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writing coach
I work with writers step by step rather than edit after the fact. This is a good option if you're in progress. I can help you grapple structure, focus, development, and clarity by providing direction and hands on help. I edit "as needed." For instance, I avoid copyediting a first draft in favor of focusing on the fundamentals. Further drafts in, however, I get more specific in the editorial process.

The following definitions are summaries only. The ellipses that follow will link you to further details. Just click. Note: I do not include proofreading because neither one of us want me to proofread your material.

The copy editor makes a manuscript compliant with standard English grammar and punctuation and is the most common level of editing. Very little is a judgment call. Authors receive a pencil-edited compliant manuscript that may include...

The Style Editor standardizes the formatting of text according to one of four manuals. There's no right or wrong way to head a chapter but consistency is necessary. Author receives a pencil-edited formatted manuscript that may include...

The Substantive Editor (sometimes called developmental or content editor) addresses the functional issues, pointing out elements that derail the narrative by assessing logic, clarity, structure, and organization. The Substantive Editor renders the narrative clear, concise, and easy to read at the sentence, paragraph, and chapter level. Ultimately, she makes the manuscriptfunctional for readers.  Authors receive suggestions for author reflection and a heavily pencil-marked functional manuscript that may include...

my specialties
FICTION—I love biographical novels, historical novels, contemporary women's fiction, Biblical fiction, high drama page turners, and slow, character-driven stories. I like it all. Put me in a new setting where someone is forced to encounter themselves—while giving me some skin in the game. I don't do science fiction, horror, and anything above the sweet romance grade.

NONFICTION—if the topic interests me, also memoirs and family histories.
my approach

I'm tough because I like editors who are tough. It's how I learned to write—and how I continue to improve. The thing to keep in mind is you're in charge. You decide how much input you want, and you have the last say. And I do try to be nice. I appreciate the process and will always point out and praise the areas that really work.

getting started is easy
You don't have to have your project all figured out. Just contact me and we can decide together what works for you and your budget.

my rates are based  on the...
Editorial Freelancers Association's Guidelines
Copyediting ..   $ 50 / hour 
Style Editing .....$ 50 / hour 
Substantive Editing .....$ 60 / hour
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Please feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear from you.
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