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Danielle Higley

Danielle HigleyEditor

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)
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Themes LGBTQ Romance Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Poynter News University Certificate in Copyediting
  • ACES Certificate in Editing
  • Bachelor's in English Literature from The College of Idaho

Work experience

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.

Freelance Editor

Danielle Higley is self-employed

March, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

It is only recently that I've started freelancing full time. Prior to this, my 9–5 position with The Newsletter Pro left me with little time for taking on big projects. In what spare time I did have, however, I worked on one picture book for Charlesbridge Publishing; two YA novels for Albert Whitman & Co.; two picture books for a local author; one YA novel in tandem with another editor; and two how-to marketing books written by the CEO of The Newsletter Pro. My edits have ranged from developmental to proofreading. Most of my freelance work today still consists of B2B and B2C content for entrepreneurs, including blogs, email campaigns, and newsletter content, though I'm actively working to take on more book projects.

From Albert Whitman & Co.: "I wanted to let you know that you did a lovely job on Are You Still There. You made some astute changes to clarify the text ... and your queries were spot on. Even our author—and our designer applying your edits—commended your sharp eyes! Overall, very nice work. Thank you."

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 (4 selected works)

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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