Gill Donovan

Gill Donovan - Editor

Arlington Heights, IL, USA

I copy edit and offer developmental edits for romance novels, but enjoy working on YA and fantasy/science fiction whenever I can, too.

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Overview

As a writer and editor, I have a wealth of knowledge to draw on to help improve your writing, and my enthusiasm for the crafting of good and original stories is boundless. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson in my formative years. There I studied both fiction and poetry writing.

I’ve taught business writing, creative writing, journalism, and composition at the University of Arizona and I followed my studies with teaching English at a private school. I’m a meticulous editor who’s proficient in MLA Style, The Chicago Manual of Style, and AP Style, among many others, and I truly enjoy helping others reach their writing potential.

Following my years teaching, I've spent more than two decades writing and editing for a living, reporting, copy editing, and proofreading, both at a national newsweekly and in a large corporation. In addition to working with individual authors, I’ve worked on accounts for corporate clients, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, and New York Life.

When it comes to writing and editing and helping others take their creative projects all the way to completion, my enthusiasm and positive energy remain unwavering. I look forward with real pleasure to the opportunity to work with you!

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Editor, Proofreader and Writer

Self-employed
January, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

Life comes at us fast, so I specialize in fast-turnaround editing and proofreading through my website. I specialize in romance novels and love reading them most, but I've worked on a broad range of projects on the site: book manuscripts of all genres, including biography and other nonfiction; presentation decks; business reports; white papers; academic essays; dissertations; resumes; websites; and articles.

Technical Editor

Hallmark Cards
October, 2004 – December, 2019 (about 15 years)

At Hallmark Cards, I served as Technical Editor at HBC, the company's business-to-business subsidiary, writing, proofreading, and copy editing business, creative, and persuasive writing copy.

Reporter, Copy Editor and Proofreader

National Catholic Reporter
October, 1995 – May, 2003 (over 7 years)

At NCR, I wrote and edited news stories and proofread each issue of the newsweekly.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Misfit's Magic: A Halloween Adventure

Gracely, Fred, Gettman, Ethan, Donovan, Gill

Christmas at the Amish Market

Gray, Shelley Shepard

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