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Right here! I know what you want:
- Professional guidance
- Encouragement focused on YOUR specific situation
- A coach who understands your unique writer's vision
- A one-to-one relationship with an editor who cares
It's Your Story - Your Vision - Your Voice . . . Only Better!
I have provided editorial services as a freelance editor for writers from around the world and for book publishers in the United States and Canada for over two decades. My article "The Writer's Secret Weapon" was featured in the "Novel & Short Story Writer's Market" published by Writer's Digest. I was profiled as a leading editor for inspiring young writers in Writer's Digest's "The Market Guide for Young Writers." My personal writing has been published in the United States and Europe--from short fiction to human interest articles, and from mainstream to genre, including humor, mystery, romance, satire and science fiction.
I was Senior Editor for Writer's Intl. Forum, a magazine instrumental in
helping authors world-wide to become more successful in their writing endeavors, which placed in Writer's
Digest's Top 50 Fiction Markets
for three consecutive years.
You may not feel ready for the world of publishing, or maybe you simply need some assistance on a specific writing project.
Let me help you become the writer you want
As your personal writing coach:
- I address your general or specific writing questions.
- I treat you as an individual
- I view every story as unique.
- Each manuscript evaluation includes a close look at emphasizing its strengths, as well as a thorough review of potential weak spots, technique variables or genre considerations.
Each project that you send me will be handled on a very personal, one-on-one basis.
Exclusive Coaching Program:
Learn the details about my exclusive "Write As We Go"
Coaching Program, where you send only a few chapters at a time. I also have an Incentive Program to fast track writers and welcome completed books as well.
Want to try out my service on YOUR story? Becoming a writer can seem daunting--but it doesn't need to be! Let me edit the opening 2,000 to 3,500 words of your manuscript (to the end of a scene or chapter). An Initial Evaluation is charged at my normal fee rate because it is not a "sales pitch" letter, but a full example of how I edit a client's manuscript. Just multiply my 2-cents a word fee by the number of words you are sending (minimum $45) and include a bit of information about yourself and your story. Click here to request an edit for YOUR story.
I specialize in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, YA and older children's books. I do NOT edit horror, straight romance, or books with graphic violence or explicit sexual content. The only books written for younger children I am now accepting are from previous clients.
- Submit by e-mail
for fast response without postage or printing costs!
- We can both use MS Word's Track Changes
feature to save you even more time. You can accept or reject individual edits or groups of suggestions as you review what I send back. (I'll send you info on that method, if you wish.)
- Need other options? No problem! Just e-mail me to let me know your preferences.
"You did a very helpful editorial critique of
two of my short stories. After I used your critique to improve the story, 'A
Tale Told About An Idiot,' I knew it was a good piece.
It has now been
accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming book of stories and poems, READER'S
BREAK, and I am grateful to you (and will undoubtedly be calling for your help
when I write some new stories)."
--Richard Kerckhoff, Florida
Editing Offers Options!
"Thank you! I've read your comments twice and I kept thinking, 'Well, of course.'
No doubt I've been involved with this book for such a long time
that it has been almost indelibly imprinted on my thinking. You gave me options
that hadn't occurred to me."
--Dixie Wright, Washington
Reveal Your Story!
"I am not a careless writer but I do have a 'blind spot' when I'm reviewing my own work.
I appreciated your balanced viewpoint. If ever I discover an opportunity to share a 'tip'
with another writer, I will say, 'If you want a spotlight directed into the dark corners of
your manuscript, send it to Bristol Services Intl.' Thank you for your time, your personal
comments, and your thorough appraisal."
--Lois Lurvey, Texas
"You gave my story 'Timing is Everything' an Honorable Mention in your writing competition.
Alive! published the story.
I received a copy along with a generous check. . . your comments on my stories
were so important."
--Dede Hammond, Florida
"You were nice enough to suggest two other
markets [for one of my manuscripts]. Right away I sent it to Writer's Haven Newsletter. No word from that editor
until a couple of weeks ago when she telephoned me on a Sunday evening (!) to ask if she could
publish it. I said I'd be delighted. Thank you again!"
--Frances Grimes Yeargin, Texas
"The opportunities you offer aspiring writers is
wonderful. It was exactly the type of encouragement that
keeps me writing. As a result, I am very happy to announce the
publication of my young adult novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Sea,
by Pineapple Press, Inc."
--Margaret Nolan, Florida