Writing Services

CONSULTING  Do you have a finished manuscript and need a publishing professional’s help to make it saleable? Need to sharpen the focus of your memoir before you hire an editor? Looking for an educated opinion? I consult on memoir and nonfiction in all stages of development.

COACHING  Great ideas can sit on the shelf for half a lifetime. A good coach is invaluable. Together, we create a plan for your writing project so you can meet your goals before you know it.

EDITING  I cut my teeth as a copy editor for a national magazine 30 years ago and went on to be a book editor for publishers and independently. I do it all: development of ideas, content editing and copy editing. Besides memoir, my specialties are how-to books and other nonfiction, self-help, cookbooks, and fiction.

GHOSTWRITING  Do you have a story that needs to be told but don’t have the time or skill to write it? I ghostwrite memoirs for family and publication. Professionals hire me to ghostwrite nonfiction books drawing on their expertise and other research sources as needed.

MEMOIR CLASSES In 18-plus years of teaching memoir I’ve helped hundreds of people write the stories of their lives. Students in my online classes and Sonoma County writing workshops have published e-books, won writing contests, found agents, and published short memoir in national magazines. Others have printed written collections to share with family and friends. Subscribe to my newsletter to stay current on the offerings.

GET PUBLISHED  I offer the whole package. Are you self-publishing? Top-quality editing is essential, followed by formatting for electronic conversion and an excellent proofreader. I write and edit book proposals that get attention the first time out and win book deals. Query letters, too, have to be sizzling to get you through an agent’s or publisher’s door. I consult on these key sales tools and write book proposals and query letters that lead to the next step in selling your book.




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