Communicate clearly

Educate thoroughly
Entertain joyfully
Inspire profoundly
Let me help you Strike the Write Tone.


Services and Rates

I specialize in nonfiction and creative nonfiction editing, coaching, and ghostwriting. I will proofread any manuscript, fiction or nonfiction.

Book Coach

Work with the writer to map out and complete a first-draft manuscript 

As your book (writing) coach, I help you identify the most suitable and marketable theme for your manuscript. I will help you stay focused on your theme, keep your ideal audience in mind, and serve as an accountability partner. Please note that coaching does not include editing; however, I offer editorial guidance and feedback to improve your writing as you go.

$50/hour (open ended) or $480 for a 3-month package fee (includes one hour per week Zoom meetings or phone calls and weekly writing submission reviews)


Write your book in partnership with you

Ghostwriter: I write a book for you and receive no byline credit (I remain invisible).

Collaborator: I write with you and receive credit, denoted by the word with or and in the byline.

Fee negotiable, based on which service I provide

and the anticipated word length of the manuscript

Manuscript Assessment

Overall Analysis

With a manuscript assessment, there is no editing. Instead, I provide a report. Since I work in nonfiction, prior to the assessment I will need to know your answers to these questions: Who is your audience? What is your purpose? What promise does your MS make to the reader? I will tell you what works and what doesn't. I will tell you if...

  • you have fulfilled your promise to the reader. 

  • the subject matter is thoroughly and accurately explored.

  • the style, tone, and approach are appropriate to each of the above.

  • how much editing needs to be done (see below).

$35/hour to read + $50 to write assessment


Developmental Edit

Shaping Stage

A developmental edit has many nicknames: a deep-dive edit, a macro edit, or a big-picture edit. At this early editing stage, I look at the presentation of the material in the entire MS. This is an organizational edit. I might move chapters around, as well as large chunks of text within a chapter. I suggest how to plug holes in the material. I will...

  • make the chapter arrangement logical.

  • give the text a cohesive flow.

  • highlight jargon to be defined or eliminated.

  • check to assure the tone and language is appropriate to the purpose and audience.  


Line & Copy Edits

Smoothing & Correcting Stage 

It's hard to separate line and copy edits. These are paragraph- and sentence-level edits. I check the flow. I decide if every paragraph, every sentence, and every word is necessary. I make sure...

  • the text is clear, logical, and coherent.

  • the structure is consistent throughout and easy to follow.

  • the tone is appropriate to the material, audience, and purpose.

  • spelling, grammar, and punctuation are consistent and correct. 




Quality-control Stage

The end of the line to make the manuscript the best it can be. It's the final review, after the manuscript has been typeset. A clean-up, looking for errors of any kind that happened during the typesetting process: checking for PUGS (punctuation, word usage, grammar, syntax), any inconsistency of font style, weight, and size, problems with page layout, numbered charts, graphs, and images, etc.