Hi! I’m Elle, and I’d love to help you tell your story.
Just started your memoir? Finished a first draft and not sure what’s next? Need a road map to publish your work? Stuck with an idea for a story, but don’t know where to start?
I offer personalized coaching sessions, big-picture revisions, and actionable steps for publishing your book. I work with writers of all skill levels, and my sessions are confidential and judgement-free.
My coaching philosophy is client-focused. It’s impossible to separate the art from the artist during the drafting stage. My goal is to help you tell your story with your voice. I never want you to lose ownership of your book or feel like we manufactured your story. I approach every contract by asking questions first so I can get to know your vision and style before suggesting any changes. I will never tell you how or what to write. Instead, I’ll assist you in setting actionable, personalized goals, and help you achieve them.
My love for coaching comes from my experience of doing a little of everything. After graduating with my BA in English from Thomas Edison State University in 2017, I’ve worked as a freelance copy editor, a developmental editor, and a ghostwriter. Additionally, I’m a professional actor, singer, and community theatre director. My experience in visual storytelling allows me to bring characters, settings, and scenes to life.
After working as a freelance artist for two years, I returned to school at Southern New Hampshire University and graduated in 2020 with my MFA in Creative Writing and an Online Graduate Teaching Certificate. Now, I work with both fledgling artists and experienced creators while teaching and writing stories of my own.
“My goal is to help you tell your story with your voice.”
My work focuses primarily on “big picture” editing, enhancing storytelling elements, and encouraging writer well-being. I work closely with writers to develop a road map for their ideas, address any character, plot, pacing, and setting issues, and offer advice and resources for further editing or publishing.
My coaching sessions are video-enabled to allow for close collaboration and conversation. When I work directly with a draft, I use MS Word’s track changes and commenting system to keep the dialogue open through multiple revision passes.
I work with any length of fiction, but I prefer working with clients who are in the beginning, outlining stages or have completed their first non-revised draft. The raw, malleable nature of first drafts lend themselves to synergy with a writing coach. Together we can set actionable, realistic goals for your work.
Examples of the actionable goals I can help you achieve:
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I offer a free, 20-minute video consultation! Email me now to set yours up. The packages below are flexible and can be customized to fit your needs. Payment for services is due in advance on the first on the month.*
*Additional editing hours or video coaching sessions can be added to any package at the rate of $50 an hour.
I work with almost any type of artistic content. This includes fiction and non-fiction books, novellas, and short stories, but it also includes blogs, video game dialogue and narration, screenplays, scriptwriting, children’s literature, theatrical pieces, and academic or professional research writing.
A critique includes a discussion of your work’s strengths and weakness. This includes plot, characters, dialogue, style, and setting. It also includes discussion of your work’s marketability, sensitive content, graphic content, and publishing options. No changes are made to your manuscript or draft.
Developmental edits are direct line edits made to the plot, character, dialogue, style, and setting via MS Word’s track changes. They include specific suggestions for revision to increase clarity, pacing, and immersion. I may also suggest edits for sensitive or graphic content and marketability. These changes are reviewed by the author and discussed during video coaching sessions. All work remains the author’s, and the author is under no obligation to accept any changes to their manuscript.
No. While I may touch upon common grammatical issues during a developmental edit or coaching session, I do not offer copy editing or proofreading services.
My goal is working with artists to develop their storytelling skills and set actionable, achievable writing goals. I am not a publisher nor an agent, but by working with me, you will hone your abilities be prepared to submit your work to a publisher/agent or pursue self-publishing.