Testimonials

Holly provides crucial encouragement, so necessary for the writer’s struggling confidence, with a delicacy and appreciation for your goals that helps you see them with new eyes. Her experience and sophistication as a reader make her an excellent source of input. Her suggestions are precise and intelligent, helping you clear away your mistakes and resolve other issues like tone, point of view, chronology, etc., so your manuscript can shine.
— Kristy Eldredge, writer and Humorist
Holly read the manuscript of my memoir and she was a delight to work with: Professional in meeting deadlines, insightful in her observations, and thoughtful about suggested changes. I would recommend her work without reservations.
— Edie Jarolim, author of "Am I Boring my Dog and 99 Other Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew," and "Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All" (forthcoming).
Holly not only manages to distill what I’m trying to say in the early stages, but also points me, with uncanny foresight, in the right direction every time. She is encouraging yet candid. It’s rare to meet someone who so easily grasps the big picture while combing out the finest details and catching all the clichés...I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without her guidance.
— --Pik-Shuen Fung, writer, artist, founding editor of Elastic Magazine: http://www.elastic-mag.com/
Holly has a keen eye for both the micro and macro, and this is critical for any good editor to have. I’ve referred any number of writers to her of all stripes, traditional, experimental, fiction, non-fiction, and will continue to do so. She is professional and trustworthy and a talented writer herself, so she knows what it’s like in this business from all angles.
— Robert Lopez, author of four books, including "Good People," "Part of the World" and "Kamby Bolongo Mean River".
Holly brought a level of precision to my writing and asked me to consider some very powerful writing principles. I have no doubt that her critique and attention to detail made my writing much better. Her experience stood out to me above hundreds of other copy editors who I could have collaborated with.
— Nicholas Sailer, filmmaker and author of "A Story Each Day."
Holly is a pleasure to work with and she’s a true professional. She has the ability to find the perfect word and has a gift for form and structure. She is very knowledgeable about various historic periods and has a special sensitivity for the author’s voice. I look forward to working with her on my next manuscript!
— Gabrielle Tito, author of "The Queen's Dance" and "The Girl from Bretagne".
Holly grasped my needs and not only corrected some mistakes of my book that were overlooked, but also gave me excellent suggestions that provided a better sense to what I intended to say. When feedback was needed, new versions of her suggestions or any modifications were made or sent very quickly. It was great a experience to work with someone so open-minded and responsive.
— Juan Pablo Bustamante, author of "Prince Charming Opens Doors" and "Livin' La Vida Boba".


 
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About Me

 

I'm the author of a short story collection, The Weather in Fritz Bemelmans Park (Equus Press, 2015). My fiction has been anthologized in The Return of Kral Majales (Litteraria Pragensia Press, 2010) and the Triples Series (Ravenna Press, 2013); and has appeared in many literary journals, including McSweeney's, Torpedo, The Brooklyn Rail, elimae, Diagram Journal (which awarded me its 2007 Innovative Fiction award), Vlak, and many others.

In 2009 I received a Fulbright Scholarship in creative writing (2010-2011) to research a novel set in Central Europe. I have taught writing at the college level since 2006, with fiction and nonfiction workshops at Brown University, Grub Street Boston, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), Pratt Institute, and, in Prague, the University of New York–Prague and Anglo-American University. In Fall 2016, I'll be teaching courses at Rollins College and Valencia College in Florida.

I've been a freelance copy editor and proofreader for over a decade, working with The American Association of Advertising Agencies, Verso, Scribner, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Cengage/Pearson, S4 Carlisle, and other publishers/organizations. I have worked with many individual clients on projects ranging from nonfiction books in all subjects, to novels, story collections, theses, dissertations, and numerous academic essays.

In my creative life, in addition to writing, I've been a visual artist my entire life and have had work exhibited at galleries in New York City, Boston, Prague, and Orlando.