Work With Me

Are you new to writing and publishing your work, or do you struggle to get your writing done in the middle of everything else going on in your life? Then you’ve come to the right place.

I’d love to work with you!

Due to my busy day job, I only have limited spaces available each month for the options I’ve outlined below, so if you’d like to work with me, please get in touch ASAP so I can hold your spot.

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Here are some of the services I offer:

Refresh Your Writing

If you’ve been feeling a little stuck lately and need a partner to give you a kick-start, I can help with that. We’ll work together to look at your writing goals, make plans to get you moving and generating momentum in your work, and arrange some deadlines and check-ins to ensure accountability. This is process-focussed guidance with practical tools for writers who want some extra support to get the writing done.

Our Process Together

  • I’ll send you a Clarity Questionnaire
  • We’ll have a 30-minute Skype session to talk through your writing goals
  • We’ll work together to develop a personal writing plan
  • I’ll provide some practical tools to support your personal writing plan
  • Each week, I’ll provide a selection of writing exercises
  • You’ll email me a writing sample each week (from the exercises or your own project)
  • I’ll give you feedback on your weekly writing
  • We’ll have another 30-minute Skype session to close

Refresh Your Writing Pricing

4 Week Writing Refresh: $147

12 Week Writing Refresh: $297

(Note: if we’re nearby and you’d like to meet in person instead of Skype, that’s fine by me!)

 

Editorial Review

Workshops are great but sometimes you just need to have some one-on-one feedback.

If you have a completed first draft of a story or of a set of poems, and you need a professional eye on them, I can help with that. I’ll read your work several times and provide both an editorial overview, as well as some suggested line edits. One of the times I read your work, I’ll read it out loud and I will send you the audio file so you can hear your work reflected back to you. I’ll also provide a recommended reading list for you, based on the work you’ve submitted – essentially, some writers I think would help you take your writing to the next level. I’ll also suggest some places you can consider approaching to publish your work.

Our Process Together

  • You’ll send me up to 20 pages of fiction or poetry
  • I’ll do a deep reading of your work (i.e. reading it several times, including out loud)
  • I’ll send you an Editorial Overview Note
  • I’ll also send you your original file, with line edits
  • I’ll send you the audio file of me reading your work
  • I’ll send you a Recommended Reading list
  • We’ll do a 30-minute Skype Call to review, answer any questions you may have
  • I’ll follow up that call with a list of Publication Suggestions

Editorial Review Pricing

  • $297 for up to 25 pages of fiction or poetry
  • If you do this process with me more more than once, all subsequent reviews are $197

 

Getting to Book!

If you’ve been writing for a while and have a good deal of content but aren’t sure how to pull a book together, I can help with that. I’ll review the work you have to date – reading it through several times so that I have a deep understanding of what you’re trying to achieve. I’ll then send you a set of clarifying questions that are arising from the work. Based on your answers, I’ll then provide an editorial overview which will include suggestions on how I think you could most effectively shape your work into a book.

I will read a portion of your work out loud and send you the audio file so you can hear what you’re doing with language. I also provide a reading list for you, based on the book I think you’re writing – some writers who have already solved some of the craft issues arising in your book-length work, or writers I think you’d enjoy and who’d help take your writing to the next level. I’ll also suggest some places I think you might consider publishing your work.

Our Process Together

  • You’ll send me up to 175 pages of fiction or 100 pages of poetry
  • I’ll do a deep reading of your work (i.e. reading it several times, including out loud)
  • I’ll send you a set of Clarifying Questions
  • Based on your response to those questions, I’ll send you the first Editorial Overview Note
  • I’ll send you an audio file of me reading some of your work (e.g. one story, one set of poems)
  • We’ll have a 45-minute Skype call (or in-person session where possible)
  • We’ll work together to develop your Getting to Book plan
  • I’ll send you Detailed Editorial Comments
  • You’ll continue to shape your book and I’ll connect with you regularly (as agreed) to provide accountability
  • I’ll send you a Recommended Reading list
  • I’ll send you a list of Publication Suggestions
  • You’ll send me YOUR NEW BOOK (!) – that is, the new draft manuscript
  • I’ll do a second review and send you another Editorial Overview Note
  • We’ll do another 45-minute Skype Call to review

Getting to Book! Pricing

$497 for up to 175 pages of fiction, or 100 pages of poetry.

 

General Note:

  • I believe more diverse books in the world makes for happier readers and I do offer a solidarity discount, so if you’re a woman of colour and/or LGBTQ (or both!) and can’t afford to pay for editing support, email me for more info. I also offer a few pro-bono sessions each year. (Can’t hurt to ask, right)?
  • 10% of all session fees go to girls’ education for the daughters of informal workers. I’ll report back on that here.

 

Ready? Just complete the form below, indicating how you’d like to work with me and I’ll be back in touch by email. Looking forward to working with you!

Other Writing Resources

Are you working on a novel? Gail Anderson-Dargatz (award-winning and best-selling author) takes on a small group of novelists to mentor at the start of each season. It’s a several month long process and I highly recommend it for anyone starting out in the wilds of novel-writing.

Would you prefer the group process of a short fiction workshop? You might enjoy one of the groups run by Sarah Selecky over at the Story is a State of Mind school. I know a few people who’ve done these now and they’ve had really positive experiences.

Are you chronically stuck and unable to write for a long time now? If you are quite stuck and suffering with it, you might benefit from working with a certified creativity coach. Alison Gresik has studied with Eric Maisel, the founder of creativity coaching, and sometimes takes on new clients. I’ve worked with Alison as a client and can’t recommend her highly enough.

Are you wanting to break into literary magazines? Rachel Thompson, from the Room Magazine editorial collective, runs an online course called Lit Mag Love dedicated to that objective.