“At the risk of sounding cliche, working with Hajera was truly a blessing. Her warm but professional nature was like having a friend cheering me on and giving me that necessary push to get my words onto paper. I often joked that I felt she was my writing therapist. I always looked forward to our meetings and really appreciated being held accountable to get the work done with no excuses. Most importantly, her collaborative approach allowed me the space to talk out my vision or questions concerning edits. Her skill and experience offered crucial insight and feedback on how to make my story come to life. I was so hesitant to reach out for help in my writing journey, but am so grateful now that I did.” — Rifk Ebeid, “Baba, What Does My Name Mean?”

“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.

“I’m very fond of Hajera’s writing, not only is she an incredibly talented writer – she’s also a meticulous, detailed, poignant editor. She immersed herself completely in the world of my story, so that her comments were deep, structured and extremely helpful. She enabled me to think deeply of how I may revise my story and bring its best to fruition. I’m very grateful for her insights and perspective. I definitely plan to rely on Hajera whenever I feel stuck in a story.” — Sherine ElBanhawy

“Hajera’s coaching calls were the perfect push to continue my writing. I love how genuine Hajera is and she makes it seem that my writing is her writing too so she is equally invested. Speaking to her opened a door to broaden thoughts and unleashed my fingers to jot down those thoughts on computer. She helped me tap into a part of myself that I had shut off before. I’m incredibly thankful for her guidance to help find more of my voice alhamdulillah!” — Samia Mubarak, Quranic Ocean

“I stumbled upon Hajera’s instagram and followed her for a while before deciding to finally get in touch. Taking that step as an aspiring writer is difficult, it formalizes the process of writing. I requested a manuscript review, just a few chapters to understand if I was on the right path. I needed a professional to scan every word I wrote, searching for my mistakes. It’s intimidating and could potentially be demotivating, I told myself, but nevertheless very valuable. Hajera’s review was the opposite. It lifted me up. She didn’t use the imaginary red marker on my work, the way I had assumed to receive the feedback. Her words were constructive and very practical. If anything, it fueled my motivation further. I can’t wait to use all your tips. Thank you dear Hajera.” — Noor Salih

“Hajera is motivating, detailed-oriented and was genuinely concerned about my progress in writing. She encouraged me to explore and to go on the journey of writing without attaching any judgement to it. She also inspired me to not allow my inner critic to lead me to the trap of being discouraged.” — Sumena Hussein

“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

“I reached a place in my writing where I could no longer see my mistakes. When I started to work with Hajera, through her eyes I was able to see the ‘bigger picture’ of my own work and learnt to correct the mistakes that I was aware I was making but struggled to rectify. She taught me how to ‘find my voice’ and refine my words. The journey was an eye-opening experience and I found myself asking ‘why didn’t I see this myself’. I am not quite ready to let go of Hajera’s thoughtful insights whilst planning the launch of my first book and will be pursing more of her services in the near future.” — Alveena Salim

“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.