Gene Hakanson is a full-time freelance editor. She does developmental editing and copyediting for trade book publishers primarily in the mind-body health, spirituality, religion, meditation, self-help, yoga, psychology, and green building categories. Working with authors and helping them share their message with readers are her favorite parts of the job. She also copyedits K-12 classroom materials for an online educational content provider.
She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, has a journalism degree from Indiana University, and studied holistic nutrition.
A few fun facts about Gene are she was a web developer for Amazon.com in the late nineties in Seattle, she likes to grow her own food, and her clients know her as Gretel (Gene is a recent nickname). When she’s not editing, she may be mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and hiking with her two rescue dogs.