Thanks for checking out my profile. I work with writers to prepare excellent novels for submission and publication, and I'd love to help you improve your craft. My primary focus is on critique: What's working in this draft, what's not, and what can be done about it.
If you're concerned about point of view, character development, showing vs. telling, plot and pacing, you're ready for professional critique.
Take a look at the services below and see what looks right for your project. I hope to hear from you soon!
A mini critique is an excellent way to get an idea of how your current draft would fare in the wild. Would you get a response if you submitted to agents? Would you get good reviews if you indie-published tomorrow? I'll tell you with a mini critique.
Components of a mini critique:
+ Lightly annotated manuscript
+ One-hour phone consultation
+ Bulleted list of your best next steps
A comprehensive manuscript critique gives you specific criticism that helps you revise with confidence and clarity. You'll see where I laughed, cried, jumped, and groaned, wanted more, got lost or bored. I'll write a thorough analysis of what's working and what's not, then consult with you on your best next steps. You'll go into your next draft with enthusiasm and an editor in your pocket.
Components of a comprehensive critique:
+ Fully annotated manuscript, including highlighted flab
+ Comprehensive critique letter (8-15 pages, single spaced)
+ One-hour phone consultation
+ Two hours of developmental editing (expires after 60 days)
MENTORSHIP AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING
For ongoing guidance through the wilds of improving your writing skills -- both art and craft -- a mentorship is perfect.
Components of a mentorship:
+ Guided research
+ Editing & critique
My current favorite genres: Historical fiction, magical realism, ghost stories, and adventure stories.
As of May 1, 2018, I will only accept copyediting projects that have been through my critique process.
As of March 1, 2018, I will only accept nonfiction manuscripts as mentoring or developmental editing projects.
I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and the St. Louis Writers Guild. I teach writing, editing, and publishing workshops frequently in St. Louis and annually in Los Angeles.
RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS:
Missouri Romance Writers of America
Workshop: Book Description Blast
Date TBA, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Writers Guild's Gateway Con
Master Class: Publishing Paths 101: Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid
Workshop: Exposition Exposed
Novel Development Room
June 17-19, St. Louis, MO
Missouri Writers Guild's Annual Conference
May 19, Columbia, MO
St. Louis Publishers Association's Speaker Series
Workshop: Book Description Blast
April 11, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Writers Guild's Speaker Series
Workshop: Novel Revision 101
February 3, St. Louis, MO
ShowMe Writers Masterclass Mini Series
Workshops: Exposition Exposed + Prioritizing Point of View
March 17, Columbia, MO
ShowMe Writers Masterclass
October 28, 2017, Columbia, MO
West Coast Writers Conference
Workshop: Exposition Exposed
Workshop: Book Description Blast
Workshop: Publishing Paths 101
October 20-21, 2017, Los Angeles, CA
If you've gotten this far, let's talk.
Through Outrider Literary, Sunny Cooper and I collaborate to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths through mentorships, consulting partnerships, workshops, and beta readers both feral and domesticated.
Outrider Literary's services are not available through Reedsy; find us online for more information.
I provide expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. It's my mission to help my clients move from first draft to faithful readerships.
Services include comprehensive manuscript critique, editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup.
The projects in my portfolio below are published books that I copyedited; I critiqued some of them, as well. They're all good reads.
Each project is considered on its own merits. Contact me now to see if we're a good match!
All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral mano... read more
A talking tigress.A wandering yogi.A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi. Though she is an Untouchable and her very shadow may pollute the holy man, she offers him hospitality, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with... read more
Finally, a book that will provide you with the answers that change your body and your life! TRANSFORM really is the SECRET TO UNLOCKING THE PERFECT YOU. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Fitness and lifestyle expert Dede Barbanti not only gives you the tools to achieve your weight-loss goals, but helps you dig deep to fix the core issues that keep you from lasting success and your true potential.... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at t... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell's first novel, takes the world by storm. Everyone in Hollywood knows Civil War pictures don't make a dime, but renegade producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly America has just one question: Who will play Scarlett O'Hara?When Gwen... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood, 1939: When Tinseltown begins to woo wunderkind Orson Welles, he stashes himself at the Chateau Marmont until he’s ready to make his splashy entrance. But gossip columnist Kathryn Massey knows he’s there.Kathryn has been on the outs with Hollywood since her ill-fated move to Life, but now that she... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships.Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Hollywood history is more than just colorful. It’s dripping with red.As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace. When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Holl... read more
2016 WINNER International Book Awards & IPPY AwardsAmazon Best-Selling Literary Fiction: Romance: March 2016The second Whippoorwill Hollow novelShenandoah National Park, Thanksgiving Morning, 1967The morning mists are still rising in Whippoorwill Hollow when two aging friends find themselves staring at each other: one pointing a gun and the other beaten and chained to a tree. Their love for th... read more
