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Meet the Book Doctor

No matter the stage of your work, from conception to publication, whether you are working on a novel, a memoir, or even your dissertation, my coaching and consulting services are the bridge to help you move to the next chapter (literally).

why work with me?

I’ve taught and supported writers for 10+ years both in academia and privately. In that time I’ve helped countless people complete, edit, and publish their novels, memoirs, non-fiction and young adult books, and academic publications, too. As a seasoned writing mentor, I promise you:

The only thing standing between you and your finished work is your willingness and commitment. That’s it.

But it’s hard to do this alone in a world and industry that is often mysterious and, well, lonely. I didn’t start writing (for real) until I was 29 and never imagined I’d end up writing novels or books. So I’ve been where you are. Whether you’re a seasoned writer on deadline, an academic thinking of doing a trade book, or you just finished your MFA yet are still shy of having that book done, I am both the person who will help you get to work and the midwife who will hold your hand every step of the way.

I want to see you succeed, to do what you love and have a voice in the world. I have high expectations, but if you make an effort to learn, to write, to try—I will be your biggest fan and your most fervent advocate.


Together we might:

The Full Manuscript Read and Revision


This is for you if: You have a full or partial manuscript and need a pro to help you whip it into shape and finish it with pride. Or if you want guidance and support from word one.

Your total package is an estimated 20-30 hours for a full manuscript read and evaluation, and additional blocks of hours for revision upon discussion between the two of us, so average total cost will be $3,000 – $4,500.

The Get Going Or Get Unstuck 1:1 Session

$285 for 90 minutes

This is for you if: You need to get going or get unstuck with your project but can’t figure how to do it by yourself (AKA, you need someone with a whole lot of experience to save the day … and maybe your sanity too)


The Plot Doctor

I’m the “Plot Doctor” because I love helping people fix their books when they are struggling, to diagnosing just what a manuscript or plot needs in order for it to work. I write for a living and this is a place to share what that’s like with you, to reflect on how a writer makes her living (or at least, how this one does) and the pros and cons of writing as a profession. I teach writing, and I care deeply about writing in community. I’m lucky to have found wonderful writing community in my own life, and I’m excited to foster it here. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I hope you’ll join me.

Craft Talks

Enjoy these short videos for a taste of my writing philosophy and teaching style.


Let's Talk

I’m happy to have a conversation about what you’re looking for to see if coaching with me is the right fit.

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