James Vickery
James Vickery

James Vickery

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Introduction: Using my 20 years of corporate communications and artistic experience I help people tell their stories. For fiction/nonfiction manuscripts, memoirs, personal essays and speeches, I’m your pro. And I’m fun to work with! ¡Y hablo español también!
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Hired 47 times

Serves Los Angeles, CA

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3 years in business

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2022

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David M.
Dec 5, 2023
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James was a great fit for me. Although I had completed the actual writing of the memoir, he did a great job proofreading and copy editing. He asked if in the process of reading, he might make a suggestion if it seemed opportune. He wasn't pushing that, but I sensed that had I not been as far along as I was with my writing coach, I could have easily worked with him more on content. As we corresponded throughout the process -- he was great at keeping me up to date on his progress -- I really trusted him, and asked what he thought about a few scenes. I came to really value his opinion. He often said they were perfect as they were, but on a few occasions he weighed in with what he thought would be a slightly more complete telling of the scene, fleshing things out a bit. I always agreed with his suggestions. He was also very encouraging which is something I occasionally needed. I would be delighted to work with him again, maybe even engaging him earlier in the process. A wonderful experience, sad to see this phase end, but with his help am feeling ready for the next phase and bringing a physical expression to many years of writing and trying to tell my story.

Details: Editing • Copyediting • Proofreading • Non-fiction manuscripts • 50,000 - 100,000 words • A single project • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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Desiree A.
Aug 16, 2023
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James responded very quickly and understood the importance of my wedding vows. He was able to make my thoughts cohesive and more beautiful and he took time to understand our backstory. I appreciate him and his writing very much!

Details: Writing • Substantive or developmental editing • Non-fiction manuscripts • Fewer than 2,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Nicole B.
Apr 24, 2023
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I was down to the wire for my retirement speech. I tried writing my speech myself on several different occassions however the words weren’t flowing. I knew I needed help if I wanted to connect to my audience. I was a little apprehensive because I never hired someone to write for me but James and Cristin quickly relived me from my worries. Both James and Cristin were absolutely the best. They took the time to not only listen but they both asked all the right questions. They took my life experiences and captured them with perfection throughout my speech. I explained that I wanted the speech to have my audience in a roller coaster full of emotions from happy to sad to funny. They understood the assignment, they did not disappoint and nailed it. The speech was that and much much more. It was based off of my life experiences. From a Soldier who is now a Veteran, I want to thank you both from the bottom of my heart. I could not have written such an beautiful, eloquent, emotional and aesthetically pleasing speech. If you are looking for a writer with professionalism, wit, funny, character someone who listens and transforms words into meaning then I would highly highly recommend you run don’t walk and hire James and Cristin. Thank you again. Nicole!!

Details: Writing • Proofreading • Speech writing • Fewer than 2,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Sharkie Z.
Mar 14, 2023
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James was fun to work with and offered some great insights to make the third edition of my book, the best. He also did exactly what was needed and didn't just fit his services into a predetermined package, which I really appreciated. He was open, accessible, and creative with his editing. Would highly recommend!

Details: Editing • Substantive or developmental editing • Copyediting • Proofreading • Non-fiction manuscripts • Education • 10,000 - 30,000 words • A single project • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Asaf A.
Oct 8, 2023
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Working with James was a pleasure. He was proofreading the translation of my novel sensitively and thoroughly. James is responsive and professional, he pays attention to every small detail, and I was very satisfied with the result. I strongly recommend working with James.

Details: Editing • Proofreading • Fiction manuscripts • 30,000 - 50,000 words • A single project • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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