Writing Coach

Do you need someone to help you with your writing? Do you want to write, but don’t know how or where to start and think that you can’t write because of that? Think again! I can probably help you with that.

 

What do I do as a writing coach? Why, guide you through the process of writing, of course, from beginning to end, or wherever you are in your writing project. If you're stuck, maybe I can help you with that. I may also be able to help you address your current writing challenges or help you tackle the parts of the writing life that aren't on the page--creating time for writing in your busy life, creating a writing schedule, identifying your writing and publishing goals--to name just a few examples.


I also take the approach that I'm here to empower--and help--you, and to give you all the tools and resources that you need so that it's unnecessary for you to retain my services as a writing coach. I'll do my best to make sure that you'll have the knowledge, tools, and skills to be able to write and navigate the writing world, independent of my assistance. In other words, I'm here to help you as long as is necessary, and am always available if you become my client, feel empowered to give it a go independently, and decide that I can help you further at some point in the future after that.

I charge $16.00 an hour for all of my services. I require a $160.00 deposit before I begin to coach you. When I approach that amount in terms of hours of work performed (10 hours), I will notify you so that you can make another deposit in the same amount, and at that time, I'll send you what I've worked on. If it's a rush job--as in you need my help as a writing coach in two weeks or less (if I'm able to accommodate you)--I charge $24.00 an hour.

 

Get in touch with me, via my contact page, and we can see if we’re a good fit as a team, as I consider writing coaching to be a collaborative process, just like I do with editing (below).

 

I look forward to hearing from you and look forward to making your writing the best it can be!

Freelance editor

I’m a fiction editor, specifically for Young Adult (YA) fantasy. I dabble in other types of editing too: songs, comic book scripts, and screen and stage plays; I also revise poetry. I’m mostly on the fiction side of things. However, I’m open to looking at anything that you might want me to edit or revise.

 

My approach to editing is to make suggestions, and leave it up to you, the writer, to make the final decision. I consider editing to be a collaborative process between the editor and the writer. I take this approach because I'd want the final say about my written work when working with an editor.

 

The types of editing that I offer are:

 

  1. Copy Editing: The mechanics of writing, such as spelling and grammar.
  2. Developmental Editing: Looking at the concept, such as plot and characters.
  3. Proofreading: Looking for errors.

 

Another type of editing that I do is fact-checking.

 

I also do light formatting, such as removing extra spaces and making sure that the document is as polished as it can be in order to prepare it for publishing.

 

Two to three rounds of editing should be enough to get your manuscript ready for publication. In order to save time--and money--please send me the most polished version of the manuscript that you have available. If we decide to work together and you're still making changes or working on it, please hold off until you have the manuscript completely finished, with all of the changes that you want to make, and then send it to me. And the more lead time that you can give me, the better.

 

I use the Chicago Manual of Style as my style guide and the Merriam-Webster dictionary when I'm editing.

 

Similar to what I said above in the Writing Coach section: I also take the approach that I'm here to empower--and help--you, and to give you all the tools and resources that you need so that it's unnecessary for you to retain my services as an editor. I'll do my best to make sure that you'll have the knowledge, tools, and skills to be able to edit your own work, independent of my assistance.  (Although it's always a good idea to get another set of eyes on your writing, and to have your work professionally edited before it goes to publication.) In other words, I'm here to help you as long as is necessary, and am always available if you become my client, feel empowered to give it a go independently, and decide that I can help you further at some point in the future after that.

I charge $30.00 an hour for all of my editing services. I require a $300.00 deposit before I begin to work on your manuscript. When I approach that amount in terms of hours of work performed (10 hours), I will notify you so that you can make another deposit in the same amount, and at that time, I'll send you what I've worked on. If it's a rush job--as in you need it in two weeks or less, for example (if I'm able to accommodate you)--I charge $45.00 an hour.

 

I look forward to hearing from you and look forward to making your writing the best it can be!

 

Get in touch with me, via my contact page, and we can see if we’re a good fit as a team. Consultations are free.

 

(This page is still under construction.)