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Manuscript Consultants

Hugo House’s Manuscript Consultation Program gives writers one-on-one guidance for their works in progress. We value writers at every level of their writing career and want to provide them with the best resources to continue and improve their work and career.

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Select a consultant below and click the Contact button. Then, complete the form and a consultant will be in touch with you about services within 48 hours. Once services have been agreed upon between you and your consultant, the consultant will send you a link that will allow you to pay for the consultation services. No consultation is confirmed until payment is received.

Refunds

  • 5-business days or more before the confirmed session, you are eligible for a full refund.
  • 4-business days before the confirmed session, you are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • 3-business days or less prior to confirmed session, no refund is available.

Reschedules

  • Hugo House will not honor reschedule requests received 4-business days or less before the confirmed session.

Alma García $90/hr

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Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Book Proposals
  • Children's
  • Essay
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

My short fiction has won numerous awards and has appeared most recently in Kweli Journal, Bluestem, Duende, Enizagam, Narrative Magazine (past winner of Narrative Prize for Fiction), Passages North, Boulevard, and the anthology, Roadside Curiosities: Stories About American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig). I have also received grants from 4Culture and Artist Trust, as well as a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. I recently completed a novel which is under consideration at several publishing houses. I have taught at Hugo House since 2007 and was a graduate assistant teacher (in both composition and fiction writing) at the University of Arizona, where I received my MFA in 1999. I also hold a degree in journalism and was a staff writer for the Santa Fe Reporter as well as editor-in-chief of the Weekly Alibi (a weekly newspaper in Albuquerque, NM). I now offer my services as a freelance editor, serving mostly as a developmental editor for full-length fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, though I do offer line-editing and copyediting services as well as ongoing, one-on-one mentoring sessions in fiction writing.

Working Style

Developmental editing at $90/hour; copy-editing or other services determined on case by case basis for $75/hour. For developmental editing, I offer an initial consultation (in person, by phone, or via Skype) two complete read-throughs of the manuscript, detailed endnotes that discuss what is working and what could be strengthened (typically six to ten single-spaced typed pages for a full-length manuscript; proportionally less for shorter works), notes on the manuscript as appropriate, and a final consultation. The format for line and copyediting is essentially the same, though the endnote response will be considerably shorter. I do provide up to two email follow-ups if clients have additional questions after the final consultation.

Availability

Available by appointment. Willing to provide a free, brief assessment of a five-page excerpt. Can meet monthly if ongoing consultation is needed.

Interests

Literary fiction and nonfiction or memoir with a literary bent. I love writers who love language, who aren’t afraid either to be funny or to go somewhere dark (or sometimes both), who are exploring what might be familiar cultural or psychological material in a fresh way.

Former clients have been published widely. See All

Anastacia Tolbert $100/hr

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Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Essay
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction

Former clients have been published widely.

A former client was accepted into the Graduate school in NYC they wanted based on our manuscript
consultation.

Anastacia-Renee, is a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She is a member of Seattle7, Distinguished Visiting Writer at Seattle University, 2017-2018 and has received poetry fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale.  Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show is a multivalent social justice play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. She is the Author of 26, (Dancing Girl Press) and her cross-genre work has been published widely. Three books, Forget It (Black Radish Books), Answer(Me), (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and (v.), (Gramma Press) are forthcoming in 2017.

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Working Style

Provide typed feedback and conversation.

Availability

I am available during the whole year
and I like to give online feedback and also in person is fine too.

Interests

Poetry, Prose, and Fiction

"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client See All

Anca Szilágyi $90/hr

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Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Book Reviews
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Research
  • Short Fiction

"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client

“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.” -Melissa Slager, Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story student

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.” -Writing with Visual Art student

"Really enjoyed the generative writing exercises! Prompts were interesting & other-worldly & got my creative juices flowing." -Contemporary Fairy Tales student

Anca L. Szilágyi’s fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, Cicada, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, The RumpusKirkus, Jewish in Seattle, and the Ploughshares blog. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award and has also received fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Vermont Studio Center, and 4Culture. Anca holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Washington. She has taught at Pace University, University of Washington, the Living Room Workshops, and Richard Hugo House, as well as online at the Southern New Hampshire University MA program in English and Creative Writing. She also co-organizes The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”

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Working Style

For general manuscript feedback of any length, I include ample marginal comments. For developmental editing, I like to ask a lot of open-ended questions to help writers uncover narrative possibilities. Manuscript excerpts or short stories will get a one page end comment and book-length manuscripts two to three. Each can be followed up with a conversation in person, online, or on the phone. For line edits, I will include an end comment that summarizes how to improve writing at the sentence level. For coaching sessions, I can discuss the writing process and setting manageable goals, suggest exercises and give feedback on them, suggest reading material and opportunities that might be of interest to the student, how to apply for grants, residencies, and MFA programs, and how to give engaging public readings.

