Developmental Editing

If you’re like most writers, you can tell when there’s a problem with your manuscript. Sometimes you can’t put your finger on it, or you don’t know the best way to fix it. That’s where I come in.

As a developmental editor for over two decades, I’ve helped many clients step back and see the big picture. Did you stretch suspension of disbelief so far it snapped? Are your characters unlikable or—even worse—dull? Aren’t sure how to weave in backstory without the dreaded info dump? I’ll help you fix the fundamentals to ensure your readers keep turning the pages.

I’ve been a book doctor for a high-ranking, New York-based literary agency, as well as a ghostwriter with one of the premier full-service agencies in New York. I love helping writers surpass obstacles that once seemed overwhelming. Tell me your story and I’ll help you achieve your goals and realize your dreams.

I can always count on J.H. to help me out with one of my stories if I feel there is something off about it or I get stuck. She will give it to me straight, and that’s exactly what I want. Because, at the end of the day, I want to work on becoming an even better writer. And, after I have revised based on her suggestions and encouragement, sure enough I get picked up by a publication. Thanks, J.H.!

Theresa Braun

author of Fountain Dead and Dead Over Heels

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with J.H. on several different projects now, and she never fails to impress. The first project she edited for me was a series of novella pitches I prepared for a small press that I’d been wanting to work with for some time. Her strength and experience as an editor, along with her careful eye, helped me pique the interest of the press, and I’m now working with them on an outline.

Brendan V.


J.H. did an outstanding job. She struck a nice balance of advice and encouragement. I’m not immune to self-doubt, and it was reassuring to see the places that pulled a genuine emotional response or spiked interest and the lines she thought were strong.

Steve Perrie

editing client/new writer

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