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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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Bringing My Faux Pas to Light

I don’t remember the erroneous sentence, but I well remember my embarrassment when it was pointed out to me that I had written illicit when I should have used elicit. To spare you a similar embarrassment, allow me to explain the difference between the two. Elicit is a transitive verb meaning to draw out or […]

Accepting the Exceptional

“My son,” wrote the proud mother, “was excepted…” Her Facebook post went on to share her joy that her child was chosen to participate in an event for children like her son who have lost a limb. No doubt, her son is exceptional. But the correct term to describe her son’s selection, is accepted.  Accept […]

Word of the Week – ruth

With no apologies to Stephen Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, I offer this week’s Word of the Week — a post that was written weeks before this strip appeared: I’m addicted to Words with Friends, the online Scrabble-like game. I say Scrabble–like, because the goal is the same: to create a crossword puzzle with […]

Is it too much to know which to-two-too to use?

As if two-word homophones aren’t confusing enough, today we tackle the to-too-two dilemma. Too much for you? Not if you keep a few definitions in mind. Easy one first: two – two is always a number. Use two when you are referring to a quantity that is greater than one and less than three. The […]

When a Nonprofit Closes its Doors

Though it has not gotten much coverage in the mainstream media, last week’s announcement that Exodus International would be closing its doors has generated considerable interest and discussion at least in the evangelical blogosphere. Without getting into the theological or political rational for this move, I see at least two take-aways from this decision for […]