Where are you at in your writing journey?

I need help finishing my book.

You have a half-finished manuscript or a collection of notes, essays, and blog posts. Either way, developmental editing can help you form and shape your words as you craft your novel, e-book, or nonfiction book.

I need writing support.

You have a lot of writer dreams, but you need support - resources, encouragement, feedback on your words, and help creating a writing habit.

 

 

Let's get you writing.

 
 
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Six MOnths to Done FAcebook Group

Commit to finishing a novel in six months and join our Facebook group for support, encouragement, and a cool Google Doc where we meet up to write and give each other feedback. We are halfway through our first group and it's been so fun! Click below to get on the waitlist for the next one. {FREE}

 
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Coaching

Working on a project and need extra support? Sign up for weekly coaching calls to brainstorm, discuss the direction of your project, chat about your writing habits, and give you feedback on your words. Coaching is flexible based on your needs - if you can dream it up, we can make it happen. {$100/one-hour session; includes pre-call writing review.}

 
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Writing Accountability and Coaching Program

Only open twice a year, this program is a six-week program designed to get you started on your writing adventure - with lots of writing feedback, deadlines to keep you accountable, and a step-by-step process to creating a writing habit. This is not an online course, but is like one-on-one coaching, teaching, and accountability all rolled into one.

 
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Build Your WRiting LIfe Online Course 

Ready to really do this writing thing? This course teaches you how to:

- Find time in your schedule to actually write (without making yourself miserable by waking up at 5 in the morning)

- Overcome the inner critic that degrades and demoralizes you every time you write

- Create a writing practice that is about more than just sitting down and plugging out words until you hit a certain word count

- Discover tools and resources that transform your writing from chore to self-care

Course runs from  August 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018. Last day to sign up is July 31st! {$297} FOR A LIMITED TIME: The next 3 students to enroll get 50% off! (Use the code INKLING50).

One Day, Your Book Will Be Finished.

You’ve longed for this moment for forever.

 
  • It’s on your bucket list
  • It’s in your five-year plan

  • It would be a surreal, pinch-yourself moment

 
 
 

But First You Have to Finish Your Book.

Which never seems to happen.

  • You never have the time
  • You aren’t sure your book is any good

  • You don’t know how to finish it or how to edit it

 

That’s where I come in.

 

As a book coach, I help you finally finish your book: it’s one part accountability, two parts feedback and a dash of inspiration, all designed to spur you on toward finishing your book.

We will nerd out over your flavorful characters, multi-layered plot, or awesome-sauce words. We will organize your ideas, brainstorm in pencil, dabble with lists and outlines, rewrite and rearrange, and mold your book together. It’s like all the fun parts of a writing class, with a bit of geeky-best-friend thrown in.

 

Here's what you get

with book coaching...

 

  • Feedback on your writing, so you can finally stop second-guessing yourself, shut up your inner critic, and get to work on your book.

  • Accountability, so you can make real progress on your book and have a huge party when you write that last, little period.  

  • A brainstorming partner, so you can bounce ideas off someone, toy with the risky ideas, and get much needed inspiration to get you back to that keyboard.

  • A review of the big picture of your manuscript (organization, plot, etc..), so you have a place to start with your editing and a clear idea of where your book is going, both of which will make sure you finish your book. For real this time.

 

PLUS, you’ll get:

  • An editing summary to guide you during your revision.

  • A pre-editing conference call with me so we can talk about your goals and ideas, as well as uncover strengths and weaknesses in your writing or areas where you are struggling in your manuscript.

How does it work?

Step 1:

Send me your book in a Google doc and then meet me for an online coffee date (unless you live in Oregon, in which case let's meet in real life!) so we can talk all about your book, writing, and what you need to get this thing done.

Step 2:

Let me work some magic. I scribble comments, recommend edits, and uncover the genius in your words. Then I send it back to you for revision along with an editing summary (and confetti-style encouragement). 

 

Step 3:  

Pop the bubbly and throw yourself a My-Book-Is-Really-Done party! Publish it, send it off to an agent, sell it on your website. Check it off your bucket list, your vision board, and your five-year plan.

Then, treat yourself! Because you’re an author, dang it.