Availability

Monthly generally, and depending on the month / season, weekly. I am available in the summer. I can meet in person or online or correspond over email. I’m happy to meet with students for ten minutes for free to assess their needs.

Interests

Literary fiction, including fabulism / magical realism, fiction that looks outward to global issues (I read a lot of novels in translation), fiction that intersects with other arts (visual, performing, etc.), fiction in which place plays an important role. Book reviews and literary journalism. Preparing for public readings.

"You always have great insights . . . I plan to be a long-term customer." - Annie Laurie Sanchez, Fiction writer, client and former student See All

Cara Diaconoff $90/hr

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Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Essay
  • Genre
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

"You always have great insights . . . I plan to be a long-term customer." - Annie Laurie Sanchez, Fiction writer, client and former student

"Your feedback has been awesome . . . . So smart and thorough. I really appreciate your close reading, systematic analysis and insightful suggestions. You have been a dream of a freelance editor with this project." - Aya de Leon, Poet and novelist

"It was refreshing to take a class where the instructor was genuinely interested in their students’ work and fostering intellectual growth. Your class was one of the most rewarding experiences . . . I'm grateful I had the opportunity to be taught by you." - A student in Introduction to Creative Writing, U. of Utah

"I have never been able to express myself as I was able to in your class. It’s almost as if a whole new light was shed on a part of me that had been kept in the dark. . . . You took the extra time to write and let us know how to make improvements which forced me to challenge myself in ways I never had before." - A creative-writing student, Texas Christian U.

Edited work includes Aya de Leon’s novel Uptown Thief (Kensington, 2016) and Wendy Breuer’s story “The Museum of Analog Antiquities” (Calyx, Winter 2012).

I hold an MA in English literature from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, where I was chief editor of Indiana Review. I am the author of two book-length works of fiction (Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories, Lewis-Clark Press, and I’ll be a Stranger to You, Outpost19 e-books) as well as stories in magazines such as The Adirondack Review, descant, and others. I have been awarded state arts council grants (Indiana, Utah) and residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Norman Mailer Colony. In addition, I have taught creative writing, mostly on the college level, for 15+ years; I’ve been a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and a lecturer at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. For many years I have also taught online tutorials and workshops for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Finally, since 2009 I’ve provided developmental and copy editing services for creative writers through my editorial business.

Working Style

For critiquing and developmental editing, I provide embedded comments in the manuscript or manuscript excerpt and an end letter of at least 2 double-spaced pages for a short story and 5-10 pages for a novel. For coaching sessions or tutorials, I can meet for 1-2 hours at a time in person or carry on the conversation via email exchange during a mutually agreed-upon timeframe.

Availability

I could meet in person on either a weekly or a monthly basis. I am also happy to give consultations by email.

I am willing to meet potential clients or students in person for a free 15-minute session to assess their project; similarly, for a book-length project, I can provide a free sample edit of the first 5 pages of the project to make sure that I’m the best editor or coach for the project.

Interests

Fiction of all genres and for readers both teenage and adult: both short-form and novel-length. Literary nonfiction of all genres, both short-form and long-.

As an editor and a teacher, I have worked happily and successfully on many different kinds of works, from the literary to the commercial, from narrative realism to more experimental or hybrid work. As both writer and editor, I gravitate especially to historical and political themes and enjoy work that has an element of social consciousness. This can be and has been broadly defined!

"This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices." —  Booklist See All

Chavisa Woods $95/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Book Proposal
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback
  • Read first 2-3 stories/essay in collection (up to 15,000 words)
  • Read first 50 pages of manuscript
  • Read individual pieces of short fiction or nonfiction up to 10,000 words
  • Synopsis

Available For

  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • LGBTQ
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Novel
  • Short Fiction

"This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices." —  Booklist

"[Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country is a] collection of eight uncompromising stories set in rural Illinois. In visceral descriptions of decay, boredom, and limited opportunities, Woods’s characters struggle to eke out an identity, as they confront the bleak difficulties of their lives and persist in surviving." - Publisher's Weekly

"Think of Woods as a literary exorcist, calling out certain entities that possess rural America: isolation, working-class poverty, drugs, incarceration, military dogma, and evangelical religion." — The Rumpus

"I can’t think of any other book that captures the essence of America the way this collection does—it is nuanced and provocative, heartfelt and funny and wise."  
—Lambda Literary Review

“The characters in Woods’ collection speak to us from the edges (…) You can say that these stories seem like they were ready made for a post 2017 election but they were written during the Obama presidency; the experience of America that many people have woken up to in the last six months is the America that has been happening since the beginning of this country. Chavisa Woods writes with vision and experience from “this moment between” delivering us into the world that’s always been here.” – Electric Lit

Chavisa Woods is the author of three works of full-length, literary fiction: Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

Woods was the recipient of the Cobalt Fiction Prize (2014), and the Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Writers (2010). She is a current finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award in fiction, her third nomination.

