Working with me means your chance of success will increase. As a top editor, I have reviewed writing submissions for decades. I know what other editors want to see when they look at your work. I will help you crystalize and focus your ideas, improve your writing, and figure out what makes your project salable. While other editors fix grammar and punctuation, I’m more of a strategist. My specialty is understanding your idea and helping you shape it for publication.
Help with a non-fiction book proposal
Many of the people I work with want to write a non-fiction book. It could be their first or tenth. Regardless, non-fiction books require a book proposal. A book proposal is like a sales pitch. It tells the agent or publisher why they should be interested in your book, and sells the idea.
You and I will work together on focusing your book, ensuring that the idea is exciting and sellable. You will write each part of the proposal with my guidance. I provide ideas, resources and additional information and research. I’ll edit each section and give you suggestions on how to improve the structure, focus, salability, and the writing itself.
When the proposal is complete, I’ll edit it again, ensuring it is consistent, flows properly and is exciting enough to send to an agent or publisher. You will learn how to approach an editor or agent for maximum success. I have connections to agents and can make introductions. Ninety percent of the clients who finish a proposal with me get a book deal, many with big publishing houses.
Book doctoring and editing
As a veteran editor, I evaluate manuscripts, sample chapters and essays. I look at the pieces as a whole and make written comments about structure, style, content, and characters, plus specific comments on the page. I edit manuscripts and other writing. I untangle sentences, check spelling and grammar, move paragraphs around, and other line edits. I work on memoir, essays and all kinds of non-fiction. I have evaluated fiction, and I specialize in editing recipes.
Coaching for freelance writing or blogging
You might be a published writer who wants to write for more successful, bigger publications. I can help you take the next step. Or perhaps you’ve never written for a publication before. Either way, we’ll figure out which publications would be most likely to publish your work, find the right story idea, and you’ll learn to write an irresistible query letter. I’ve also helped people work on stories once they get assignments.