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 writers receive their due gives me tremendous satisfaction.
I have worked with a number of editors during the last decade, but Herta has been the most versatile and talented of them all. Many big name editors I have worked with, who once worked as publishers, were great, but usually only at one or two things (plot or character, setting the scene or dialogue, etc.). Herta does it all, whatever you need, whatever your book needs, she can figure it out and help you on your way. I can’t say enough about her, though I fear she will become so popular it will become harder to schedule my work with her!
-Rangeley Wallace(novel, No Defense, St Martin’s Press)
Herta, you can tell the world that I love working with you. I’m not an accomplished writer, so your patience with me and your wonderful insights really help and motivate me. You, in short, make the process thoroughly enjoyable.
-Malcolm Lassman (memoir in progress)
After making the decision to write a memoir about my time living and working in Tanzania, I met Herta at a writing conference where I showed her an early draft of my book proposal. She took the time to briefly look at it, and I recognized immediately her sharp eye for details, her good instincts for what works and what doesn’t, and her capacity to be a trusted advisor and mentor to me in completing my book. I soon discovered that accidentally taking a seat next to Herta at a conference would be to my great fortune. She would become all this to me and more. Over the course of the last several years, I have worked with Herta mostly via email and Skype, as we live in different cities. Her editing skills are exceptional, and she has a good sense of when and how to push me in order to evoke my best work. My book is better and my writing is stronger because of her coaching. In short, I couldn’t have completed my manuscript without her. Herta remains my champion—something every writer needs.
--Julie Cutler, author, Among the Maasai