Her work has received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn RailThe Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

 

Working Style

I believe writing can be taught, and, as writing is a craft, can continuously be improved upon. When I look at your work, I’m going to focus on what is unique to your style and content in order to help you build upon the assets you already possess as a writer, but may not be completely aware of.

As an editor and teacher, I am interested in honing in on what matters most in the work and cutting out the excess, which can be related to both form and content. I want the writers I work with to manifest the strongest version of their individual voices. For emerging and newer writers, I can help you move away from stylistic leanings that might be imitating other writers who have influenced you, allowing you to develop your own voice more poignantly and concisely. I pay attention to detail as well as the bigger picture, understanding that every word and every sentence matters immensely. For newer as well as more seasoned writers, I will provide my impressions as a reader, and notes around potential feedback from publishers, regarding overall themes of the novel or collection. I love to read, and I very much enjoy being part of creating new, meaningful and compelling literature. Creative writing is an art, and I see books as art objects. My goal is to help you create a literary art object that is well constructed and can pass the test of time, creating an emotional, aesthetically unique experience for the reader; a book that will stay with a reader long after they have finished it, leaving your audience with something exacting and meaningful.

I provide feedback imbedded in the text of the manuscript as line-edits and comments. I also provide a and a 2-3 page assessment of the work overall. Where appropriate, I will also provide suggestions around which publishers (presses and magazines) might be most interested in the piece. I am also available for 1-2 hour in-person consultations in both Seattle and New York City.

"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

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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.

I was a student of Gail’s during the time she taught at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She is a great resource for anyone who is looking to start a writing or editing career. Gail taught me freelance writing in an independent study from which I learned numerous resources and techniques on how to start a writing career and submit my work to different publications. —Hope Hahn See All

Gail Folkins $75/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read and critique individual essays
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Blog
  • Book Proposals
  • Book Reviews
  • Developmental Editing
  • Environmental Writing
  • Essay
  • Freelance & Magazine Writing
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Memoir
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Travel Narrative

I was a student of Gail’s during the time she taught at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She is a great resource for anyone who is looking to start a writing or editing career. Gail taught me freelance writing in an independent study from which I learned numerous resources and techniques on how to start a writing career and submit my work to different publications. —Hope Hahn

Dr. Folkins was extremely helpful and inspiring in helping me get started on my book project. Her suggestions and insights have been invaluable and I am very proud of the work we have done together. —Student in Advanced Literary Journalism, Independent Study

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I have worked throughout the West as a journalist, a writer in corporate and nonprofit settings, an instructor, and as a creative writer.  My two creative nonfiction books include a nature-themed memoir titled Light in the Trees (Texas Tech University Press 2016) and a work of literary journalism titled Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (Texas Tech University Press 2007). As a freelance writer, my essays have most recently appeared in The Common – Dispatches and Assay along with magazines such as Texas Highways and Wildflower Magazine. I have a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in creative writing (nonfiction emphasis) and have taught writing courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Austin Community College, and Hugo House in Seattle. My publications background includes directing a small press, working as a managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and leading a visiting writer series. I have served as a consultant and adviser on a variety of writing projects, from essay collections, to theses in creative nonfiction and poetry, to manuscripts on marketing and self-help.

Working Style

I provide detailed written feedback paired with a conversation in person, through Skype, or through email. Overall, I strive to highlight the writer’s voice while sharing feedback that brings the project closer to its fullest potential.

Availability

I can work in-person, through Skype, by phone, or through email. After an initial meeting in person or online, we can discuss your project needs and a schedule that works best.

Interests

Creative nonfiction of all types – memoir, travel, flash nonfiction, personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, young adult narrative nonfiction.

