Wendy does a terrific job guiding you through the writing process. She has a gift for identifying and explaining your strengths and weaknesses. She’s just the right combination of cheerleader and coach, and she keeps you moving forward.
–Jay Sullivan, Featured Columnist
New York Law Journal & Author,
Simply Said and Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association
Writing & Ghostwriting
Grad School Essay Coaching
Find your Story. Tell it Well.
What's a literary coach?
A literary coach supports aspiring, experienced, or professional writers. Some writers need help getting started. Others need help maintaining focus or remaining accountable. Others need a sounding board (or sparring partner) to flesh out characters or ideas, direction or narrative. All writers need a support during the exciting and messy writing process. Whether it’s your own narrative or a fictional one that’s crackling inside you, we’ll help you explore and tease apart the tangle, and then help build or hone the skills needed to tell your story. Let us help you move forward.
What's a Developmental Editor?
A developmental editor comes into play after a manuscript or piece of writing is completed. The DE focuses on the main elements of the narrative, looking for coherence, character development and arcs, plot pacing and dialogue use, story organization, etc. They help the writer see holes or inconsistencies in the narrative and characters. In nonfiction, the DE helps define message, audience, and explores the effectiveness of the work's presentation. Have you written a manuscript or article and simply don't know how to take it to the next level? Not sure how to work out some kinks? Struggling with key aspects? Sitting around wondering if the thing even works? A development editor can help. Note: a developmental editor does not do line editing. That's the job of a copy editor.
What's a Skills Coach?
Wish your writing were crisper? zippier? clearer? Do you struggle with emails, work tasks, letters? Are your emotions muddling the message and intent of your communications? Maybe you aren't quite sure where to use an apostrophe or why your writing just doesn't sound the way you wish it would. A skills coach will help you strengthen your writing and communications, looking at craft and content and building confidence along the way. We run a friendly, no judgement operation. Don't hesitate. Give us a call and move forward.
Ghostwriting & Writing
What's a Ghostwriter vs. a Writer?
A ghostwriter does the writing that someone else takes the credit for. A ghostwriter works closely with the project owner, learning their voice, style, and needs. A writer does the writing and takes the credit. The final piece reflects the voice and style of the writer, taking into consideration the needs and intent of the project owner. We offer both services for small projects only, those typically requiring 2 – 20 hours of work. Website copy, short essays, articles, letters, speeches, etc. Okay, we'll take on big projects, too. Set up a consutation to see if we're the right fit.
*We do not write student papers or assignments, or college or graduate school essays.
Graduate School Essays
What's an Essay Coach?
An essay coach helps applicants find their voices and stories so that they present their strongest, most authentic selves to prospective schools. We support applicants in all stages or any individual part of their process: brainstorming ideas, honing message, capturing voice, fine tuning narrative, finding holes in the application package, copy editing, and essay review. Clients typically contact us for assistance with applications for grad school in law, business, medicine, psychology, & public health. All others welcome, too!
*We do not ghostwrite graduate school essays.
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Corporate and Education Communications
Because Words Matter.
Whether in emails, interviews, meetings, conversations, classrooms, or presentations, our words are extensions of ourselves. Let our coaches help you use language clearly, effectively and meaningfully. We coach in small groups and in private sessions, at your location or at ours. What do your words say about you?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
Let's eat Grandpa!
Let's eat, Grandpa!
Punctuation saves lives.
"Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences."
"Putting together a novel is essentially putting together the lives of strangers I'm coming to know. In some ways, it's not unlike putting together my own life. I think I know what I'm doing when in truth I have no idea. I just keep moving forward."
– Ann Patchett
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Meetings are scheduled on an individual basis. Several packages are available. There is a minimum of two meetings.
$150/hour editing & reading
*each meeting includes up to 10 pages of text read/responded to in between sessions. Additional pages billed hourly.
5-pack/$900 (save 10%)
must be used within six months
10-pack/$1,700 (save 15%)
must be used within 1 year
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
– Mark Twain
“I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
― Oprah Winfrey