2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistWhen two men meet in a maximum security visitation room on May 5, 1968, they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back. On one side of the window sits Kenneth Deatherage, sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a young woman. On the other side is Nate Abbitt, a successful prosecutor until he drank ... read more
Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show busi... read more
Parenting 10-14 years olds can be the most challenging of all the stages of development. Middle school is a time of tremendous change for families. Critical Connection is for parents of young teens who have said:"So much is changing. I just don't get my daughter any more. I don't want her to slip away.""My son wants to spend every moment on some sort of electronic screen.""My daughter has thes... read more
Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression and the growth that they experienced as a result. These women described severe suffering as they had been taken completely by surprise by their depression. They also experienced failure of care providers to screen for or treat depression, and finally reached a place where they determine... read more
Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad is the first book by clinical psychologist Dr. Tiffany Tuttle. In her attempt to take the “sigh” out of psychology, Dr. Tuttle breathes new life into the field by celebrating self-help. She is unapologetic about her sense of humor and uses it to keep readers engaged so they can learn how to enhance their quality of life. Coming to terms with the past, u... read more
Paw Tracks Here and Abroad is a book for children ages 6 to 96. It chronicles the adventures of Snickers, a stray dog with a strong will to survive. When Snickers is adopted in Peoria, Illinois, she quickly becomes part of the family--but that doesn't keep her from trying to escape whenever the opportunity presents itself! Over her twenty-two long years as a beloved member of the Wilson family... read more
The second novel in the Time Travel Journal series The second universe is doing fine. But how is the first one faring? When Sam Altair went back in time to 1906, he created a second universe, one with its own alternate future. In this universe, humans surpass the technology of the first, so that by 1980, their world is cleaner, more free, and less populated than the original. In the alternate ... read more
A riveting sci-fi thriller from the award-winning author of The Wandering Tree. Wilson Abby is just another happy consumer, a mere transaction away from contentment at any given moment. In a perfect world he might have remained that way. But when his closest friend mysteriously turns up dead, Wilson can’t resist the urge to play detective. Peeling back a veneer of half-truths, Wilson makes a s... read more
Have you heard the one about the lesbian pixie called Tinker Bull, who takes on a shipload of Roman Catholic pirates without the help of her old friend Peter Plan, who has become an investment banker? Or the one about the Crocodazzi, an insatiable investigative journalist who happens to be a crocodile? The punch lines are all in the story called "T-Bull and the Lost Men"--a fun house mirror ma... read more
Reader Views Reviewer's Choice Award - 2016When an unrelenting universe threatens to end Earth in an instant, one man could make a difference . . . In a small North Carolina college town, a disillusioned math professor, Drew Bauer, discovers the sun is dying. His abandoned research could hold the key to survival, but he needs more information, and he needs help against the growing conspiracy t... read more
Evocative and visually rich, Box-Shaped Heart transports the reader to 19th-century Upstate New York, where society is poised on the brink of the modern world. From dusty rural villages to the smokestacks of industry, the American landscape is changing. Newt Rowell is an up-and-coming industrialist with a bright future. Flush with success, he moves his factory to the boomtown of Batavia, New Y... read more
March, 2011 - In the pine forest that marks the No Man's Land along the volatile India-Pakistan border, leopards roam freely across enemy lines, instigating fear in a pair of rival soldiers who are each guarding an illegal post and trying desperately to follow the strict orders they've been given: Don't shoot.Lt. Sharma is a 25-year-old Indian rookie, fresh out of military training school and ... read more
"A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date."So begins In the Country of the Blind, a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned building superintendent Zach Brandis. When Zach abandoned his promising legal career, it confused everyone, including himself. Now, with no apparent purpose in life, he has time enough on his hands to get into some very hot water... read more
Act first. Think never. Remember nothing.Welcome to Kelly Rockport’s existence at Haysville University, where responsibility is just an elective. After all, fake IDs, alter egos, and one-night stands are all part of the college experience, right? So what if she blacks out from time to time? Memory is overrated.When freshman year lasts about as long as a one-night stand and is quickly followed ... read more
***Winner of the Compulsion Reads Quality Book Endorsement***Taralie Severin and her three sisters are a powerful coven of modern-day witches who banish mythical creatures in between classes and shifts at the police station. But when Taralie is kidnapped by vampires and converted into the undead, her sisters are ordered to execute her for crimes against the Milunfran order. Refusing, the siste... read more
Dolly Fine called it: “There’s only one mob in San Francisco—the police.” Bordello Politique is a historic crime novel based on the true story of San Francisco’s most notorious madam, a clever and resourceful woman trapped in the police graft scandal of 1937.
