Concise, Solutions-Focused Feedback Oriented Towards Your Goals.
What I Do
As a published writer who provides editing and coaching services, I understand the hard work that goes into writing projects and the need for clear, solutions-focused feedback. Editing is a collaborative process that requires active listening to understand a writer’s goals, diligent attention to detail, and meeting all deadlines on time every time. I value helping writers find or hone their authentic voices while assessing the big picture in order to strengthen their story arcs.
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Testimonial: “Lisa has read two manuscripts for me now, one a short piece of narrative nonfiction and one a full-length novel. Her feedback on both was excellent. She provided an overview document with detailed suggestions on the narrative arc, character development, and more. She also provided page-by-page suggestions and line edits on the entire manuscript. I would highly recommend Lisa even to the most experienced writer.”
– Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement
Testimonial: I felt stuck in writing my memoir, and having never worked with an editor before, I searched for editors through the Editorial Freelancers Association website. When I contacted Lisa Ellison, she answered my questions in a sensitive, yet diplomatic way. I felt she was a perfect match for me and waited eagerly for her ten-page developmental edit. I wasn’t disappointed. Beautifully formatted and easy to understand, it contained a wealth of detailed feedback tailored to my writing goals. Lisa’s objective and critical thinking lifted me from my quicksand of confusion and set me on a path to streamline my narrative arc. My only regret is that I didn’t contact Lisa sooner!”
– Judy Ochs
Testimonial: “Since I’ve known Lisa Ellison (we met at the VQR conference in August 2015), her incisive commentary on my work has been extraordinarily helpful. It’s easy to see from the outset that she’s genuine and generous, and puts those traits to work in everything she does. Apart from the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing, which she is also good at, she got me to see my work in a different way and to imagine new possibilities. What more could you ask for?”
– Phil Quam, Indonesia, author of “Inmates” published in Word Riot
Testimonial: “I’ve benefited from Lisa’s writing and editing knowledge, expertise, and passion over the course of the past year-and-a-half as I’ve embarked on writing a memoir manuscript. Lisa’s insights and knowledge of the craft have proven invaluable in helping me gain clarity on how to tell my story. She’s a thorough and thoughtful reader with a keen eye for identifying specific ways to make any piece of writing great. She offers excellent feedback on things like structure, plot, narrative arc, pacing, characterization, point of view, scene dynamics, and dialogue. Her feedback has not only proven practical, but also inspiring.”
– Thomas Haynes, Charlottesville, Virginia
Testimonial: “I first met Lisa in a writing class in Charlottesville a few years ago. We shared our stories over the eight weeks of the course. During this time I was impressed with Lisa’s ability to provide helpful feedback on structure, characterization, plot and narrative arc. Her comments enabled me to develop my writing further in a positive direction. I have also been in touch with Lisa for the past year and I have found her insight invaluable. She has a knack for seeing the bigger picture, while at the same time focusing on detail. She also listens well, an important attribute to anyone providing editorial feedback. I would recommend Lisa as an editor of outstanding ability.”
– Jane Cotter, Melbourne, Australia
Testimonial: “Lisa is both an accomplished teacher and very talented practitioner of mindful writing. She is a very capable, empathic and insightful writing teacher, who creates and sustains a safe, warm space for students to learn and become successful mindful writers themselves. Lisa is nurturing, attentive and generous — everything one wants in a teacher of such a practice. Students will benefit from her kind, insightful and truly mindful attention, and will grow under her tutelage and guidance.”
– Rita Hart, book publisher in Melbourne, Australia