If you are writing a book and need an editor, or if you want to write a book and need a coach, I can help you.

I have over twenty years’ experience as an editor and can polish your work so that every page shines. I have edited both fiction and nonfiction and can assist you in these areas:

1. Developmental Editing: “Big picture” items such as plot, characters, setting, themes, conflict (and resolution), narrative technique, and dialogue. This applies to works of fiction and narrative nonfiction, including travel writing, biography, and memoir. After reading the manuscript I will provide a detailed critique on elements that need to be worked on and recommend any changes that will make your book a better one.

2. Copy Editing: Line-by-line checking for spelling, grammar, word usage, consistency, and any factual errors that may exist. At this level I also suggest things like paragraph breaks and sentence (or word) order changes, to make the writing flow more smoothly.

3. Proofreading: Checking for consistency, typos, format, and layout.

4. Copywriting: If your book is ready for publication, I can write the back cover summary, author bio, a query letter to literary agents, and a press release.

I offer personalized mentoring, with curriculum tailored to your interests and needs. Read a testimonial here.

Fees are charged per hour, per word, or per project. I’m sure we can reach a mutually agreeable fee if your project and I are a good fit.

You can contact me via my Facebook author page or email me at sharon at sharonarpana dot com.