“Jaimee has impressed me with the depth and precision of her insights. She knows what publishers want, and knows how to communicate those expectations to writers. If you’re looking for an excellent editor, look no further.” See All

Jaimee Garbacik $100/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Book Proposal
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback
  • Read first 2-3 stories/essay in collection (up to 15,000 words)

Available For

  • Book Proposals
  • Essay
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • LGBTQ
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

“Jaimee has impressed me with the depth and precision of her insights. She knows what publishers want, and knows how to communicate those expectations to writers. If you’re looking for an excellent editor, look no further.”
--Damon DiMarco, New York Times bestselling author

“Working with Jaimee Garbacik has been inspirational. More than just an editor, she has become a treasured confidant who made me rethink both my storytelling skills and writing style. Her criticisms are always insightful, constructive, and right on the money. She’s helped me sharpen my characters and plotline and rework the core meaning of my first novel to better reflect my true inner voice. Her style is strong, straightforward, and clearly conveyed in both her written notes and telephone conversations. I value her suggestions and know her editing skills will make any book oh so much better!”
--Jeffrey L. Diamond, six-time Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer, journalist and creator of Dateline NBC

"I sure am grateful for Jaimee. She took my words out for a spin, and when she came back, my book had received the wax, oil change, and tune-up I didn’t even realize it needed. There are very few editors out there that really take the time to empathize with the emotional connection authors have to their writing, but when she edits, Jaimee seems to live with the words, almost inside of them. She heard my voice pulsing in there, snagged it, and yanked out the best version possible. She rocks. Period.”
--Buddy Wakefield, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion

Jaimee Garbacik is a developmental book editor with an agency background and a decade of experience helping authors turn early manuscript drafts into award-winning books.

Over a ten-year career in publishing, Jaimee has been privileged to edit for New York Times bestselling authors, Caldecott Honor and Emmy Award recipients, and some of the world’s foremost scientists. Before freelancing, she handled editorial development for a major New York literary agency, serving more than 200 clients worldwide.

She is also the author of Gender and Sexuality For Beginners (For Beginners), a widely taught critical examination of the sex-gender system and the evolution of gender roles, as well as the curator/editor of the celebrated Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology (Chin Music Press) and its traveling art exhibit. Jaimee graduated cumme laude from Boston University, where she studied with renowned editor and literary critic, Sir Christopher Ricks. She holds a certificate in editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, and former programming chair of The Vera Project.

Jaimee’s editorial mission is to enhance authors’ innate voices while never pummeling sentences for sport.

For a partial list of authors Jaimee has worked with, visit her editorial site here.

Working Style

My editorial letters are notoriously detailed, often falling in the 15-35pg range, depending on the length and complexity of a given manuscript. For a full manuscript read, I offer broad feedback and strategies for overcoming issues with character development, pacing, plot development, tone and voice, dialogue, narrative arc, continuity, and world-building. This service can be expanded to include extensive margin notes on the line, paragraph, or page level, along the lines of a developmental edit. For nonfiction manuscripts, I also address the cogency of arguments and/or structure, while placing additional emphasis on audience.

Having edited and pitched dozens of book proposals that sold to major publishers, my book proposal margin notes tend to be fiercely prescriptive. That said, I also strive to be kind, and I always have the author’s best interest in mind, regarding both craft and salability.

One-on-one coaching sessions are typically conducted over the phone or Skype. I am also happy to answer lengthy questions or offer advice over email, charging the same hourly rate for my time. This sort of coaching can be motivational in nature; we can address specific ongoing issues you are having with your writing or writing habits. Alternatively, I can offer oral feedback and suggestions on shorter works read on the spot or in advance (e.g. 15 pgs. of a novel, individual essays or stories).

After years of reading query letters in an agency, I am in a very strong position to offer constructive feedback on how to craft an effective pitch. Query letter reviews involve notes on the line level, and can be catered toward an academic or trade audience as needed.

Overall: As a published author with agency experience and broad editorial expertise, I can deliver both the empathy writers want and the critical eye they need.

Availability

Prefer email or phone/Skype meetings. Flexible schedule. When querying, please include the genre and word count of your manuscript, as well as any known concerns you want to address in your writing.

Interests

My specialties are literary fiction, short story collections, YA, long-form and/or literary journalism, and essay collections. I also have considerable experience with LGBTQ writing, gender studies, women’s issues, and ethnographic cultural studies. I read broadly and voraciously, from Italo Calvino to Joan Didion, Adam Johnson to Kazuo Ishiguro; I devour interviews and youth advocacy zines, folk histories and magical realism, Russian classics and graphic novels. I am a huge fangirl of books that amplify underrepresented voices, such as the Voice of Witness series.

I especially enjoy working with new authors who are still developing their voice, helping to elevate their work and rein in bad habits. I seek out fiction that emphasizes place, memory, multicultural identity and intersectional issues, family drama, or immigrant narratives. I love dark realistic YA, and I prefer essays that keep generating new questions rather than looking for concrete answers. I’m interested in literature as both covert and blatant advocacy. Above all else, I want to discover authors who are unapologetic about their experiences and whose stories jar readers out of complacency.

