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Corbin - Dammit, you’re brilliant. Love (and hate) your edits - exactly what I’ve been trying to do, but have been unable to see/do. You clearly excel at Rubik’s cubes. Honestly, your edits/comments are spot-on. I feel a bit overwhelmed, yet hopeful that with your help, this could be a book worth reading. See All

Corbin Lewars $100/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

Corbin - Dammit, you’re brilliant. Love (and hate) your edits - exactly what I’ve been trying to do, but have been unable to see/do. You clearly excel at Rubik’s cubes. Honestly, your edits/comments are spot-on. I feel a bit overwhelmed, yet hopeful that with your help, this could be a book worth reading.
Let’s getrdone.
Jane Boulware, CVP at Microsoft

Corbin,

Another great point! I felt something was missing, but did not know what. You gave me the answer. Thank you very, very much for your corrections and comments. What a thorough job you have done. Your encouragement really helps me.

Best, Kent Wong, author of Swimming to Freedom

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 Washington 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 PTSDwith Joseph Rael

Corbin—I love your edits. 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 to make this book shine!! Thank you! Thank you!

—Saralynne Davis, Author of Making Kid Time Count

I am reading the manuscript and love how you rewrote it and how it flows. I agree with your summary document 100% and can’t wait to start making the edits you recommend.

—Benjamin Risha, author of Son of Seven Mothers

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 cannot thank you enough for your deep and thorough review of the manuscript. I am really impressed. You have great comments, suggestions and questions. They make the manuscript clearer, more streamlined and more cohesive. As soon as I received your detailed comments last Friday I immediately plunged in the book again, adding more detailed descriptions and contexts as per your comments and questions. I am really enjoying this.

Best,

Juhaeri, Juhaeri VP and Head, Epidemiology and Benefit-Risk at Sanofi and author of Dreams of a Village Boy

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 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

Thanks for your excellent advise Corbin. You've only helped me with two of my articles for my work blog, 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

This was really fun and I learned so much. For what it's worth, you are an outstanding coach. In addition to obviously being a fantastic writer and editor, you are a great listener and provide insightful feedback. I was blown away by how quickly / seamlessly you were able to understand my viewpoint and provide ways to make my best even better, and still feel true to me. Thanks again!

—Jenn Christison, Improvement strategist and author of How Matters

Thank you, Corbin, for all your help with my writing over the years. I crafted my Modern Love 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”

Hi Corbin,

I so appreciate you. Thanks for the great sessions, writing support and inspiration. You have a gift of being able to see me and my path, even when it becomes muddy for me. I'm really glad to have you on my team. —Valerie Black, Founder, Chief Visionary Officer The Change Agency, LLC

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 congratulated 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

I read through some of your edits last night and I’m excited about some back story and plot points that I came up with just from reading your notes. You really do know your stuff. I’m going to name my sister’s next kid after you in appreciation :)

Julie Chase, Author of Broken

Thank You Corbin. I went through your notes and am happy with all of your suggestions. 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

Corbin, I want you to know how good it feels to be working with you. I am so grateful that you ‘get it’ about what I am doing. I love the way the stories are shaping up and I know it won't be long before I am asking for your help in the publishing part of this project! Thank you so very much.

—Judith Laxer, minister, therapist, and author of Along the Wheel of Time

I've only scanned the first few chapters, but your suggestions are DEAD ON! Love, love, LOVE your ideas/suggestions! 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

Thanks so much Corbin. I really appreciate your thoughts. I feel like I'm getting my manuscript where I want it to be. It is a process. I want to make it the best it can be and feel as if I am doing with the help of your advice and support. You are awesome. It means so much to me that you get it.

—Ina Zajac, author of Please, Pretty Lights

Corbin Lewars, M.Ed. is a Seattle-based writing consultant, developmental editor, teacher, and author with over twenty years of experience helping individuals and organizations with their writing goals. Her clients have earned PEN Awards, Nancy Pearl Awards, PNBA nominations, and been finalist for the Washington Sate Book Award and USA Best Book Award. They are established and emerging authors as well as physicians, psychiatrists, CEO’s, prisoners, lawyers, consultants, visionaries and ministers.

She has helped clients become published in NY Times, sell their screenplays, sign with agents at multiple agencies including most recently United Talent Agency, and navigate contracts and deals with large and small publishers. She teaches at writing conferences, universities and is a sought out keynote speaker who has recently been invited as a TEDx speaker.

She is the author of PNBA and WA state Book Award nominee Creating a Life (Catalyst Book Press) as well as three other titles. Her essays have been published in over twenty five publications including Hip Mama, Seattle PI, Stories with Grace, Mothering, Midwifery Today, Parent Map, and several writing anthologies.

Working Style

For manuscripts, my edits assess the consistency and development of the characters; the effectiveness and flow of dialog; evaluating and enhancing 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. Themes are crucial and often misunderstood, so identifying them and following them through completely is my specialty. I make suggestions on where these areas need improvements and suggest how to do so (or do it for you) 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 edits and comments offer you clear directions and guidance on how to strengthen your manuscript and get it in the best shape it can be for publication.

Smaller pieces include feature articles, blogs, essays, novellas, resumes, business proposals and anything under 40,000 words. I follow the same process with these items, often including my marketing background on how to reach a larger or deeper audience, if that is called for.

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. If you live in Seattle, I can meet with you in person at my office in the Fremont neighborhood on North Lake Union. I am also available via phone, email, Skype and Zoom.

Interests

My main interest is nonfiction work from experts, memoir and educational or consulting works. I work on novels, essays, novellas, short stories, feature articles and occasionally screenplays.