Claire Winters

Claire Winters - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

I've served as a developmental editor on over 30 non-fiction titles, specializing in psychology, personal development and media subjects.

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I take a "360" approach to helping emerging authors clarify their message and develop their voice. Together, we co-create a dynamic structure that creates an emotional transformation for readers and motivates them to implement the book's lessons. Titles I've edited and/or consulted on have hit Amazon and NYT bestseller lists as well as Forbes and Inc. Magazine's Recommended Reading lists.

I also consult with aspiring authors early in the process to identify if their goals are best-served by writing a book or creating other platform-building content such as a podcast or video series. I enjoy the long-lasting relationships I've had with clients and have worked with several to create articles, pitch documents, talks, and workshops to support their book launches.

"I had a vision for my content but no idea how I was going to execute a plan to develop it. Claire was instrumental in helping me build my platform and bring my vision to life. She taught me the art of being methodical and patient to produce quality content that was relatable to my target audience. What I loved about the process is that I never felt intimidated or overwhelmed. She has a way of breaking things down and making me think in an organized way. She is open, willing, and very capable of collaboration, and her teaching methods are inspiring and motivating. Today I am a much better creative and technical writer and it happened organically. If you work with Claire, you will learn a lot about writing but even more about yourself. She has a unique way of helping you build confidence." - Ilene Smith, author of Moving Beyond Trauma

"Claire's care about the finished product was always evident. It's not just another 'job' for her." - Bruce Mason, Writer/Director of Chez Upshaw

"Claire helped identify my achievements and then framed them in a way that was both honest and accomplished.
She gave me a more empowered sense of my career path. The process changed the way I thought and talked about myself. She is an exceptional listener and an amazing collaborator." - AC, Ghostwriting Client

English (US)
Career Guides
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Scribe Media
February, 2017 – March, 2019 (about 2 years)

For thought leaders in coaching, medicine, and media, I created 20-40 page comprehensive book outlines through multiple author interviews. I helped authors determine the case studies, research, and personal stories needed to achieve their book's goals. Titles I developed were featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazine’s recommended reading lists and reached #1 on Amazon bestseller lists.

Editor, Ghostwriter, and Content Strategist

Wit & Spark
May, 2016 – Present (over 5 years)

I provide developmental and copy editing services as well as editorial strategy and support for thought leaders, creatives, and entrepreneurs.


At large
May, 2013 – May, 2020 (about 7 years)

I've written essays and profiles for Investor's Business Daily, Elle, The Liberty Project, Human Parts and various UCLA Health publications.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Claire has 8 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jaime Pineda
Claire’s feedback on my manuscript was well-worth the cost. It was honest and pointed without being discouraging. It made me aware of the various weaknesses that I need to address to make the book better. Most of all, it gave me a template for how to organize the story that maximizes the teaching effectiveness of a self-help scheme. The suggestions will require extensive rewriting, but I am con...
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Jaime Pineda, September 2021

Jennifer Douglas
I hired Claire to help me with a developmental edit on my first nonfiction book. I submitted my initial manuscript to her and she offered excellent structural advice. We ended up working together to create a more cohesive outline. This outline provided the bones for the second revision of the manuscript. Claire offered me balanced feedback and ideas to improve my writing voice, chapter stru...
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Jennifer Douglas, April 2021

Haley McNamara
Claire was fantastic to work with, she provided me with clear and helpful feedback, particularly on my book's structure and how I can better serve readers through it, as well as recommendations for my next steps. I couldn't recommend her more!

Haley McNamara, February 2021

Frank Carter
Claire is a thoughtful and considerate editor. She's very sensitive to the needs of the author and I sincerely appreciate her patience.

Frank Carter, January 2021

Bryn Thompson
Claire gave a very well balanced and constructive review of our book which has led us to do a substantial edit. She was very positive about our capabilities and knowledge of our subject but also honest about some of the challenges a reader may experience in engaging. This has provoked a lot of thought and we greatly appreciated her honesty and advice as we are not professional authors, so we ...
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Bryn Thompson, December 2020

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