Services for Writers

What happens to the words you write? Will they end up in a slush pile on an editor’s desk? Sitting in an agent’s inbox? Will your words stay hidden, buried in some file on your computer’s hard drive?

Every successful writer has enlisted help from others. Nobody gets to the top alone, but with commitment, passion, and a little assistance, a dedicated writer can craft words that people want to read, words that people will pay to read.

Launching an author website or hiring an editor or a writing coach is a big step for any writer, and an important one. When you hire a professional to edit, proofread, or critique your work, you are investing in your writing and in your future. More importantly, you are investing in yourself.

I have a broad range of writing experience: I work full time as a website manager, writing coach, and author. My passion is helping other writers meet their full potential. If you’re looking for someone to guide you through the writing process, offer constructive feedback on your novel, or assist with promoting your writing through your blog or website, then look no further. I’m here to help.

What a Writing Coach Does

A writing coach should be able to relate to your struggles while offering solutions to help you overcome your challenges. A good writing coach will hold you accountable and firmly, but gently, encourage you to stick to your goals and make sure you complete your projects. Finally, a writing coach is more than a productivity guide. A writing coach knows good writing and will work with you to make sure your writing is the best it can be.

Your Writing Coach

As your writing coach, I will help you:

  • Identify and prioritize your creative writing goals.
  • Stay focused on your objectives and projects.
  • Overcome challenges that interfere with your writing progress.
  • Improve your writing through thoughtful and insightful feedback.

The result? You’ll reach your goals, become a better writer, and produce polished work that is suitable for publication.

How It Works

Coaching is conducted via email. During the first week, you’ll describe your experience and objectives, and we’ll set goals that you’ll work toward. Each week, you’ll send an update explaining the progress you’ve made and obstacles that are getting in your way. You’ll also send written material for review. You’ll receive an edited copy or written feedback. In some cases, you’ll receive both. Coaching is customized to your needs, skill level, and the particulars of your project. You’ll also receive personalized guidance to help you reach your goals and become a better writer, including recommendations for books, magazines, websites, and other writing resources that are chosen especially for you.

Rates

  • $225 per month for one hour per week.
  • $325 per month for two hours per week.
  • $425 per month for three hours per week.

How to Get Started

Contact me and let me know what you write and what you’d like to accomplish with a writing coach. There’s no obligation until you decide to sign up. Openings in the program are limited.

I look forward to helping you improve your writing and reach your goals.

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

  • Do you have writing goals that you’re not achieving and projects you’re not finishing?
  • Do you need to improve your grammar, spelling, or punctuation, or do you need to work on sentence and paragraph structure?
  • Do you need to develop a stronger voice, more realistic characters, or better plots?
  • Could you benefit by enlisting the help of a writing coach who will provide thoughtful, honest, and constructive feedback?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a writing coach might be able to help.

My writing coaching is ideal for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. I also offer blog coaching for writers who want to launch or improve their author websites and blogs (see below).

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is ideal for writing projects that are in the early stages of development. Unlike copyediting, which examines grammar and sentence structure, developmental editing involves project planning, outlining, and research.

Developmental editing for fiction focuses on characterization, plot, setting, theme, and story structure. For nonfiction projects, the focus is usually on research, content development, and organization.

As your developmental editor, I will collaborate with you to hone your ideas and develop them into a concrete, comprehensive manuscript.

Do You Need a Developmental Editor?

  • Do you have an idea that you’re not sure how to organize or structure into a manuscript?
  • Have you completed an outline or story beats and want to iron out the kinks before you write a full draft?
  • Have you completed an early draft and want detailed feedback on it before moving on to the next draft?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a developmental editor is probably right for you.

How it Works

My job is to help you realize your creative or professional vision.

Most developmental editing projects start with a detailed outline. If you’ve already written a draft, we’ll often create an outline, which will give us a bird’s eye view of the flow and structure. From there, I’ll help you identify strengths and weaknesses, with guidance on how to eliminate problems.

Developmental projects don’t include editing for grammar, spelling, or punctuation, although you may receive some tips and feedback in these areas when it’s warranted. I adhere to the standards set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style for all writing and editing projects. If there is another style guide you’d like to use, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

Rates

Rates for developmental editing vary and are quoted on a per-project basis with an hourly fee. We often start with a one-hour consultation ($60) or a five-hour package of consultation time ($250).

You’ll receive a quote for services before our work together begins. There are no fees or obligations until you accept the quote by issuing your first payment.

How to Get Started

To get started, simply contact me and tell me about your writing project.

Do you want extensive, ongoing help with your writing? I also work as a writing coach and can help you reach your writing goals and improve your writing. As a blog coach, I help writers launch or improve blogs and websites that are geared toward building a readership. If you’re not sure which service would be best for you, then I can always make a recommendation.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck with your creative writing.

Author Websites

Building an audience is one of the keys to a successful writing career. After all, your books won’t sell themselves. Someone needs to promote you and your work. Unless you can hire an expensive marketing or PR firm, chances are that someone will be you.

With a blog or an author’s website, you can build a readership and promote your writing. Setting up a blog can be quite affordable, and the most successful bloggers make it look easy, but building a website that gets results requires hard work and discipline, combining the art of writing with technical skills and marketing savvy. That’s a lot to learn.

I can help.

The services I offer include building and managing author websites, and I can coach you, showing you how to maintain and manage your own author website. I can also help you set up and manage your social media profiles and other author marketing platforms.

What Are Your Options?

Some authors hire me to build their author websites, and then they take it from there. Others pay a monthly fee, and I manage their websites for them, including peripheral platforms, like social media. And some of my clients want to learn some — or all — aspects of running their own author websites. I show them how. I even offer a blog coaching program.

I started Writing Forward in September 2007 with little more than a creative writing degree and some HTML skills. In 2009, and again in 2012, Writer’s Digest named it one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers.” Today, Writing Forward receives over 100,000 visits per month, and that number continues to grow.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about running an author website and how to do it successfully. And I can help you do the same.

How Does Blog Coaching Work?

Weekly email sessions cover the following:

  • Blog Writing: Get honest feedback and professional editing on your blog posts. Includes insights on writing, formatting, and structuring blog posts for an online audience.
  • WordPress: Comprehensive lessons on using WordPress for your author website. All lessons are tailored to your goals and skill level.
  • Tech and Administration: Learn how to manage everything from your hosting and domain registration to your traffic reports and peripheral marketing tools.
  • Marketing: Find out which online marketing options are right for you, and learn how to leverage social media to promote you, your blog, and your books. I’ll help you develop a comprehensive strategy for marketing your work to an online audience.
  • Support and guidance: As long as you’re enrolled in the blog coaching program, you’ll have one-on-one access to a mentor who can provide clear answers.

Rates

Rates for building an author website vary, depending on the size and scope of the project. You’ll receive a quote before you agree to any projects. For ongoing projects, such as website management and blog coaching, the rates are as follows:

  • $225 per month for one hour per week.
  • $325 per month for two hours per week.
  • $425 per month for three hours per week.

Portfolio

Get an author website that matches your genre, tone, and style.

How to Get Started

To get started, simply contact me and tell me about your work. Let me know if you’re interested in a new website, ongoing website management, or blog coaching. If you already have a website, include the address so I can take a look. There’s no obligation until you decide to sign up.

You’ve written the words. What will you do with them?
Contact me, and let’s work together to make your writing shine.

*minimum charge of $100 per project

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