We’ve all had the dream of someday being a published author. For many of us, the dream book would someday be in the hands of thousands of children and lauded with starred reviews and perhaps a special sticker on the cover. I understand that dream. I share it, in fact. What most people don’t know is that it takes a team to make this happen.
Once you’ve been on the other side of the desk, it’s easier to see why a manuscript will or will not work. Let me help guide you on the journey to making your dream come true. I can’t promise you’ll get stars or awards or even a contract, but I can make the venture less risky, less mysterious, and more effective.
I offer book critiques in which I offer suggestions for improvements to the plot, characterization, pacing, style, point of view, and much more. Critiques also point out the strengths of your manuscript. At completion of the critique, I will send you an editorial letter or email delineating the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. Picture book manuscripts usually receive a page-by-page or line-by-line critique.
I do all levels of editing: developmental, substantial, copyediting, and proofreading. For a great explanation of these four levels of editing, see the article “What Type of Editing Do I Need?” on the Northwest Independent Editors Guild website.
It is my pleasure to assist you on the journey that takes your manuscript through the stages of concept, first draft, revisions, and final copyedits. Then I can help you create the proposal that will get your manuscript noticed.
I am available for consultations if you are considering self-publishing a book, starting your own publishing company, or finding out about how publishing works. I can help you set up your new business and make recommendations for such things as printing sources, distribution, marketing, design, and inventory management.
Conferences and Speaking Engagements
My experiences include offering both workshops and keynote addresses at regional SCBWI conferences, Christian writing conferences, Highlights for Children Foundation workshops, school visits, and library presentations. Some of my presentation topics are:
- Nonfiction for Young Readers
- The Business of Publishing
- Know Your Markets
- The Power of Story in Changing Lives
- Running the Race: From First Words to the Finish Line
- Resilience: You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are