Diane Callahan

Who I Am

As cheesy as it sounds, writing is a calling. We itch to express the stories we envision in our heads, to make our characters come to life. Chasing a new story idea is invigorating, but it can also be lonely, frustrating, and painful. That’s why we must seek out mentors and friends who will enthusiastically support our journey, through all the highs and lows. I would love to play that role in your writing life.

My pursuit of editing as a career began in college, when I decided to major in English and minor in English and English, as the joke goes. My degree from The Ohio State University is in Honors English and psychology, with minors in creative writing and professional writing, granting me over 25 courses in various forms of writing, in addition to a deeper understanding of human behavior.

 

Ever the overachiever, I chased after every writing and academic award my university offered, garnering the full-tuition Medalist Scholarship, the Columbia Gas Scholarship, the Harley Scholarship in English, and the Human Rights Award. I also received an Honorable Mention for critical analysis, an Honorable Mention for a piece of creative non-fiction, and second place in Literature for the campus literary magazine. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, which celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and a guest member of the Ohio chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Currently, I'm a developmental editor and plot outliner for a best-selling independent publisher, whose identity I unfortunately cannot reveal due to a Non-Disclosure Agreement. I also write and copy edit interactive fiction games for Talented, an e-learning platform. As a freelance developmental editor, I have devised detailed critiques for fantasy, sci-fi, literary, middle grade, and paranormal romance novels.

 

Previous clients have praised my ability to provide specific suggestions for improvement, especially regarding characterization and plot development. I also pay special attention to strengthening the writer’s prose, as I believe diction, imagery, and narrative voice are crucial to publishing success. With an additional six years of editing experience as a writing consultant for the Ohio State Writing Center, a humanities writing tutor with Chegg, and a beta reader, I pride myself in my scrupulous attention to detail.

Like most editors, I am an avid reader of all genres, including literary classics, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, thrillers/mysteries, YA, contemporary fiction, memoirs, and poetry. I aim to consume at least fifty books per year, many of which become fodder for analysis on my YouTube channel, Quotidian Writer. If you’re reading this, you likely found me through one of my videos—and I thank you for your support and kindness as a viewer.

I look forward to reading your work!