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.
Emily Williamson is a writer’s editor. She takes the time to learn your goals, strengths and weaknesses. She knows how to frame a story and asks the kind of questions readers and other editors do. Her comments are insightful, focused and consistent. I highly recommend her services.
– Jerry Mikorenda, (author of The Last Freedom Rider and The Whaler’s Daughter)