Herta B. Feely
My passion resides in the written word! I’ve been an editor and writer for the past 20 years, though I wrote my first short story around the time of the Cuban missile crisis (“Bombs Away!”) and received an A!
Back in 2007, after working as the executive editor for a literary agency, I established Chrysalis Editorial to focus on serving writers in a variety of capacities. My manuscript critiques have helped countless writers hone and revise their work into publishable shape. I’ve copy edited manuscripts and supported numerous clients as their writing coach. I recently worked as a developmental editor with Lee DiPietro, a world-class tri-athlete, on her memoir, Against the Wind, released by Skyhorse Publishing. I’ve also ghostwritten the memoirs of several other aspiring writers.
Seeing hard-working, talented authors receive their due gives me tremendous satisfaction.
In my time with Chrysalis Editorial I’ve enjoyed helping a wide variety of authors with their novels, short stories, essays and memoir. It’s always an interesting and gratifying process, and I often draw lessons and inspiration from our clients as well. My specialties are manuscript critiques, publishing advice, developmental editing, and query letter writing.
My critiques are sensitive to the fact that an author is taking a big step in putting his or her work out there for review. But I won’t coddle you. In my experience with Chrysalis I’ve found that writers appreciate an honest, constructive critique, and this helps them enjoy the process of revision. It’s a great pleasure seeing authors improve their skills, gain confidence in their writing, and achieve their goals.
I am a refugee from another career. Before pursuing a career in writing and editing, I was a professional archaeologist for 13 years. The way I use my writing and editing skills today extends back into my former life. As a field director and environmental consultant for a small firm in western Wyoming I edited hundreds of technical documents and reports. Although I mostly edit fiction now, I welcome the opportunity to work on non-fiction/technical pieces as well. My knowledge in that area is pretty solid.