Editor

Jen Hollis is a close reader, a book chaplain, and a seamstress of words. Her careful edits and enthusiastic cheerleading were instrumental to my process in turning my collection of essays into a soon-to-be-published memoir. She is a consummate professional and I could not recommend her more highly.

Liz Hauck, author of Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing up – And What We Make When We make Dinner (Dial Press, June 2021)

I’ve published personal essays in the New York Times and Washington Post, a heavily researched book on music and end-of-life care, and an issue brief for Pew Charitable Trusts. You can read my work here. For eight years, I was the assistant director of admissions at Harvard Divinity School, reading and evaluating applications as a member of the admissions committee.

You are the best editor, seriously, because you have a sharp pen and yet you are so soft and loving with it.

Susan Holmberg, PhD, Political Economist

As a Capricorn and an older sister, I am relentlessly organized and deadline-driven. Let me support you and your work to a final, publishable draft.

My strengths are a sense of humor, a keen eye, and a deep compassion for the awfulness of writing. Because I am a writer myself, I know how much it can feel like hitting a rock with a stick, hoping it will become a piece of furniture. But I will believe in your work, offering space, hope and a tiny bit of bossiness so you can keep going, get your project finished and launched into the world.

Jennifer Hollis is efficient, decisive, and weans you from the crutches, darlings, and idiosyncrasies that dilute the power of your draft. She helped me see my essays clearly to pitch them clearly. She has a fast turn around and abundant energy.

Sara Nolan, personal essay coach and educator

I will discuss and consider any type of writing, but I am particularly interested in personal essays, developmental editing of memoir, and admissions essays. While my command of grammar is good thanks to my high school English teacher, Sr. Basil, I am not a copy editor.

To discuss your project or ask questions, please contact me.