Developmental Editing. How Can I Help You?
My belief is that everyone has a book inside them waiting to be written. Stories to be shared to inspire others, teach lessons, and help readers remember they are not alone on their journey. Stories of our brave men and women who served in the military during wartime. Men and women who should not be forgotten and often have lessons to teach.
I have a unique gift of writing the emotive and healing stories of our military personnel and the stories of our personal healing and travel journeys. My gifts also include piecing together a research or story puzzle, where others may not see the connections. I invite my clients to put themselves into the stories they write to allow a greater emotive connection with their readers. I’m also an intuitive healer and sometimes our loved ones channel messages which are helpful to our writing or lives.
For more than a decade, I have written books for genealogy and military research clients, my own family stories, and edited numerous family books on military personnel. With over 25 years experience in genealogy and military research and writing, I can help you in the development of your story or the final stages of writing.
Sign up today for a free 30-minute developmental editing consult where we will discuss your project, needs, and goals.
All editing clients receive a written report at the end of the project containing any or all of the following plus any additional notes or comments as needed. Reports are typically 5-10+ pages.
- Questions about their writing, especially where clarification may be needed.
- Praise on what worked in the draft.
- Suggestions for expanding the draft or creating a greater connection with the reader.
- Additional research suggestions.
- Additional resources as needed to help the writer or his/her readers.
- Any channeled messages that pertain to the story.
Do You Need More Than A Developmental Edit?
I offer one-on-one facilitation sessions in which we explore what you are writing, your research, your questions and observations, family patterns, inherited trauma, and look at the many deeper issues that may surface as you research and write. Facilitation sessions are great for those who need more assistance than a developmental edit as they begin or move through their writing project. Sessions can be purchased in 1-hour, 3-hour, or 5-hour packages. Sign up today for a free 30-minute facilitation session consult where we will discuss your project, needs, and goals.
Learn more about my private facilitation sessions.
What people are saying....
If you are involved at all with trying to follow and understand your family’s journey related to loved ones who served in the military, I highly recommend working with Jennifer. Jennifer is passionate about helping people with their journey–whether is it doing research, trying to understand the impact on the family, or putting thoughts and findings to pen and paper. All of the webinars I have participated in have been fun, interesting, and useful.
For over 20 years I have been trying to learn about my uncle who was MIA in Europe during WWII. At first, I thought my quest was to learn all the facts and details about where he was, what he did, and what happened to him. What I have started doing along the way–and why I appreciate Jennifer so much–is delving into the equally compelling and more important story about the impact of my uncle’s loss on the family. In many cases, I knew things from my own memories and previous conversations with relatives that I had not connected to the war. After going through a Master Class with Jennifer based on the book Reconciliation with War, I was able to connect the dots and get a much better picture of what the collective family had been going through. Jennifer is now helping me edit the draft of a book about my uncle’s story and the impact on the family. I greatly appreciate her insight and expertise.
Besides being knowledgable, Jennifer is friendly, warm, and genuine. I enjoy working with her and now consider her a good friend.
Your Guide for this Journey
I'm Jennifer and I’ve been on a conscious personal healing journey for more than a decade. My journey began while researching & writing about my family & military history. My military ancestors helped me dive deeper into my personal & ancestral trauma to heal.
By 2015 my healing journey & military work allowed me to travel in Europe & create a life both there & in Chicago. I became embedded in Dutch society, life, relationships, healthcare, politics, culture, got a deep dive into grief when I became a caregiver to someone I was in a relationship with & more, which gave me a unique perspective on our world & the layers of trauma we each carry, no matter where we live. Each experience I had in Europe gave me awareness & puzzle pieces for my healing & the healing of our ancestors & the collective. Puzzle pieces & awareness I can now share with you.
We are all connected no matter where we live, what our culture is, what our trauma has been….when one heals, we all heal.
What people are saying....
5th Infantry Division Research, Travel, and Book
From Hill 183 to the Bulge
My father was an officer in the Army during World War II – a first lieutenant and later a captain. He served in the 5th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Regiment, Company E. Before working with Jennifer Holik what little I knew about his time in the Army was that he was wounded in the Hedgerows of Normandy, then recovered in time to serve under Patton in the Bulge. Now I know that he saw some of the heaviest combat on the front lines of the European Campaign. Like most World War II combat veterans he rarely said anything about his time in the war. Occasionally he opened up around other veterans, and our family was able to get small glimpses of what he went through. But that was it. He went to war in his twenties and spent the rest of his life – more than fifty years – carrying those memories.
I was so blessed to have found Jennifer. Like so many other GIs most of my father’s records were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives in St. Louis in the 1970s. Jennifer found and researched available records for my father’s units to piece together the story of where he was and what he was involved in. She was critical to my finally learning where my father was wounded so I could visit the area of the Battle for Hill 183 in Normandy. She found genealogical information from the early part of the 1900s about my family, and crucial information about my father during the war. This all resulted in a book she patiently co-wrote with me about my Dad that instantly became a family heirloom. I can’t think of a better experience to not only answer my own questions but to tell my father’s story – and really the similar stories of so many other World War II combat veterans.
Thank you, Jennifer – once again.
Paul W. Hadley