Learning to Write
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Writing and Editorial Services
I am a writer, an editor, and a teacher. When I work with a client, I want to help that person tell the tell the story inside. It's not about me, but how to help you tell the best, clearest version of what you have to say. I work in several genres, including fiction, non-fiction, business, memoir, and academic papers and dissertations.
My notes cover things like thesis, organization, plot, pacing, character development, and setting, and I’ll also give notes on specific questions or concerns you have as a writer.
I also offer ghostwriting and coaching services. I base my rates and response times on word count and on the type of services that you’re looking for, and I’m always happy to answer any questions. You can get in touch through the contact form.
What kind of writing do I work with?
Most kinds. I write primarily SFF/horror , and most of my clients tend to be in one of those areas, but I've also worked with people who write for academic journals, including medical research, dissertations, and memoir. I also work with clients on both short fiction and novels. I'm equally happy to work with people who are pursuing traditional publication and with people who are looking to self-publish. I'm not the right person for picture books or children's books.
What kind of editing is this?
This is not a line edit or a copy edit. So I won't fix your typos, though I will let you know if something is unclear. Basically, I read for things like character, voice, plot, pacing, and let you know what is or isn't working. Also, if you want me to read for something specific, I'll be happy to do that. I see my job as helping you make your overall project stronger, more polished, and more like the story that you are trying to tell.
Does it need to be finished?
When I say finished - I've worked with clients who have done multiple rewrites, who have had input from beta readers, and who have extremely polished drafts. I've also worked with clients who have just finished what they know is a first or zero draft, and who want outside eyes on it right away, and who still have scene in brackets like [breakup happens here] or who have multiple versions of the same scene, and want to know which one works better. So if you have the bulk of things, the basic shape, but there are a couple of pieces missing, or if you know you're going to revise? Absolutely. If you only have a few chapters, it will probably be more useful to you to wait until you're closer to finished.
Do you need to have writing credits?
Nope. Not even a little bit. Nor do I need to see a sample or an excerpt or a link to your website. I've worked with clients who have sent me the first draft of the first book they've ever finished, and I've worked with people who have been writing for years.
What are my credentials?
I hold an MA degree in English Literature. I have been teaching writing and literature on the college level for over fifteen years. I have served as an editor for several publications, including
. My short stories and poems have been published in anthologies including
Sins of the Past.
I have also worked as a freelance editor and writer for over seven years.
Does this cost money?
Yes. The amount will depend on how long your project is and how much editing/writing involvement you want from me. I will give you an exact quote before you are committed to anything. It costs nothing to ask questions, so if you're not sure that this is what you're looking for, please ask, and I'll be happy to answer.
Does this guarantee that you'll get published?
No. I don't think any editor or ghost writer could make that guarantee.
Interested? Here's how to get in touch:
Request a quote
Word Count (without punctuation, so 90000, for example) - Required for an editing quote. If it's for writing/coaching, please let me know about your project.
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