Karin Gutman

Karin Gutman, writer and editor

I grew up journaling as early as I could write.

Raised in the heart of the Midwest, I still have my first “Snoopy” diary with a broken lock and missing key. It was the way I processed the world around me and made my inner experience real.

Many years later, journaling segued into professional writing. I started as a screenplay translator while living in Paris. In New York City, I wrote and directed two short documentary films about the sudden death of Jonathan Larson, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent; and then I landed in Los Angeles, where I wrote and created for children’s television (Jim Henson, Nickelodeon, and National Geographic Kids). I also published two coffee table books, including one about secret societies. At the same time, I sharpened my editorial eye as a story analyst for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), 20th Century Fox, and Gaumont Télévision.

But I would find my true calling inside the burgeoning spoken-word movement in Los Angeles, largely inspired by the groundbreaking series The Moth.

During my 13-year tenure as co-executive producer of Spark Off Rose, a popular spoken word series in West LA, I worked closely with writers and often with deeply personal material. It is there that I discovered my love for memoir while cultivating both fresh and seasoned voices and directing the monthly live stage performances. In guiding the writers through the process, I came to know the power of storytelling — witness to the transformation and healing — as well as the deep sense of community and connection that happens when we share our stories.

I felt the call to create a space where writers would not feel the pressure of an audience; a place where they could discover and peel away the layers of their stories. In 2009, I began offering workshops in LA, beginning with my signature course Unlocking Your Story. And so Spirit of Story was born. The offerings have since expanded to include other live workshops and retreats, e-courses, a monthly e-letter and blog, one-on-one story mentoring and editing, and live author events.

Outside of Spirit of Story, I have taught at California State University at Fullerton, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, among others. I hold an M.F.A. degree in screenwriting from Cal State Fullerton and an undergraduate degree in theatre from Northwestern University.

I live in Marina del Rey, California, with my pup and 11-year-old daughter, who reminds me every day how to play. I’ve had a longtime yin yoga practice, am a late bloomer to discovering the joy of cooking, and love to spend time deepening my spiritual, healing, and creative studies.

And yes, I still keep a journal.


“Working with Karin has provided me with a supportive partnership to excavate the treasures of my story. She has a gentle style of eliciting the essence of what I’m trying to say by asking penetrating questions that cut right to the heart of the material. Writing can be such a lonely task and with her solid understanding of the craft coupled with creative collaboration, I’m able to accomplish my goal of completing a memoir I’ve been struggling with for years. Karin’s stewardship has given me the ability to put the words on the page with confidence. She is a master storyteller and knows how to develop the scaffolding necessary to build a manuscript from inception to completion.”

“Oh Karin… you are a gifted teacher. First, you are the most astute listener; you are able to reach through the weeds of a cobbled-together story and pinpoint the true intention of the writer. The questions you pose of the writer demand that she pull from her own experience and expression. There are no pointed questions where you wait for the hapless writer to arrive at the correct answer... it's all gauged so gently, probing but not poking. You promote an atmosphere of respect among us for each others’ work and our individual processes. We all come to it differently, and there's no judging.

You seem able to meet each person where they are, respectful of whatever they bring to the table. You are responsive and wise. I can feel your years of reading, studying and dissecting as you help us explore what we've written and where we want it to take us.”
Meredith Baxter

“I love your style of teaching, way of being, and the space you hold and the opening you create. Just so grateful for what you do. I really love how you protect and nurture writers and writing, and the wonderful way you love through your work. You are a transformative person in my life.”
Kelli Bean-Miranda

“Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into your work. It shows. I FEEL it. You are the embodiment of grace and warmth and risk taking. I am so grateful to be connected to you.”
Samantha Weaver

“I would whole-heartedly recommend Karin to any aspiring writer who wants to make sure that her work is 'there' before sending it out to agents. Karin’s edits of both of my books were so comprehensive that I’ve yet to be surprised by any other notes that I’ve received on either of them. Her edits are thorough and constructive. She not only points out problems, but she also inspires you to think about solutions. This is why I plan to also send my future work to Karin, before I send them to my agent or publisher.”
Ernessa T. Carter, author of 32 Candles

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Contact Information:

Marina del Rey, California
Website: www.spiritofstory.com

Email: karin@spiritofstory.com

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Merrill Feitell

Los Angeles writer/editor Merrill FeitellMerrill is an award-winning fiction writer with more than a decade's experience teaching creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A savvy storyteller seasoned in narrative problem-solving, Merrill has worked with hundreds of writers in generating, revising, and publishing fiction, nonfiction, and memoir—and with an extensive background in branding and advertising, she has helped many individuals and companies develop engaging content, strengthening brand identity by delivering better brand stories.

