I am a creative writer and editor based in Nashville, TN. After working in three leading acquisitions and editorial departments, I am well-prepared to guide your manuscript to a shiny, compelling, and publishable state.
I am lucky to have collaborated on books by Ijeoma Oluo, Philip Ball, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. But don't be intimidated by the big names—I've also worked on stories by my friend and emerging writer, Ben, with equal enthusiasm (Ben says hi!).
Author of six short creative works and graduate of Emmanuel College's publishing program, I thrive working on imaginative and character-driven stories. Writing's hard. I'm going to be the little voice (and email and Zoom call and picture of a cat that kind of looks like Kurt Vonnegut) telling you to keep going. The feeling you get after receiving an acceptance letter? It's totally worth it.
So, let's talk about what you're working on!
Do you have a killer idea for a novel, but you're scared an attempt at structure will . . . well, kill it? Have you finished a draft of your short story collection but think it's lacking in consistent style or clean prose? Is your memoir starting to read like a clash between David Sedaris and Ernest Hemingway but NOT in a fun way?
Whatever stage you're in, I'm excited to work with you on making your story's vision a reality. I'd love to help with developmental editing, structural editing, line editing, copyediting, or proofreading. Don't know what your story needs? I'd love to help with that too.
So, you hired me! (Or not . . . It's fine . . . I'm not bitter or anything . . .) Now what?
Once we've established your goals and ideal timeline, I will outline the steps for your chosen editorial need. You will understand exactly what I'm responsible for assisting you with, and all of my suggestions will be highlighted for your approval.
Think of me as your book midwife: This is YOUR baby. I'm here to ensure a smooth and positive experience for you and your manuscript.
Happy writing! I hope to connect soon.
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"I worked with Haley B. on a short fiction project, and I was thrilled with her service. She worked within my timeline—and style—to provide a blend of developmental, in-line, and proofreading edits. With the more significant and impactful revisions, she gave me clear and concise reasons why a particular word or passage wasn't working, but she also pointed out sections that worked well. In fiction, an editor must understand the protagonist's world. Haley quickly absorbed the culture in which my protagonist was operating, and her developmental comments were sound and logical. After working with Haley, my story was better, but I also felt that I had improved as a writer!"
—Pearson O'Meara, Crime Fiction Writer
- Emerson College - Professional Copyediting
Works with authors to prepare MS Word and LaTeX manuscripts and artwork for editorial and production
Performs manuscript reviews and provides developmental feedback
Manages the peer review process for new projects and solicits endorsements for forthcoming books
Proofreads endorsements, book descriptions, author bios, and other cover copy
Leads project management with external art and production contributors
Prepares production estimates and publishing plans
Drafts title information sheets for internal sales and marketing use
Hachette Book Group
Read authors' book proposals and wrote reader reports analyzing content, author profile, and marketability
Conducted author and competition research using NPD BookScan sales figures
Completed metadata projects such as updating Amazon book descriptions and researching keywords
Drafted cover copy including book descriptions and author bios
Corresponded with authors and agents regarding publishing contracts
Edited full history and English textbooks for design, format, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Proofread first and second pass pages between production and compositor to make necessary edits using Adobe Acrobat Pro
Coded manuscript for design composition including headings, features, and artwork
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