Insightful editing of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays
I look for what’s already strong in your manuscript and give you the feedback you need to make it sing. From how each sentence flows to character development and story structure, I show you specifically what should stay intact, what needs improvement, and how to make that happen. My role is to help you bridge the gap between the writing you envisioned and what you have on the page.
- A suspenseful fantasy novel by a writer who emulates N. K. Jemisin
- A bittersweet memoir written for the children of a man who knows he will die prematurely.
Sample projects from the past
- Edited a draft of Eric Bell’s second middle-grade novel, Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance. An agent expressed interest in his work but requested changes. Eric asked me to help him determine how to respond. Was it one person’s opinion, or would an extensive rewrite make sense? (Eric got a two-book deal with HarperCollins.)
- A writer struggling with revision asked me to compare three rewrites of a specific section of his novel to determine which one was headed in the right direction.
- Edited the full-length memoir, Ephemeral Blooms: A Memoir with Roots in Colorado, prior to self-publishing.
- Scene-by-scene, line-by-line help as a client completed his screenplay.
- Assisted a client whose success at work depends on improving the quality of his memos and reports.
Coaching services for writers and non-writers
I provide compassionate coaching services to help you start or finish fiction, nonfiction, a collection of stories or essays, poetry, a screenplay, academic writing, and corporate communications.
My strength lies in helping you tap into your innate creativity and playfulness and overcome blocks quickly. I have ten years of experience leading creative writing workshops, and a lifetime as a creative person surrounded by other artists and writers. Many of my students and private clients have used my services, and many of them have not only finished their work but have gone on to publish it. I
How coaching and editing work
Fit is very important when working with an editor or coach. No two people are alike, so I would design my approach specifically for you. Therefore, the first step is to have a no-cost, fifteen-minute to half-hour phone conversation to discuss your needs and how we would work together. Once we start, I am available via telephone, videoconferencing, and if you’re local to Philadelphia, for an additional travel fee, in person.
It doesn’t take long to determine if you’ll benefit from working with me. In one instance, I helped a graduate student finish her master’s thesis after years of stalling in only one phone session. For others, it has taken longer, but if I see that the time isn’t helping you, I will refer you to someone else. Establishing and maintaining professional relationships based on mutual trust is more important to me than short-term profit.
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