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Danielle Higley

Danielle Higley - Editor

Renton, WA, United States

I am a full-time freelance editor with experience in editing children's literature and marketing materials.

Overview

While my passion lies in content editing, I am also a freelance proofreader and copy editor for both children's lit and marketing copy. I have three years of experience in editing marketing materials and two years of experience in editing YA and picture books. This diverse background has made me proficient in AP and Chicago .

My editing style is gentle but thorough. I give a lot of comments, and I ask a lot of questions. My goal is to collaborate, not to trample your creativity or voice. I prefer to edit using track changes because I don't want any surprises, and I'll typically explain my thought process on areas with larger edits. My clients have said that I make their writing stronger and more focused. I've also been complimented on my keen eye for detail and consitency.

I look forward to working with you.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes LGBTQ Romance Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Poynter News University Certificate in Copyediting
  • ACES Certificate in Editing
  • Bachelor's in English Literature from The College of Idaho
  • Certificate in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at UW

Work experience

Executive Editor

Self-employed
August, 2017 – Present (4 months)

My job is to help authors put the final spit and polish on their book, prior to self-publishing or submitting to a traditional publisher or agent. I provide everything from developmental editing services to proofreading.

Lead Editor

The Newsletter Pro
March, 2014 – November, 2016 (over 2 years)

I was The Newsletter Pro's lead editor, managing a team of five copy editors and proofreaders and completing edits for over 200 B2C and B2B clients. Our goal was to help every client (from dentists to funeral directors) create a high-quality monthly newsletter, postcard, and/or flier to facilitate optimum retention and referrals. In this position, I created the company's marketing style guide (still in use today) and developed systems for minimizing errors.

Children's Editorial Intern

Chronicle Books
May, 2013 – November, 2013 (6 months)

My job was to assist all of Chronicle's children's editors. My duties included writing flap copy for their award-winning picture books, doing market research for acquisitions, reading unsolicited manuscripts, writing the text for three finger-puppet board books, and creating mock-ups for games.

Editorial Intern

Charlesbridge Publishing
June, 2012 – September, 2012 (3 months)

I assisted all the editors in this internship for Charlesbridge Publishing. My main prerogatives were to sort through and read unsolicited manuscripts, write declines, and assist with researching historical facts and information for books in the revision process.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Secret of the Shadow Bandit (The Curious Cat Spy Club)

Linda Joy Singleton

Kelsey’s dad has a new job and that means a new house—on the same property as a castle! Kelsey, Becca, and Leo can’t wait to explore, but what they find might lead to their most intricate case yet. How are an abandoned tree house, a wad of cash, a missing heirloom, and a mysterious creature roaming the grounds all connected? The Curious Cat Spy Club is determined to find out!

Kelsey’s dad has a new job and that means a new house—on the same property as a castle! Kelsey, Becca, and Leo can’t wait to explore, but what they find might lead to their most intricate case yet. How are an abandoned tree house, a wad of cash, a missing heirloom, and a mysterious creature roaming the grounds all connected? The Curious Cat Spy Club is determined to find out!

Dog-Gone Danger (The Curious Cat Spy Club)

Linda Joy Singleton

When Kelsey and her friends find an abandoned pug puppy, it looks like another case for the Curious Cat Spy Club. But shortly thereafter, Kelsey’s mother goes missing—possibly in the line of duty as an Animal Control officer—and it's up to the CCSC to discover what happened. As they search for Kelsey's mom, they start to wonder if her disappearance is somehow linked to the puppy they found. Th... read more

When Kelsey and her friends find an abandoned pug puppy, it looks like another case for the Curious Cat Spy Club. But shortly thereafter, Kelsey’s mother goes missing—possibly in the line of duty as an Animal Control officer—and it's up to the CCSC to discover what happened. As they search for Kelsey's mom, they start to wonder if her disappearance is somehow linked to the puppy they found. Th... read more

Are You Still There

Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Gabriella Mallory, AP student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lockdown. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she doe... read more

Gabriella Mallory, AP student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lockdown. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she doe... read more

South of Sunshine

Dana Elmendorf

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance? In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only "yes, ma'am" when the loc... read more

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance? In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only "yes, ma'am" when the loc... read more

Newsletter Marketing: Insider Secrets to Using Newsletters to Increase Profits, Get More New Customers, and Keep Customers Longer than You Ever Thought Possible

Shaun Buck

This book is to your business what Tom Brady is to the Patriots - they might be fine without him, but when you add the magic of Brady's touch, it’s a blowout win every time. Likewise, businesses can run without newsletters, but the ones who use them on a consistent basis see amazing results. Better client retention, more leads and referrals, and crazy amounts of new clients are just some of th... read more

This book is to your business what Tom Brady is to the Patriots - they might be fine without him, but when you add the magic of Brady's touch, it’s a blowout win every time. Likewise, businesses can run without newsletters, but the ones who use them on a consistent basis see amazing results. Better client retention, more leads and referrals, and crazy amounts of new clients are just some of th... read more

No B.S. Guide to Maximum Referrals and Customer Retention: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Plan to Securing New Customers and Maximum Profits

Dan S. Kennedy, Shaun Buck

FACT: NOTHING IS COSTLIER OR MORE DIFFICULT THAN GETTING A NEW CUSTOMER.Business owners agree. The referred customer is far superior to the one brought in by ‘cold’ advertising. Yet most business owners will invest more money to find new customers than getting referrals from current, happy customers.Millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy and customer retention expert Shaun Buck dare youto stop chasi... read more

FACT: NOTHING IS COSTLIER OR MORE DIFFICULT THAN GETTING A NEW CUSTOMER.Business owners agree. The referred customer is far superior to the one brought in by ‘cold’ advertising. Yet most business owners will invest more money to find new customers than getting referrals from current, happy customers.Millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy and customer retention expert Shaun Buck dare youto stop chasi... read more

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