Work With Me

You want your writing to be effective and compelling. Why hire me?

I have a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and work (and have worked) in professions where compelling communication is important. I have real-world experience as an author, ghostwriter, editor, and speaker.

I bring a deep knowledge of writing craft to your work—so your novel or non-fiction book can become the very best version of itself. I also love encouraging authors. Encouragement is one of the most important, yet underrated, forces in the universe!

Here are some of the services I offer:

Mentoring

You are an aspiring author and you have a first draftbut something isn’t working. Does your structure need tweaking? Do your characters need development? Or maybe you’re wrestling with an aspect of writing craft, such as show-not-tell and you want someone to help you understand what to do. Basically you’d like a professional to help you  strengthen your work.

I offer mentoring to unpublished authors who are currently working on a manuscript in the following genres:

  • Contemporary YA
  • Romantic suspense
  • Cozy/ amateur sleuth mystery
  • Christian fiction
  • Non-fiction self help
  • Christian living

How does it work?

Connect with me and we’ll talk about your goals and needs. You’ll send me a sample of your work and we’ll agree on a set number of mentoring hours. Note that this includes time where I read and think about your manuscript, write emails, as well as discussing your work with you directly. Discussion can be in person or via Zoom, Skype or email. We’ll set a time period for the work so I can give your manuscript the time and thought it deserves.

Click the connect button to check my availability!

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Mini-Mentoring

This option is a hybrid between a traditional manuscript assessment and mentoring. I look at a portion of your manuscript and give you feedback in the form of a report, plus a face-to-face or online mentoring session. I also copyedit a short portion of your manuscript.

Mini-mentoring works well if you are a self-starter. If you are able to take insights gained on part of your manuscript and apply then to the rest of the book, this could be an excellent and comparatively inexpensive option for you.

How does it work?

You send me the first 7,500 words from your manuscript.

  • I read your manuscript and provide a 2 to 3 page report on the key aspects of the work, including story, character development, voice, setting, strengths, and areas needing work.
  • I will also perform a detailed copyedit on the first thousand words of your manuscript.
  • After you receive the report we will schedule a one hour Zoom or face-to-face session where you can ask me questions regarding your manuscript and my report.

Connect with me for a quote on mini-mentoring.

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Freelance Writing

Do you need content written for your blog, business or magazine? My key non-fiction areas of expertise include:

  • Creative writing (craft and publishing)
  • Animals/ veterinary science/ biological sciences/ health
  • Ministry/ Theology/ Faith
  • General inspiration and encouragement.

Click ‘Connect’ to enqure about this service.

Writing in Plain English

I love making copy easy to read! If you have a business and you would like your documents or webcopy edited or rewritten in Plain English, please connect with me for a free quote.

Other Editing Services

I offer other editing services such as copyediting and proofreading, as time allows. Connect with me to check my availability and get a free quote.

Speaking

Looking for a speaker for your school, group or event? I’m available for hire! I can talk about my books, writing in general, or take specific seminars on writing craft. Click ‘Connect’ and we can work out how to make this happen.

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