Founded in 2020 by Seamus King and Tara Jazdzewski, Better Words Editing Services has a passion for helping writers and students create works that shine. We embody the type of clients we want to serve: creative, passionate people who want to tell stories that won’t be forgotten. Better Words is about treating written works with care, and with our life-long pursuit of knowledge and learning, we bring our passion to every line we edit.
The People of Better Words
Seamus King is an editor and the author of Wyrd of the Wolfkin, The Swan Knight, and five other books, and he is anticipating the release of his eighth book, Remembered Kisses, later this year. He started editing 20 years ago, and he has pursued his love of the written word ever since. He attended Fordham University and studied history at the University of Georgia, and his enduring passions include his family, writing, editing, and history.
Seamus began Better Words through freelance editing. He has worked with professors, doctoral students, corporate managers, and distance educators, and his clients included Fordham University, Georgia Tech, and the University of South Florida. He has amassed incredible experience editing dissertations, academic articles, theses, anthologies, short stories, scholarly journals, and novels.
Eager to help others, Seamus envisions Better Words growing into an encompassing destination for writers. He anticipates a time when cover artists and illustrators will join the site and help turn creators’ dreams into polished realities.
Aside from being an editor and having a keen passion for history, Seamus is also a writer. He has been creating works of fiction since his time in elementary school, and he enjoys writing urban fantasy and historically accurate fiction. He grew up reading Tolkien, Alexander, and Lewis, and he most closely relates his writing style to that of Ernest Hemingway.
Tara Jazdzewski is an editor and the author of From Hell, a work of short fiction published in the 2019 Autumn Nights anthology.
Tara began her writerly journey at age 16 when she tested out of the 11th and 12th grades in three months and tested into English 201 at a local community college, which she attended for two years. She is currently pursuing a double-major in Psychology and Business at Eastern Washington University.
To date, Tara has been the co-president of the Native American Student Organization at EWU, she has danced professionally, and she is actively involved in the Twitter #WritingCommunity where she champions, pushes, and promotes writers from across the world. Each year, Tara directs writers to #PitMad (an opportunity for writers to market their manuscripts to agents) and Camp Nano (a month-long writing workshop). Due to her involvement and activity on Twitter, Tara has become synonymous with the Writing Community and all it stands for.
Never one to stagnate, Tara is looking forward to adding a publishing component to Better Words. Her motivating goal is to shake up the way editing and publishing is approached. She also seeks to be more inclusive in the editing, publishing, and writing worlds by welcoming writers solely on the basis of their written work.
Tara has lived the majority of her life on the US West Coast where she is married and has four children with whom she enjoys spending time outdoors whenever possible. You can find her on Twitter.
Tiffany Putenis is an editor and writer. Her first novel, Into the Shadowlands, is expected to be finished by December 2020, and she has already plotted her second novel.
Tiff always knew she wanted to be a teacher and a writer. One by one, she met her goals. First, she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Maine, Fort Kent. And then she graduated with an MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University with a 3.96 GPA.
Professionally, Tiff has worked in preschool education, at Disney World, and, now, as an insurance claims adjuster for homeowners. In recent years, she has embraced her desire to write and tell wonderful stories of well-crafted fantasy, and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series has been influential to her writing. She sees world building as a foundational strength of her fiction, and she closely examines her settings and characters to involve all five senses in her stories.
As an editor, Tiff remains professional and thorough at all times. She is guided by the idea that a submitted manuscript is not her creation, so while she will make suggestions through comments, she will not set ultimatums in front of authors.
Having lived across the United States, Tiff currently resides in the American Northeast with two cats, seven fish, and her amazing family of five. She is active on Twitter where she openly discusses her writing and the labors that go into it.
Alexandra Rose is a public relations specialist with a background in journalism, editing, and marketing, and she has written several short stories and one novel.
Alexa began studying public relations in 2009 when she attended the Department of Defense’s Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Meade, Maryland. She went on to work in public affairs for the US Air Force as a photojournalist, editor, content creator, speech writer, designer, and liaison to local and national media. She has worked with the Wisconsin governor’s office, the Department of Defense, Air National Guard Public Affairs Office, Active Duty Air Force, and civic leaders from the greater Milwaukee area. During her time in public affairs, Alexa was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal for creating two style guides that were adopted by several public affairs shops.
Aside from graduating from DINFOS, Alexa also graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Literature from Lakeland University, she had studied Sociology and Literature at Northern Michigan University, she participated in writing workshops across Central Wisconsin, and she attended several professional development and leadership courses within the military.
Alexa is a decorated combat veteran who served ten years in the Air Force. She has since worked under contract and freelance to write fiction and to create marketing materials for independent studios.