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’ve taught university-level writing for over fifteen years; I’m currently an instructor in the Drexel MFA in creative writing program and an Adjunct Professor at UNC School of Law. 

If you would like to learn more about me:

 

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing helps a writer with the structure, organization, pace, characterization, and more fundamental aspects of a manuscript. Both fiction and non-fiction books can benefit from developmental editing. I work with a wide variety of genres: fiction, nonfiction, narrative nonfiction (e.g., memoir), dissertations, academic books, scholarly articles and chapters, and more.

Developmental editing is not copyediting. It is deep consideration of all aspects of your manuscript to help you succeed in publication. For a novel or other type of narrative book, comments include suggestions for improvement of character, plot, and more.

A client receives (1) a manuscript review (in MS Word format) with comments throughout and tracked changes with suggestions for improvement, (2) a clean version of the manuscript with guiding comments with which to do their revision, and (3) an editorial letter with big-picture feedback and guidance for how to move forward.

 

Details:

  • If you are working on a book, I can do a developmental edit of the first chapter, the first fifty pages, or the entire manuscript—it’s up to you.
  • My developmental editing rates start at 6 cents per word for my normal turnaround time. I will look at your manuscript to give you a final quote that fits your project and budget.
  • Email me to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.

Writing Coaching

A writing coach helps you develop your book or story idea, helps you 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 can benefit from it.

Who needs a writing coach?

If you are writing a novel, memoir, academic article, journalism piece, essay, nonfiction book, thesis, dissertation, or other project, a writing coach can help you at any phase of your project. 

What does a writing coach do?

I can meet with you just once or twice to help get a project off the ground, a few times to get you on a strong trajectory, a few times to get you unstuck if you find yourself unable to move forward, or on a regular basis to see a project through to the end.

Many clients combine coaching with developmental editing. For example, if I am editing a book, we will meet for coaching after each chapter.

Details

  • We can have our coaching meetings via phone or via videochat. I have clients all over the world.
  • I can share with you my price list, and we can use it to craft a custom coaching plan for you. I can usually meet any budget.
  • To schedule a free, 15-minute initial consult via phone and to request a price list, send me an email.

As a coach, Katie gives excellent advice. Plus, she is calm and thoughtful, especially in times of crisis.

Jennifer Polk, Ph.D.

Founder, From Ph.D. to Life

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, including creating a copyright page.
  • Upload your materials to various distribution services.
  • Help you obtain ISBNs and Library of Congress numbers 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