You want people to believe in your work even when that work can't yet speak for itself.
I'm willing to bet a third of my fee on your success.
ou’ve read books about writing, attended classes and workshops, and sought feedback from friends and family. Maybe you’ve tried tutorial software or hired an expert to critique your work.
Still, your manuscript is unsold with no agent or publisher in sight.
You want to be published because that’s your only real assurance that all the time, energy and money you’ve spent on writing hasn’t been wasted. You want people to believe in your work even when that work can’t yet speak for itself. Most of all, you want more than constructive criticism: you want positive guidance about what to do nexthow to get your novel, autobiography, memoir, self-help book, and other great idea into print. You want reliable advice that’s there when you need it.
Early in my career, I was in your position. I wanted to write good books that paid the rent--partly because I admired the fine writers who came before me, but mostly because I just enjoyed spending time with words. Time passed and I did a lot of writing. Some of it sold. The first book I published taught me a valuable lesson. The best way to learn to write well is to be well edited.
After that, I wrote and developed dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and worked with collaborators, agents, editors, publishers, and book packagers on both coasts. My books have been widely reviewed (including the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review) and won numerous awards. They've been translated into eleven foreign languages and adapted for Hollywood and TV. I've published magazine articles, book and performing arts reviews, and appeared before various writers groups and on PBS and cable television. I've written widely in the fields of corporate communications, management and minority business issues, and taught at several colleges and universities.
As I became a better writer, aspiring authorsespecially those from culturally diverse, ESL, and women’s-issue backgroundsasked me to help them find a mainstream audience. Like me, these hard-working, earnest writers wanted three things from an editorial helper:
- A fixed, reasonable price for honest feedback that actually helps.
- Specific instructionsnot just general adviceon how to make their manuscript more salable to agents and publishers, plus referrals to those professionals.
- Ongoing coaching and mentoring to support them for the long haul: help with revisions, queries, book proposals, contracts, and building their author's platform until they become "old pros" themselves.
As a result, I’ve evolved an innovative way to give writers like you the support you’ve asked forone that shares the risks as well as rewards of your great adventure.
I invite you to tour my website, check my credentials and range of professional services, and see how my approach to helping authors can work for you.