My name is Rebekah Hendershot, and I’m a professional writer, editor, and writing coach. I got my first taste of the business as a nerdy kid finding typos in the newspaper. From there I moved on to the prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, where I trained as a reporter but discovered I was actually a ferociously talented copyeditor.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and moved on to the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, where I studied fiction writing (I’d been writing stories since I was five years old) but also took classes in technical writing, screenwriting, and any other kind of writing that caught my attention. I started Semper Editing while still in grad school, and by the time I graduated I had a good sideline in screenplays, term papers, and dissertations.
In alphabetical order, I work in the Associated Press (AP), American Psychological Association (APA), and Modern Language Association (MLA) styles, plus any house style you can give me. I’ve served on the editorial boards of a literary journal and an indie publishing house, and I’ve taught writing classes and seminars to students ages 9 to 90. I’ve also written books, articles, and stories about a wide range of topics, from sheep’s wool to scrap metal to Sherlock Holmes.
I live in southern California. When I’m not editing, I enjoy reading, writing my own books, cooking, gardening, and sewing. I collect comic books and obscure mystery novels. If you’d like a laugh, you’re welcome to read one of my own stories, the superhero adventure serial Masks, over at Pocket Coyote.