Developmental editing | book collaboration/book doctoring | book proposal Writing & Reviews | strategic consulting

experienced.
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 a New York Times bestselling debut novelist, a Parade Magazine "24 Best Memoirs to Read in 2020" lister, a GRAMMY Award (R) winner, an international entertainment entrepreneur, activists and advocates, and intellectuals, all of whom are self-starters driven to educate, entertain, and empower others.

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

(Click here to see my clients' measurable results and media attention.)

We share a common mindset. We respect the work and see each other as long-term strategic partners. And when we decide to do something, we find a way or make or way.

Like my clients, I am a writer. My work has been published in print and online magazines and business journals.

recently published titles

Book cover image for But My Speech Is Fine: Speech Language Pathology: True Stories of a Misunderstood Profession
Clayton Moore GOOD COP, BLACK COP: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (memoir) book cover
triple-amputee and disability advocate Linda K. Olson GONE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, BODY, AND TAKING BACK MY LIFE book cover

developmental editing


Developmental editing is all about structure (story) 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.

 

I recommend this in-depth analysis for first-time authors.

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 that include up to 11 genre-specific inspection categories:

  • entire manuscript
  • chapters
  • sections and scenes
  • author platform and affinity groups

 

up to 60,000 words: $2,600

60,000-80,00 words: $3,500

book collaboration/Book Doctoring


This service is for aspiring authors who are looking for a proven writing professional to help them restructure and rewrite a book they're having a hard time pulling together.

My collaboration process starts with a developmental review and is informed by my education and business background and what I've learned as a 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.

nonfiction up to 60,000 words: $12,000-15,000

memoir up to 60,000 words: $15,000-21,000


 

Ghostwriting

For busy professionals or memoirists with stories to tell but not the time or creative writing skills necessary to write a commercially viable book, I offer ghostwriting services.

We discuss your vision and through a series of interviews I structure a book that bridges the gap between your vision and your audience's needs and preferences.

full ghostwriting (no mention of my contribution) starting at $32,000

"with" status or co-author/collaborator acknowledgement starting at $25,000


 


 

book proposal Reviews & coaching

If you already have a book proposal...

If you plan to write your general nonfiction or memoir book yourself but want a professional analysis and substantive editing feedback on your query letter and proposal before sending it to literary agents, I offer book proposal reviews (up to 60 double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font pages). 

$1,500

 

If you need help writing a competitive book proposal...

If you need to develop your book proposal and query letter from scratch--including your book's table of contents, chapter synopses, and sample chapters; a proper competitive analysis, and a targeted marketing plan--and need help identifying which literary agents and publishers are the best fits for you and your project, I offer flat rate or hourly fee options.

Contact me for a free consultation and custom bid.

pay-as-you-go editing & consulting

If you prefer to choose your own adventure...

If you prefer a pay-as-you-go arrangement, this hourly rate is a popular option due to its flexibility and access to any service I offer.

In addition to flexibility, it's a great option for authors on a limited budget because they can request a more limited manuscript review and higher level feedback than my deep developmental editing process.

 

For Authors Who Aspire to Be Traditionally Published...

This is also a popular add on service for authors who aspire to be traditionally published. We often start with a full developmental or substantive edit at a flat rate, then proceed to work on a comprehensive pitching strategy for their book proposal, query letter, and book blurb/endorsement pitches at an hourly rate for a higher degree of flexibility.

Contact me for a free consultation and my current hourly rates.

project portfolio

triple-amputee and disability advocate Linda K. Olson GONE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, BODY, AND TAKING BACK MY LIFE book cover
Clayton Moore GOOD COP, BLACK COP: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (memoir) book cover
Etaf Rum A WOMAN IS NO MAN book cover with New York Times Bestseller and Today Show Read with Jenna Book of the Month pick notations
former National USA gymnastics coach and author Gary Buckmann BROKEN TO BRILLIANT: OVERCOME OBSTACLES TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY & ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE book cover
Scott Marchant Hiking Idaho, IDAHO WILDRENESS JOURNAL cover image
Scott Marchant THE HIKER'S GUIDE MCCALL & CASCADE book cover
Scott Marchant THE HIKER'S GUIDE BEST EASY HIKES GREATER BOISE book cover
Scott Marchant THE HIKER'S GUIDE EXPLORING GREATER BOISE book cover
Heather Sears MIND TO MOUTH: A BUSY CHICK'S GUIDE TO MINDFUL MEALTIME MOMENTS book cover
Scott Forrester, GCFP, THE AWARE ATHLETE: HOW THE WILD ORIGINS OF OUR HUMAN NATURE AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF NEUROPLASTICITY ARE REDEFINING FITNESS FOR ALL OF US book cover
Colleen Higgins, R. Ph. THE CANNABIS PRESCRIPTION: HOW TO USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO REDUCE OR REPLACE PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICATIONS book cover
Lee Angela Holcomb LIFESTYLE LAWYER: THE FEMALE ATTORNEY'S GUIDE TO DESIGNING A LAW CAREER YOU LOVE book cover
Billy Kilson THE SOLID BEAT CONCEPT: A MODERN METHOD FOR MUSICAL ADVANCEMENT book cover
Laurie Buchanan, PhD THE BUSINESS OF BEING: SOUL PURPOSE IN AND OUT OF THE WORKPLACE book cover
Bart Gragg THEY'RE MANAGERS NOW WHAT? book cover
LGBTQ+ advocate and author Time Rymel M.Ed. RETHINKING EVERYTHING: WHEN FAITH AND REALITY DON'T MAKE SENSE book cover
Anne Leigh Parrish WOMEN WITHIN, a novel book cover
Anne Leigh Parrish BY THE WAYSIDE book cover
Chrissy Lessey THE HUNTED, Crystal Coast Book Series book two book cover
Chrissy Lessey THE BEACON, Crystal Coast Book Series book three
M.V. Maddux SHADOWS TO LIGHT, A MORALITY TALE book cover
Jennie Withers A BACKPACK, A EURORAIL PASS, AND SOME SERIOUS BAGGAGE book cover
Tanya Sood SHE HAS RISEN book cover
Ann Margaret Johns CLARKSTON'S CURSE: ONE CHILD'S QUEST TO MAKE SENSE OF THE TRADGEDIES IN HER HOMETOWN book cover

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.

statement of values

I am an inclusive businessperson.

I do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, gender identity, or sexual orientation in any of my activities or operations and will not contract with any author or vendor who demonstrates a disregard for the dignity, safety, and overall well-being of any other person or group.

When working together, we agree that without intellectual integrity and respect for human dignity, our work has little value. Therefore, we place the wellbeing and education of readers in the forefront of our minds and agree to focus our efforts on providing maximum value to them.

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