I believe that stories save lives. That they teach us how to survive this earthwalk and maybe even beyond.
I believe in the power of YOUR story – and I want to help you tell it as clear and true and strong as possible.
I’ve worked with a variety of writers over the years, from those just beginning to establish a writing practice to those with many books or plays under their belt.
I’m not here to FIX your story. I am here to help you see it’s true potential and to support you as you do the work of making it the best/strongest/truest tale you can. I would love the opportunity to get to know you and to ride along the river of life with you for a spell.
I believe that the story belongs to the author and that their voice is not to be tampered with.
I believe that the work we do, the PRACTICE of writing is sacred, but the words on the page are not. Meaning that we must be devoted to finding the strongest, clearest line to our reader’s heart.
My specialty is tapping into the voice of your characters and your story. It’s the voice that pulls the reader in and keeps them with you for the whole wild ride.
When our work together is done, I will send you off with the satisfaction of a job well done and a sense of sovereignty as the author of your own work and your life as an artist.
Soul Stories is about more than one writing project. It is about how you want to live in this world.
If you are devoted to doing the work to write deep and wide, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you are just beginning to explore the idea of hiring an editor, this is a great article to start with – What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? Jane Friedman’s site is a treasure trove of resources for writers.
Here’s the nitty-gritty of what I offer:
This is BIG PICTURE editing. It includes a close read and thorough analysis of your manuscript to seek out what works and what might still need some work. I focus on the overall structure and content of your story seeking out any troubles with story elements like plot holes, poor character development, confusing dialogue, sentence phrasing, and any other issues that might trip up your audience.
This works well for writers with a completed draft who want to dive into revisions with some guidance on what is working and what needs work. Also great for those who have been working on a book for a long time and find themselves lost in the weeds and those who have polished their sentences but feel they need to go back and rethink some big picture issues like structure or plot.
I will deliver:
We will also meet for a 60 minute Zoom meeting after you’ve had a chance to go over the feedback so that we can talk about it and I can answer any questions you might have.
Cost: Varies by manuscript. Estimate 4 cents/word CAD and up.
My process for manuscript evaluation is similar to the way I work for a developmental edit – but I don’t go as deeply into the manuscript. It is more of a surface pass.
Ideal for writers who are seeking some editorial feedback without investing in the expense or detail of a full Developmental Edit.
I will deliver:
We will also meet for a 30 minute Zoom meeting after you’ve had a chance to go over the feedback so that we can talk about it and I can answer any questions you might have.
Cost: Varies by manuscript. Estimate 2.5 cents/word CAD and up.
Contact me to begin the conversation.
You can use my contact form to request one of the following:
I offer sample edits to prospective clients free of charge. This is a way for us to see if we are a good fit and for you to decide if you would like to work with me.
If I don’t connect with your work, or feel that it is not ready for editing, I will still provide you with my thoughts and suggestions, but I won’t make a proposal for us to work together.
If a Sample Edit doesn’t fit your project, I offer a free consultation (phone or zoom) to meet and discuss your project and how I might support you.
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