Hi, my name is Meghan, and I am the editor (the only editor) behind MeghanH Editing.
I am an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction books, something I fully blame on my mother and father in equal amounts. The homes I grew up in could have rivaled our local libraries with the amount of books we had at our fingertips – bookshelves so full of books that they were stacked on top of each other and even in front of each other, tables with books on them, stacks of books on the floors, and even boxes of books waiting for a place to officially call home. For holidays and birthdays, we were always sure to get at least two books, and they were always the gifts I looked forward to the most. My mother was (and still is) a huge fan of mysteries, though her opinion of what makes a good mystery has changed quite a bit over the years, and my father was a lover of science fiction and fantasy. They both taught me to never judge a book by a cover, no matter how hard it is, and to give anything that sounds interesting a chance.
Finding the mistakes in things has always come easy to me. When I was in high school, I was a member of the entertainment page of my high school newspaper, and my fellow “journalists” would come to me when they were having problems with an article they were writing or to have me clean it up before they turned it in. As a part of my high school’s creating writing magazine, I often helped my classmates get their poems and short stories ready for publication. I even helped my mother, who went back to college at this time, with papers that she had to turn in for class, making sure that the paper looked the best it could, not just with punctuation and spelling, but pointing out things that she needed to reword, move, or remove altogether.
When I got to the local community college after graduation (my choice), my role did not change much, as there was always someone who noticed that I got higher grades than most on my papers and asked for a little help. I didn’t want to just fix things – I wanted them to learn how to write a better paper – and I had quite a few classmates who would meet me before my classes to ask me questions or have me take a look at the changes they had made. I was lucky that something I was truly passionate about was also something that I loved doing.
I have always been a huge fan of cookbooks, and a cookbook is actually the first adult book that I read. Cover to cover, like a novel, something I still do. In one of my culinary classes (I took lots of classes, always needing and wanting as much information and knowledge as I could attain), a professor of mine noticed me reading his latest, a book he was using as part of his curriculum. He commented on the fact that he had never seen someone read a cookbook like that before, and asked me if I would be interested in one he hadn’t published yet. That became my first book edit. He, at first, just wanted my opinion on it, but a couple of days later, when I turned in the notes I had written, he was intrigued. We sat down and talked after class for an hour, him picking my brain about other cookbooks I read and discussing my notes. We went on to “collaborate” on three more cookbooks, and I will never forget how much I learned from him.
I knew that editing was what I wanted to do, but life, as it often does, got in the way of my dreams. I took classes on the English language, literature, and creative writing; researched everything there was to find on writing, editing, publishing, etc (and still do); read book after book on the writing process; continued to read every book that reached out and grabbed me; and went on to continue editing whenever I was given the opportunity. Fiction and nonfiction books, in almost every genre.
In April of 2014, after editing hundreds of short stories, poems, and books, my mother suggested that I start doing it professionally. I realized then that it was time to start living my dream. And what a dream it has been!
I chose to open my own company, rather than to accept the offers I’d been sent by other companies interested in hiring me, because it gave me the opportunity for one-on-one contact with my clients, something that I feel is VERY important. Editing a book is a team effort, and the relationship between an author and their editor is a partnership. I want you and your book to succeed, and my goal with every book is to treat it as if it were my own child.
This year, I decided that it was time to make some changes to that dream – a new company name, a real website, and a renewed vigor for the job.
Please take the time to look through the website and, if you have any questions or have something you want to discuss, feel free to contact me. I am always available for conversation, trying my best to get back to people within 24 hours of receiving their email.