I Can Help…
On this page, you’ll find ways I can help you to improve your writing, or to complete your writing project. I offer manuscript consulting in both fiction and nonfiction. By manuscript consulting, I mean that I will help you improve and perfect whatever piece of writing you might be working on at whatever stage your project happens to be. I am also available to write your project for you, or you may hire me as a ghostwriter.
My personalized services include:
If you should simply need something written but are not necessarily a writer yourself, I can help.
If you should have a fiction or nonfiction idea that you’d like to write and are not necessarily a writer yourself but still want to be given credit as the writer, I can help.
-Developmental and author coaching
This entails developing the initial concept of your project (a novel, a story collection, a memoir, an essay collection, or one-off stories, articles, or essays, or any other type of writing project), then working closely with you, the writer, to create an end product that you’re happy with. An end product you’re ready to send out into the world.
I will also work with a writer who is at any stage in a project’s process. If you have a 1st draft complete and need input before moving forward, I can help. Several drafts complete but you’re stuck, I can help. If you’re starting a genre series and need help setting it all up (how to structure it, how to world build, etc.), I can help. If you don’t know how to start writing a project, I can help. If you’re just stuck in general, I can help.
There are several ways I like to approach a project, and I tailor-make each approach to each project. First, I will read your MS (or drafts of a story, or essay, or article). I will learn from you where you feel you are having trouble or where you think you need help. We will discuss what I think you should do next (via phone, or Skype, or email) and then we will work out a writing plan for you to follow.
A bit like homework, we will establish how long we will work together (the average is three months), and we pin down how many pages you will turn in on a weekly basis. That’s one example of the possibilities of our work together. There are other options for shorter pieces that may be completed faster. There are other types of collaboration we may enter into. Again, I will listen to what you think you need then we will come up with a plan of attack.
The most important thing to me is that you feel safe and comfortable during our process together. I work closely with each client to be certain of this.
I don’t offer proofreading, or copy editing services. If you should need those, I am well-connected with others who perform those services. Just ask me, and I’m happy to make a referral.
-Let’s Discuss Your Needs
To receive a price quote for my services, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please describe the nature of the project and why you feel in need of a consultation. Once I receive the email, I’ll reach out to schedule a free 15-minute phone call with you so we can discuss what you need and how I might help.
“I’ve hired Charles several times now. He has a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t. He helped me refine several nonfiction essays, one of which went on to publication. I highly recommend him.”
Adele Zane, Brooklyn, NY
“I can’t say enough good things about Charles. Working with him has been immensely beneficial. His incredible eye for detail catches everything from inconsistencies in character voice to grammar errors and everything in between. I especially love that he has managed to hone in on what I needed to move forward with my novel while preserving my personal voice and style. His work is invaluable, and I feel very fortunate to have him in my corner. Even more important, he has a gentle bedside manner that makes it easy to accept his input and keep on writing. Charles is amazing to work with, and I cannot recommend him highly enough.”
Maurine Lanahan, Kansas City, MO
“I hired Charles to read a short story for me. He sent it back a couple of days later saying “this isn’t done because it’s going to be a book. “ He included line edits, beat by beat development points, and rooted for his favorite character to win. The Driveway Has Two Sides was published in 2018 by Fairlight Books. If you are looking for a developmental editor, look no further than C. Gregory Thompson. “
Sara Marchant, Anza, CA