Chloe C. Hawker
WRITER. BOOK WIZARD. LAWYER.
I write. I edit. I’m passionate about helping you make your work better.
I love telling stories, and I love helping you tell yours. Let me know what I can do to make your writing life shine.
Hi there, I’m Chloe
Plus, I’m a Harvard-trained lawyer, so I have an eye for detail and could probably beat you in an argument over the Oxford comma (yes, always).
I’m a current or past member of Highlands Ranch Fiction Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Northern Colorado Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. I received a minor in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and my novel Go received second place in Pikes Peak Writers’ Zebulon Novel Contest in 2015.
I have experience as a writer and as an editor, and I’m excited to use those skills for you!
As a writer, I focus on comedy and speculative fiction and am always looking for cool new projects.
As an editor, I love books of all shapes and sizes and can’t wait to help you shape and polish your story into the best book it can be. Check out the services I offer and let me know what you and your book are looking for!
I spent two years as part of the Harvard Law School Parody writers’ room and am an alumna of comedy-writing classes at Script Anatomy and the Sketch School. I received a creative writing minor from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2019. No, I will not give you legal advice, but I can teach you the correct usage of the word “alumna.”
I’ve been freelancing as a proofreader and line editor since 2008, and have been a developmental editor since 2014. I have experience with thrillers and science fiction, but fantasy was my first love, and I have a good handle on the conventions of most genres you can throw at me, including romance, suspense, mystery, young adult, middle grade, dystopian, and others. My developmental edits and manuscript assessments focus not only on plot and character, but also the intricacies of voice, world building, pacing, point of view, style, and more.
My novel Go won second place in its category in the Zebulon Contest by Pikes Peak Writers in 2015. I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and you can see my directory page here. I’ve also interned for several members of Congress, so I can help you with the realism of that political thriller you’ve secretly been working on. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a big fan of the Oxford comma.
Most importantly, I have a great eye for story, and I’m at my happiest helping you, the author, have that big plot or character breakthrough you’ve been waiting for.
MY EDITING SERVICES
Developmental editing is ideal for a completed manuscript. You need someone to dig in deep to improve your story. In a developmental edit, I’ll use Track Changes to keep notes and questions on the entire manuscript. I’ll focus on plot, structure, characterization, pacing, dialogue, style consistency, and continuity. In addition to my notes in your manuscript itself, I’ll write you an editorial letter of my high-level comments and suggestions. This is the best option for comprehensive feedback on your overall story.
DETAILED LINE EDITING
If you’re looking for help with the nuts and bolts of your writing, but not your story, a detailed line edit will get you there. In this option, I’ll pay attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice to clarify and tighten your writing. I won’t write an editorial letter, but I will use Track Changes to mark my edits throughout your manuscript.
Interested in feedback on your overall manuscript but not looking for the detail of a developmental edit? Here, I’ll read your full (or partial) manuscript and I’ll give you suggestions and comments. I’ll also list the strengths and weaknesses of your piece.