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Welcome to Word Life! 

Full editing services and coaching for authors of True Crime & History. 


We all know that writing is harder than a fifty dollar jawbreaker. It drives us crazy, but we love it. It’s like running a marathon, barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways, but once it’s finished, we feel like kings and queens. 

Let me have a look see at that project, and I’ll help you make that thing do what you want it do. 

I am a writer and editor with 15 years’ experience in publishing, writing, and editing, and I would love to help you on your journey.  You can learn more about me and the projects I’ve worked on in the future in the menu. I work with all types of genres, but I specialize in True Crime. 

In addition to the services that I offer, I will be regularly posting tips on common topics for writers to improve their writing. 

I offer a full range of editorial services for authors to include: publishing coaching, editorial assessments, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, indexing, and more. I aim to use my experience to help guide authors through their journey.

Over 15 years, I have gained a ton of experience that I can share with authors to guide them through a difficult process. I have worked with highly-respected writers and first-time authors alike.

My method is one of collaboration and honesty. When I edit, I try to see the manuscript for what it wants to be rather than what I would do with it. I want to help an author create the exact project they want to create. Furthermore, I can use my experience in publishing to help steer a project in the right directions.

I believe in your work as much as you do, and I aim to help you get your manuscript exactly where you want it.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me using the Contact Me button or emailing me at chad (at) chadrhoad dot com.


If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

Elmore Leonard