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Award-Winning Editor, Natalie Hanemann, Talks about Her Freelance Editing Services

Posted by on May 23, 2014

Connie here. I’m one of those crazy people who actually reads the acknowledgments of a novel. I guess, since I’ve become a writer, I like to know all of what goes into a book and what the team looks like that had their hand in its development. Along the way, I’ve noticed many of my favorites seem to include the same names.

clip_image002My guest today, Natalie Hanemann, is one of those names, and I am so excited to find out she has expanding her editing reach beyond the publishing house.

Natalie, Thanks for joining us. Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Nashville, TN, with my husband and four children, ages 10, 5, 3, and 1. I love exercising (though I never have time to do it), watching HGTV, and reading. I hate unloading the dishwasher and putting folded clothes away—if you stepped into my house, that would be evident. I have a passion for story and love working with authors and helping them realize their full potential.

Hmmm. I’m impressed—you actually fold your clothes.

Tell us about your services.

I am a freelance fiction editor. I do substantive edits and line edits for publishing companies and individuals. I also will review an author’s synopsis and help them with any story issues I might see at the macro level.

How did you get started doing this?

From a young age, I wanted to work with books. After college I worked at Duke University Press, learning the publishing business and the book-making process. My husband and I moved to Nashville in 2003 and in 2004, I started working at Thomas Nelson. I worked in the Fiction division for eight years as an Associate Editor, Editor, Senior Editor, and then Acquisitions Editor before leaving to stay home with my kids and start my freelance business.

Wow, what great experience. You must know your stuff.

What do you like most about your work?

I love seeing a story grow into what the author intended it to be. Sometimes an author is so close to their work that they don’t have perspective anymore. I love being a fresh set of eyes to be able to show them what’s working really well in the story as well as areas that may need more attention. justbetweenyouandme

Has any of your work won awards?

In the years I worked at Thomas Nelson, I had the privilege of edited many Carol Award Winners including: “A Recipe for Hope” novella by Beth Wiseman, Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman, So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones, and Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones.

Oh yes. Just Between You and Me is one of those favorites I mentioned above!

How long does it usually take to complete a job?

For me, a typical sub. edit (80K words) takes about 20 hours. A typical line edit of same length about 30-40 hours.

Are you a writer yourself? No way. I’ve told many authors that I don’t have the creativity to make things up. I just know how to react to what THEY make up.

A very important member of the team.

How would a writer contact you for work?

My website is or they can email me at

Thanks for stopping by.


Natalie Hanemann is an award-winning editor who worked for more than ten years at book publishing houses. In 2012, she left corporate publishing to stay home with her four children and began her freelance editing business.

Before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003, she lived in North Carolina where she earned her degree from Appalachian State University.

Natalie has a passion for fiction and has been referred to by many as a “story doctor.” She enjoys working on general fiction and genre fiction. She has mentored young writers, been interviewed on author blogs, and contributed articles for books on writing. What she loves most about her profession is working closely with the authors to help them tell the story that God has put on their hearts.

If you’re interested in contacting Natalie for her services, visit her website at or email her at

6 Responses to Award-Winning Editor, Natalie Hanemann, Talks about Her Freelance Editing Services

  1. Allen

    I had the joy of working with Natalie for almost a decade as the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. She’s one of the best editors in the industry…and has an incredible sense of story. Great interview!

  2. Camy Tang

    Natalie, you did an awesome job with my Regency releasing in August!

  3. Carol Voelkel

    Hi Natalie,

    I’m super interested in your services and so excited at the opportunity to finally work with you! Please let me know your availability!

    Blessings, Carol

  4. Heather Day Gilbert

    Thanks for showcasing Natalie, Connie. I’m always reading those acknowledgments in books, too! Thanks for sharing your talents with authors, Natalie!

  5. Ruth Reid

    Natalie is awesome! She’s helped me tremendously!

  6. Natalie Hanemann

    Thanks, Connie. This was fun!