A Writer's Best Ally: A Great Editor
Liana Holmberg engages each editing project with a precise set of diagnostic and problem solving skills and a deep understanding of the writing process. She gives clear, actionable feedback that honors each author's goals and style, and she encourages writers to consistently deliver their best work.
For more than a decade, Liana has been a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing. She is known for the portability of her skills, and has worked in a wide variety of genres. Her clients include writers of literature and poetry, genre fiction, filmscripts, outdoor adventure, scholarly and scientific publications, and business and marketing communications. She has been described as having "x-ray vision" that sees straight into the work to reveal not only problems but missed opportunities. <Info about Rates and more at Editorial FAQ >
As an editor at Manoa, an award-winning literary journal, Liana worked with acclaimed international and domestic authors of fiction, poetry, and memoir, including Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner Chang-Rae Lee, Pay It Forward author Catherine Ryan Hyde, and dozens of new and established writers. Her work experience spans the publishing industry. She has served as art director at an online science journal, production editor at a university press, reporter at an alternative newsweekly, and volunteer reader at Zoetrope All-Story.
Liana holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and is a graduate of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She has received several awards for her fiction and poems, which appear in a variety of publications.
"Liana was fantastic to work with--from the beginning stage of WRITING THAT RISKS to its final edits, distribution, and promotion, she was always available to her authors and met all my needs. The book is a gorgeous product and I can't wait to see what Red Bridge Press puts out next!" - Christina Olson, editor Midwestern Gothic, Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University
"Liana was a fantastic editor to collaborate with. Her feedback was always respectful, attentive, and conscious of both her objectives and those of the author. She took great care in going through multiple drafts, and clarifying my questions, as well as pushing me to better articulate my own ideas. The best editors turn your hard work into your best work, and this was definitely the case in my experience with Liana." - Jordan Reynolds, poet
"Liana has also taught two classes for my online writing community: Delve Writing. Her classes were extraordinarily well delivered and well received." - Aaron Brown, Founder at Delve, Inc
"Liana assisted me in editing my novel, Wildmane. She was uncanny in her ability to see what I was trying to say, and then coming up with a richer, more effective and descriptive way to say it. Her grasp of the pacing, the plot and the characters in such a short time was amazing." - Todd Fahnestock, author
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