Helping stories into the world
As an editor and coach I help writers no matter where they stand in the creation journey. Starting with a dream and an idea? Or you've written some and now have a good start, but need help through the middle. Count on my 35 years of editing and industry experience to help you write what the world wants to read.
When I work as your coach you get a partner for accountability, processes, story insights, editorial management, and even co-creation as needed. We might take a first draft and develop it. Or get your book ready for the world, building the synopses and queries for agents and editors. We can also work with a goal of publishing on your own with indie options.
You can begin with a $300 Creation Package to help you develop a story and tune it up: six hours, plus unlimited emails. We look at your writing's characters, plot, scenes, and theme. You send drafts of chapters, and after an initial read, we talk: phone, email, Skype, FaceTime. Microsoft Word comments, in-line, provide advice to revise. For copy-editing, I use Word's Track Changes so you see each change.
Writers benefit from book Developmental Editing: seeing choices about how the story flows and grows, what to include, and what you can set aside. Copyediting, for a completed draft, costs 2 cents per word, or a negotiated rate for books longer than 100,000 words.
The difference: Copyediting is for a finished book that needs its language polished. This checks on the book's last few steps before offering it for publication. Earlier in your process, Developmental Editing helps you create the best book from the ground up. We develop story structure, plot, characters, and themes.
What you'll invest
The initial stage starts at $300. We lay out a program and set a schedule, then tune up the timeframe to help you best. You get a 30-minute introductory meeting via phone or Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Video, to get to know one another and your project — no cost.
The biggest boost to your success doesn't have a price tag. It's your investment in time to work toward your goals. I can train you in practices to keep you creating. When you keep working, you are making progress toward completing your book.
Blog development is an art as well as a science. I've managed and launched commercial blogs since 2005 across creative pursuits and corporate enterprises. A Blog Restart retainer package gives you an overview of your Web writing to date, advice on content resources, writing as needed—plus ways to cook up stories to make your website rise in search engines. Learn how to set up a writing schedule and calendar. Blogs need regular feeding.
Content is king on the Web. Here's advice on SEO Myths, by Hubspot:
Links are an important part of your website’s authority. However, if you have budget to invest in your website, I would say, “Hire someone to write for you.” When you invest in content, that content can be used for webpages, blog posts, lead generation offers, and guest posts on other sites — all content types that will bring more links with them over time.
Business communication is $500 for the first 5 hours. There are discounts for larger packages. Call me at 512-657-6264 to get a custom estimate.
Creative coaching for practices, editing for polishes
Creative Coaching helps your writing by developing productive practices. We talk about your goals, your creation habits, how writing delivers meaning to your life. Writing locations, rituals, tools like the Pomodoro timed practice — there's so many concepts out there. Investing in coaching costs less than you might think. We develop a package that fits your project and budget.
Ask me about development, coaching and editing services. Let's work together to finish what you've begun.