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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A Year of Living with Nothing On…

the walls. Not to worry—my musings here do not rise to the level of A. J. Jacobs’ A Year of Living Biblically in which he literally attempts to follow all the Old Testament Jewish injunctions to godly living. Nor do they rival Rachel Held Evans’ equally radical effort to abide by scripture’s directives for women […]

All’s Fair in Love and Words

The headline was confusing to say the least. “No foul play in fair food prices” Huh? It’s not that foul and fair should never appear in a sentence together. Take this example: Everyone agreed calling the long ball foul was fair. Perhaps not the best sentence, but in this context most readers understand the intended […]

Earthy? or Euphemism? A Lighthearted Look at Some Fun(ny) Words

While it’s still summer, let’s take some time to explore some of the fun and funnier words in our English language. You know those words that just tickle your tongue and make you wonder, where in the world did that originate? OK, maybe I’m the only one who asks that, but here goes with a […]

When Settling Doesn’t Mean Settling for Second Best

So, yes, it's been some time since I've posted, but I'd like to think I have good reasons. At least I consider job changes and moves of more than a thousand miles legitimate reasons for throwing me off whatever routine I once had with this blog. It's been an unsettling period of time, which got […]

Jumping the Shark

I wasn’t familiar with the expression jumping the shark when it showed up on my Word-a Day calendar recently. That despite watching the TV show that spawned it, Happy Days. In an attempt to maintain audience interest in the fifth season of the popular show, one episode had Henry Winkler, the lovable Fonz, jumping over […]