“Giverny: Elyse painting,” by Maud Taber-Thomas

Many writers find it useful to have a dedicated editor or writing coach as they grapple with their writing and strive to finish a piece of work. I love helping aspiring writers make their writing all they want it to be–and spurring them to get the writing done that they want to get done.  As an editor, I offer a range of services, including editing, book-shaping, book proposal design, and consultation in finding the key emotional story. I also provide structure, assignments, and advice to help writers complete their writing projects. For those who prefer to work on their writing on a one-to-one basis, rather than via a writing class, I offer one-on-one coaching and MFA-level consultation.

If you would like to contact me with regard to editing, please use the contact form.
These are the sorts of editorial services I offer:

Basic Editing

Editorial help with voice; form; structure; use of concrete detail; quality of language; mix of scene, summary & musing; inclusion of exposition, historical material, and sense of time & place; and other matters of craft

Book Shaping

Developmental editing to help writers realize their vision, focus, and shape their work

Book Proposal Design

Consultation to help writers put together book proposals that show off their writing and effectively communicate a book’s focus and audience

Finding the Emotional Story

Guidance to help writers clarify and illuminate the emotional story at the heart of their work

Structure, Assignments, & Coaching

Consultation to help writers structure their time, create a schedule and plan for their writing, and, through one-time or regular appointments, provide readings and discussion of their work, to help them keep moving and get their writing done