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

experienced.
professional. results-oriented.

In addition to having successful self-publishing clients, my clients are represented by literary agents and have contracts with HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, TarcherPerigee (Penguin), Prometheus Books, Santa Monica Press, She Writes Press, and other high-quality independent publishers.

My clients have earned more than 55 book and writing awards; bestseller rankings, including New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon Charts; and nationally recognized media placements.

Nonfiction books I ghostwrote or collaborated on have won a NYC Big Book Award, been recognized as a 2020 Shelf Unbound Top Notable Indie, and listed by Parade Magazine as one of the “24 Best Memoirs to Read in 2020.”

My interests are broad, but I specialize in working on high-impact nonfiction with academics, medical professionals and researchers, human and animal rights advocates, athletes, and entertainers.

My personal essays, creative nonfiction, and business articles have been published by IDAHO magazine, Idaho Business Review, Unbound Northwest, and more. And I cover the vegan and film festival beat for The Boise Beat and write film reviews for The Boise Beat and The LA Beat.

My experience working with traditionally published authors and literary agents and writing for and submitting to editors at various publications gives me a deeper understanding of my client's needs, fears, and experiences. I use my industry knowledge and experience to help my clients stand out in a crowded marketplace.

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:

nonfiction up to 60,000 words: $2,600

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

fiction up to 80,000 words: $4,000

fiction up to 100,000 words: $4,400

Book Doctoring collaboration


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.

This service includes book proposal writing.

nonfiction up to 60,000 words: $18,000

memoir up to 60,000 words: $22,000


 

Ghostwriting collaboration

For busy professionals or memoirists with information to share and stories to tell but not the time or creative writing skills necessary to write a commercially viable book, I offer "as told to" services.

This service includes book proposal writing.

standard nonfiction $35,000

memoir $40,000


 


 

book proposal Reviews & coaching

If you already have a book proposal...

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

$2,000

pay-as-you-go/Hourly Rate

Consulting services are baked into my writing and editing service, but I also offer hourly rate consulting for those seeking strategic advice outside of the services outline on this page.

For Authors Who Aspire to Be Traditionally Published...

My hourly rate is a popular add-on service for authors during the revision process. We often start with a full developmental or substantive edit at a flat rate, then move to an hourly rate for follow-up manuscript review.

Contact me for  my current hourly rates.

what literary agents & acquisition editors say

A literary agent recently said, "I'm glad [client] worked with you to hone the proposal because the hard work shows and cohesiveness shows." (October 2021)


According to client Steve Adelman, "The first major acquisition editor who saw my book proposal commented, 'For a first time author, this certainly is not a first time proposal.'"


"After 15+ years in publishing, I can say that Cristen sets the gold standard for freelance editing. She recently worked with us on a client's memoir proposal, including an extensive amount of co-writing of sample chapters. From the start of the process, I was highly impressed with her writing, her ideas, and just how much organization and inspiration she brought to the project. Her writing was beautiful, clear, and very true to the author's unique voice. Collaborating with her has been a joy for both author and agent. She had tremendous impact on this project, and we will look forward to working with her on many more, given our experience." --Lilly Ghahremani, JD, MBA, literary agent and co-founder of Full Circle Literary

select project portfolio

Idaho Waters by professional photographer David R. Daybook cover
triple-amputee and disability advocate Linda K. Olson GONE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, BODY, AND TAKING BACK MY LIFE book cover
Good Cop, Black Cop 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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