Writing Consultant

I work with authors every step of the way from inception, to writing, revising, completion, pitching, querying, and publishing. Writers often need feedback and a place to work through their project in the beginning and middle when they get stuck or confused. During our consultations we will work through your issues and hurdles so you can get back to writing. My expertise is helping clients identify the story within the story and guiding them on how to strengthen that story. My edits and consultations help writers gain clarity and confidence in their writing.

Developmental edits

When t is time to edit your work, I use my twenty years of experience as a teacher to teach you what you are doing well and what needs work. My edits include line edits, a full mark up of your manuscript, a meta doc explaining what I did and why and what you need to do to get the manuscript in it’s best shape. A clear and concise guide on how to move forward is provided and clients always say they feel reinvigorated after working with me.

My edits assess the consistency and development of the characters; the effectiveness and flow of dialog; evaluating and enhancing the plot arc, flow, twists, pace, and use of suspense; enhancing the theme, and evaluating and improving the overall impact and effectiveness of the book. Themes are crucial and often misunderstood, so identifying them and following them through completely is my specialty.

Publishing/Pitching

Understanding how to find journals and agents to query is daunting. Actually pitching and querying them is even more complicated (and scary) and nearly impossible to do on your own. It often begins with a query, pitch or book proposal. I can write, or help you write, all of these materials and help you determine where to send them. Once accepted (and after celebrating) I will help you understand the terms and navigate contracts, launches, promotion, more celebrating and building your platform.

Nonfiction topics I have worked with include leadership, psychology, various health programs, chiropractic, organizational development, memoir, history, spirituality, cultural biographies, World War II, Cultural Revolution, coming of age stories, coming out stories, race, sexuality and religion.

Fiction genres include young adult, women’s fiction, new adult, fable, literary, historical, regional and humor.

Rates and Location

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Office on Lake Union

Before I edit your work, it is often helpful to meet for an hour first to discuss the project, timeline and goals. If you live in Seattle, I can meet with you in person at my office in the Fremont neighborhood on North Lake Union. If you are not local, or prefer to work virtually, consultations can occur via the telephone, Skype, or emai

My rate is $150/ hour for consultations and editing pieces under 30,000 words. I lower my editing fee to $115/hour for full length manuscripts. An average manuscript (50,000 words) usually ends up costing about $3000-$3500 for a full mark-up, edit and write up outlining next steps. A deposit of $500 is needed at our first session and is used towards the overall fee. I accept checks, PayPal, Venmo and credit cards. Sliding fee scale available.

Email me to set up your first appointment or this interview for more information.

I am very happy with how you are working. It flows better and you cut out some of the extraneous asides or over-documentation. Joseph and I deeply appreciate your work.

—David R. Kopacz, M.D. at Puget Sound VA and author of Becoming Medicine and Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD with Joseph Rael