Writing is hard: Let me make it easier

Writing Consulting & Editing

Overview

I consult on a variety of projects: novels, nonfiction books, memoirs, websites, dissertations, articles, essays, and more. I taught college-level writing for over a decade; I taught narrative-writing workshops through the Duke Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; I have served multiple times as an AWP Mentor in the Writer-to-Writer program.  If you would like to learn more about me:

 

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing helps a writer with the structure, pace, characterization, and more fundamental aspects of a manuscript. Both fiction and non-fiction books can benefit from developmental editing. Developmental editing is not copyediting. It is deep consideration of all aspects of your manuscript to help you succeed in publication.

Clients receive a manuscript review (in MS Word format) with comments throughout and tracked changes with suggestions for improvement. For a novel or other type of narrative book, comments include suggests for improvement of character, plot, and more. My developmental editing rates start at 4 cents per word for fiction and narrative nonfiction for my normal turnaround time. I will have to look at your manuscript to give you a final quote.

If you are working on a book, I can review the first chapter, the first fifty pages, or the entire manuscript—it’s up to you. I work with a wide variety of genres: fiction, nonfiction, narrative nonfiction (e.g., memoir), dissertations that authors are rewriting into books, scholarly articles, and more. Email me for more details and for a personal plan that fits your project and budget.

Writing Coaching

If you are writing a novel, memoir, academic or journalism article, essay, nonfiction book, thesis, dissertation, or other project, I can help you at any phase of your project. I can help you create a writing plan, develop a rough draft, and more.

What is a writing coach?

A writing coach can help you from the very beginning of a project—even if you only have an idea for a book or shorter piece.

A coach helps you develop your idea, create a writing plan customized for you, listens to your struggles and helps you through them, helps you assess your progress and modify your writing plan if necessary, and more. Writing coaching is very personal, and both new and experienced writers have benefited from it. I can meet with you just one time to help get a project off the ground, a few times to get you on a strong trajectory, or on a regular basis to see a project through to the end.

Writing coaching works really well if you want to learn to publish short pieces of freelance journalism, or if you are struggling with how to organize an academic article.

Details

We can meet in person or via phone. We can have an initial, 15-minute consult via phone for free. Send me an email. I will craft a custom coaching plan for you.

High-Stakes Document Coaching

If you need help with your application documents for college or graduate school contact me.

I can help you with a variety of high-stakes academic and business documents, including the following:

Application essays :: Scholarship applications :: Fellowship applications :: Resumes :: Cover letters :: Grant applications :: Study abroad applications :: Business emails and letters :: Marketing documents and fliers :: Website content :: Loan applications :: Blog content :: Personnel policy documents :: Corporate style manuals :: Slide decks

I’ve come to think that if Katie Rose Guest Pryal hasn’t edited my work, it hasn’t been appropriately edited. She works fast with great accuracy and on top of line edits she is a fantastic fact checker.

Ann Garvin

USA Today bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

Katie edited my novel in a fast, professional manner. She had wonderful insights into the content, and her suggestions were spot-on. Her edits were exactly what I needed to finish my book—and now it’s under contract for publication.

Lauren Faulkenberry

Author of the Bayou Sabine series

I hired Katie to help me develop freelance writing pitches and articles for magazines. Thanks to Katie, my work is published I have a burgeoning writing career!

Federico Morris

Music Journalist

A friend recommended I hire Katie to help with my academic book that was stalling in the review phase. I did not understand peer reviewers’ comments or my editor’s feedback. I was demoralized and ready to ditch the project altogether. Enter Katie. She translated the reviewers’ comments so I could understand them, and she read several chapters and identified those places where I was writing defensively. With Katie’s guidance, I became empowered to edit my entire manuscript. My argument became strong and clear, my organization better served the thesis, and I felt emboldened to write the book I wanted to write. Without Katie, I would not have continued the project, nor would I have gotten a stellar review on the revised manuscript. 

Many people can tell you what’s “wrong” with a piece of writing. Only a select few can tell you how to improve it. Katie possesses that rare gift of being able to explain how to make writing better. 

Jill Peterfeso

Author of Womanpriest, Fordham University Press, forthcoming

Website Consulting

If you are building a website and need help creating content that is readable and appealing to your audience, I can help with that. Here are the roles that I can fill on a web design team:

  • Marketing strategist
  • Content specialist
  • Editor
  • UX designer

If you already have a website, I can consult with you to help you make it better. We can have an initial, 15-minute consult via phone for free. Send me an email to schedule a meeting.

Book Production

I can help you take your book from manuscript to published book. I do the following:

  • Lay out your book for ebook and print production.
  • Upload your materials to various distribution services.
  • Help you obtain ISBNs if necessary.
  • Connect you with professional cover designers.
  • And more.

If you are interested in any or all of these services, send me an email.

As a web developer, I’ve worked with Katie on several websites. She is highly skilled at writing web content that is concise and on target. Katie’s knowledge of what goes on “under the hood” allows her to do more than just create the words. She manages the on-going life of a site to keep it fresh and running smoothly. I highly recommend Katie and look forward to our next project!

Carol Thomson

Founder, FireStream Media

I reached out to Katie for guidance in putting together a CV as I began to consider a transition from consulting to academia. Her knowledge spans across industries, and her ability to guide others with professionalism and care is unmatched. Katie cares about her clients, and makes time for quick deadlines and important last-minute revisions. She delivers a polished product quickly, and your career will benefit greatly from soliciting her services.

Andrea Pino

Author of We Believe You and co-founder of End Rape on Campus

Career Transitions

If you are thinking about making a career transition that is within my areas of expertise, I’m happy to help. Check out my many columns and short pieces on careers and freelancing to get a sense of my work.

Let’s chat and see if you can benefit from my career coaching. We can have an initial, 15-minute consult phone for free. Send me an email. Want to learn to publish short pieces of freelance journalism? I do that, too.

Workshops

If you have a group that needs training in an area in which I have expertise, I can put together a workshop—live or virtual—that can help. Here are some topics that I cover: writing well, including grammar, legal writing, and creative writing; career transitions; higher education; mental illness and psychiatric disability; disability more generally; rape culture, including on college campuses; and more.

I have experience teaching creative writing workshops via Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. I also lead private, small-group writing workshops for a variety of skill levels. We can have an initial, 15-minute consult via phone for free. Send me an emailLearn more about my speaking engagements and workshops.

Katie spoke to a local group I organize for nonfiction writers. As a speaker, she was engaging, insightful, and well prepared. She was also responsive and easy to communicate with in advance of the workshop, which I appreciated. I highly recommend Katie as a speaker or workshop facilitator.

Laura Bastian

Nonfiction Authors Association