professional. results-oriented.

My mission is to help purpose-driven nonfiction and craft-oriented fiction authors develop and write high-value, reader-pleasing books.

My clients include New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, a GRAMMY Award (R) winner, advocates, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs, all of whom are driven to do their part to make the world a better place. 

Clients have earned more than twenty book awards, bestseller rankings, high-profile listings, and publishing contracts on books we've worked on together.

I'm regularly invited to speak and teach workshops for writers and professional editors, and my own work has been published in print and online magazines and business journals.

Developmental & substantive editing | book collaboration & ghostwriting | book proposal Reviews & writing

developmental & substantive editing

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is all about structure and persuasiveness. I evaluate your manuscript according to my tried-and-true, genre-specific methodology, so you have confidence as you revise your manuscript and put your ideas in front of the people you want to inform, influence, and entertain.

This is the service I recommend to writers who've already been published but want to up their game, writers whose literary agents or publishers recommended that they hire a freelance editor for additional support, and first time authors on a budget.

In addition to a comprehensive editing report and in-manuscript notes, I record custom video tutorials to guide you through some of the trickier concepts and encourage you as you revise your manuscript.

I will evaluate your manuscript on four levels:

  • entire manuscript
  • chapters
  • sections
  • how any images, tables, and other graphic elements add to or detract from your message and the overall appeal of the book

Developmental Editing Prices

general and narrative nonfiction up to 60,000 words $1,800

general and narrative nonfiction up to 80,00 words $2,400

memoir and fiction up to 80,000 words $2,400

memoir and fiction up to 100,000 words $3,000


Substantive Editing

Substantive editing is what you might also call deep developmental editing. I do an even deeper structural evaluation of your manuscript per my developmental editing approach and offer line editing comments. Custom video tutorials are also included.

This is the service I recommend for first-time authors who want a highly individualized master class in writing and strategic communication.

substantive editing prices

general and narrative nonfiction up to 60,000 words $3,000

general and narrative nonfiction up to 80,000 words $3,500

memoir and fiction up to 80,000 words $3,500

memoir and fiction up to 100,000 words $4,000

book collaboration & ghostwriting

Book Collaboration

This service is for aspiring authors who are looking for a proven writing professional to help them write a book from the ground up or rewrite a book they're having a hard time pulling together.

When I work as a co-writer or re-writer, I'm very engaged with my client. We start with structure and work our way to crafting the finer details in an organized way that nurtures creativity and enthusiasm.

My collaboration process is an extension of my developmental and substantive editing process and is informed by my education and professional background and what I've learned as published writer and when teaching and talking to aspiring authors at workshops, conferences, and business events and by engaging with literary agents, publishers, booksellers, and readers.

book collaboration prices

general nonfiction co-writing up to 60,000 words $19,000

general nonfiction re-writing up to 60,000 words $14,000

memoir and memoir⇒fiction co-writing up to 80,000 words $21,000

memoir and memoir⇒fiction rewriting up to 100,000 words $19,000



I recommend ghostwriting to professionals and memoirists who want to produce a high-quality book that reflects their thoughts and voice but don't have the time, desire, or skill to craft a high-quality manuscript.

You're the author--the vision and voice behind the words--while I am the wordsmith and project manager. I help you identify your goals and ideal reader, develop your ideas, and decide how you want the book to be structured. When the scope and structure are defined, I write your book in a way that projects your voice and ideas while you focus on what you enjoy and do best.

Please note that if you aspire to be traditionally published, the process is different due to industry requirements and expectations. However, my pricing remains the same.

ghostwriting prices

general nonfiction and memoir up to 60,000 words $23,000

general nonfiction and memoir up to 70,000 words $26,600

general nonfiction and memoir up to 80,000 words $36,000

I do not ghostwrite fiction at this time.

book proposal Review

If you plan to write your general nonfiction or memoir book yourself but want a professional analysis and substantive editing feedback on your proposal before sending it to literary agents, I offer book proposal reviews (up to 65 pages) for $2,000.

book proposal writing

If you also contract with me to co- or ghost-write your nonfiction book, I offer a full book proposal writing service, including sample chapter writing for $7,000 and reduce my collaboration or ghostwriting fee by 15%.

Want to learn more about how I set my rates? Read this article that I originally wrote for Unbound NorthwestThe Cost of Doing Business: How Freelance Service Providers Make a Living and visit the Editorial Freelancers Association site for a table with editing services and prices.