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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Book Challenge

If you spend any time on Facebook, you’ve likely seen the Book Challenge. For seven days, participants are invited to post the image of a book they’ve loved — one each day without comment — and then challenge someone else to do the same. The premise behind the challenge is to promote literacy and build […]

When the Wheels of Justice Wobble

When a letter from the District Court appears in your mailbox, you pay attention. At least, I do. It was a jury summons. But not just any jury—a federal grand jury. Following the initial summons, I had to complete a questionnaire that included such questions as whether we had any guns in the home and […]

Not To Be Confused With – an expanded version

This week’s Not To Be Confused With… takes more bandwidth than usual. So, it’s a blog instead of a graphic. This confusable triplet may not be part of your everyday conversation, but it’s familiar enough—and confused often enough—to warrant a post. Not only are the meanings of these terms bewildering to some, but the spellings […]

You say Estate Sale, I say…

Better Half (BH) and I had ten minutes to kill before the store opened. We could spend it in the parking lot, waiting, or, on a lark follow the sign to the Estate Sale. “Not that we need anything,” we agreed. “Just looking.” I imagined a beautiful, stately home with high-quality furnishings. Because that’s what […]

My Recent Reads

Some time ago I was challenged to read outside of my comfort zone, to explore other genres and non-Western authors. One recommendation was The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I checked it out on the library app Libby. (By the way, I highly recommend this app. It’s such a convenient way to access […]