Sevilla Writers House is a boutique editing agency for prose writers. Schedule your first consultation on us!
Already finished a manuscript? We’ll help you polish the prose with line edits, marginal notes, and summarized feedback. Periodic phone calls about your work included!
Lyndsay Hall has taught adults and children through Sevilla and a national nonprofit Writopia Lab for more than five years. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles; while there, she served as managing editor for the program’s literary journal, Lunch Ticket. She attended the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, New York University’s Writers in New York program, and the Bread Loaf Conference in Sicily. Lyndsay has been the first reader of submissions for Slice, Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket Special, and Union Literary, an agency. She served as the executive editor of Writopia Lab’s 10 year anniversary anthology. Her essay, “A Saline Solution,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Little Fiction | Big Truths, juked, xoJane, The Avalon Literary Review, and Lunch Ticket, among others. She is at work on her first novel, many personal essays and short stories, and sometimes a collection of poetry. She blogs at sundaywhiskey.com.
If you're looking for a hard ass, Whiplash editor, that's not me, although I once believed that was the only type of editor with any value. I remember my graduate school professor showed us a marked up manuscript from his editor: entire pages crossed over in red ink. That's how he became an author, he said, and that's how I wanted to edit.
Maybe it's the state of things right now, but I propose there's a different, kinder approach to editing, one that leaves the client feeling empowered instead of defeated, ready to conquer the page, not avoid it. I'm always going to point out your strengths, not to soften the blow of critique, but to examine where and how you shine as a writer. I'm going to point out areas for improvement, not condescendingly, but with guidance drawn entirely from your intentions and strengths. Above all, I guide writers toward embracing their voice and what brought them to writing in the first place. I want my clients to leave a session loving writing and their work more than they did when they entered.
No way, let's discover! You can always schedule a consultation to talk about how I can be of best service. We'll come up with a plan of action and execute that using Virtual Writing Sessions, where we work together to design the session you need. This time can be used for receiving feedback, plotting your story arc, developing a character, or even just straight up writing. I promise I'm a vessel of writing prompts and encouragement.
Sure! Shoot me an email about your project, including word count and your needs, and I can provide you a more accurate rate: email@example.com.
I'm a poet, so yes, we can definitely cover poetry in a Virtual Writing Session. However, I have not written a full-length poetry manuscript, and I believe there's nuance to compiling one of those that I don't understand. If you're looking for a coach or editor for a collection, I would be more than happy to refer you to my stellar poetry pals who can be a better editor for your work.