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I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, where I still live with my two dogs, five cats (I know…), and a rescue turtle I call Monsieur Turtle. If you happened to Google my name and found some disturbing results, rest assured I am NOT that Lisa Gilliam. I’ve never lived in Kentucky, have never allegedly murdered anyone, and have never been the subject of an episode of Snapped!
Now that we have that cleared up, I got my start in editing and proofreading in the corporate sector almost twenty years ago. I’ve always been the resident Finder of Typos, but when I wanted to make the switch to fiction in 2013, I quickly realized that being “good at English” didn’t make me a good fiction editor—not yet. I spent the next two years reading, studying, and taking classes in creative writing and story structure. In early 2015, I applied for a proofreading position with Booktrope Publishing, passed their test, and was hired. There, I combined what I’d learned with the knowledge of many other editors and learned how to be a great editor. Booktrope unfortunately closed their virtual doors in mid-2016, but I had already started my own fiction editing business, and thankfully, many of my Booktrope clients chose to continue working with me as they pursued their indie careers.
I now work as a copyeditor and proofreader for Kensington Publishing, under three of their imprints. I also work as a subcontractor for two other professional editing companies, Pikko’s House Editing (I do proofreading only) and Rooted in Writing (proofreading and copyediting). These hiring processes included passing their respective editing tests, so my skills are tried and true.
Though I enjoy working for a New York publisher, I still love working with indie authors! I’m a huge fan of indie books, and there’s nothing like the collaborative effort of working with an indie author to bring a new book to its readers. My schedule is usually booked a few months out, but I’m always available to take on new clients. I’d love to be part of your team.
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