about me

Everything you never knew about Holly Adams. Especially since you don't know me.

I am a recent graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Editing and Publishing. I love reading and editing. I have been working for BYU Continuing Education for the last two years editing their course material. I have loved being able to learn about new subjects and areas as I edit. As a result, I have gained a general knowledge of many things, from information on virology to a history of government in America. I am always looking to expand and deepen that knowledge. I also love fiction and fantasy books and I often get so lost in a story that I forget what it is I am actually supposed to be doing.

When I’m editing, I love to see how I can bring the author’s voice forward in a more clear and concise way. My goal is to help others see how brilliant an author is by offering suggestions. These suggestions range from developmental and substantive edits about characters and organization, to small copyedits about word choice and punctuation. I try to be an invisible hand in the writing process.

The first time I had an opportunity to really get into the publication process of a book, I was so excited. I had a chance to be part of a team that worked with Lois Brown to get her manuscript publication ready. My team worked through the development, substantive, and copyediting stages, and were also able to typeset, design, and print a copy of her book. That was the moment when I could really see myself as an editor. Holding the finished copy of a book that I had worked on for months made everything feel real. I couldn’t help but bring it out to show everyone that I made this book. I still get that high as I work with authors to help make their ideas and dreams into something sharable.

I love working as part of a team. I know that I’m not perfect and that my point of view is limited by my experiences. I value the points of view that team members give as we work through editing a manuscript together. They see things that I don’t, and it is great to combine our ideas to make a manuscript that best it can be.

I look forward to being part of a team that takes an author’s manuscript and improves upon it and makes it shine. If you are interested in making me a part of your team, email me at hollylynnegen@gmail.com.