Becky Hilliker

Becky Hilliker – Editor

I've edited 75+ titles in multiple genres, specializing in fiction and memoir. We'll get your manuscript ready to publish!

Overview

You need an editor—not a friend. Our loved ones may have a keen eye for catching typos, but they will usually hold something back when they’re reading your work and may not give you honest feedback. My only agenda is seeing your writing reach its full potential—without losing your unique voice and style. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, you want the reader to be so engrossed in your work that they lose track of time. You don’t want them to pause or have to reread something they found confusing.


Editing is much more nuanced than merely marking grammatical errors—although a forgotten comma can derail an entire paragraph. In addition to correcting errors and typos, I will point out inconsistencies within the narrative and plot and highlight language usage that might make the reader stumble or pause—reading speed bumps that might interrupt the eye.


I also work with authors on a developmental basis where we dive into all the essential elements that drive a great narrative—from plot and character development to structure and pacing.


Having published a novel with Harper Collins (Mariner) myself, I know what it's like to be in an author's shoes. I think of editing as a partnership. My job is to function as an advocate for both the reader and the author, and ensure that the writer's intentions are clearly conveyed.


I’ve had the joy of seeing my authors presenting at the SXSW Book Festival in Austin, receiving Kirkus Starred Reviews, becoming Amazon bestsellers, and winning scores of book awards.


Here are a few words from some of the authors I've worked with:


{*} "Becky had great ideas, was personally interested in the work, and pointed out candidly, effectively, and kindly where my writing lacked clarity. I can’t say enough how much I appreciated the personal touch."


{*} "Becky did an outstanding job on the editing front—she was smart, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. She did a great job on this and made the book a whole lot stronger and tighter in so many ways.”


Although I work with all genres and all authors, from established to emerging, you may notice from my book titles that I've worked with a lot of military authors. Although I myself did not serve, spending 25 years as a Navy spouse has given me an understanding of the military perspective.


I’ve worked on just about every genre, from self-help to memoir to business advice to historical fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, and am eager to tackle any project.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Work experience

Koehler Books

Apr, 2020 — Present

Developmental and copy editor for an independent publishing house working on both fiction and nonfiction. Primary duties include helping authors polish their manuscripts and get them ready for layout and final publication, ensuring correct grammar and adherence to the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE, as well as checking for continuity of voice, plot, character development, and overall attention to detail.

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Present

Providing full-spectrum editorial services for authors, both established and emerging, from developmental book coaching to line and copy editing and final proofreading and fact checking. Services include preparing the piece for submission to agents and publishers by bringing it into compliance with the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE and checking for grammatical or spelling errors, as well as clarity, consistency, and cadence. Ensuring the author’s voice and the spirit of the piece is respected is paramount.

Harper Collins

Nov, 2013 — Jun, 2016 (over 2 years)

Coauthor of SISTERS OF SHILOH (Mariner Books imprint). Hardcover publication, March 2015. Trade paperback publication, March 2016. Named a Winter 2015 Okra Pick by SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance). Longlisted for the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.

Portfolio

Not for God and Country

Murphy, William M

The Shadow of Banshee Hill

Meldrum, Fionn Mac

The Maine Consecration

Currence, Brandon

The Big Split

Ryback, David

Grays of Novart

Collie, J A

Every Other Weekend

Mohr, Anthony J

Lonely Dove

Singh, Sonee

The Hidden Game

Groves, Richard Donald

Regard for the Dead

Savage, Timothy M

A Tail Among Tales

Sheehan, Bill

Privateers

Saunders, Robert

Digital Life

Sievewright, Mark

Hell of Hosanna

Langton, Kip

Assassin's Revenge

Tooma, Samuel G

Impossible Dream

Buckley, Gail

Journey Between Two Worlds

Schuette, Karola M

Balloon Dog

Paisner, Daniel

Becky has 6 reviews

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Randy H.

Randy H.

Jul, 2023

Becky has been nothing short of Heaven-sent. When I contracted her, I didn't exactly understand what I needed to do in order to get my manuscript closer to a final, polished product. Becky helped me to see the big picture, and together we conceptualized a plan of attack that helped me not only to address the gaps in my book, but also to consider various structural alternatives. She was patient ...
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Bilikiss A.

Bilikiss A.

Jun, 2023

It was an absolute pleasure working with Becky. She totally exceeded my expectations and really helped me find my voice. I am very satisfied and I wholeheartedly recommend Becky. It was a wonderful experience!
Moses S.

Moses S.

Jun, 2023

Becky is an AUTHENTIC, experienced editor with a strong understanding of grammar, punctuation, and style. She inspired me with new ideas and points of view for my book. I look forward to working with her again in the future!
Rachel C.

Rachel C.

Apr, 2023

Working with Becky was a joy. She is thoughtful and communicative with a keen eye for editing. She strives to keep in my a writer’s voice and vision in her approach to revising. If I write another book, I will certainly work with Becky again.
Robert D.

Robert D.

Mar, 2023

Becky was wonderful to work with. Positive, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and was very helpful in suggesting areas of the story that deserved to be expanded upon.

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