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"In addition to being a wickedly skilled editor, Corbin taught me how to organize and structure my manuscript so that it flowed from begging to end. She spent time up front getting to know my story and why I was passionate about writing it and used this knowledge to help explain why she made the changes she made. She was a delight to work with." —Kristin Jarvis Adams, author of Wahington Book Award Finalist THE CHICKEN WHO SAVED US: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful. See All

Corbin Lewars $95/hr

Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Preparation for Pitching
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Book Proposals
  • Developmental Editing
  • Essay
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Memoir
  • Non-Fiction
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction

"In addition to being a wickedly skilled editor, Corbin taught me how to organize and structure my manuscript so that it flowed from begging to end. She spent time up front getting to know my story and why I was passionate about writing it and used this knowledge to help explain why she made the changes she made. She was a delight to work with." —Kristin Jarvis Adams, author of Wahington Book Award Finalist THE CHICKEN WHO SAVED US: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful.

"I am very happy with how you are working. It flows better and you cut out some of the extraneous asides or over-documentation. Joseph and I deeply appreciate your work." —David R. Kopacz, M.D. at Puget Sound VA and author of Becoming Medicine and Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD with Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow)

“I just read through the ‘macro edits,’ and Corbin—I love them!! You are so right on about everything you have said and I can’t wait to get started making these changes!! You bring up amazing points. I am so excited to dive deep into the book again and look through all your detailed edits. I think you are so right on about these edits, and I am so excited to make this book shine!! Thank you! Thank you!”—Saralynne Davis, Author of Making Kid Time Count

"Thanks for your excellent editing Corbin. You've only edited two of my articles, but I've learned much from you already. I struggled with organization in this article and couldn't figure out how to improve the flow. You did that brilliantly."—Sandra M. Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

"I am learning so much through this process and can't thank you enough. Spun quickly through your edits on the first part and once again congratulating myself on my brilliant choice of editor. Your suggestion that perhaps her parents' 'storybook' meeting and engagement might set the bar too high and that's part of why she's reticent in romance - brilliant! Lemme see what I can do with that." —Michael McDermott, Author of the Patent Desk

"Thank God for talented editors. Your version is MUCH better! Please make the changes you've suggested. They are perfect. Whoever said writing was re-writing was dead on. Thank you so very much
With gratitude and admiration,"—Emilie Winthrop, executive editor of SD Decor and Style magazine

"Corbin—I just want to say THANK YOU for all your excellent work and guidance on Tara’s book. You truly transformed it and brought it to a whole new level. I love working with you!! I totally agree with everything you have said and wanted to express my deep appreciation and gratitude! Keep up the amazing work!"— Beth Kaufman, Managing Editor of Lesson Ladder

"Thank you, Corbin, for all your help with my writing over the years. I crafted my ML essay in your class, and you've helped me with every step since then -- submitting essays for publication, planning and writing a memoir, and navigating the crazy world of publishing. I can't thank you enough for your gentle, intuitive, talented, practical guidance."—Betsy MacWhinney, Author of The Perfect Rock and Modern Love Essay “Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems”

"I've only scanned the first few chapters, but your suggestions are DEAD ON! Love, love, LOVE your ideas/suggestions!! I'm so excited!! Thank you so much, Corbin! You have been so fabulous to work with and I appreciate your feedback, comments, and honesty so much. I'm making lots of progress on the manuscript and I'm LOVING your suggestions. Thank you again for everything you've done for me. This manuscript is a million times better because of you, and I'm so grateful!"—Marni Mann, Author of Seductive Shadows

"You're totally spot-on with the edits. The notes are great! I'm thinking I get the gist of what's missing and how I need to “tell the reader more.” You've done a fantastic job with thorough, thoughtful, critical yet supportive feedback. It didn't hurt one bit. I know it’s got a ways to go, but that’s what this is about—growing as a writer and giving the stories the weight they deserve."—Michael Blankenburg, Author of A Long Haired Handsome Jesus

