Meagan Church

Meagan Church – Editor

Helping stuck writers get unstuck through editing and story coaching. Genres: historical fiction, literary fiction, coming-of-age.

Overview

Wondering if:

• your characters are fully developed?

• there's a plot hole needing filled?

• your story is engaging?

• you're ready to query agents?

• or to get started?


I specialize in helping stuck authors get unstuck. Whether I am book coaching or editing, I look through the lens of a reader, finding ways to best engage your target audience. I provide feedback, guidance, and resources through coaching and editorial assessments to help you strengthen your story. Genres include general, women's, historical, coming-of-age and literary fiction, with a bit of non-fiction.


Each book is unique. I work to understand your vision, voice, audience, and preferred style. Knowing this is a collaborative process, each project starts with a phone call, so I can best understand your goals. And you always have an opportunity for a follow-up call or messages to ask me questions for greater clarity.


With a B.A. in English from Indiana University, I built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs, and organizations, and as publisher and editor of a literary journal. I am the best-selling author of two historical fiction novels from Sourcebooks. This career path has taught me the importance of storytelling and has fueled a passion in me to help others tell better stories.


Ready to get started? Contact me today.



REVIEWS:

"Meagan is an editor with a writer's heart and a keen ear for story… Her insightful comments helped me tighten up and hone the manuscript's strengths, as well as figure out some pesky weaknesses and what I could do to bolster those. She was great fun to work with and I loved that all her feedback felt conversational and practical, just like talking to a friend and fellow book-lover!" ~ Lisa DeSelm, author of THE PUPPETMASTER'S APPRENTICE


“Meagan understands her clients’ needs and is able to articulate those needs to perfection…. I highly recommend her editing services and invaluable ghostwriter skills.” ~ Melanie Hempe, author of THE SCREEN STRONG SOLUTION: HOW TO FREE YOUR CHILD FROM ADDICTIVE SCREEN HABITS


“Meagan is proactive, often bringing ideas to the table. She is very creative and has the ability to zero in on the desired tone of the given project... Meagan is also very easy to work with, which is just icing on the cake!” ~ Deb DeFreeuw


"I have worked with Meagan for several years on writing projects for my own business, as well as jobs for clients. Meagan has been a true partner on each, not only in being timely, thorough, and providing high quality work, but also in bringing new ideas and approaches to the table. She takes her clients' goals seriously... I always look to Meagan for innovative and solid work - I know I can count on her for both!" ~ Joya Helmuth

Services
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Bronze Award for Editorial Profile, by Parenting Media Association

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2005 — Present

I work with clients to understand and develop their story, while defining strategies to make their message more relatable and compelling for their readers. I specialize in storytelling, clear messaging, effective structuring, and content development.

I’ve told a lot of stories over the years. My writing has appeared in online and print publications, marketing and advertising materials, books, and scripts that have been performed for thousands. Currently, I have a two-book deal with Sourcebooks for historical fiction novels.

Peeks & Valleys Literary Magazine

Jan, 2003 — Sep, 2006 (over 3 years)

Determined content/tone of journal; solicited, gathered, reviewed, and responded to submissions collected from around the world; managed a team of six; coordinated print, web, and publicity materials; determined budget; increased distribution rate by forty percent over three years.

Meagan has 13 reviews

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Kim B.

Kim B.

Apr, 2024

I chose well. Meagan provided me with just the feedback I needed to move forward pivoting from a first-time author memoir to a novel. The references she provided me were spot on. I have just finished digesting them and am getting to a re-write of my book. The only thing missing, however, is the ability to check in just one more time after receiving the feedback. This would be useful for c...
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AM T.

AM T.

Dec, 2023

I appreciated working with Meagan. For me, it's always a bit awkward just uploading work that you've poured time and energy into and allowing someone to have at it. The initial phone call made me a bit more comfortable it was professional and yet felt personable as well. She offered comments on my work that were detailed and she offered questions that would provoke thought as a way to take mys...
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Jeff J.

Jeff J.

Aug, 2023

I have a large manuscript (novel) that was praised by a previous editor but got no traction with agents, so I asked Meagan to help me with some "big picture" issues like length, overall structure, and character development. She provided me with what I need most: actionable feedback, with direction on where to focus my rewrite. And she did so at a very reasonable cost, and produced her report wi...
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Robert D.

Robert D.

Jul, 2023

Meagan delivered on everything she promised. Her notes were thorough as well as insightful. I have no doubt that she has given me what I need to improve the quality of my work. The editorial letter was detailed and her notes throughout the manuscript highlighted potential issues. I also appreciated her recommendations for professional reading. I would not hesitate to use Meagan again.
Sarah Jo W.

Sarah Jo W.

Jul, 2023

I had a good feeling about working with Meagan after reading her profile and it was affirmed during our initial conversation. Meagan was genuinely interested in understanding me, my project, and goals. She was clear about what her role in editorial assessment would be and would not be. I found her to be genuine, understanding, professional, and honest. Her feedback and notes will help move ...
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