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Developmental Editor & Writing Coach

Val M. Mathews

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

I love this quote from President Teddy Roosevelt because it’s good advice for all writers. I’ve worked with many writers who have wavered between losing their footing and losing their dreams. The kicker is, to stay on the writer’s path, we need both stars and steady feet. For many writers (aspiring and published), that takes a village. As an editor and writing coach, I am just one of your villagers.




Happy Writers

I have thoroughly enjoyed working one-on-one with Val Mathews. The editing process is so helpful to me as a writer. I completely trust Val’s judgment and spot-on suggestions. Her skills as an editor have made my stories stronger. I highly recommend Val and The Exit 271 Studio to anyone looking for editing services.

Cynthia Wilson

Val’s skill is to perceive where you are as a writer, and then help you take it to the next level. She gives you not only specific advice and feedback on your manuscript but also rules-of-thumb and foundational principles. In short, Val delivers excellent value.

Steven R. Daugherty, A Season of Little Wonders


In the Studio

Featured Published Writers


The Freedom Shield

by Major John D. Falcon

Memoir/Military Nonfiction


(Proof, Line, and Developmental Edits)



by Stephanie Baldi



(Line and Developmental Edits)


A Stiff Wind Blows

by Gary McConville



(Line and Developmental Edits)

Imagine the Possibilities

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