Book Coaching & Editing Services

Working with a coach or developmental editor isn’t just an investment in your book…it’s an investment in YOU!

As writers, we all need fresh eyes on our work. Specifically, we need fresh eyes that know what they’re looking for. How do I know? Because I’m a writer, too.

Truth: it’s almost impossible for us, as writers, to clearly see our own work. The stories playing so vibrantly in our heads are in our blind spot. We can’t see what’s not there because our own knowledge of the story blocks the view. There’s actually a term for that: it’s called the burden of knowledge.

I know! It sounds crazy, but there you go.

Like you, I’ve been writing long enough to know that while my best friend and my mom are both awesomely wonderful readers, generous with praise and fresh-baked oatmeal cookies, they don’t have the knowledge or skill to zero in on the specifics I need to make my pages shine.

That’s what book coaches and editors are for.

Book Coaching Packages

Do you have an idea for a novel but you’re having trouble getting started? Or perhaps you’ve written a first draft but you need someone to walk you through revising.

Do you struggle with some aspects of craft and yearn for someone to not just explain how craft rules and guidelines work, but show you? I’m a teacher by nature, so helping you understand craft and cheering you on as you apply it to your own pages is high on my list.

If you want to up your game, rest assured that working with a book coach is active learning. Not only that, it’s learning actively on your own manuscript.

Working with a book coach is a highly individualized experience. If we work together, I’ll be your substantive editor, critique partner, project manager, accountability buddy and support person all rolled into one.

Classic Book Coaching ($1200)

The Classic Book Coaching package includes:

Six deadlines of up to 20 pages each. Package must be used within four months.

In-line and editorial feedback on each submission, including suggestions for next steps.

Links to resources to help deepen your understanding of a particular craft element as needed.

Additional worksheets, resources, and exercises as needed.

One 30-minute call one per deadline, and email support as needed.

My personal care & attention as your coach as you write forward on your manuscript.

Working with a book coach is a personalized experience. I meet you where you’re at and we work together to get where you want to go. You’ll come away from the process a better, more confident writer.

Support and Accountability Coaching

Coaching without the pressure of having to turn in pages…because sometimes you just want someone to check in with you, ask what you’ve written this week, and maybe have a little conversation about it. Coming soon!

Blueprint for a Book ($800)

Make sure you’ve got a solid foundation in place before you start writing or revising.

Based on Author Accelerator’s respected Blueprint for a Book course, this package is equally ideal for novelists getting ready to start a new project and for those getting ready to revise.

Wherever you’re at in the process, it’s a good idea to stop and take a look at your story’s fundamentals. You wouldn’t build a house without a plan, and a book isn’t much different. Let’s figure out what you want to say, how you want to say it, and why.

The Blueprint for a Book package includes:

  • Exercises incorporating the Author Accelerator Blueprint for a Book and Inside Outline tools. Discover the heart of your story, including how the plot, point, and character arcs all work together.
  • Four assignments with weekly or bi-weekly deadlines depending on how intensely you want to work.
  • Written feedback on each submission, one call per deadline, and email support as needed for the duration of the package.
  • Zoom calls include one getting-to-know-you conversation before we start, and one closing conversation to celebrate your accomplishment and clear up any lingering questions when you’ve finished.
  • My personal care & attention as your coach. We’ll work together to set you up to write the best book you can!
  • Additional deadlines can be purchased as needed

Developmental Editing

It is my firm belief that a good critique should be something to learn from – a tool to help you grow as a writer.” ~Nita Collins

You’ve taken your manuscript as far as you can on your own. You suspect the novel has flaws, but you just can’t see what they are.

I’ll read your work, watching out for big picture issues such as plot, character, dialogue, show vs tell, narrative drive, etc. I also work at the line-editing level, watching for awkward phrasing, sentences & paragraphs that can be tightened up or fleshed out. Keep in mind that manuscripts are like children – no two are alike. This means feedback may lean heavier toward one end of the spectrum than then other, depending on the needs of the individual manuscript.

I believe in tough love. Tough because you need to know where the problems are so you can fix them…and love because positive feedback is like vitamin C…you can’t thrive without it.

Working with a developmental editor is active learning. With every edit, your understanding of craft grows wider.

Full or Partial Manuscript Critique: $0.025/word

You Get:

  • A detailed intake questionnaire to get me up to speed on your project goals and give us both insight into the heart of your book
  • Authentic, specific, honest feedback on your pages, including suggestions for fixes, examples, and a lot of questions to get you thinking in the form of marginal comments and in-line edits.
  • A robust overview/summary letter, as well as suggestions and actionable steps for moving forward with revision.
  • Links to articles and resources as required.
  • A follow-up phone call to discuss my feedback and answer questions (optional).

Please note: All work must be submitted in standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, saved in a Word document. No exceptions.

While I may point out grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors the first few times they occur, this edit DOES NOT include proof reading. If you’d like, I’ll be happy to recommend a colleague who can provide that service.

Kind words from clients:

Nita’s developmental edit of the first thirty pages of my manuscript was extremely helpful. She provided insightful comments on the theme and other foundational elements as well as detailed line edits to highlight areas for improvement. Her suggestions were delivered with kindness, encouragement, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend her services.”  ~Cheryl Hystad

Nita was an absolute joy to work with. She was communicative, her feedback was thorough, insightful, clear, and delivered with just the right balance of kindness and brutal honesty. I can’t recommend her highly enough! ” ~Natalie Dale

“Nita has made me a better writer. Simple as that. She’s brilliant at showing versus telling, is detail orientated but can still see the big picture. If this is your first book, or your fiftieth, you will become a better writer with Nita by your side.” ~Holly Kerr, author of Stepping Up.

As I’m really digesting your comments, I’m even more grateful for your time and attention to the story detail. Your suggestions are a great boost and are really going to help me make some improvements.”~S. Morris

I am so fortunate to have Nita as a critique partner. With her innate skill, she pointed out places where readers would benefit from being inside my character’s head and heart. She also, in her inimitable way, affirmed the specific gifts I have in writing and firmly addressed my major fear and shortcoming that undermined my story and its ability to attract potential readers. I am so grateful for her skills in helping me hone the story I have to tell.” ~ Lisa Bodenheim

“I met Nita by chance when we exchanged pages on the Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association website. Myself a long-time professional editor, I quickly realized I was in the hands of a naturally gifted editor by the type of feedback she was giving me. I immediately hired her to edit the rest of my book, and I’m thrilled with the suggestions she’s made to make my writing, characters, and story stronger. I highly recommend Nita’s editorial services.” ~Betsy Thorpe, editor

“Nita’s insights into my manuscript helped me to discover the way to break into the next round of revisions. Her examples illustrated how subtle the difference between telling and showing can be, and her breakdown of the weaknesses in my manuscript into red, yellow, and green light issues will be my guide as I work to take my draft to the next level. Offered with kindness, humour, and tough love, Nita’s comments and editor’s letter have allowed me to see the possibilities of what my novel can become–published!” ~Melanie Marttila