"Jarret Middleton’s skills as a writer and editor are outstanding. His many years of writing, editing, publishing, and critiquing ensure that your project is in practiced hands. Jarret's questions are insightful and probing, his suggestions constructive and supportive, and his technical skills are exceptional. Clients can expect complete professionalism, courtesy, and honesty as his ongoing business philosophy.” —Larry Olson, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement, John Wiley & Sons See All

Jarret Middleton $120/hr

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Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Book Proposals
  • Essay
  • Genre
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Screenwriting
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

"Jarret Middleton’s skills as a writer and editor are outstanding. His many years of writing, editing, publishing, and critiquing ensure that your project is in practiced hands. Jarret's questions are insightful and probing, his suggestions constructive and supportive, and his technical skills are exceptional. Clients can expect complete professionalism, courtesy, and honesty as his ongoing business philosophy.” —Larry Olson, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement, John Wiley & Sons

“Jarret is that rare writer who is as good in the role of editor as he is in that of creator. He's able to work with writers on their own terms, giving them the tools and advice necessary to fine tune their work. He can help make any piece of writing better but more importantly he can help make a good piece great.” —Harry Kirchner, publisher of Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press

Jarret Middleton is the author of Darkansas and the novella, An Dantomine Eerly. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency in New York, NY and the Intellectual Property Group (IPG) in Los Angeles, CA. He lives in Seattle, WA.

Working Style

Rate is flexible, and discount rates are available on a per project basis.

When consulting with client writers, I like to take the time to meet and discuss the project in its current state so that I can better understand the project before putting pen to page. Projects and desired results vary widely, but I am happy however the client is most comfortable and productive. In my career, I have approached consultations and freelance editing in almost every conceivable way. I have been editor of a publishing house, started my own imprint, served as a copywriter, ghostwriter, a freelance developmental editor for publishers and private consulting clients alike. Whether the client is interested in tightening up an outline or query letter, or a single pass on copy, line, or developmental editing, or an agreed upon schedule of in-person consultations where we continually check in on the writer’s progress on their project, I am ready to get started helping writers achieve their vision for the work they were meant to create.

Availability

I am available monthly and weekly, year-round. Flexible communication with client writers between scheduled in-person meetings, always available for an email or phone call.

Available for 10 minute free project assessment

Interests

Literary fiction tending toward the dramatic, gothic, dark, surreal, fabulist, and magical-realist. Full-length works of fiction, novels, short stories, collaborative projects, experimental work.

"Joe excels at being able to identify the two or three issues that most need to be addressed in a piece of writing, and he can articulate clearly how the writer might improve the work. More significantly, Joe knows how to make the piece under discussion serve as an occasion for considering general principles of good writing. That is, he’s able to help other writers learn from both the examples of strong writing and the missed opportunities of weak writing. In Joe, I see an accomplished writer, yes, but also a writer who can think abstractly about writing, explain how good writing works, and show other writers how to be more effective on the page. I recommend him without reservations." — From Bruce Holland Rogers, winner of the Pushcart Prize, two Nebula Awards, the Bram Stoker Award, and two World Fantasy Awards See All

Joe Ponepinto $95/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 25 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Genre
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

"Joe excels at being able to identify the two or three issues that most need to be addressed in a piece of writing, and he can articulate clearly how the writer might improve the work. More significantly, Joe knows how to make the piece under discussion serve as an occasion for considering general principles of good writing. That is, he’s able to help other writers learn from both the examples of strong writing and the missed opportunities of weak writing. In Joe, I see an accomplished writer, yes, but also a writer who can think abstractly about writing, explain how good writing works, and show other writers how to be more effective on the page. I recommend him without reservations." — From Bruce Holland Rogers, winner of the Pushcart Prize, two Nebula Awards, the Bram Stoker Award, and two World Fantasy Awards

"Joe’s love of language infuses his work, and he is careful and meticulous in his writing. He is patient, thoughtful, and plans ahead. I think he possesses a balance of empathy and discipline that make him an excellent instructor." — From Kathleen J. Alcalá, author of The Deepest Roots, The Desert Remembers My Name, Essays on Family and Writing, and three novels

Joe Ponepinto’s second novel, Mr. Neutron, was published by 7.13 Books in 2018. He is the winner of several fiction contests, and has been published in more than 40 literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Joe was the founding publisher and fiction editor of the award-winning Tahoma Literary Review, and is an adjunct writing instructor at Hugo House and Tacoma Community College.

Working Style

I appreciate the trust you show in me by submitting your work, and I consequently make every attempt to fully justify that trust. I always provide a detailed, written evaluation, which often runs to many pages. The evaluation will address structure (plot, organization), tone (style, consistency), and development (character, story, theme), according to your genre. I also spend a significant amount of time examining the writer’s intent and how well it has been executed. The critique will discuss what’s good about your work, as well as what needs additional attention and development.

