Hank Musolf

Hank Musolf - Editor

Mankato, MN, USA

I have experience editing children's nonfiction and fiction, indexing, fact checking manuscripts, and proofing at Capstone Press.

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Overview

Hello! I have worked as an editorial assistant for a children's book publisher. I have a BFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I like all sorts of genres, from slice of life to fantasy to suburban detective gambling and gatcha simulators (if you know what I'm referencing with that last one you're legally required to contact me with your writing).

I spend maybe way too much time analyzing stories in the lit theory way, like studying how pop culture stories use form and format and allusions and stuff. One of my favorite pieces I wrote in college was analyzing the Venture Bros. through the old lit theorists' work. I love using that sort of knowledge to make stories better, so if you so desire I can be that pillar in your story of old stuff that may be boring to look into but can definitely enhance your work.

I also do like regular writing work too. I like writing comedy a lot, and my stories end up being a melting pot of all the genres I like; fantasy, slice of life, romance, comedy. If you have something weird and silly but with a lot of heart I'm your editor/proofer And of course, even if your work doesn't quite sound like anything I've mentioned so far still give me a thought because there isn't enough time to mention all the stories and genres I like here! I mean, maybe there is but maybe I have other things going on?

I've done professional editing work on fiction and nonfiction projects (including a choose your own adventure series! Those are hard! But if you have a choose your own adventure book let me know!) I have primarily worked on children's nonfiction, but have edited children's fiction series as well. I work in Indesign for book layouts so I would be able to do an index as well if you so desire. I have professional experience fact checking, proofreading, and many more of the little steps that a book takes along the way to publication.

I would love to be a fun mentor/editor/assistant/Yoda to your Luke Skywalker/etc. for whatever project you're working on. I love hearing from passionate people trying to make their stories the best they can be. I can pass my industry know how onto you and help give your writing that professional polish, as well as a dash of some weird sparks of motivation from some idea I'll have reading your work.

Thank you so much for checking my page out!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing, Minnesota State University Mankato

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Capstone
September, 2017 – September, 2020 (about 3 years)

• Anglicizing text
• Fact checking
• Manuscript editing
• Metadata writing
• Indexing
• Backmatter formatting
• Invoice processing
• Proofreading (Book interiors, covers, website articles)
• Data management

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Hank has 4 reviews

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Megan Plotkowski
Hank was a pleasure to work with. He was responsive and very helpful. Most of all, his editing work was impeccable.

Megan Plotkowski, March 2021


E.O. Worth
Hank is professional, honest, fast, and efficient, he picked out small details I missed and made them much better. He seems to enjoy his work, which is great for me, since my eyes bug out looking for comma placement!!

E.O. Worth, February 2021


Holly Fish
Hank was awesome! Very friendly, easy to talk to, responded in a timely manor. He totally got me and my writing and offered incredible insights that I will carry into future projects. I would definitely work with him again.

Holly Fish, February 2021


Aaron Crowley
Hank was great to work with. He fact-checked my memoir by backing up each factual statement with three sources other than the one I cited. He returned my manuscript punctually. And when I have questions as I finish the edit, he is quick to respond and help. Thanks Hank!

Aaron Crowley, December 2020

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