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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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Flag That

Today is Flag Day in the U.S. Betsy Ross is credited with creating our national emblem despite little historical evidence. But that hasn’t stopped us from setting aside a day to honor the Stars and Stripes—representing the shared ideals and values of disparate states. The use of flags to identify a country or family goes […]

Annoyed? or Aggravated?

If you live in one of the early caucus or primary states, I’d wager you’re growing irritated with the number and tenor of the political ads. If you’re a political junkie, maybe you’re just annoyed by them. If you’ve begun muting them, they’ve clearly become an aggravation. Regardless of your level of distaste with political […]

Great Expectations for 2016

The Thanksgiving Day announcement that we are to become grandparents has me facing this new year with a mix of eagerness and anxiety I’ve not experienced since my own first pregnancy. Merriam-Webster calls eager and anxious synonyms. Although they are often used interchangeably, their meanings are slightly different. Both convey a sense of desire, looking […]

Reviewing 2015 by the Book

I took the challenge this year—the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I really had no idea how many books I realistically could or would read in a year. Fearful of failing, I set the bar low. I estimated I could do a bit better than a book a month and set a goal of reading 15 books […]

Game of Throws

This error threw me for a bit. After all, I’ve never seen it on one of those “Top Ten Lists of Words Writers Confuse.” But something about this sentence felt off to me the first time I read it. When Casey came home after six months in treatment, the Bakers had to learn how to […]