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Book Development and Editing

​Your story is deeply personal and it may be difficult to entrust it to someone else. Yet there are many benefits of working with the right collaborative writer. 

  • You may simply be stuck—you have your book in your head but need some help getting it on paper. 

  • You may be an excellent writer, but have other personal or professional responsibilities that limit the time you have to focus on your project. 

Through interviews and close collaboration, you provide the big picture and create content, while I help you focus that content and do the time consuming work of writing, rewriting (and rewriting—repeat as necessary), editing and proofreading.

It can be a daunting process. You could go it alone, or turn it into an exciting collaboration that brings your story to life—your perspective, your voice.

If you have your overall concept and content ideas, let’s dig to unearth the details. If you have a first draft in hand, let’s start with assessment, then structural and content editing. If you have a mature draft, I can help with editing and final polish.

Let’s write!


  • Dig—interviews, discussion to gather content

  • Clean—transcribe, arrange, identify themes and focus on the right content for your book

  • Lay out the pieces—outline as structural blueprint, remove pieces that don’t fit

Manuscript—Draft 1

  • Initial assembly—a beautiful mess (you have a draft!)

  • Assessment— content may not be in the best order, some content no longer a good fit, gaps appear

Manuscript—Draft 2 (and maybe 3)

  • Cut content that doesn’t fit (but save it for your next project)

  • Fill in gaps—develop existing content to add depth, add missing pieces

  • Reorganize for the most logical and engaging structure, flow

  • Assessment— overall structure, content fit, content order, gaps

Manuscript—Final Draft 

  • Line editing for concision and clarity

  • Proofreading

  • Manuscript layout in MS Word

Looking for something not listed? Please contact me to discuss the details of your project and develop a customized plan. I'd love to help you share your story!

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