Coaching

When beginning work on a novel or memoir, many writersespecially first-time authorsfind it helpful to share their projects with a professional editor/writing coach for feedback and direction. This can help you complete a strong first draft, using the kinds of professional feedback you’re likely to receive from an editor, agent, or publisher. It’ll also help you focus on aspects of your work that readers are likely to love!

This begins with submitting:

  • 2500 words of your first draft (usually the first chapter). There’s no need to worry about perfect grammar, spelling, or punctuation. It’s a first draft! No one is judging you. 🙂
  • a synopsis (a brief summary [usually 1-2 pages] of the novel you plan to write).
  • An outline of the novel you plan to write. It’s fine if there are gaps in the outline or it’s unfinished. After all, you’re still in the process of creating your story.
  • Any specific questions or concerns you have.

You’ll receive:

  1. an editorial letter, offering suggestions to help you finish your project. It will look at elements of your work such as:
    • characterization
    • use of point of view in narration
    • plot
    • word choice
    • style and tone
  2. a story map, expanding on your outline and analyzing how various elements of story fit together. These elements may include story beats, character arcs, conflict, and plot.
  3. comments in the manuscript.

Please see the section on developmental editing for more detail about these story elements and the types of feedback I offer.

Please keep in mind that story elements explored in the editorial letter and story map are selected based on the needs of each particular author and project. So your coaching package may not cover all the topics mentioned above.

Also, the excerpt from your manuscript will not be edited.

For more information, see Rates & Policies.