My criticism is not only my own, but is based on the advice of some of the greatest writers of fiction from the early 20th century to today. Just to name a few: Zadie Smith, Robert Olen Butler, James Wood, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kurt Vonnegut, Francine Prose, Anton Chekhov, Ron Carlson, Gordon Lish, Mary Ruefle, Robert McKee, and many others.

Availability

Available to meet on almost any schedule, year-round. Weekly, monthly, etc. Feedback is available in person, by email, and via online chat.

I will speak or meet with students for 20 minutes for free to assess their project. I may ask to see a sample from a larger project before accepting the job.

Interests

Literary, Speculative, Historical, Science Fiction

"I'll take anything Karen Finneyfrock teaches, and I'm never disappointed. The one-on-one care and knowledge she generously offers in class is constrained only by time and the number of students. I can't begin to imagine what I could accomplish during an independent manuscript consultation. I guess I'll be signing up to find out!" - Allison Augustyn, former music critic, Chicago Sun-Times See All

Karen Finneyfrock $120/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback
  • Synopsis

Available For

  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult

"I'll take anything Karen Finneyfrock teaches, and I'm never disappointed. The one-on-one care and knowledge she generously offers in class is constrained only by time and the number of students. I can't begin to imagine what I could accomplish during an independent manuscript consultation. I guess I'll be signing up to find out!" - Allison Augustyn, former music critic, Chicago Sun-Times

“I strongly recommend Karen Finneyfrock’s editorial services. With expertise in both poetry and novel writing, she offers incisive, constructive critiques of style, technique, and large-scale character, scene, and plot development. An admirer of her fiction and poetry, I ultimately came to her classes on recommendation from a fellow writer who described her as “the best teacher I’ve ever had in my life.” She is truly an excellent teacher. Through her instruction and critiques, I was able to diagnose problems in my work and completely revamp a book that, despite the advice of other writers and teachers, wasn’t working. I’ve found her critiques of my own and other writers’ work to be honest, accurate, enlightening, and highly sensitive to the writer’s intentions and to what the book wants to be.”- Ruth Schemmel, Hugo House student

As an instructor, Karen helped catalyze my bud of a story into a full-length manuscript and provided the guidance I needed to avoid many pitfalls of novel creation along the way. Once I began the revision process, her belief in my work and ability to see what was strong about my writing buoyed me through uncertainty. Karen has the ability to pinpoint specifically what is special, naturally successful, and uniquely genius about any writer’s work, regardless of their experience level or genre. Her encouragement helped me to pinpoint my own strengths, and her critique was always delivered with curiosity and care that allowed me to think deeply about less successful aspects of my work without feeling discouraged. Karen is careful to make distinctions between her personal likes as a reader from more objective advice on craft, and her questions and observations are thorough and thoughtful. Karen is not only a brilliantly talented writer, but also a present, engaged, and caring instructor. Her attention to my work has strengthened not only my manuscript, but my confidence as a writer and my ability to guide my own growth. -Molly Thornton

Karen Finneyfrock is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books and both selected for the Junior Library Guild Award. She is one of the editors of the poetry anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press.  She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. She currently teaches the Yearlong Class in Young Adult Fiction at Hugo House and has taught the Certificate Program in Young Adult Fiction at University of Washington. Karen has received residencies at Hedgebrook, Bloedel Reserve, and Helen R. Whiteley Center. She has received grants from The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and Artist Trust.

Working Style

When consulting on manuscripts, I’ll read pages and provide margin comments as well as a detailed editorial letter. My skills are strongest in story structure and language. On meeting, I will ask questions that drive to the work’s purpose, driving concepts and structural integrity.

When consulting on synopsis, query letter or residency/grant applications, I will focus on detailed margin notes and provide feedback on industry standards.

I try to be positive and supportive and embrace the joy and the individual at the heart of creative work.

As a general rule, I can read and comment on 15 pages in one hour.

Availability

I am available to meet twice a month and prefer giving feedback in person, but willing to do so over email.

Interests

Young Adult Fiction, Poetry, Spoken Word, Novel

"Matthew Bennett has a sharp eye for the hackneyed phrase. My short stories were fresher and more powerful from his editing." Jean Rae Baxter, author of The Way Lies North

Matthew Bennett $100/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read partial manuscript

Available For

  • Academic Monographs
  • Book Proposals
  • Developmental Editing
  • Essay
  • Genre
  • Graphic Novels/Comics
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

"Matthew Bennett has a sharp eye for the hackneyed phrase. My short stories were fresher and more powerful from his editing." Jean Rae Baxter, author of The Way Lies North

Matthew Bennett began editing in 2008 at Ronsdale Press, where he shepherded documents from submission to final print, and served as editor for publications such as Sheila James’s In the Wake of Loss (2009). He was later copy and line editor of academic monographs, such as Nicholas Hudson’s A Political Biography of Samuel Johnson (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). His current editing work includes novels and short stories, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, and more. As a language professional, Matthew has an exceptional record of teaching everything from English and Spanish grammar to modern philosophy of language. He has an English PhD from the University of British Columbia and has been writing, publishing, and editing academic, journalistic, and fictional prose for over a decade.

