Editing Services

As professionals and creatives, it’s hard to detach from our personal work. When things go off track, it can feel like a failure. Here’s the liberating truth: 

You are not the problem, the problem is the problem.

Books that stand the test of time are innovative, well-crafted and satisfy readers’ expectations for a story that works. Accessibility does not preclude brilliance.

Writers at any level can make huge leaps forward in their craft through consistent practice and hard work. Working with an editor not only helps you get your book done well, it’s way to hone the skills you need to be a better writer overall.

Time spent with working with the right editor is an investment that offers compounding returns. When you’re ready to get serious about writing your book, I’d be happy to chat to see if we’re a good fit.

Catherine

Book Discovery & Blueprint

Have a great book idea and not much else?

Your time is valuable. Get clear what you need to write, before you write it, and save time, energy, and money spent fixing draft that’s gone offtrack. 

We’ll clarify your key concept and ideal market over a series of interviews. I’ll give an honest appraisal of whether your idea has the depth needed to anchor a book that will engage readers and achieve your goals. I’ll also suggest additional research or steps needed to make your concept work. If you have more than one idea, our work will help identify which one to write first.

You’ll come away with your unique book blueprint, an action plan to get you book written. It includes a detailed outline based on your book’s content so you can jump into writing with clarity, focus and confidence. This invaluable roadmap saves you untold hours and wasted energy spent writing down the wrong path. It’s the single best investment you could make to ensure an outcome that you’ll be proud of.

The Book Discovery & Blueprint includes:

One-on-one interviews to clarify your book's idea and market

Interview transcripts with top-level summaries for
future reference

A book blueprint outlining your book's content and your writing path

Customized resources to help with your unique challenges

Developmental Editing & Book Coaching

Developmental editing is a great way to...

take your book idea from inspiration to first draft

make key structural changes to transform a draft that's not working to one that is

get your book written efficiently and with the least pain possible.

Weekly hour-long sessions provide ongoing accountability and guidance that’s tailored to your project and writing challenges. Developmental editing is a great way to take your book idea to a solid first draft or to work through key structural changes in an manuscript that’s not working. 

You’ll leave each meeting with clear next steps for moving forward. Developmental editing saves you time through minimizing wasted effort. It’s simply the most efficient way to write your great book. 

*A minimum commitment of four sessions is required to work with me.  

Each Developmental Session Includes:

Weekly feedback on your writing (up to 3000 words).

One 60-minute consultation call.

Advice with clear next steps for moving forward.

Customized resources to help with your project.

Manuscript Review

A manuscript review can help if you...

have a completed first draft that's not working

are looking for clear, actionable advice for moving forward with your book

are ready to take your manuscript to the next level

I’ll identify your controlling idea or theme (your Big Why), your voice and point of view, the core emotion and value at stake in your book, exactly what structure your book and story requires, and an in-depth review of your introduction.

We’ll review everything in a one-hour phone conversation, during which time I’ll answer any questions you have. I’ll also provide a written report outlining next steps, along with customized resources to help you including suggested Masterworks for you to read in your genre.

The Manuscript Review Deliverables:

A full high-level analysis of your early draft of partial manuscript.

One 60-minute consultation call to review findings.

A written report with clear next steps for moving forward.

Customized resources to help with your project.

"Whatever you're meant to do, do it now.
The conditions are always impossible."

- Doris Lessing