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.
Looking for feedback before you move forward? I will provide a close reading of your work that addresses plot, structure, pacing, character, point of view, setting, dialogue, scene and when applicable, use of the retrospective voice. For nonfiction projects, feedback will address the writer’s concept, thesis, balance of narrative and arguments, and audience.
25-Page (6,250-word) Manuscript Evaluation – $350: This evaluation is perfect for someone looking for direction as they work on their project, or someone who’s finished the first draft of a manuscript and would like some guidance before starting the revision process. You will receive a 30-minute consultation to discuss author concerns and goals for this edit, in-text comments on your manuscript pointing out what’s working as well as what may require more clarity, and a 3 to 5 page editorial letter outlining the manuscript’s strengths and opportunities for revision. When applicable, reading lists are provided. This includes a one-hour follow-up session to discuss the next steps in your drafting process.
Full Manuscript Evaluation – $1,400 (60,000 words/ $165 for each additional 10,000 words): This evaluation is perfect for authors who’ve completed a strong draft of their work-in-progress, and who are ready to address any remaining structural edits before moving on to line-editing and copyediting their projects. You will receive a 30-minute consultation to discuss author concerns and goals for this edit, in-text comments on your manuscript pointing out what’s working as well as what may require more clarity, a 7 – 10 page editorial letter outlining the manuscript’s strengths and opportunities for revision focusing on broad concepts such as narrative arc, structure, character development, pacing, and audience, and a one-hour follow-up session.
Need someone to help you tackle serious problems in your project? I will work collaboratively with you to problem-solve solutions to inconsistencies and issues related to your book’s concept, thesis, narrative structure and literary elements based on genre. Please note, that while I will provide some sentence-level feedback, developmental editing is not the same as copy editing.
Developmental Editing Package – $5,000: This package is perfect for writers who need substantial support and feedback as they revise their manuscripts. You’ll receive a 30-minute consultation to discuss author concerns and goals for this edit, a manuscript evaluation, feedback on four separate 50-page (12, 500-word) sections of your manuscript, and 4 coaching sessions to discuss project outlines, timelines, needed skills, and any other concerns related to the project. Authors who have already completed a manuscript evaluation with me can deduct $1,400 from this price).
Custom developmental editing packages are available upon request.
Staring at the first page of your book project and feeling overwhelmed? Experiencing the mid-project blues? Lost your writing mojo? Let me help you launch your project successfully, meet your writing goals, or get back on track after a period of setbacks using one of my coaching packages. I have twenty years of writing experience, five years of editorial experience, and a background in mental health that gives me a unique perspective on motivation, creativity, and workflow. All one-hour sessions can be completed via Skype or in-person (Charlottesville, VA only) and can be customized to suit your individual needs.
Individual Sessions: $100 per session with no manuscript review/$175 with a 10-page (2,500-word) manuscript review
4-Session Coaching Package: $475, includes 2 10-page manuscript reviews
Need an instructor, presenter, or speaker for your writing event? I am an experienced facilitator with fifteen years of teaching experience in the areas of reading, writing, special education, and psychology. I’ve spent the last four years teaching classes in mindful writing, memoir, editing, and the art of storytelling. My evaluations are consistently positive. Many students have taken more than one of my classes. For a list of classes I have previously taught (or could teach for you), please see my classes page.
Classes, seminars, and speaking engagements: Contact me for class pricing. For a list of classes I can teach, please see my classes page. Custom classes are available upon request.
Curriculum Development: $100 per hour: As a curriculum development specialist, I will analyze your lesson plans, suggest experiential activities to help engage your learners, and ensure activities and information are disseminated in a way that supports the achievement of learning goals.
I offer a free thirty-minute initial consultation via Skype for all potential clients to discuss the scope of their projects, goals, deadlines, and budgets.
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