Memoir & Nonfiction Consultant


I consult on memoirs in progress and on complete manuscripts not yet ready for publication to help authors determine what’s needed to make their book as good as it can be.

For a consultation I begin with a 30-minute phone or Skype call so we can discuss your book and your specific concerns about it. Next, you send me your manuscript by email (I respect your privacy and never share any of your material) and I read it and provide you with several pages of detailed notes. read the manuscript and deliver detailed written notes addressing its strengths and making suggestions for areas of improvement. Aspects I consider include use of theme(s), scenes, dialog, pacing, developed characters, storyline, and narrative arc. A 1-hour phone or Skype call follows the return of your manuscript with my notes so I can answer any questions. If your manuscript needs substantial development, at that point we can discuss that next step and how I can help you.

If you haven’t started writing yet but have a good idea for a memoir, I can help you develop your idea into a saleable book in a  coaching session or series of sessions, depending on how much one-on-one assistance you would like. See my coaching services for details.

Other Nonfiction

If you’re writing or considering writing a nonfiction book, we’ll follow the same process as with a memoir consultation. In the 30-plus years I’ve been in publishing, I’ve consulted on and developmentally edited business books, travel books, cookbooks, gardening books, and regional guides.

Are you ready to get your book done right? CONTACT ME for a free 15-minute consultation and we’ll get you on your way.

Book Concept Review

Whether your genre is memoir or other nonfiction, a review of your book concept can be an invaluable help to be sure you’re on target with your topic and how its positioned. I offer book concept reviews for a flat fee ($195). Learn more about it here.

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