Working Style

For short personal encounters, I’m able to meet with writers and hear their pitch, read a five-page section of the manuscript, and then provide them rough editorial advice. From there our work together can incorporate all levels of advice and revision, from developmental editing, to line and copy editing. For extensive involvement, I can read complete or partial manuscripts and develop a detailed readers report, the length of which is determined by the writer’s budget.

Availability

I’m available to meet the writer once for conversation, or multiple times for a more extensive consultation. If you live in Seattle, we can speak in person; otherwise on the phone, or through Skype.

Feedback can be given in written form or in conversation. Either way should be guided by the writer’s specific concerns for the project, which may be helpfully provided in a list of questions to the editor.

Interests

My reading and writing interests range from high literary fiction to pulp sci-fi and horror, from nuts-and-bolts histories to cutting-edge philosophy. Writers I’ve mentored in the past have been similarly diverse—short story mavens, novelist aces, and scholar hedgehogs—and they typically find my bizarre reading recommendations spot-on. I tell my writing friends my ideal author would have the philosophical speculation of Borges and the emotional depth of Carver. Because of my training and voracious literary diet, I’m qualified to advise writers of literary fiction, genre fiction (sci-fi, horror, Western, romance), young adult fiction, graphic novels, memoir, and even academic monographs.

“Through Megan's sharp eyes, I could finally see my manuscript's narrative arc, which had evaded my myopic vision for years. She is an organizational wizard.” See All

Megan Snyder-Camp $100/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read Complete Manuscript

Available For

  • Essay
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Poetry

“Through Megan's sharp eyes, I could finally see my manuscript's narrative arc, which had evaded my myopic vision for years. She is an organizational wizard.”

"Megan has a talent for honing in on the emotional heart of a poem or a sequence. Her insights were invaluable in helping to give shape and sharpness to my work.”

“Megan's feedback is thorough and insightful. She is an amazingly talented and generous manuscript consultant!”

Megan Snyder-Camp is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Wintering (Tupelo) and The Gunnywolf (Bear Star), both of which were published in September 2016. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Djerassi, the 4Culture Foundation, and elsewhere.

Working Style

Read Complete Manuscript: This is a one-time service that usually takes about 5-7 hours. I will read the manuscript twice, offering two layers of feedback. During the first reading I will aim to narrate my reading experience as it unfolds, recording what draws me in, what confuses me, what bigger thematic questions arise and (how) are those resolved as well as how does the current order and sectioning (if used) of poems in the manuscript support or obstruct my passage as a reader. On my second read I typically make line-edit notes on about a third of the poems, focusing my attention on the manuscript’s overall structure, offering a proposal for what is often a significant re-ordering/structuring of the manuscript, as well as noting any poems that might be missing from the manuscript and/or any poems currently in the manuscript that may no longer need to be there. This second reading is also where I will engage with all titles (of poems/sections/mss as a whole). I record my feedback old school: I write in two pen colors on a printout of the manuscript, one color ink per reading. I make a LOT of notes, both detailed positive feedback and ideas/questions for next steps. To tie it all together, I type up a 1-2 page overall response that engages the manuscript’s formal, thematic and structural arcs.

One-on-One coaching sessions: This can be ongoing or one-time support and can be scaled up or down. My one-on-one coaching is best anchored by in-person meetings. I offer accountability, support and focus, often in the shape of reading suggestions, prompts, and/or new approaches to revision. Like a personal trainer, but for poetry! Examples of what this might look like:

• Do you have a few raw poem-drafts you want to revise, but are unsure where to start? I love talking about revision possibilities, and can help you re-enter your poems from a range of directions.

• Have you resolved to submit more poems to journals? I can offer cover letter advice, any small line-edit tweaks, and help you select and order the poems for your submission.

• Are you starting to amass a stack of poems, wondering if you might have the seeds of a book and beginning to think about how to organize the pile into a manuscript, what to leave in and what to leave out? I am happy to help you find the cornerstones for a manuscript, brainstorming a larger structure for the book and talking through what poems might stay in/come out/not be written yet. This is a personal favorite of mine, kind of like barn-raising: laying everything out on the floor and trying new arrangements, helping to discern the shape a book might take.

