Coaching & Editing

Writers often ask, “What do people mean when they say show don’t tell?”

The concept of showing versus telling can be very hard to comprehend if you’re not an avid reader or writer of literary fiction. Literary fiction writers excel at this task, because they know how to use themes and characterizing details to show the readers what they mean without having to tell them.

After all, learned, well-read adults don’t want to be spoon-fed.

As a developmental editor and literary coach, I provide clients in-depth feedback accompanied by specific examples so that they can take their prose to the next level. I help writers develop their manuscripts into thought-provoking fiction and nonfiction, using themes and characterizing details in subtle, poignant ways that add depth to the story.

Adding layers of depth to your prose could help you land an agent or a publisher because many are now looking for upmarket fiction, stories that bridge the gap between commercial and literary fiction.

I specialize in working with beginner writers. I am on the Board of Directors for the Silverleaf Writers Guild where I teach workshops and provide advice to young, inexperienced writers on a weekly basis.

I provide coaching services to writers who are still in the process of developing their story idea. You may have only begun the brainstorming process or you may already begun writing your first draft. Either way, I can provide you with specific feedback on how to add depth to your characters, plot and themes so that you’ll have less to edit when you’re done your first draft.

If you’ve already completed your first draft, I can provide developmental editing services. I’ll read your manuscript from beginning to end and provide you with detailed feedback and specific examples of how to improve the characters, plot and themes to make your prose more thought-provoking and poignant.

If either of these services sound like the type of help that you need, please use the Contact page to reach out for a quote.