About your outside eye
I love the heart of editing: drawing out the essence of what you’re saying and helping you express it clearly and beautifully. I also love the side perk: learning about a new corner of the world by closely reading your work.
I’m Hannah de Keijzer (deh-KAI-zer…it’s easier than it looks), an independent editor and proofreader. I help nonfiction authors, academics, novelists, and artists like you bring their best writing into the world.
I was that weirdo high school student who owned and regularly referenced an etymological dictionary. As an adult I channel that nerdom by editing and proofreading. I’ve worked for individual authors and artists, publishing companies, arts organizations, and a city government initiative. I’m an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. And yes, that dictionary still lives right next to my desk.
I’m also a professional choreographer and dancer. I was co-artistic director of a collaborative dance company for a decade, which means I’m really good at catalyzing someone else’s creative vision and at being a good steward of a creative working relationship.
I know from long experience the skill, effort, time, and emotional labor required to bring a creative idea from possibility to reality. You start with nothing and turn it into something. That’s big!
But we all hit the vulnerable point of needing a rigorous, supportive outside eye to help us turn our something into the very best something it can be. I’d love to be that outside eye for you.
I want you to be really proud of what you put out into the world.