Editing & Coaching

Start Here: Free Consultation

Writing isn’t a one-size-fits all endeavor. Each person and project has unique needs that can be best served in different ways. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss your project—where you are, what challenges you’re facing, your goals, budget and schedule. I’ll point you towards the next steps you can take.

All prices listed are USD.

Canadian residents pay at par (if paying by e-transfer) and may be subject to 5% GST. 

Manuscript Evaluation

You’ve taken your manuscript as far as you can, and now you’re not sure what it needs. Does the structure support the story you’re telling? What are your natural writing strengths, and where could you use different techniques to make it stronger? What should you amp up or add (or conversely, delete or tone down)? 

Writing, Story and Creativity Coaching

Hone your voice, discover your strengths, and become a timeless storyteller.

 

Writing is not a standardized process. Although there are universal skills and techniques, no two stories are alike because no two people are alike. Whether you want to write a memoir about a specific period in your life, bring a groundbreaking concept to life with evocative storytelling, or learn how to use your writing time more effectively, coaching is about you and your goals.

Hiring a nonfiction writing coach is like having a personal trainer for your writing. I can see your strengths, and I can see which muscles would benefit from attention. By strengthening those muscles, you strengthen your overall body (of work). Sometimes I can even see emotional or cognitive patterns that give rise to particular issues, and once you learn to see them, the issues resolve. 

A little bit of feedback goes a long way. I can identify issues and patterns that will transform your writing. Every time you learn a new way of approaching a scene, or release an old pattern, you’re learning something that will serve you for as long as you write.

I’m a cheerleader and champion for my clients, and I work with a very limited number at a time, in order to give each one my deepest attention. 

This is performance coaching (aka mentoring), not ICF coaching. I work with a number of clients who are leadership coaches. I’m more like a pitching coach in baseball, or a vocal coach. The term “writing coach” is commonly searched, so that’s what I call it for SEO. Beyond writing, I can help you with researching agents, writing queries and synopses and supporting you along your path to publication, whether that’s traditional, self-publishing or hybrid. 

Clients who complete three months of coaching receive a discount of 20% on full editing services (developmental or substantive)

Coaching is for you if any of the following are true:

  • You have a project you’ve been working on but can’t seem to make progress
  • You have an idea for a book but aren’t sure where to begin
  • There’s a specific area of your writing you’d like to strengthen
  • You want to maximize creative flow while minimizing screen time
  • You seek an accountability partner to help keep you on track towards your goals

And if you thrive on:

  • Personalized attention and support
  • Direct and comprehensive feedback
  • Learning by doing
  • Working independently, rather than in a group
  • Going at your own pace

Find Your Flow Coaching (no page reviews)

Renew your commitment to yourself and your writing with these phone-only coaching sessions. I can help you: 

 

  • Jump-start your creativity
  • Get the most out of butt-in-chair time
  • Maximize creativity while minimizing screen time
  • Feel more fulfilled creatively

    Coaching without Page Reviews is also for more advanced writers, if you are:

    • Looking for a brainstorming partner
    • Building your platform
    • Beginning to research agents
    • Querying

    Coaching with Page Reviews

    Custom packages and proposals for more intensive work available on request.

    Other Editing Services

     

    Developmental Editing – À la carte — My approach with developmental editing goes deeper than the surface rules of structure and storytelling. My process includes both logic (the rules) and intuition (the issues that show up beneath the words). I dive deep into what’s working, and what’s holding you back. I give you the toolkit—and a tailored writing handbook—to get where you want to go.

    With a stand-alone developmental edit, you’ll receive an extensive editorial letter (10-20 pages), as well as detailed Markup and a one-hour follow-up call to discuss any questions and your next steps. Cost: $5,000 for up to 60,000 words (+$450 for each additional 500 words)

    Developmental Editing + Coaching Package — This includes two full manuscript evaluations plus six months of one-on-one writer coaching. I start with a manuscript evaluation to see what work needs to be done and where. You’ll receive light Markup and a detailed Editorial Letter. Then we move into writer coaching, which gives you ongoing feedback and guidance as you revise. During this time, I’ll review up to 10,000 words per month, and we’ll have one one-hour call per month to discuss your progress and questions. At the end of the six months, I’ll do another full manuscript evaluation to assess the state of your manuscript and offer guidance for next steps. Cost: $7,500, payable in three installments (based on a 60,000-word manuscript).

    First 50 pages review + 30-minute phone call — $500

    Query letter review (no phone call) — $150

    Book Proposal review + 30-minute phone call — $550

    Please note: I don’t do copyediting or proofreading, but I’m happy to refer you to editors who specialize in these more technical areas.

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