Manuscript Consultant • Author Coach • Developmental Editor • Book Doctor

Merrill offers incisive editorial feedback, targeted and inspired generative guidance, and insightful strategies for generating narrative momentum and forging narrative cohesion. She helps writers discover the heart of their stories and offers guidance for effectively and inventively realizing their ideas on the page.

Ghostwriter • Content Developer

Dexterous storytelling, structural innovation, and remarkable tonal control have equipped Merrill to write and edit a wide range of works, including memoirs, essays, fiction, business books, reference manuals, cook books, branded content, and corporate histories. Hired by authors, book packagers, and publishers, she can develop outlined material, brainstorm from a concept to offer a range of narrative threads and structural possibilities, or draft a manuscript in its entirety and revise according to client feedback.

Relevant Experience

Merrill's first book Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American VoicesVirginia Quarterly ReviewGlimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and  McSweeney's Quarterly, earning short-list recognition in Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. 

She earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University and has taught creative writing at Pratt, SUNY Purchase, Colorado College, California Institute of the Arts, and served on MFA faculty at University of Maryland-College Park and California State University-San Bernardino.

An established teacher of creative writing and branding consultant, Merrill has also worked as an assistant at a literary agency; a proofreader at Business Week magazine; a senior copywriter/brand voice at Poppin Inc.; and as an academic studying fiction and nonfiction narrative. (References and ghostwriting/manuscript development specifics available upon request.)

Contact Information:

Email: merrillfeitell@gmail.com

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Lori Kozlowski

Lori Kozlowski is a writer, editor, and media executive, exploring storytelling in all of its forms.

She founded More Light Media, a content studio and storytelling company. She was the producer and head of content for the virtual reality film series called Project Empathy, which uses VR to explore human rights and social justice issues. The documentary project was funded by Google and premiered content with The Atlantic and at the Democratic National Convention.

She served as Editorial Director at entertainment and music management company Atom Factory, leading the company's media division. She also co-founded and served as Editor-In-Chief for Smashd, a publication and platform about the merger of culture and technology.

Previously, she served as an editor and columnist at Forbes. Before then, she spent five years as a senior editor at the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to her journalism work, she has worked with several authors on their manuscripts. As an editor, she works with nonfiction and fiction. In the realm of nonfiction, she has specific interests in music, culture, technology, environment, science, and business content.

She has also worked with several companies on content and digital strategy, helping them to launch and shape digital storytelling platforms.

As a writing teacher, editor, coach, and collaborator, she has helped hundreds of writers and authors express what they are trying to say and bring original works to life.

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 86622
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0622
Websites: www.lorikozlowski.com

Email: lori@lorikozlowski.com

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Kate Zentall

Clients come to me for my extensive experience creating, clarifying, organizing, polishing, and illuminating fiction and nonfiction for companies and individuals all over the United States.

I learned to keep my eye on the big picture at the same time as paying attention to detail while editing and shepherding many books through production. Later, the magazine world trained me in the discipline of a deadline, the structure of a feature, the style of a sidebar and review, the punch and power of a lead.

I have sharpened my skills by writing and editing for the internet as it has evolved. Adapting to the demands of new media has made me versatile and adept at communicating a lot in a few words. I can create copy that's practical, pertinent, and precise, whether it's persuasive marketing emails and newsletters, diverting city guides, engaging community forums, effective social networking, or catchy blogs and blurbs.

Memoirs, a recent specialty, represent yet another universe, in which the deeply personal ideally translates to the widely accessible.

This familiarity with a wide range of styles, genres, and tones has kept me flexible and current, so that you can benefit from the most effective ways to communicate your ideas and messages.

I'm committed to good writing in all its forms and love nothing more than helping writers, from first-timers to experts in their field, find their distinct voice. I especially enjoy collaborating with them to shape their thoughts and words into a clear, authentic, and effective narrative. And if you need a “writer whisperer,” I may well be the coach you're after.

I look forward to working with you!

Some Recent Clients

Selected Websites

DisneyOnline, eHarmony, DisneyFamily, FamilyFun, SHOP.com, CatalogLink, ShopCompanion, Magnify360, DECA, eHow, Recessionwire, MyLife/Reunion, LawCrossing, EmploymentCrossing

Corporations, Non-Profits, Schools

Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach; Magnetic Sky: Strategic Brand Marketing; Lexus; Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services; Wildwood School; Westland School; POPS the Club


Stephan Olajide-Huesler, economist; Ann Bronston, fiction writer; Leah Frederick, financial advisor, Ameriprise; Dr. Susan Mandel, psychologist; Arva Rose, therapist; Robin Fox, Realtor; Jeff Kahn, humorist and memoirist; Ray Castro, sci-fi writer; Holly Powell, casting director; Dr. Candace Love, psychologist; Ali Parsa, historian; Dr. Pamela Morton, psychologist; Davia Rivka, climate change warrior; Christine Lusita, nutritionist; Leah Weiss, psychologist; Thom Slayter, short-story writer; Ann Leis, biographer; Alan Goodwin, psychologist; Curren Krasnoff, entrepreneur. Memoirists: Judith Matson, Magda Fried, Anita Singer, Nate Green, Ed Leach, Dave Butler, David Weaver, Armin Shimerman, Matt Miller, Jenna Maio, Mitch Ryan, Tommy Masters, Dr. Milton Klein, Conor Bezane, Kathalynn Davis, Ben Stern


