Melissa Kirk

Melissa Kirk – Editor

I'm your collaboration partner in wellness publishing success, with 20 years of experience in the wellness/self-help genre.

Overview

Hi - Thanks for your interest in working with me to create a genuinely helpful, life-changing transformative nonfiction self-help, wellness, or how-to book.


**Important note: If you submit a request, please include a table of contents of your sample writing, as well as a COMPLETED full chapter. I can't assess your project and deliver a fair bid without that information. And please read this overview to the end before you request a quote from me. Thanks.**


IS YOUR BOOK IN MY AREA OF EXPERTISE?

I exclusively work on self-help & wellness nonfiction and other types of "how-to" books. I do not work on memoir or autobiography.


AT WHAT STAGE IS YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

I work a little differently than many editors: I prefer to start work with my clients BEFORE they start writing their manuscripts or very early in the writing process. I do this because I've found that the best way I can help wellness authors is to offer my support in planning out the book before they begin writing.


You save money, time, and energy by writing a high-quality, well-targeted, focused, and effective manuscript right out of the gate. It's much, much harder (and more expensive, more time-consuming, and more of a roller-coaster ride) to fix a problematic manuscript than it is to create a high-quality manuscript in the first place.


IS YOUR MANUSCRIPT FINISHED?

I no longer edit finished manuscripts as a standalone service, though I do provide editing as part my coaching and collaboration services. I do offer editorial assessment for self-help, wellness, or how-to manuscripts even if they are finished.


BOOKS ARE ONE BUILDING BLOCK

If you're truly, deeply committed to creating the best transformative book or books possible and if you understand that writing and publishing a book are only the first steps in real success for your wellness or service-based business, drop me a line and let's talk!


AM I A COPY EDITOR?

Please note that I am NOT trained as a copy editor, and though I will fix any errors I see in any manuscripts I work on, I recommend you hire a copy editor and/or proofreader once our work together has concluded.


**WHAT TO SEND WHEN REQUESTING A QUOTE

Please be sure to send an outline or table of contents along with a completed (or mostly completed) full chapter when you submit your request.**


I look forward to hearing about your project!


-Melissa

Services
Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Nature New Age Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Present

I help self-help and wellness nonfiction authors with every step of the process, from idea conceptualization to publishing and marketing strategy.

New Harbinger Publications

Mar, 2003 — Jan, 2016 (almost 13 years)

Acquiring and editing psychology, health, and wellness books.

Portfolio

If you change your brain, you can change your life.Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then th... read more
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"This book, if studied well, has the capacity to transform lives, and connect people back to the state of mind that kept us joyful for thousands of generations."- Craig Foster, author of Sea C... read more
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Nearly 50% of Americans checked the "single" box in the 2010 census. Because we equate touch with sex, many of us suffer alone when we crave physical comfort and tenderness. Somebody Hold Me: ... read more
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“Practical, powerful, and a delight to read. A book like Brian’s can change everything for someone who cares.”-Seth Godin, Author, This is MarketingConnect with anyone. Strengthen your relatio... read more
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“All of this pain has a purpose,” 6-year-old Harmony heard from deep within as she practiced transcendental meditation for the first time. Feeling relieved by these words of hope, she knew ins... read more
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Managing attention-deficit disorder (ADD) as an adult is a constant challenge. You may notice that your mind sometimes wanders during conversations. Maybe you keep misplacing your keys. Or you... read more
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Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step adv... read more
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Has your romantic partner called you clingy, insecure, desperate, or jealous? No one wants to admit that they possess these qualities; but if you find yourself constantly on the alert, anxious... read more
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Do you suffer from panic, anxiety, and fear in your day-to-day life? Do you often avoid social situations, activities like driving, or even going to the store because of a fear of being overwh... read more
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No woman experiences menopause in exactly the same way. Some may endure hot flashes, irritability, or mood swings, while others experience insomnia, anxiety, or even depression. And while you ... read more
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The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists has long been the definitive reference book for mental health clinicians and anyone else looking for clear, reliable information abou... read more
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If you eat to help manage your emotions, you may have discovered that it doesn’t work. Once you’re done eating, you might even feel worse. Eating can all too easily become a strategy for copin... read more
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Is your ex-spouse trying to gain custody of your kids? Has he or she launched a campaign to make you look like a bad parent, both in the eyes of your children and the law? You aren’t alone. Un... read more
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Just as there are right and wrong reasons to marry, there are good and bad reasons to divorce. Some couples are quick to split because they are unwilling to devote the necessary effort to fixi... read more
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Some people use food to calm themselves when they feel overwhelmed. Others find it difficult to discern between eating out of hunger and eating out of habit. There are nearly as many reasons w... read more
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"This is a straightforward, rich resource for anyone who lives with, and loves, an addict." —Publishers Weekly Everyone suffers when there’s an addict in the family. Written by an expert in al... read more
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The 10-Minute Relationship WorkoutPeak athletic performance requires regular exercise, and a great relationship depends on regular emotional practice to stay in top form. Don't wait for a cris... read more
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Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain an... read more
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Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development, 2013 You've heard the expression, "It's the little things that count." Research has shown that little daily practices can change the way your brain w... read more
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Imagine a day in which you can be in the midst of chaos but maintain a clear head and sense of balance and focus and have your feet firmly planted on the ground. Even the busiest of women amon... read more
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Betrayal has many faces, including anger, abuse, deceit, and infidelity. These feel like betrayal because they violate the implicit promise of emotional bonds, that your loved one will care ab... read more
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In How to Be Miserable, psychologist Randy Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the... read more
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Enlightenment isn’t a strange, mystical, or faraway place. It’s a fundamental human experience available to us all in different ways and in different moments. Learn how the ancient philosophy ... read more
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When you have depression, it can feel like there's no way out. To begin changing the way you feel, you'll need an arsenal of proven techniques for lifting your mood and preventing relapse. The... read more
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Melissa has 19 reviews

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Helen S.

Helen S.

May, 2023

Melissa was a considerate and thoughtful editor who helped me to clarify my message while ensuring my voice remained my voice. I appreciated her willingness to address queries and concerns along the way. She was great to work with, and although sometimes took a little longer than anticipated to reply, I would certainly work with her again
Jacquie C.

Jacquie C.

Apr, 2023

I have not completed my work with Melissa but what she has edited has been good. Her comments make sense and make the book better. Looking for to the final edit.
Håvard S.

Håvard S.

Aug, 2022

Melissa was competent and gave good and honest feedback on a manuscript that was not really ready for a developmental edit yet. Many of the suggestions she brought up have been very helpful, but she did not fully finish what we agreed on because the manuscript wasn't ready, in her opinion, for line-to-line edits. Overall, the work she did was good, but in my opinion, due to the changes made d...
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Maria B.

Maria B.

Jun, 2022

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Serena C.

Serena C.

Nov, 2021

Melissa gave me relevant and helpful feedback on my manuscript. She was especially helpful at getting me to focus in on the targeted market for my book. Reasonable turnaround times. I would highly recommend her.

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