Availability

Flexible availability, in person or via email.
Though not required, I prefer to first meet potential clients in person. I offer a free 15-minute initial consultation, during which I will get a clearer sense of where you are in your work and what you’re looking for, and what support I can offer.

Interests

Poetry

“Nicole's industry knowledge was a huge resource to me when I started working as a freelance writer. As an editor, she asks the right questions to get the best results from writers and always makes a final piece better. Her podcast, Writing & Money, is the first thing I direct people to when they ask me how to get into freelancing.” —Meryl Williams See All

Nicole Dieker $90/hr

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Services Offered

  • Discuss Freelance Strategy / Growing Client Base
  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Career Development
  • Essay
  • Genre
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult

“Nicole's industry knowledge was a huge resource to me when I started working as a freelance writer. As an editor, she asks the right questions to get the best results from writers and always makes a final piece better. Her podcast, Writing & Money, is the first thing I direct people to when they ask me how to get into freelancing.” —Meryl Williams

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” —Beth Swanson

Nicole Dieker is a Senior Editor at The Billfold, the host of the Writing & Money podcast, a former Hugo House teacher (before moving away from Seattle), and the author of The Biographies of Ordinary People. Her freelance work has been published in Lifehacker, Popular Science, The Write Life, and more. As a Billfold editor, she works with ten writers each week to develop personal essays for publication before doing the final copyedit/proof on each piece to make it publication-ready.

Working Style

As an editor, I focus on whether the writer is effectively communicating their story to their audience. Sometimes there are narrative gaps that need to be filled so that a reader can link one section of text to another; sometimes the text is unbalanced, with too much time spent on a certain story element (most commonly exposition).

I read very quickly and can complete a 90,000-word manuscript in 2–3 hours, though you’ll want to add in another hour for me to write up my feedback. I’ll send the first round of feedback via email, and we can have a follow-up conversation over the phone or online (via text or video chat)—whichever is most comfortable for the writer. If you just want my initial feedback on a draft, that’s great; we can also continue the conversation and I can provide additional written feedback on subsequent drafts.

If you’d like copyediting/line-editing/proofreading services, estimate 30 minutes for every 600 words.

If you’re a freelancer who is looking to build your career, we can set up an hour-long consultation. We could look at your pitching strategy, discuss how to expand your client base, or address any questions/concerns you have about freelancing.

Availability

I am a freelancer with a flexible schedule, and I’m happy to do a 10-minute consultation over the phone or online to determine whether we’re a good fit.

Interests

I love stories, no matter how they’re told. I work with Billfold writers on personal essays, and have written a literary fiction novel—but I also read genre fiction and YA regularly, so I’m familiar with how those stories work (i.e. what readers expect from a portal fantasy or a cozy mystery).

"Nicole is an amazing instructor. It's sometimes hard to find the right mix of generative inspiration, craft and structure - but Nicole does just that. She brings it all the elements together in a way that feels fun and intuitive. Whether you're a beginning writer or putting the polishing touches on your almost-finished manuscript, Nicole teaches in such a way that there's something for everyone. My writing has not only improved thanks to Nicole, but I always feel energized and ready to produce more after our meetings." See All

Nicole Hardy $120/hr

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Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Query Letter
  • Read Complete Book Proposal
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback
  • Read first 50 pages of manuscript
  • Synopsis

Available For

  • Book Proposals
  • Essay
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Memoir
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.

"Nicole is an amazing instructor. It's sometimes hard to find the right mix of generative inspiration, craft and structure - but Nicole does just that. She brings it all the elements together in a way that feels fun and intuitive. Whether you're a beginning writer or putting the polishing touches on your almost-finished manuscript, Nicole teaches in such a way that there's something for everyone. My writing has not only improved thanks to Nicole, but I always feel energized and ready to produce more after our meetings."

“Excellent instruction on the design of an essay! I have taken many writing classes, and this is dazzling in comparison. Very clear.”

“I have a much deeper apreciation for the power of scene, and a clear structure for future work.”

"Nicole gave me insights into writing that will always stay with me. She helped me take a huge, valuable leap in my writing. Nicole knows how to give concrete feedback with sensitivity and honesty."

“Nicole was incredibly supportive in her critiques. I really needed the insights she gave me on how to structure essays.”

Nicole Hardy’s first memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, (Hyperion 2013) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Hardy’s work has been published widely in outlets including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and Marie Claire; her popular essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays” and featured on The Modern Love Podcast. She’s currently at work on a memoir about the year she spent sailing the world on a 180-foot, three-masted tall ship.

Working Style

Availability

My schedule is flexible; I can meet days, evenings, and/or weekends. I offer a free 10-minute consultation before beginning coaching sessions with someone new.

Interests

Essay, Memoir, Narrative nonfiction, Book Proposals, Poetry