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Vicki Hessel Werkley

Starwerks Editorial Services
Starwerk Publishing

16563 Ellen Springs Rd.
Lower Lake, CA
(any day: 7am-10pm Pacific Time)

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A Bit About Vicki and Her Work

Vicki Hessel Werkley—"The Book Wrangler"—is an editor, consultant, writing coach, and the author of the novels "Girl-On-Fire" and the upcoming "Taking the Redwoods."

See the list of books edited by Vicki Werkley.

To learn more about how Collaborative Editing can enhance any project, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To find out more about "Girl-On-Fire," see the publisher's website: Haven Books — Girl-On-Fire.

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Vicki is an active member of Women Writing the West, the Kelley House Museum, Inc. (formerly Mendocino Historical Research, Inc.), and Spotlight STARMAN International.

Another favorite website:

Trio-DN%2BVW%2BSL-2SL0374-small At the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA, November 2012. Left to right: Dianne Nelson (WHS co-founder) on Herbie; Vicki Werkley on Taz; Sue Lehman on Sonny. (Click picture for high resolution version.)

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Current Projects

diamondbullet Writing:

diamondbullet Vicki is about halfway through the final draft of her historical novel "Taking the Redwoods" (in 1885 California, a young woman becomes a wet-plate photographer in Mendocino City during the boom of the redwood logging and shipping industries)

diamondbullet Editing:

diamondbullet The novel "Why Hearts Keep Secrets" by Mara Purl. (Third title in the Milford-Haven series from Bellekeep Books)

diamondbullet The novel "Triptych" with author Barbarajo Bloomquist

diamondbullet The novel "The Counterfeit Princess" with author Melinda Young

diamondbullet Vicki continues to facilitate the monthly meeting of the Lake County Writers Group, which meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Lower Lake, California. Open to writers of all levels and genres with no dues or fees (contact Vicki for info)

Gold EVVY Award (1st Place)
Legacy category
for books published prior to 2007
but of lasting value

Independent Publisher Book Awards Finalist
Multi-cultural Fiction

Book One of the Girl-On-Fire Trilogy


(In 1874 Texas, a 16-year-old homesteader is swept into the Comanche women's community during their last year of freedom before the reservation.)

Small Stars

Recent Editing Projects

diamondbullet Consultant for "The Hardest Thing I'll Ever Do: A Journey of Sorrow, Healing & Hope" by Linda Guebert. (May 2013; Xlibris)

Vicki has also consulted on Linda Guebert's suspense novel "The First Lie" (coming in Fall 2013 from Xlibris)

diamondbullet As Consultant, provided extensive developmental editing, research, and original writing for "In a Grain of Sand" by Douglas Ratner, M.D. (April 2013; CreateSpace)

diamondbullet Editor for "Where the Heart Lives" by Mara Purl. (Nov 2012; Bellekeep Books)

diamondbullet Editor for "What the Heart Knows" by Mara Purl (Sep 2011; Bellekeep Books)

diamondbullet Editor for Milford-Haven Stories available for eReader: "When Whales Watch" by Mara Purl (Oct 2012; Bellekeep Books) and "When Hummers Dream" by Mara Purl (Aug 2011; Bellekeep Books)

diamondbullet Editor, Consultant for "Reclaiming Magdalen: A Memoir of Sexual Healing" by Rev. Debra Jean Hawley (Oct 2011; Shame Shaman Press)

diamondbullet Project Director(*) for "The Power of Ceremony: Restoring the Sacred in Our Selves, Our Families, Our Communities" by Linda Neale, LMFT, LPC (Apr 2011; Eagle Spirit Press)

• Oversaw all aspects of setting up this publishing company, book design, art, editing/proofing, and production.
• Brought in Starwerk Publishing team members Jean Laidig and Sandra Ragan to handle book design, editorial, graphic design, and preparation for printing.
• Designed the Cover and some internal graphic images.

Upcoming Appearances

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