I'm a content writer & editor based in San Francisco.
About the owner.
Abigail C.K. Lill hails from farm town central Iowa, and moved to Nebraska in 2015. Being a writer for over 10 years, she has grown the knowledge and respect for the written word, and fully supports her comrades that have the same passion. It didn't take long for her to realize that although there is a community of writers in Eastern Nebraska, the resources aren't quite as abundant as in other metropolitan areas. She strives to support your vision, and would love to discuss how to do so.
Abigail has an extensive list of productions, publications, and training. She is proud to have publications across the United States, and a production as far as Los Angeles. Her short movie is available for view online, as well.
Abigail is a member of several professional organizations for the betterment of her and her clients' needs. She is active with the following national groups:
-The Dramatists Guild of America
-The Freelancers Union
-ACES: The Society for Editing
-New Play Exchange
Need assistance with a section of your story that just isn't "flowing?" We are aware that each writer has a distinct voice, and we want yours to be heard. We will ask to speak with you about your needs, and may request a sample of your writing to better understand the style of your voice.
Have an idea, but just can't get the words out? We've been there. Let's brainstorm an idea for your story, play, or picture book and get those thoughts on paper.
Sure, proofreading and editing can certainly go hand-in-hand, but they are two different elements to getting a piece published. For editing, please know that we can "track changes" via Microsoft Word, or use a free-hand technique on a hard copy of your work (red pens aren't always a bad thing).
Do you need someone to read over your current material? Do you need a second set of eyes to make sure that one section has correct syntax, grammar, et cetera? Our eyes are keen and can detect sentence formatting in the humblest of essays.
Are you a writer that is determined to get your work published? Having a second (or third, +) set of eyes to proofread and/or edit your work is highly crucial to publishers reading or advancing your work. Packages are listed below, and each include an initial conversation about your project.
Novel (45,000-75,000 words) Full Proof + Edit
Novel (45,000-75,000 words) Full Proof
Novella (20,000-45,000 words) Full Proof + Edit
Novella (20,000-45,000 words) Full Proof
Essay, Short Story, Picture Book Full Proof + Edit
Essay, Short Story, Picture Book Full Proof
Other projects can certainly be discussed. Long-term projects are based upon scheduling availability, and are priced by project type, length, et cetera. Please email or call for more information.
Scheduling is based on availability.
45-minute consultations about your project are always complimentary*. Let's meet for a coffee and chat about your endeavors!
*Consultation complimentary before booking service only. Consultations after initial meeting are charged by the hour.
Payments are currently accepted by cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo.
Depending on project type, payment can be collected at agreed upon time between the two parties.
Given our education and broad knowledge of composition, we excel in many different areas. A few of our specializations include:
-Stage & Screenplays
-Children's Picture Books
-Essays (Fiction & Non-Fiction)
-Writing for business (including research)
Have a piece that you would like us to consider editing that isn't on our list? Please contact us, and we would love to discuss your needs!
WHO WE ARE
Nebraska is a beautiful place to raise a family, but (as the saying goes), "Honestly, it's not for everyone." Although the performing arts scene is absolutely breathtaking, the resources for writers isn't as prominent. Being a writer in the Heartland can be joyous with our inspirational prairie and farmland that represents growth, but editors and workshopping opportunities aren't as lush. Knowing that we needed to support our fellow writers in the great Midwest, Ackley Editing Services was developed to help writers succeed with their passion for the written word.
Q: I have a full-length novel that I would like you to edit. How long would this process take?
A: Depending on the length of book, this could take anywhere between forty to one-hundred hours. We will discuss your book's story, length, and character development before the editing process begins. Don't be afraid to ask questions during the initial consultation!
Q: What do you reference for your editing procedure? Do you even use references?
A: Although we would love to take full credit when editing projects, even editors need assistance with the use of an en-dash or em-dash. We use The Chicago Manual of Style whenever we need to reference a question when editing. We are also lucky enough to be part of a fantastic community of writers and editors that communicate regularly with questions regarding an editorial concern.
Q: What is the difference between Proofreading and Editing?
A: Proofreading and Editing are two elements to writing that seem very similar. When writing a story, novel, essay, et cetera the stages of writing are typically in this format:
2. Write (First Draft)
6. (In a perfect world) Get Published
As you can see, proofreading actually isn't the first step once you are finished writing your first (or second, third) draft, but the last component before sending it off to a publisher. Although misplaced commas are often frustrating for the reader, it is more important that they can follow the story first (hence, editing). Still have questions about the difference? Let us know!
WHY CHOOSE ACKLEY?
Putting words onto paper is a very person action for a writer and reader. It creates a relationship that is, strangely enough, difficult to put into words. If it's important to you, it's important to Ackley.
We want your voice to be heard.
You, too, are important.