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About Vonnie York & Creative Editing Services

qualifications

I've been a full-time writer and editor since January 2008. I started in technical editing and found my passion and niche in creative writing and editing. Here's a run-down of what I bring to the table:

  • Master’s in English Creative Writing, University of South Alabama

  • Master’s in Publishing, George Washington University (to be completed in 2019)

  • Bachelor’s in English Literature, University of South Alabama

  • Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) member

  • American Copy Editors Society (ACES) member

  • Mobile Writer’s Guild Member

  • Professor of creative writing, social media writing, short story, and creative nonfiction

Writing & marketing experience

  • Technical grant editor, University of South Alabama

  • Content marketing (writer at Vertical Measures, managing editor at The Storyteller Agency)

  • Freelance academic research journal article editor (ask for references)

  • Travel writing (Madden Media, Compass Media)

  • Section editor, The Vanguard news publication

  • Contributor, The Lagniappe publication

Additional training

  • Book mapping with Heidi Felder

  • Developmental editing with Jennifer Lawler

  • Copyediting fiction with Lourdes Venard

  • Sensitivity reading with Lourdes Venard


 why hire creative editing services?

I am not a faceless brand, and you are not a product. You are a writer with great ideas and goals. You have a story that needs to be told, and I recognize that. The yearning you feel to become a published author is palpable; however, there are internal and external factors that keep you from starting, finishing, or publishing your story (time, perspective, resources, industry know-how, confidence, etc.). I understand that, which is why I want to work with you.

I love getting my hands dirty, delving into a new story, discovering what makes it work, figuring out how to take it to the next level, and giving writers a clear road map for taking something beautiful and precious, their manuscript, and readying it for the world to read and to appreciate.


Disclaimer: While common sense dictates such, I feel it necessary to state that I, nor any editor, can guarantee that editorial services will land you an agent, get you in with a publisher, or will guarantee you meteoric success on the self-publishing market.

Of course, I can assure you that having your work professionally edited (and obviously, applying said edits to your work) will substantially improve your chances of achieving success.