After reading the material on the Ghostwriting page, you might find yourself saying, “Yes! A ghostwriter is exactly what I need. Let’s get this process rolling!” If that’s the case, awesome. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
But maybe you’re thinking this instead: “I’d love to write a book, but I have a good command of written language, I love to write, and I’d rather write it myself.”
If that sounds like you, maybe you don’t need a ghostwriter at all. Maybe you just need a shepherd, someone to help you organize your thoughts, make a plan, and get off to a good start. I can be your shepherd. Here are some of the services I offer. For rates, send me an email with details about your project and your needs, and I can better determine the cost and a timeline.
Outline & Story Consultation:
If you want to write a novel, memoir, or non-technical nonfiction book, but don’t know where to begin, I can help you solidify your idea, explore your characters, and create an effective outline. Consultation by phone, Skype, Zoom, or (if you’re within two hours of Nashville) in person.
Ongoing Coaching and Consulting
I also do individualized, ongoing coaching and consultations via phone, Skype, Zoom, or (if you’re in Nashville or surrounding counties, in person). If you’re stuck, we can brainstorm through it. If you want input on your outline and chapters as you write, we can arrange that too. These sessions are very individualized.
Finished Your Draft?
Once your draft is complete, I can provide more extensive diagnostic reading and editing services.
A complete manuscript reading and general overview of its strengths and weaknesses. The cost of one diagnostic reading can be applied to any subsequent edit. If you’re not sure what kind of edit you need, or if a more extensive edit is out of your price range, this is a good place to start.
Developmental Editing (Content/Substantive Editing):
A detailed, chapter-by-chapter report about the plot, pacing, characterization, story structure, and more. Includes a diagnostic reading and phone consultation.
An edit in which I pay attention to language, grammar, syntax, usage errors, subject-verb agreement, and more. I’ll also address awkward language, repetition, wordiness, overwriting, and other linguistic issues. This does not include fact checking or close proofreading/copy editing. Includes a phone consultation.
Developmental/Content/Substantive editing as above, plus attention to language, grammar, syntax, usage errors, subject-verb agreement, and more. I’ll also address awkward language, repetition, wordiness, overwriting, and other linguistic issues. This does not include fact checking or close proofreading/copy editing. Includes a diagnostic reading and phone consultation.
You can learn more about my philosophy and approach to coaching and editing here:
Note: I don’t do proofreading or close copy editing. However, I can connect you with editors who do.