Coaching and Editing

Think of me as a personal trainer for authors. I provide one-on-one attention, intensive feedback, customized instruction, and a whole hell of a lot of moral support to novelists who want to turn pro.

Unfortunately, writing and publishing a book is not as straightforward as calories in, calories burned. Yet, it's often equally as fraught as working on our body image. Am I good enough? Am I wasting my time? Will I ever be able to call myself a real writer? Maybe. No. Yes!

Here are two things I know for sure: Writing your book is a worthwhile goal, and no matter where you are right now, you can have a fulfilling writer's life.

If you're ready to go all in, let's do this.

 
 

 
 

Query Consult + Agent search strategy session

If you're not hearing back from agents, there is a problem with your query. But not necessarily your book! Distilling an entire manuscript into a compelling and coherent few paragraphs is brutally difficult. Fortunately, it's a lot easier if we do it together. I'm not simply going to take a red pen to your current query letter and send it back to you. Unless the pitch is almost perfect already (in which case you’d have an agent by now), a one-time, red-pen correspondence is too limiting to get results. A straight edit can’t, for example, uncover the hidden genius of a book. I’m amazed how many times I talk to an author and realize the most compelling aspects of their book aren’t even in the query! That’s why I like to go deeper.

First, I’ll give your query a read, and then we'll talk on the phone so I can truly understand what makes your book special, even if it's not already on the page. Next we'll work together to show that off in a concise, professional pitch.

  • One 60-minute call to discuss your book, strategize your agent search, and answer your questions
  • Detailed line notes and thorough overall feedback on your query
  • One review of your revision

Price: $195

 
 

 
 

Full Manuscript Consult


I’ll give you honest and constructive feedback on your novel before you start approaching agents or the marketplace. If you’ve already put yourself out there and aren’t getting the reception you wanted, we’ll figure out how we can turn things around. I'll carefully read your pages and send you extensive line-by-line notes and a thorough editorial letter discussing such elements as voice, clarity, plot, emotional impact, character, and structure. Then we'll follow up with a 60-minute call to discuss any aspect of your novel or publishing goals.

  • One 20-minute consultation to help me understand you and your book
  • Thorough developmental notes on the project as a whole
  • Line-by-line notes on the page via comments and track changes
  • One 60-minute, post-edit telephone consultation to go over your plans for revision, address questions, and bounce around hypothetical solutions

Price: $7 per page, 100 page minimum. (I am currently booked for August 2016, but have one opening in Sept. and two in October. Click below to hold your space, which will also put you on my waitlist for an earlier slot.)

 

One-on-One Coaching

 

Becoming a professional writer is no easy feat, and it's totally normal to get stuck somewhere along the way – muddling through the middle of a book, getting to The End, finding an agent, building a fulfilling writer’s life. I’ve found that when it comes to reaching the other side, everyone needs something a little different, so I no longer offer set packages. Whether you want a one-time shot in the arm or recurring coaching sessions, here’s what you will get: accountability, feedback on your writing strengths and weaknesses, professional publishing advice and strategy, clarity on your goals, and the god’s honest truth about what it will take to get there. Once we’re clear on your next step, I’ll help you build the confidence and skill to make it a reality.

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Let's make things happen for you. Drop me a line and tell me about your book.

 
 

 

What others are saying

Tiffany is a dream editor: Kind and patient but also critical and thorough. She makes writers and writing better.”
— Tina Dupuy, nationally syndicated columnist
Thanks to Tiffany, I currently have seven agents reading my novel manuscript! Before working with her, I’d queried agents and gotten no response despite having the opening chapter of my book published in a major journal. I’d thought my query and synopsis were good but thanks to Tiffany, they are SO much stronger and now in sync with the voice of my main character. Tiffany also gave me incredible notes on my opening three chapters which have streamlined the story and improved the book. She is positive yet completely honest, a perfect combination for an editor. I am grateful she took me on.
— Robert Kerbeck
Tiffany’s practical advice and common sense approach to writing, editing, and publishing have been invaluable. Writers are emotionally invested in their work – that’s normal and to be expected – but Tiffany helped me see that approaching agents and editors does not have to be an emotional roller coaster ride. Tiffany instills confidence in the writers she mentors. She is encouraging but honest in her comments, always keeping the big picture in mind. More than anything, she wants you to succeed and to find the fulfillment you seek as an artist.”
— Debbie Graber, author of Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, finalist for the 2014 Flannery O’Connor Prize
When I was stuck in the middle of a partially completed manuscript, Tiffany got me to “The End.” Not only do I adore Tiffany personally - boy, has she helped keep me motivated - I feel lucky to have worked with a published author who really understands storytelling. My work is richer and more nuanced as a result.
— Dr. Liz Alexander
“Tiffany helped me take what was a nearly-formed idea and elevate it to a solid pitch that I successfully sold to The Atlantic. She understood what I was going for immediately, and what it would take for me to get there. I would have never dreamed of pitching there if it weren’t for her encouragement. “
— Scarlet Neath
Tiffany has been by my side from the very first draft all the way to publication. Her edits are constructive and intuitive. She’s a thoughtful critic who demonstrates a profound sensitivity to both the story and the writer’s goals. In addition, Tiffany comes from the valuable place of experience. She knows what it’s like to struggle with writing draft after draft, finding an agent and publisher, and marketing her work. I couldn’t have done it without her!
— Andee Reilly, author of Satisfaction
Tiffany gave me a perspective and foundation I’ve never had. As a not-so-young but new author, I suffer from the same insecurity and lack of confidence we all have/have had, and that can be devastating in the solitary world of creative writing. Tiffany has been my helpmate, catalyst, cheerleader, teacher, and colleague that made me want – truly want – to be better at my craft. I have been given an amazing, wonderful opportunity to create under the guidance a professional who supports me. For the only time in three years, I’ve written without fear of rejection.”
— Bill Fehlinger
I have been trying my hand at publishing for some time now - short stories, novels, poetry - and it’s an uphill climb. When I first spoke to Tiffany, I couldn’t believe my luck! Here was someone who genuinely was interested in helping me find success. Tiffany is someone who listens to your needs as a writer, reviews your work with honest interest and constructive criticism and makes suggestions to get you started. She takes the journey with you on your road to publication. Tiffany was my divine intervention and I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have help me.
— Valerie Montgomery
Tiffany’s support and guidance is truly invaluable. I feel genuinely lucky to have her rooting for me professionally; the information and advice that she has given me, and the way that she provides it in such a clear and streamlined manner, makes my goals feel wholly attainable. Through Tiffany’s personal experience with writing, being published, and teaching she has accumulated a vast breadth of knowledge that she shares generously.
— Molly Cimikoski
“I cannot recommend Tiffany’s editing services highly enough. She was so engaged in my project from day one, and she offers such timely and insightful feedback. So many times I would read a comment or idea from her and wonder ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ She gives constructive criticism but provides it in supportive and helpful terms. My work is absolutely more polished and has greater depth thanks to her.”
— Re Marzullo
I worked with Tiffany to review and revise my short stories. My initial goal was just to take my work from draft sketch to publishable quality. However, as I worked with her, I found her keen eye for detail and her insightful feedback helped me to build my writer’s confidence as well. Tiffany’s services are more than just writer’s feedback – she mentors the entire writing experience. Thank you, Tiffany, for your mentorship. I’m a better writer as a whole thanks to your guidance.”
— Aurren Sakoda