Word Nerd Cafe

Looking for a safe, comfortable place to talk to professional editors about your work? Do you have questions about scene structure, dialogue, or just looking to bounce ideas off someone who knows what they're talking about? Meet our resident professionals who have graciously volunteered their time to hang out with us on Discord.  They've dedicate their time to host programs, share knowledge, and participate in WriteHive Lite. Would you like to join WriteHive as a resident professional? Click here to fill our an application.

Meet our Baristas!

Jeni Chappelle is a novel editor with 10+ years’ experience, co-founding editor and board member of Revise & Resub (#RevPit), and Editorial Director of Writer In Motion. She co-hosts two writing podcasts, Indie Chicks and Story Chat Radio. Jeni considers herself a hobbit (minus the big, hairy feet) and lives in a tiny town near Charlotte, NC with her family and way too many pets. You can find her on Twitter @jenichappelle and on her website www.jenichappelleeditorial.com.

Jeni Chappelle

Editor in Residence

Justine Manzano

Editor in Residence

I’m primarily a lover of stories, dedicated to helping writers hone their craft. I’ve worked as an acquisitions editor, content editor, and line editor at small publishing companies and in the corporate sector, helping people grammar it up in their legal briefs. I co-founded The Inkwell Council, an editing trio that ran a monthly lottery and provided the winner with a free three chapter edit. I continued that tradition when The Council merged with CraftQuest, because I loved the idea of providing low-cost assistance to new writers. It’s for that same reason that I’ve signed up to work with WriteHiveLite. As an editor, I will spend equal time pointing out where you can improve and fangirling over your work. I enjoy a more lax, comfortable relationship with people I edit. Imagine buddies, talking writing in their PJs. That’s my style. 

Megan Manzano

Megan fell in love with reading and writing from a young age. She grew up to receive a BA in English with a minor in philosophy; eager to stay as close to books as possible. She has and continues to wear many hats in the publishing world: freelance editor, writer, a marketer for Trade books and now an Agent at D4EO Literary Agency. She jumped at the chance to partake in WriteHive Lite because she loves working closely with writers to help them improve their craft.


She pushes writers so they can get the words on the page as close as possible to what’s in their heads. She’s a very open and communicative person so encourages questions, ideas, and new routes you think will help. Discussion is key.

Editor in Residence

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