…things like trees and nature and children, especially toddlers—they always say what they really think. Sometimes to a fault. I believe in kindness, too. Toddlers tell the truth, but it usually comes with a kiss. But, most of all I believe in honesty and integrity. If you’re looking for an editor who gives it to you straight, even if that means sometimes you have to take a part of something back to its roots, then maybe you’ve come to the right place. I’m not going to tell you it’s ready if it’s not. I work from large scale issues to small ones, though, so I won’t give you more than I think you can handle at a time. My developmental edits often focus on character development, plot flow, and good use of dialogue. But, I’m known for my attention to proper use of dialogue tags that keep the story moving, use of imagery, and metaphorical language. You’d be surprised how much these things can improve a work, once the basic groundwork exists.
Amy McElroy is a writer, freelance editor, writing coach, and yoga instructor. Previously, she coached writers in the Writing Center and in the classroom at Gavilan College. In another lifetime, she also worked as an attorney.
Amy received a B.A. with honors in English from Hollins College (now Hollins University) in 1992. She graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1996 and served on the editorial staff of the SMU Law Review.
During her family law practice at Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel and Robertson in Dallas, Amy co-authored numerous continuing education materials for the State Bar of Texas.
After her early retirement from family law, Amy returned to her writing roots. She has published numerous personal essays and articles in various publications.
Amy is the Editor and a Contributing Writer for Rewire Me, a health, wellness, and neuroscience online magazine. She’s also a Contributing Writer for the popular website, Sweatpants & Coffee and the education site, Noodle. Find her on Twitter @amyjmcelroy.
Amy is currently working on two books, Yoga for Writers, and a book of personal essays linked with a tree theme.
Amy lives with her husband and two daughters near San Jose, California.