Praise


“Hajera was instrumental in helping me structure and edit my two books, A Temporary Gift and A Place of Refuge. Her insights quite literally transformed my manuscripts from messy first drafts to polished, ready-to-print books. Hajera has a way of finding the very essence of what I’m trying to convey with my writing and coaching me into expressing it in a way that’s really going to land with readers. I keep coming back to her for editing advice with every new book I write!”

— Asmaa Hussein, Founder of Ruqaya’s Bookshelf


“I really enjoyed getting back into creative writing in a way that didn’t feel overwhelming. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for so long but felt intimidated by, and Hajera really did a great job at breaking it down and making it enjoyable. My main concern had been I wouldn’t learn many new things through a writing coach, that I hadn’t already read somewhere or experienced myself. But I felt like I constantly learned new things and questions that I had were always answered very thoroughly. I really liked the weekly list of prompts, it was exciting to get them and have a morning routine that included writing to look forward to each day. I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of learning about creative writing, being consistent with my work and prioritizing it.”

— M.A., Writer


“Hajera’s passion and expertise in writing is evident in her analysis of my manuscript. With care and consideration she identifies the strongest and weakest aspects of a story and suggests ways to enrich it to become the best version of itself. She has opened my eyes to problems I didn’t know existed and at the same time equipped me with tools to fix the problems.”

— Maidah Ahmad


“Hajera has a way of demanding, kindly, the best of what she knows I can do as a writer to keep my voice vibrant and alive. After reading her insightful feedback, my immediate response was: “Of course, why didn’t I see that?” And I knew, because of the thoughtful observations and the concrete examples she offered, that I could take the next critical steps with confidence.”

— Naome Howe


“Hajera’s editing and critiques are exactly what I needed to take my manuscript to the next level. She provided numerous examples and details for consideration, and highlighted areas of strength that left me encouraged and motivated to move my story forward. By far this has been the best experience I’ve had with an editor and I look forward to working with Hajera on other projects in the future!”

— Lulu Kaissi


“Hajera is a talented writer and editor whose editing services I highly recommend. Both her overall manuscript critique and in-line comments helped make my story stronger. I love how she explained what was working in my story and what needed further development, and how she gave multiple examples of ways in which this development could be accomplished. I could tell that she really took the time to think deeply about my story and how it could be better. The manuscript critique was a great big-picture look at what needed work, and the in-line comments on my story helped guide me to make the changes that were needed. Revising a story is always a daunting task, but Hajera’s specific, guided feedback made it doable. Thank you so much.”

— Sumayyah Hussein, Stuck in the Middle


“I worked with Hajera in Sarah Selecky’s writing course. Her feedback and insights were consistently thoughtful, encouraging, and wise. As a writer and editor who understands the importance of process and momentum, Hajera knows how to provide actionable insights and next steps that you can actually use that will not have you doubting yourself or your instincts. Her own creative writing is also beautifully fluid and moving. I hope to work with Hajera again soon!”

— Emily Ryan


“Hajera was very thoughtful and attentive during our [coaching] sessions. She always tried to understand what I needed and she went out of her way to give me support with my writing. What I enjoyed the most from working with Hajera is that she let me be who I am and she always challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone. She really helped me to write from a place of authenticity and empowerment, and she gave me plenty of tips and exercises to help me express myself courageously. Working with Hajera has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to working with her again in the future.”

— Lela Goldsmith


“This was a great editing service! My work was considered thoroughly and given a lot of care. I received great feedback and suggestions on how to improve my piece. It turned into something that I’m very proud of thanks to Hajera!”

— Helal Musleh, Secret Recipe Box


“I attended Sarah Selecky’s writing school and I was privileged to have Hajera as one of my teachers. In providing feedback she was always positive, insightful and constructive. When I read her responses I always learned something and felt encouraged to write more. She gave specific examples of where in my writing that she saw a spark as well as gently showing me where I could say something more. She was approachable as a teacher and I knew that I could ask for help if I had questions. And I had lots of them!”

— Collette LaRocque


“As a new author, I am really impressed with the way Hajera edited my book. Her honest reviews and guidance towards publishing a better version of the book really shows how talented she is. Working with Hajera has motivated me to understand and explore the art of writing, and striving to achieve the best version of my writing. I highly recommend her service!”

— Aisha Qasim


“Your suggestions and recommendations are great. There definitely is a lot more work that needs to be done. Your suggestions have given me a better idea on how to make [the story] more engaging.”

— Madiha Malik


“With thoughtfulness and a keen eye for detail, Hajera quickly identifies what’s working in your manuscript, and gently suggests what might make it even better. Her input was invaluable to me.”

— Shelley Harbin


“Hajera was professional from the very start which made the whole process smooth. The manuscript critique feedback was very detailed and thorough with helpful guidance on how to move forward. The follow-up email correspondence after the feedback was again thorough and I would not hesitate to use Hajera again in the future.”

— S.H., Writer

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