Kelly O’Connor McNees launched Word Bird in 2008 because she loves helping writers improve their craft and prepare their work for success. With more than fifteen years’ experience across multiple roles in the publishing industry, Kelly’s resume includes in-house editorial positions with Harper Collins Publishers and the University of Michigan Press and work as a contract editor. These skills combined with her master’s degree in English education make Kelly an empathetic guide through the revision process and an incisive editor who identifies problems in manuscripts and knows how to solve them.
She is also an accomplished novelist, author of Undiscovered Country, The Island of Doves, In Need of a Good Wife, and The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. Kelly ghostwrites for a popular children's series, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Toast, The Millions, and Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. She lives in Chicago.
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Kelly presents at writing conferences and teaches workshops on topics such as
- Fact in Fiction: Using Research to Bring Your Story to Life
- What Can an Editor Do for Me?
- How Beginnings and Endings Work Together
- How to Make Your First Five Pages Sing