Text. Love. Power. rejects the idea that women should be open and easy-going with their dates, and orders them to put down the smartphone if they want to get their man.In this riveting, controversial dating guide for the new millennium, Vanessa Taylor continues the work of Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, authors of The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right.Endorseme... read more
The ultimate guide for Flack-Hack relationshipsWhat separates effective PR people from ineffective ones? For every public relations professional who lands a story in the industry’s most prestigious trade magazine, some don’t achieve those results.Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know will let you stop wondering why trade journalists don’t run your stories, don’t call y... read more
The term "homebirth cesarean" has only recently entered the birth world's lexicon. The phrase, which refers to a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room, now represents new understanding and healing pathways for mothers, families, and birth professionals. In capturing more than 250 voices from across the birth world—from mothers and partners, to midwives, OB/GYNs... read more
Focusing on the American alligator in Texas, the updated book offers a brief, but comprehensive, look at this fascinating reptile, including its range and where the public can view gators in the state. The anatomy of the alligator and its life cycle are discussed, as well as hunting and farming regulations. A glimpse of the animal's history reveals the almost extinction and recovery of the all... read more
A late-blooming heiress runs a posh hotel next door to a shy guy and the little motel he oversees. Strange things happen, adventures are had, feelings are felt, and cheese dip is eaten.
A late-blooming heiress visits her family's mountain lodge with her cute, motel-running neighbors. A strange building follows them, there's some romantic bickering and a cozy camp-out. And, most importantly, the young hotelier takes a stand on a life-changing issue.
Here are sixteen tales of lust, longing, and lousy fast food.They are told by ghosts who are not dead, and vampires who do not consume blood; by office workers who don't know what they do, and retail customers who don't know what they're buying; puddles of oil that divine the future, and time travelers who cannot change the past.They all take place on the same city block, in a singular collect... read more
A Time Travelling Romantic Suspense Novel"Beautifully written, this story brings time travel to life!"Upstate New York, 2012. Emily Stanton, a sociology major, graduates from college and is obligated to work for the mysterious company that funded her education. But a job with Evergreen Research Corporation is not what she expected. From fancy balls and operas to corsets and kid gloves, Emily l... read more
Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesSaving Grace kicks off the What Doesn't Kill You series with voodoo, laughs, and suspense.Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wick... read more
Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesLeaving Annalise picks up the What Doesn't Kill You series with more romance, hilarity, and thrills.One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys ... read more
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!Finding Harmony takes you on a high stakes race through the islands, with mystery, suspense, romance, a little voodoo, and laughs.Katie’s already on edge when a dead guy shows up at Estate Annalise and shady locals claim there are slave remains in the foundation, but when Nick doesn’t come home to her and the kids one day after work, she’s ready... read more
2014 USA Best Book Award Winner, Fiction: Cross GenreGoing for Kona has it all: unforgettable characters, an epic love story, and a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and... read more
Women's Health Winner in USA Best Book Awards!Middle-aged Endurance Athletics Meets The Hormonally ChallengedWomen get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable fo... read more
Are you one of "those" parents? If so, pour a cup of coffee, grab a tissue, and stay for a while. You're in the company of a good friend.A Mother's Tale Of Life With Her ADHD And Asperger's SonThey’re the parents who other people secretly believe must be doing a crappy job, the ones whose children don lacrosse gloves to weed the flowerbed, won’t turn in their homework, and throw age-inappropri... read more
LOL Funny Relationship Book Full of Great AdviceDo-Over Tips for First-Time FailuresLet's face it. People keep getting into relationships. Yet over 40% of first marriages end in divorce and up to 67% of second do, too, with statistics becoming predictably more dismal as the number of trips to the altar rack up. It seems like, for many of us, the longing to be half of a couple so in love they m... read more
USA Best Book Winner in Parenting/Divorce!Blended Families, Blendered StyleMarried couples with children divorce 40% of the time. In less than three years after that divorce, chances are both mom and dad are remarried, and probably each to someone who has kids of their own. The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting.Wouldn't it be nice if we all lived in a b... read more
USA Best Book Award Winner in Narrative NonfictionWho says a whacked sense of humor and animal stories don't mix?Do you rank Where The Red Fern Grows along with Wuthering Heights amongst your favorite books of all time? All Creatures Great and Small with Pet Sematary? If so, chances are you get it: there’s something magical about giving literary immortality and a sometimes irreverent voice to ... read more
USA Best Book Awardwinner in Business: Writing/Publishing, With March 2016 Updates!Relatable and hilarious, you will wear the pages of this book out. Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Whether you have published before or are contemplating your first book, Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources,... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television?After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for hisway back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with adisgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that themisdeeds of th... read more
A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom. Rebellious Dhara runs away from her Himalayan clan to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and extraordinary mental po... read more
Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called televisionis poaching Hollywood's turf, inch by inch. If the studios don't dosomething drastic, they may lose the battle.When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europeoffered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of ... read more
DOES CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVE?CAN WE CONTACT IT?A man staggers his way through the snow. His final words ignite an international chase that will cross countries, continents, and perhaps even centuries. After a controversial American researcher is murdered in a remote Finnish village, Boston investigator Harry Walker receives a call from Candice--the victim's grieving niece. Determined to uncover ... read more
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