An Editor Who Reads for Inspiration

Non-profit Women's Initiative is sponsoring an essay contest for women who have transformed their lives. Editor Tanya Brockett is volunteering to withhold her red pen to review these essays, looking only for inspiring stories, not errors. Cash, prizes, and media attention are at stake for the winners of this important contest.

Crozet, VA, September 29, 2011 --( Normally, an editor is focused on spelling accuracy, perfect grammar, and active verbs. For her next project, however, editor and speaker Tanya Brockett is letting some of those things slip.

Tanya Brockett is the owner of Hallagen Ink, a Crozet-based editorial services firm that helps authors and entrepreneurs to prosper on purpose. For six years her company has provided writing, copyediting, and consulting services, but this time, Tanya is just reading for inspiration.

Tanya is one of the judges for the 2011 Challenge into Change essay contest sponsored by the Charlottesville-based Women’s Initiative. This contest inspires others to write a short, 500-word essay about a woman who has transformed a challenging life circumstance into new change. Anyone can submit an essay about a woman they know, or about their own experience. Essays can be submitted to or call 434-872-0047 for details.

“Five hundred words is about two double-spaced pages of text,” explains Brockett, who sometimes reads hundreds of pages of the same manuscript several times. “It will probably be harder to keep under two pages for a story than it will be to come up with the words.” Brockett is also an author; she knows what it takes to get those words down on paper. Her second book—and first e-book—is due out on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook this month.

Enter the Challenge into Change essay contest now to have a chance at cash prizes and community-donated items. Winners will also have an opportunity to air their essay on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and The Author’s Corner show hosted by Renee Bobb and aired on Channel 13. Submissions are due by Friday, September 30, 2011, and winners will be announced at a celebration event on October 16.

“What better way to honor women for their strength and resiliency,” says Elizabeth Dorn, the Women’s Initiative’s Development Director. “We hope to receive inspiring essays from throughout the region.”

“Hurry and get those essays in,” says Brockett. “We promise that we won’t take off points for missed edits.”

Hallagen Ink ( is an editorial services firm providing copyediting, proofreading, and publishing consulting services to award-winning authors and successful entrepreneurs. It is also the distributor of The Loan Solution, a book for small businesses seeking to use debt capital to leverage their resources (, and the new e-book, The iPad, the Manifestation, and the Law of Attraction, coming to Kindle and the Nook in September 2011. Visit www.iPadLawofAttraction for information soon.

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