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What are your areas of focus, and why did you select them?
I edit a variety of clean fiction, with a specialization in middle grade and YA. These are my favorite genres to edit because I write contemporary middle grade. I offer developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
On a typical workday, I start early in the morning with my own creative projects, spend the bulk of the morning on editing projects for clients, and use the afternoon to continue edits or to do other coaching or author assistant tasks as needed.
How do you manage your time?
My Google Calendar is my go-to for schedule and time management!
What is your favorite thing about being an editor?
I love partnering with authors to make their stories shine and helping authors discover new ways to use language or to develop plot or character.
What is your biggest challenge in being an editor, and how do you work through this?
My biggest challenge is knowing how to present feedback that, as a writer myself, I know might be challenging for an author to hear. However, I always try to provide resources and support so authors don’t feel alone or discouraged by the process!
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting their career as an editor?
Start by becoming an active member of a writing critique group—or several groups! This is a great way to learn how to provide valuable feedback.
What are you currently working on?
Last month, I launched a course for writers called The Essentials of Fiction Revision: How to Self-Edit Your Story without Cutting Corners. I wanted to provide a resource for writers who want to learn to revise their stories well but aren’t quite ready for a professional edit, so I’m excited to have that available!
Where can people find you online or on social media?
My editing services are listed at beccawierwille.com/editing-services, and my new revision course is available at beccawierwille.com/fiction-revision-course. You can also find me on Instagram and other social media sites @beccawierwille.
An editor, writing coach, and storyteller, Becca Wierwille loves to surround herself with words. She finds joy in helping authors bring their words to life, and she also writes her own stories to show kids they are wonderfully created for the unique adventures in their lives. Her short stories for children and devotions have been featured in numerous magazines and other publications, and she is a member of the Christian PEN, ACFW, and SCBWI. Despite her dreams of sandy beaches and mountain peaks, she loves living in Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog. You can visit her online at beccawierwille.com or follow her on social media @beccawierwille. Sign up for her email newsletter to receive free resources and monthly encouragement.
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