I am an award-winning author with HarperCollins. My books have won various awards including:
A Kirkus Best Book of 2017
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
An ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
As someone who has gone through the entire publishing process, from first draft to book launch, I understand what it is like to be on the writing side of the business. I work only with authors who are passionate about getting their work out there, whether they self-publish or go the traditional route. I take my clients' work as seriously as I take my own.
I have several services listed below. If you are not sure what you may need, reach out and tell me about your project and how far you have gotten. I will be glad to help guide you in the right direction, even if it means I recommend you to another freelancer.
If you have specific questions about writing or the publishing process, you can schedule a consultation with me.
This is sometimes called “substantive editing." Here I focus on the structure and content of the entire manuscript. For novelists, this means I focus not on sentences yet but on insights such as plot, setting, point of view, theme, conflict, tone and characterization. With early drafts there is often some restructuring required, as well as modifying, moving or omitting passages. Rather than focus on the use of language and polishing the sentences, this edit is about making sure you are achieving what you set out to do.
For non-fiction authors: I can help you organize and outline your book, as well as fine-tune the argument. I can point out what is missing and what can be cut. I can also help with chapter titles, subheadings, and ways to visually express data.
LINE EDITING & COPY EDITING
These two are often confused. Copy editing takes care of inconsistencies such as spelling and eliminates common errors, grammar issues, and inaccuracies in sentence structure.
With line editing, an editor aims to improve the clarity of a piece of writing by examining the manuscript on a sentence level. I make suggestions regarding word choice, syntax, and tone to enhance the author’s writing style and the text’s overall effectiveness. As a writer myself, I am a very skilled line editor and I also include copy editing with this service, which is something very few editors do. Line editors can often offer copy edits, while copy editors often cannot offer line edits. I offer both because I cannot simply ignore the copy editing issues of the book as I revise for clarity. By doing both with the same editor the client saves time and money.
I can help you master the fundamental principles and storytelling skills that make writing much easier.
Do any of the following statements resonate with you?
I want to write a book but don’t know how to begin.
I’ve started but am struggling to finish.
The plot or structure feels like a complete mess.
I feel creatively stuck.
I have ideas and notes but don’t know how to develop them into a book.
I’m ready for revisions but I don’t know how to go about it.
I wonder if I have what it takes. Even if I do write a book, what if nobody likes it?
A Book Coach can help. Imagine . . .
Having a clear road map to guide you on every aspect of the writing process.
Having weekly deadlines to make sure you complete your book.
Getting personalized feedback on every aspect of your writing so you can make it better.
Getting support from someone who has gone through the whole writing process himself
Feeling confident in your work rather than overwhelmed.
Having someone with whom to brainstorm or bounce ideas off of when you feel stuck.
Having a completed book.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please send me a message telling me about your project.