Writing & Editing Services

I offer a full suite of writing, editing, and coaching services to fit all kinds of writing needs. I work with beginner and experienced writers, businesses, adults, children, and teens. I provide one-on-one personalized coaching and group-style workshops and classes, in-person and online.

From teaching the basics of writing a book to providing creative and emotional support to guiding you through the publishing waters, I am ready to help you tell your story.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How do I know if I need an editor or a coach?

An editor works with you directly on something you have already written, whether it is a novel, a short story, a magazine article, an essay, etc. There are 4 different types of editing, which I talk about here.

A coach is someone who can help you before or during the writing process. A coach can do a lot of different things such as teaching beginning writers how to write a story, helping writers overcome writer’s block or “imposter syndrome,” offering encouragement and motivation, or guiding writers through the revision process.

If you’re unsure what you need, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to help you figure out your next best step.

I wrote a book. Now what?

First, congratulations! I hope you know you have achieved an amazing accomplishment. So many writers quit midway because they are overwhelmed at all the work, time, and energy writing a book requires.

Step 1: do a happy dance

Step 2: celebrate this win by enjoying a favorite activity

Step 3: get down to business, Writer!

Now, here is what I suggest you do next:

If this is your first draft, put it aside for a month or so and read 3 or 4 highly recommended books that are in the same genre as the book you wrote. Pay careful attention to how the author put the story together. Study how she created compelling characters and a gripping storyline. Focus on how one scene flows to the next. Keep notes about the parts that hit you in the gut as well as the parts that pulled you out of the story.

Then go back to your manuscript and write the next draft. When that is complete, you should consider sharing it with a writing group or a professional writing coach who can help you find the strengths and weaknesses in your work. You could also look online or in your local area for some writing classes to help you focus on certain elements in your story that might need honing.

If you love it, keep working on it. Seek advice from professionals or trusted teammates and don’t be discouraged if it’s not ready yet. Good writing takes a lot of time, patience, hard work, a little bit of ferocity, and good old-fashioned TLC.

If this is at least your third draft (or once you write at least 3 drafts), seek out a coach or an editor or an experienced writer who can work with you one-on-one to give you the personalized help you and your book need.

What if I only have an idea, no book yet. Can you still work with me?

Absolutely! If you’re a rookie writer, the idea stage is actually the best time to seek help. So many stories struggle to reach their full potential because they are flawed at the idea stage. Another reason why writers give up!

I can help you

  • sculpt your idea so it has what it takes to become a compelling story
  • manage your time
  • feel confident and energized about your writing
  • give you daily, weekly, or monthly goals
  • design a writing plan personalized just for you
  • kick you in the arse or treat you to coffee — whatever your spirit needs, I’m there

For more detailed information about my writing & editing services, check out the following links:

Book Editing

Story Coaching

Freelance Writing

 


Please contact me about a specific project or for a quote.

Email: k.johnston@comcast.net

Phone: 603-502-6645