Meet the Editor: Kelly Hartigan
I have always been an avid reader, reading multiple genres. From my love of reading, I discovered the joy of writing, and in turn, a penchant for grammar. In almost every job held, I was the person requested to write and edit documents from letters to articles to website content. I have always had a desire to be a more integral part of the literary world. Through the Internet, I met some wonderful authors, helped some out, and was set on a new career path of freelance editing.
I have an ever-growing educational background. I received an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Web Technology (with an emphasis on technical writing) in 2005 from Flathead Valley Community College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Theta Kappa). In 2008, I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology with a major in business communications and minor in project management from Kaplan University (Summa Cum Laude, Alpha Beta Kappa). During 2008 – 2010, I received several certificates in counseling and psychology from Liberty University.
In addition to my degrees and certificates, I have accumulated several college credits in courses such as Critical Thinking, Business Writing, Marketing, Interpersonal Relations, and Research, which will be applied to a Master’s degree. I continue to seek opportunities to enhance my knowledge and skills through a variety of educational opportunities, including attending relevant seminars, workshops, and conferences.
I have more than fifteen years of cross-functional communications experience working with, and for, businesses of all sizes. My professional background is comprised of a varied field of occupations including legal assistant, content creation and management, website design, several administrative/management positions, and website editor for a non-profit organization.
My freelance editing career draws from the unique set of skills and experiences I have acquired from my diverse work and educational history. I am a team player, self-proclaimed workaholic, easy to work with, able to meet deadlines, and meticulous about details.
My primary goal as a freelance editor is to assist all authors in enhancing and polishing their writing to ensure they have a manuscript that is well-written, engaging, and enjoyable for their readers. I have a soft spot for Indie authors, and keep my rates affordable as I feel it is unfair for someone who has written an amazing story to be judged solely on editing errors.
My secondary goal as a freelance editor is to ensure my clients feel good about the experience and understand the suggested changes. To this end, I provide detailed explanations about changes as I feel this helps my clients to not only understand why, but also acts as tool to help them grow as a writer.