Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. Arthur Plotnik

You’ve spent months—years, perhaps—on your novel. And now you’re ready to share your magnum opus with the world. Or are you? An editor ensures that your readers hear the passion you bring to your work. And that’s where I come in.

I am that other set of eyes assuring that your written words convey exactly the emotion and meaning you intend. I make sure every t is crossed and every i dotted, but it’s not all about the grammar and punctuation. Does the narrative flow? Is it clear? Is the vocabulary appropriate for the target audience? The era? Are the characters realistic? Are there inconsistencies, gaps in the plot? For all these reasons and more, I urge you to invest the time in finding and hiring an editor who can make you and your work shine.

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My Recent Reads

For a few years I took the Goodreads Challenge. Participants set a goal for the number of books they think they’ll read in the next year and add them to their Read Shelf and add a brief review. This year, I made a conscious decision not to take the challenge. I didn’t need one more […]

National Handshake Day

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16). Now that’s a biblical injunction few Christians take seriously these days. Perhaps it’s something to ponder on National Handshake Day. The handshake, however, predates Paul’s admonition by several centuries. According to some sources, shaking hands originated with the Greeks in the fifth century BC. Tradition has […]

Shedding Light on More Confusables

I’m not going to kid you. Words and word usage can be confusing. Many words that originated in Latin come from the same root, but time and translation have changed their English meaning and usage. One such word family comes from the Latin ludere – meaning to play, mimic, mock or deceive. In English, we’re […]

Say What? Clearing up Confusion over Career and Careen

  It’s hard to turn off my editor brain. Whether I read for information or pleasure, typos, punctuation, and usage errors seem to jump off the page. I may share the humorous typo with my Better Half and then post it on Facebook, or shudder in disgust at the lack of grammar acuity in today’s […]

3 Things You’d Be Surprised to Learn about Your Editor

Last weekend I attended my second PENCON – Proofreaders and Editors Network Conference. Billed as the only such conference for editors in Christian publishing, the conference is an opportunity to network and hone our editing skills. By our own admission, many editors are introverts, so you may be surprised that we’re into networking. Despite my […]