I work with authors every step of the way from inception, to writing, revising, completion, pitching, querying, and publishing. In doing so I am a writing coach, consultant, content writer, line editor and developmental editor all in one (but you only have to pay me one fee!) 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.
When it 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 expertise is helping clients identify the story within the story and guiding them on how to strengthen that story. My edits include substantial 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 its best shape. Many developmental editors only provide an overview of the changes that need to be made, I actually make those changes for you or show you where and how to make them. A clear and concise guide on how to move forward is provided and clients always say they feel reinvigorated after working with me. I proofread as I go along as well, but always recommend another set of eyes on your last version.
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. My superpower is understanding my clients and the story they want to write, even when they don’t know what that is.
Every writer at some point struggles with staying motivated, wondering if his/her work is any good, or needs someone to bounce ideas off of and help them work out areas where they are stuck. Part of my services include this feedback, encouragement and honesty utilizing my twenty years of industry knowledge and expertise and first hand experience of being a published author myself.
I also help writers improve their writing for work or creatively. Through one on one mentoring and coaching I show you where your strengths are and where your weaknesses are and how to make your writing more effective.
Before pitching agents and publishers it is important to build a platform and be clear on your messaging. I help clients write content for their website and social media and guide them in how they and their book is unique. 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, your query letter, synopsis and book proposal and help you determine where to send them.
Nonfiction topics I have worked with include environmental conservation, 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, suspense, new adult, fable, literary, historical, regional and humor.
publishing and promotion
I have helped hundreds of clients meet their publishing goals by honing their query letter and messaging and finding the right publisher for their work. Once accepted (and after celebrating) I will help you understand the terms and navigate contracts, launches, promotion, and ways to continue building your platform.
If you are considering self publishing, I have a team that will design a basic book cover, write your back cover copy, layout your book for print and ebooks, register your ISBN, position your book in the right category and genre, upload your book to Amazon and set up your account for royalties for around $2000. Developmental edits, copyedits, website content writing and designing, project managing, event planning and speaking arrangements and other promotional help can be included for additional fees.
Rates and Location
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, Zoom, Teams or email.
My rate is $120/hour. An average manuscript (55,000 words) usually ends up costing about $3000 for a full mark-up, edit and write up outlining next steps. My self-publishing package for a similar size manuscript starts at $2000. 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. I offer a sliding fee scale for those in need.
Email me to set up your first appointment.