITING. It may be the one thing a writer is scared of the most. A second set of eyes is key to editing a piece of writing and discovering what you may be overlooking.
Our words matter, and when we don’t know how to edit our work, our words can easily be forgotten or ignored. When we sweep away the unnecessary language and layers in our writing is when we discover the ghosts.
These are the words or language that jump out at us, give a reader the reaction as a writer we crave.
I understand how it feels to read a piece over and over until I become too familiar with the words and overlook a mistake. What’s worse is when you find the errors you meant to change after you’ve already submitted a piece for publication!
After staring too long at a piece of writing, our minds start to skip over and miss what has become familiar. It’s like looking at a car engine, you can find certain parts and mechanisms at first, but the more you stare, the more you fail to notice.
My editing philosophy stands on honesty as well as encouragement. It’s your baby. In the end, YOU decide what is cut and what stays.
JOURNAL/CONTEST RECOMMENDATIONS involves reading submission-ready, polished pieces, and recommending which journals would be the best fit for your writing.
Every journal has a different aesthetic. It can take hours to do your homework and find out which ones will be the best home for your writing. I’ll help you to narrow down which journals and/or contests to submit to based on your unique style and voice.
Are you frustrated over that one journal that keeps rejecting your writing? I can evaluate your piece and give my honest feedback if it’s a good fit or not, and if it is, what I can do to increase your chances of acceptance.
Additionally, I understand language is essential when writing, and I am aware of a writer’s voice, style, and dialect when editing a piece. A good editor helps the writing to be better, not different. A great editor will never disrupt a piece of writing from its original authenticity regarding race, creed, or sexual orientation.
Please email me with questions, a cost estimate, and to request a sample edit.
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