About the Fiction Fix-It Shop
I established the Fiction Fix-It Shop in 2006. I’m a published novelist and freelance fiction editor. There are lots of editing services out there—some big, some small—but I couldn’t find any that really specialized in serving fiction writers. I wanted to create a fiction editing service that could provide the best, most current advice and feedback to fiction writers. An editing service that was friendly and personalized, something encouraging and honest.
I wanted to offer fiction writers a fiction editing service they could trust and even enjoy working with. It’s what I dreamed of finding when I was starting out my writing career, but it didn’t exist. I know how hard it is to get that support, and so once I was published, I wanted to be able to offer that support to other writers.
That’s how Fiction Fix-It Shop came to be. And now, thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our clients, we’ve been able to add more published novelists, experienced copy editors, and support staff to serve the needs of the writers we care so much about.
All of us at FFS have a goal of providing you with the friendliest service, personalized assistance, best advice, and most thorough feedback based on our current understanding of the fiction industry. You can rely on us for honesty, encouragement, and a partnership approach to help you succeed with your writing goals.
Meet the Fiction Fix-It Shop Team below:
In addition to being the founder of the Fiction Fix-It Shop, Meredith Efken is a vibrant author and an advocate in bringing about social change in her sphere of influence and beyond. She is published in humorous fiction and women’s fiction, and is branching into fantasy.
As a freelance fiction editor and writing coach, Meredith has a goal of empowering others to reach their full potential. Her feedback is known for its honestly as well as its encouragement. For over nine years, she has edited for bestselling and award-winning novelists, and in 2006 she opened the Fiction Fix-It Shop to offer her skills to unpublished writers as well. Meredith currently lives in Nebraska with her husband and two lively daughters. Her published novels include the SAHM I Am series and her newest release, Lucky Baby.
Carolyn Ingermanson, Administrative Assistant and Editing Intern:
Special Note from Meredith: Carolyn is not only the administrative assistant at FFS, she is a new freelance editor in her own right. In addition to her English Literature degree, she has also been interning with FFS under my training to become a specialist in commercial fiction. She is our copy editor and will be taking on some line editing and substantive editing projects under my supervision. Carolyn is a very talented editor, and I'm looking forward to introducing clients to her.
Carolyn Ingermanson is the Administrative Assistant at Fiction Fix-It Shop. She recently graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English Literature. She loves reading and editing fiction and enjoys helping and encouraging writers. In addition to working at FFS, Carolyn is a freelance editor and works at a natural fiber yarn store. Her favorite activities include thrift store shopping, swing dancing, baking chocolate-orange muffins, exploring greener living ideas, and reading historical literary fiction. Carolyn currently lives in Wheaton, Illinois.
Judy Baer, Creativity Coach:
Special note from Meredith: At FFS, we are honored to work with creativity coach and experienced novelist Judy Baer to provide creativity coaching for our clients. Judy is my own creativity coach, and she helped me overcome writers block and other creative challenges while I was writing my fourth novel, Lucky Baby. It makes me so happy to be able to share her with you. I know my book is better and my creative energy is stronger thanks to working with Judy.
Judy Baer is the author of more than 75 books including two non-fiction books. She has twenty five years experience in the publishing industry and seven years in the coaching profession.
She holds a Masters in Human Development, and her coaching training includes certification as a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) through the Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Minnesota Coaching Association (MCA).
Best-selling author Kathy Tyers has published ten novels in both the general and Christian markets, as well as a biography, a travel book, and several articles and short stories. Along the way, she has edited, critiqued, or copy-edited a wide range of manuscripts: speculative fiction, academic and spiritual non-fiction, contemporary and historical novels, a young-adult fantasy bestseller, several memoirs and supernatural thrillers, and yes, she’s the same Kathy Tyers who wrote two licensed Star Wars© novels. Kathy studied microbiology and education at Montana State University in Bozeman, and after two years at Regent College in Canada where she earned her master's degree, she’s back in Montana working on another novel.
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary people experiencing grace in unexpected ways. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her award-winning novels include contemporary women's fiction for Bethany House, and a ground-breaking fantasy series with NavPress. She was named 2007 “Writer of the Year” at Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, and her novel The Restorer was a 2008 Christy finalist. Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University in 1986. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in Minnesota.
Mika Zachary, Editor:
They say busy people are the best ones to ask when you need something done and Mia Zachary is definitely busy. A former workers' compensation paralegal, she is a single mom currently working on her first Young Adult novel while returning to school to become a physical therapy assistant and CPR instructor. Mia is a multi-published author and an avid reader who believes she's at her best when helping others. In addition to winning several awards for her work and having a novel on the Bookscan bestsellers list for two weeks, she has judged numerous fiction contests, written many articles, presented workshops and invented some original productivity tools. Though published in romantic fiction, her personal reading runs the gamut of Young Adult, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Sci Fi/ Fantasy and Thrillers. Mia prides herself on offering honest and direct but encouraging feedback and looks forward to working with you soon.