Writing Coaching & Editing
A professional editor’s acumen and skill will help you take your literary vision and refine your novel draft for publication.
Part sculptor, part visionary, and all language expert, our novel editors collaborate with authors to provide direction with revision, editing, and proofreading. When your novel is complete, our expert publication advice and support will serve as a guide as you consider self-publishing, traditional publishing, or look for a literary agent.
Knowing you’re supported at every turn will make you feel more confident, powerful, and prepared for getting your work out in the world.
If you have finished your early novel draft, you’re ready to get sharp, smart, and focused support from a writing coach and editor. Collaborate with us and you will feel confident you’re going to streamline your revision process and soon have a publishable book.
Writing the early draft is pure creative flow. Once you have a novel draft, you are required to entirely change gears and become your own editor, re-seeing the draft anew and attending to the book’s structure, pacing, and overall purpose all the way through character development to language use. This tactical approach to writing the book can feel lawless and downright hard.
Our coaches and editors are trained in the art of seeing the big picture and either collaboratively or on your behalf refining the book with your voice and purpose in mind.
Free Book Planning Worksheet & Consultation
1. Sign up to fill out a worksheet designed to show you your goals for writing a novel or story collection, what kind of coaching or editing support would benefit you most, and how to implement a strategy for approaching the revision process.
2. Schedule your complementary no-commitment consultation to discuss ways we can support you throughout the work, so your book makes it to publication!
How It Works: Editing Your Novel Draft
You and your writing coach determine what you need based on the level of edit and how hands-on you wish to be during the revision, copyediting, and proofreading process. Between meeting with your editor over video, phone and/or live chat, and sharing drafts back and forth as you refine the work, you will collaboratively arrive at a publishable novel draft.
Next you can determine what your publishing goals are and find the best strategy for getting you there, whether it’s self-publishing, traditional publishing, or finding a literary agent.
The revision-editing process happens in two main phases: Feedback and Editing, and Late Stage Proofreading & Publication Support.
Feedback, Coaching, & Editing
– Developmental feedback on early manuscript pages
– Continual support and instruction on writing craft
Your editor will provide constructive feedback on the developing draft from macro to micro and provide a written road map for how to implement any changes, teach you editorial skills to help you self-edit, or take care of the editing for you. How much or little you wish to lean on your editor is up to you, and the craft and editorial skill you learn along the way will serve you for your whole writing career.
Late-Stage Editing & Publication Support
– Collaboratively refine book purpose, structure, pacing, and flow
– Provide substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading
– Assist with query, synopsis or proposal & publication support
Your editor will help refine the draft at the chapter, section, paragraph, and line level so it is lean, concise, purposeful and correct. A publication strategy can be determined to help you know whether to aim for self-publishing or traditional publishing and what steps you can take to achieve that publishing goal.
Haven’t Started Your Novel Yet? Our Other Ways We Help Writers:
General Writing Coaching & EditingFoundational guidance, support, and writing craft instruction
Write Your Novel in 4 MonthsWith the support of a dedicated coach and editor, get a complete novel draft in 4 short months
Your writing coach/editor will collaborate with you to determine what plan and kind of attention would be of best benefit to you and your writing. Not sure what you need? No problem; they’ll talk with you to see what you wish to achieve with your writing, how you work best, and where you are in your process to come to an early stage plan for getting you generating work, keeping to a schedule, and learning craft, technique, structure and strategy.
How Do My Writing Coach and I Work Together?
You will have a private team area in our editors’ platform where you can chat in real time and easily exchange documents. You’re also welcome to connect over video conference, chat on the phone, or do a hybrid of all of these methods: whatever works best for you! We recommend a weekly or regular check-in with your coach during the first 4 months, but throughout the process, you can collaborate with your coach/editor as much or as little as you like and as is beneficial to you and your developing manuscript.
What Do I Need to Do to Begin?
We begin with a signed agreement, so you know your work and ideas are confidential, how the relationship works, and how payment is made. Then once payment for the initial block of time of 5 hours is made, we get you set up in our editors platform and you’re good to go!
The fee for working with a coach and editor begins at $80/hr. (Some of our team have a higher hourly rate). Despite the fact that we provide a fully-realized book-writing plan, there is no financial commitment needed from you as you will only be billed in 5-hour blocks. Your coach keeps track of the time they’re spending and pro-rates in 5-minute increments, so you only pay for the time you use (ex: a 35-minute call is billed at 35 minutes). We share our time sheets with you at the end of each paid period so you can see where your budget is going.
Coaching often merges with editing as you develop your ideas and embark on a manuscript or individual writing assignments. The rate for all coaching, editing, and proofreading is the same, so you can continue working with your editor all throughout the project clear to publication.
Feel free to be in touch any time by email or phone- we offer a free, no-commitment consultation to all writers and are happy to answer questions any time. We’re always ready to see how we can help you reach your writing goals!