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Writing & Editing

I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
—Mark Twain

Every one of us has a unique story to tell, but sometimes we need help bringing that story to the page. I offer a range of affordable advisory and editorial services for emerging as well as established writers, including:

  • Full manuscript copyediting/ developmental editing covering spelling, grammar, syntax, active/passive construction, concision, narrative mode, clarity, sentence/paragraph/chapter organization/flow and basic formatting, readability, evaluating connection with intended audience.
  • Partial edit to enable writer to identify and make needed revisions throughout manuscript.
  • Fact-checking and research
  • Rewriting or ghost writing
  • Evaluation of manuscript without editing
  • Advice on publishing options
  • Tailored writing prompt packages

I’m so grateful to Ellen for the detailed, insightful feedback she offered on my manuscript. It was more helpful than I could have imagined! The story is stronger, I’m happier with it, and I’m absolutely confident it’s ready now to share with the world.

From an award-winning contemporary novelist

Ellen’s careful reading and suggestions gave me the confidence and tools to make my story better. She identified the sticking parts and flat language, never missing a clue that wasn’t followed up on or an emotion that was out of sync. She’s an owl, sharp-sighted and wise.

From a historical and contemporary novelist

Ellen provided me with the ability to see both creative and organizational aspects of my writing that I could not clearly observe in myself, allowing me to understand my project on a much deeper personal level than I could have imagined.

From an educator and therapist

With a sixth sense for plot and story, strong command of language, syntax, and conventions, and eagle-eyed attention to detail, Ellen transformed a good manuscript into an excellent manuscript. With a sharp wit, and even sharper editing pen, Ellen communicates easily and quickly. An excellent professional editor for works of fiction who is an award-winning fiction writer herself.

From an award-winning historical novelist

Ellen is exceptionally talented and instructive and has inspired me to write creatively, passionately and clearly. With her encouragement, my writing turned from second-rate to words of intelligence. Very approachable, her artistic ability is a benefit to everyone.

From a researcher and historian

Ellen is very good at what she does, and put me on a better course.

From a nonfiction writer