“I handed [Cristen] a mess, and [she] created structure and an actual, readable book.”
“Thank you for helping me in the most profoundly professional and inspired collaboration.”
“After 15+ years in publishing, I can say that Cristen sets the gold standard for freelance editing.”
“Cristen Iris is the embodiment of excellence, grace, and humility.”
“[Cristen] is a wonderfully precise thinker.”
This is a budget-friendly, choose-your-own-adventure option and a great opportunity to pick the brain of an award-winning developmental editor, book doctor, and ghostwriter.
I'll help you better understand the nuances of the publishing industry and determine which publishing models (traditional Big 5, traditional indie, hybrid/partner, assisted self-publishing, or DIY self-publishing) are most appealing to you all things considered.
We can go though the opening pages of your book and talk through its full arc, so I can offer feedback related to its structure and story or intellectual arc and more.
This is a popular option for first-time authors who just want a little coaching or who want to see what it's like to work with a professional editor.
Think of this as the light version of my book proposal analysis (see below).
If you've already written your nonfiction book proposal and sample chapters and want an editor whose clients are represented by literary agents and have contracts with traditional publishers to offer feedback for what will work for you and what may work against you, I offer this book proposal and sample chapters review service (up to 60 pages).
I will provide feedback in the form of a written overview of my thoughts and recommendations and more specific feedback in comment bubbles in your proposal.
This also includes a review of your query letter because the two documents work together in a pitch to agents and publishers.
Project Launch to Delivery: 1 week
If you've already written your nonfiction book proposal and sample chapters and want an editor whose clients are represented by literary agents and have contracts with traditional publishers to offer feedback for what will work for you and what may work against you, I offer this book proposal and sample chapter(s) review service.
In addition to written feedback, I provide custom video tutorials to help you develop a deeper understanding of the publishing industry and how to strengthen your proposal while preserving your vision and voice.
Project Launch to Delivery: 2 weeks
Thank you for your interest in my developmental editing, book doctoring, and ghostwriting services. My calendar is closed to those projects at the moment.
Narrative Nonfiction: human rights/equality; animal rights/veganism; evidence-based medicine/plant-based diet; epidemiology and medical anthropology; environmentalism/sustainability; film, television, pop culture; sports; science; technology; personal and professional development; legal; disability and neurodiversity
Academic-to-Trade Crossovers: anthropology, psychology, sociology, neurology
Memoir: celebrity and high impact, platform driven
Fiction: literary and upmarket
Documentary Film: See narrative nonfiction, academic-to-trade, and memoir lists above.