About the Service

I've sat on both sides of the editor's desk, and I can help you craft a beautiful story that inspires readers.


I'm a developmental editor and writing / book coach working mainly with creative nonfiction writers of personal essays, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and traditional or non-traditional forms, especially (but not exclusively) with a nature or environmental focus.


As your editor, I'll use sharp eyes but never a sharp tongue. Sure, I'll bring out my red pen, but my questions and suggested changes will be thoughtful, compassionate, specific, and honest. I'll help you understand what's compelling in your work, as well as the strategic changes needed to boost your skills and raise your chances of publication. I've collaborated with copy, developmental, and acquisition editors, and have gone through both traditional and self-publishing. 


As your writing / book coach, I'll bring my experience as a book author (Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild, 2017 Washington State Book Awards Finalist) with nearly eighty published essays and short stories. I know what it's like to juggle family and day-job demands with a heartfelt ache to turn an idea into a published essay, story, novel, or book. I know, too, the internal blocks writers encounter when struggling to take work to that necessary next level.


My core services are:

·      Developmental editing

·      Substantive or line editing

·      Coaching

·      Research / fact checking


Free, 30-minute phone or Zoom consultation.