About Me


KELLY O'CONNOR MCNEES launched Word Bird in 2008 and since then has helped writers of all stripes—including a CIA agent, a New York City bartender, a newspaper columnist, an organic farmer, an art house cinema owner, and many, many more—improve their writing and pursue their publication goals.

Kelly is the author of Undiscovered Country (coming in 2018!), The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, In Need of a Good Wife, and The Island of Doves, and has written for The Washington Post, The Toast, and the forthcoming Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. Her resume also includes ghostwriting for a popular children's series, positions at Harper Collins Publishers and the University of Michigan Press, and a master's degree in English education.

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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
  • Why Hire an Independent Editor?
  • Tools to Guide Revision
  • How to Make Your First Five Pages Sing
  • Reading Like a Writer

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KELLY HARMS WIMMER is the author of two novels published by Thomas Dunne/Macmillan: The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane (2013) and The Pike Bay Inn and Art Appreciation Society (coming 2015).  She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Kelly is a novelist, copy writer, and editorial consultant whose clients include several top New York publishing companies, as well as writers who are beginning their journey to publication.   

JULIE MOSOW was the lead editorial consultant at Marly Rusoff & Associates for thirteen years, and worked with countless authors to shape and refine their work at all stages of the publication process. During the past five years, she has expanded her work to include freelance fiction and non-fiction projects from beyond the agency. She is also a nonfiction ghostwriter.