Meagan Church

Meagan Church - Editor

Charlotte, NC, USA

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

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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?

• your book is as good as your mother tells you it is?


I specialize in story coaching to help stuck authors get unstuck. Editing through the lens of a reader, I look for ways to best engage your target audience. I provide feedback, guidance, and resources through 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 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 Church 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


Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families

Awards

  • Bronze Award for Editorial Profile, by Parenting Media Association

Work experience

Writer & Editor

Self-employed
August, 2005 – Present (over 17 years)

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.

Editor & Publisher

Peeks & Valleys Literary Magazine
January, 2003 – September, 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.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Houseboat

Head, Lisa

Meagan has 4 reviews

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Jonathan Mccarthy
Meagan is fantastic and very professional. Her editorial suggestions were on point and I an completely satisfied with her work and expect to work with her on future projects.

Jonathan Mccarthy, November 2022


Ray Love
Meagan was very professional in all of our interactions. She called a spade a spade. This honest feedback was extremely helpful. She provided many suggestions and resources to help make a better book. I am grateful to have had her expertise,

Ray Love, October 2022


Stephen Crate
Meagan is an articulate editor who provided helpful and important comments about the writing of my memoir.

Stephen Crate, October 2022


Amie W
Meagan was absolutely wonderful to work with!! She helped me think bigger than what I thought was ‘all I could come up with’ through her gentle and constructive feedback approach on my first draft. She was extremely responsive and incredibly supportive as I worked through (i.e. rambled) about where I was feeling stuck and the bigger story that was trapped in my head. I’ve already started revamp...
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Amie W, September 2022

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