"Thank You Corbin. I went through your notes and am happy with all of your suggestions. I’m glad that you are excited about the project, I am also getting there. It was a wonderful journey working with you on this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I look forward to my next book with you ..."—Raj Persaud, author of Living with Purpose: Pt Sirju's Spirited Journey

"As usual, meeting with you is exactly what I needed. I'm starting to realize that yes, I am a decent writer and yes, I am a decent line editor. What I don't know about is structuring a novel. You, thank God, do know how to structure a novel and for that I am unspeakably grateful. I'm starting to understand what is necessary to get my manuscript where I want it to be. Boy, it's hard, though, twisting my brain into places it hasn't been before. It's strangely exciting and I'm starting to feel more like a writer (and less like a career journalist) for the first time in my life." —George Kingson, journalist, novelist

“It is without hesitation, that I can tell you that your early response and support of this book was instrumental to my ability to finish it. I appreciate all your kind words and your support of this project.”—Marianne Lile, author of Stepmother

"Thank you for meeting with me it was really helpful. I needed someone else to look at all these jumbled pages and sort it out for me. THANK YOU. I feel good about my book now and you helped me get on the right track. Thanks again for getting my through my own road blocks!"—Bonnie Froman, owner of Oakwilde Records and writer

Corbin Lewars, M.Ed., began writing books when she was five years old. If you count the ones that are glued and stapled together, she is the author of twenty-nine books. If you don’t, she is the author of three including Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life. Her personal essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications including Mothering, Hip Mama, and the Seattle PI as well as in several writing anthologies.

She was the editor of Verve, a Seattle women’s magazine, for two years and for two decades has worked as a developmental editor and writing consultant for publishers and emerging writers. Her clients include Lesson Ladder Publishing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, UW School of Law and many published authors. She has been teaching writing for over twenty years in a variety of settings including universities, writing conferences, homeless shelters, CEO boardrooms, prisons, Seattle Cancer Institute, tribal schools and Hugo House. For more information, visit www.corbinlewars.com.

Working Style

My developmental edits include evaluating and assessing the consistency and development of the characters; the effectiveness and flow of dialog; assessing the plot arc, flow, twists, pace, and use of suspense; enhancing the theme, and evaluating and improving the overall impact and effectiveness of the book. I make suggestions on where these areas need improvements and suggest how to do so as well as point out strengths in the manuscript.

I line edit the manuscript and make comments, changes, and suggestions tracked in Word. I also write an overall assessment (usually two pages long) of what worked well in the manuscript, what I changed and why, suggestions on how to move forward, and what I see as your next steps for revising.

My consultations will help you gain clarity and confidence in your writing. Writing is hard, but during our hour session I will remind you of the benefits of writing and what your intrinsic motivators are to do so. My specialty is helping writers gain clarity on what their book is about and why they are writing it. I help them through the entire writing process, which often entails not writing, but rather thinking about their manuscript.

I have extensive knowledge and experience helping clients reach their goals whether that be to enter a literary contest, research publications for their essays, pitch their manuscript at a conference, or gain clarity on their project. My clients vary from lawyers, to students, to published writers and their genres include memoir, spiritual books, commercial and literary fiction, coming out and coming of age stories, books for higher education, parenting books, and a variety of how-to books. Some clients are refining their manuscripts in hopes of finding an agent or editor, others are looking to build their writer platform, and others are writing for themselves or family members.

The main criteria I use when determining if I will work with an individual is making sure I support the story they are trying to tell and their values around writing. I believe writing is a process that is best supported when the motivation is intrinsic and believe when we only seek outside accolades for our writing, the process is less rewarding, if not frustrating, and we lose sight of the benefits of writing.

I have an office in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle where I meet with clients. I also work over the phone, Skype, email. Most of my clients do not reside in Seattle, so it is not necessary to meet face-to-face, but I do find it is helpful.

Availability

This is what I do full time for a living, so have evening, day and weekend hours available. After our initial meeting (or talk on the phone) I usually take a month for a full manuscript edit. During that time, writers are free to call me or email me, and then I suggest we meet again after they have had a chance to look over my edits and feedback.

Interests

Essay, novels, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir.