Helen is an editor, a proofreader, an indexer, a book reviewer, and a beta reader. Her specialty is fiction e-books. She studied at New York University. In another life, she was an accountant, working in the industry for almost 30 years. She was born in, and currently resides in, New York City.
Location: New York City, New York
Hobbies: Writing, reading, traveling
Are you an author? Not yet, but I am working on it.
Favorite Genres: Thrillers, suspense, and mysteries are my top three, but I read every genre.
Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
"In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness."
Favorite Authors: Michael Connelly, Walter Mosley, Lee Child, Toni Morrison, and Marie Force are my top five.
Genres/Material I will not read: none
My approach to beta reading: I always read a manuscript twice - once for enjoyment and again for content.
Something I want authors to know: I love my job!
Things that make me a good beta reader: Being an editor makes me a better beta reader.
Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/HKelleyB-Editor
"Helen was awesome! Her insight was invaluable. Her analysis of the major and minor characters was precise. Helen provided alternative suggestions where even I had doubts. She provided formatting examples to remedy scenes which were too long or too short. She offered choices to enhance the prospective readers’ experience. She pointed out moments where my transition between chapters and scenes were weak and needed to be tweaked. Helen noted specific situations where my writing was not fully grounded in setting, time, and place. Her critical eye and experience as a reader will definitely save me some negative reviews. Helen was a great asset in fine tuning Mercy’s First Semester. She is a highly recommendable gem at Quiethouse.” —WM Bunche, author of Mercy's First Semester