Services & Packages
Writing, Editing and Coaching
On this page, “manuscript” refers to a piece of writing, whether full-length (60,000+ words),
ebook, stand-alone chapter, book proposal, etc.
All prices are in US dollars.
Working with me
I work with a very limited number of clients at a time, so I can give each my undivided attention. I’m committed to helping each project reach its full potential, and that takes focus.
I’m a translator, a master craftsperson dedicated to helping you resonate with your audience. My job is to take your vision, your ideas and your voice and create the material you would write if, in a parallel universe, you’d also spent 20 years as a professional writer. I’m stepping into your shoes, in writing. I’ll offer ideas for structure or ways to enhance the narrative, but you set the compass, and you have the final say.
First, we’ll have a call to discuss the project, including your goals and the time frame. After we talk, I’ll provide a detailed quote that includes an outlined scope of work, deliverables and target dates. On your acceptance of the quote, I’ll write up a contract and send it to you.
There’s a lot to be said for ‘good faith,’ though I’ve learned that it’s much easier (and more fun!) to focus on the creative side once the details are agreed upon.
A payment is required before work begins, which allows me to block off a certain amount of time for your project. For manuscripts, the deposit amount will be noted in the contract (usually around 20%) and is due on signing. For smaller projects with a set fee, first-time clients pay a 50% deposit, while repeat clients pay a 30% deposit.
“Sarah has not only a beautiful writing style but also brains: she has a unique ability to synthesize and simplify complex ideas and write about them in a way that’s both enjoyable and makes you instantly smarter. That’s valuable.”Dianna Carr
Evoke an experience in your audience, one that will have them turning page after page, eagerly sharing your words with their friends and colleagues. Not everybody needs a high-level writer, of course, but if exceptional quality and depth are important to you, you’ll benefit from a writer with a literary approach.
Here are some of the types of people who benefit from working with me:
- Researchers looking for someone to translate complex data into compelling narrative that reads like a novel
- Established writers or consultants with more writing commitments than time
- Leaders with a big idea for a timeless book, seeking a ghostwriter who can turn their vision into literary nonfiction
- Consultants who want their communications (like reports) to be at the same level as their expertise
- Entrepreneurs who want their communications to be deeply resonant and evocative, not just “good enough”
“Sarah is a brilliant writer. She digs deep in her research, pursuing obtuse angles that other writers would miss or ignore, allowing her to bring unique perspectives to her writing. As a keen learner, Sarah is always open to hearing new information and divergent points of view. The result is writing that engages and inspires her readers. I have heard a number of clients, for whom she has written, express that hers is the best writing they have ever seen.”David Gouthro
Coaching for Nonfiction Writers
Writing is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Although there are universal skills and techniques, no two stories are alike because no two people are alike. Whether you want to revisit a personal essay you began years ago, write a memoir about an intense period of your life, or learn how to write in clear language instead of jargon, coaching is about you and your goals. Those goals might be to tell a better story, to learn the fundamentals of writing, to write in clear language instead of jargon…or it might be to finish a particular essay, chapter or book.
If you have:
- A project you’ve been working on but can’t seem to make progress
- An idea for an essay or book but aren’t sure where to begin
- A specific area of writing you’d like to strengthen
- Ever been told your writing is too academic, esoteric or corporate
- Uncertainty about your ability to write in a compelling way
- A desire to maximize creative flow while minimizing screen time
And if you thrive on:
- Personalized attention and support
- Direct and comprehensive feedback
- Learning by doing
- Working independently (not group)
- Going at your own pace
- Email and Skype support
“Sarah took a lot of discombobulated material I had written and teased out the threads so that I can now take it and install a more coherent structure into my writing. On other projects, she has seen intuitively into what the reader would care about in the midst of what is quite complex material. I have had her review at least four of my writing projects and in every case, she has brought high value to the task. She is my go-to person for honest, insightful feedback and coaching.”Dawna Jones
Editing and Collaboration
Editing is where the magic happens, and it’s the single most important aspect of the writing process (after getting the words down on paper). During the editing process you’ll discover what your writing really wants to be saying, and how to say it most effectively and cohesively. The structure falls into place, new ideas emerge, and mundane words become exquisite phrases. It is, in a way, like watching an old Polaroid develop into an immersive, multi-sensory experience. A skilled editor takes you to a level of writing you never imagined you could achieve and makes you sound wise, insightful, smart and compassionate.
There are many levels of editing, from big-picture to tiny details. I specialize in substantive editing, the most creative and strategic level of editing, as well as collaboration (book doctoring, ghostwriting).
You’ll benefit from working with me if:
- You want your book to be equally acclaimed for the writing as for your insights
- You’re not sure whether the structure and flow of your draft are optimal
- You’ve ever been told your writing is too academic, corporate or esoteric (“woo-woo”)
- Your subject is extremely complex (e.g., neuroscience), yet you want it to resonate with lay readers
- You have pages upon pages of notes, and no time to turn these into a draft
- Your manuscript needs a wholesale rewrite
- Your publisher has told you that you need a book doctor