 

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Book Coaching Packages

Manuscript Critique

  • Initial conference call

  • A read-through of your manuscript (no line edits)

  • Detailed editing summary

  • Celebratory conference call

Starting at $600 for a 50,000 manuscript

Developmental Edit

  • Initial conference call

  • A full developmental edit of your manuscript (including line edits as well as big picture edits)

  • Editing summary

  • Celebratory conference call

Starting at $1500 for a 50,000 word manuscript

BOok Writing Support

  • Initial conference call

  • Deadlines for your writing, weekly feedback on pages submitted, and direction and support as you draft

  • Monthly conference calls 

  • Email support

Starting at $200/month for 10 pages a week

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Hey fellow word nerd!

I wasted much of my life not believing in my writing and not taking my craft seriously. Now I want to make sure every writer who crosses my path is revitalized and affirmed in their craft and writing dreams. I have a B.A. in English, three years of experience teaching writing, and a year of professional editing experience. When you work with me, you can expect lots of encouragement, plenty of useful feedback, and some strategies for growing as a writer too - because that's how I roll.

The thing is, I'm not your traditional editor. I don't really care if you know what an oxford comma is and I don't have particularly strong feelings about being grammatically correct. What I do care about is YOU and your STORY. I  get really excited about making a story work, making those sentences flow, and helping you build your story from the ground up.

I'm also so passionate about believing in you and your story even when you don't believe in it yourself. Because I think many of the world's best stories have never seen the light of day because the person writing it lost confidence in themselves and in their story. That's why working with me is equal parts editing and cheerleading - because you and your story matter to me and I know you aren't just battling weird grammar rules, but you are also battling your deep self-doubts and nasty inner critic.

Some fun facts about me: I like chewy fruit candy and anything British. L.M. Montgomery is my hero. I wish Harry Potter was real (seriously. I mean seriously). Also, I’m not sure I’m a full-on nerd, but I love Doctor Who, Comic-Con, Dungeons and Dragons, and those bumper stickers about how reading is sexy. (Okay, I’m a nerd. #proudofit.)

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"This is amazing!

I wish I could try it out for free."

Why didn't you just say so?!

I know working with an editor can be scary and the investment is big. So I offer FREE developmental edits for up to 5 pages of your manuscript. Send me your words and I will joyfully scribble free feedback in the margins. 

Your quest to conquer your dream of becoming an author begins today. And the first leg of the journey is on me.

Questions?

Got you covered...

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies based on the package you choose and the length of your manuscript. Typically, the first round of edits takes two weeks, then you have three to four weeks to revise. My last round of edits takes about one to two weeks. Our total time working together will typically be about six to eight weeks.

What if I’ve never shown my writing to anyone before?

I know how scary it is to take that risk and show someone your work. Trust me, I’ve been there! It’s still scary for me sometimes. But I’m here not just to help you grow as a writer but to give you confidence. No writer is perfect. The difference between the published writer and the unpublished writer isn’t talent, it’s a willingness to take risks, listen to feedback, and not wait until their draft is perfect. So, go for it. I can’t wait to cheer you on and fill you up!

What if my manuscript isn’t finished?

That’s the great thing about developmental editing - it's effective even while your draft is still in development. Even if you have half a manuscript and you’re just stuck, send it on over. We can work through it together, get your draft finished, and then go through another round of edits to polish it up.

What is the difference between a “read-through” and a “developmental edit”?

A developmental edit includes comments and suggested edits on every page of your manuscript, providing detailed feedback on flow, tone, organization, etc… all of which is summarized for you in your editing summary. Read-throughs are different from developmental edits because they do not include comments and suggestions on the document; instead, I read the manuscript and provide big-picture feedback on plot, organization, etc… as well as guidance on your writing style and opportunities, all of which is provided in your editing summary.

Do you offer refunds?

I don’t offer refunds (since I can’t exactly take my feedback, well...back), but I do have a fun contract we get to sign that explains what happens if the project is terminated. Want to hear what it is? Don’t fall asleep, okay? Typical terms for my contract are a 50% deposit upfront which is non-refundable. Termination of the contract will require payment of a prorated amount for work completed (no lower than the non-refundable 50%).

I have more questions! How can I get in touch?

Glad you asked! Click on over to the Contact Me page. I will get back to you in 2 -3 business days.