Kate delivers a well-crafted and concise message in a manner that illustrates her seasoned writing abilities. She has worked on several articles for me and always provides an engaging read that pulls you in right from the start with her witty wordsmithing.
—Jill Pauley, Sr. Communications Manager, eHarmony

Working with Kate was a consistently enjoyable experience, and in the world of freelance writing, that's a goldmine when you're looking for talent. Kate's ability to paint gorgeous visual strokes with her copy never ceased to impress me, and her gift with nuance and dedication toward any given copywriting project was unparalleled across my team of freelance writers. She is as intelligent as she is gifted, and the integrity and pride she invested in her work shone through no matter how dull the assignment. I would work with Kate again in any capacity and believe that she is that one indispensable person that propels any good team into greatness.
—Simona Supekar, Sr. Communications Manager, SHOP.com

My father passed away leaving an incomplete and chronologically disorganized set of memoirs. It was my objective to turn these pieces into a finished book to pass on to children, grandchildren and posterity. Each of several attempts to get help ended in failure; then finally I turned to Kate, and success soon followed. Living on opposite coasts did not present an obstacle. Kate not only contributed as an editor but also acted as a guide through the process. I doubt I could have done it without her and cannot overstate her contributions.
—Magda Fried, of her father's memoir, A Quiet Life

Kate is a miracle worker. An inspired editor, she has treated us with kindness, firmness, gentleness, and above all love. She is not only an editor extraordinaire but has wisdom beyond measure. We are eternally grateful for her magnificent job — fantastically well done!
—Edward Leach, author, Green Berets Don't Cry

Contact Information:

Los Angeles, California, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cell: (310) 621-1529

Email: kzentall@gmail.com

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Jenna Rose Robbins

Jenna Rose Robbins has made a career of turning writers into authors, pixels into websites. As a writer and editor, Jenna has extensive editorial experience both online and off. She has ghostwritten more than 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and was a finalist for the BookLife Prize (awarded by the independent-publishing arm of Publishers Weekly) for her own memoir, Faithful and Devoted: Confessions of a Music Addict. She has managed editorial for such companies as AOL and Disney.

While the majority of Jenna's experience has been entertainment and travel-related, the scope of her projects has ranged from politics and finance to sports and religion. Whether it's working with first-time writers or ink-stained veterans, Jenna enjoys all stages of the creative process. In addition to editorial services such as manuscript critiques, Jenna helps clients develop an internet presence, including building websites and managing social media.

When she's not helping writers realize their goal of becoming published authors, Jenna oversees the web-consulting company Siteseeing Media, which caters to small and medium businesses. Services include newsletter development, content creation, social media, content strategy and marketing, and project management.

Jenna's full-time positions have included senior editorial producer at Disney Family, head of marketing for FIJI Water, senior editor at AOL CityGuide, and interim editorial director stints at Where Berlin (print magazine), DJZ.com (an electronic dance music site), and Trucks.com, among others. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jenna received her Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She travels as often as she can and considers Semester at Sea's ship her second home, although she would prefer it were her first.

Specialties: Memoir, Music/Pop Culture, Travel/Cultures, Young Adult, Social Consciousness, Nature/Environment

Jenna offers a free half-hour phone consultation to first-time clients.

“Jenna Rose Robbins is an outstanding ghostwriter and co-writer with impeccable editorial skills. I have trusted her with projects spanning a wide range of topics and have always been thrilled with the results.” – Michael Levin, CEO of BusinessGhost.com

“Jenna is an amazing writer, editor, and social media expert. Her range of experience makes a huge difference and we always love the results when we work with her. The very best!” — Beth Doane, author of From The Jungle: Stories and Original Art From Children Living in Rainforests

"I turned to Jenna for a major book edit because I knew I could trust her to take care of details, from the minutia I might be apt to pass over to big-picture stuff. I was positive she would be 100% pro, top to bottom. And that was exactly the result. Not only did she deliver my book ahead of deadline, but her suggestions, grammar edits, clarity tweaks, and helpful comments enhanced every page. She is both efficient and creative, two qualities one doesn't always find in a single package. Jenna is also refreshingly frank and forthright when she sees something isn't jiving, and she'll say so. In short, she doesn't let stuff slide. Brains? She has got them, boy." — Alysia Gray Painter, Author of the Wilfair series (Wilfair, Redwoodian: Wilfair Book 2, and Stay Awhile: Wilfair Book 3

Contact Information:

Digital Nomad
Tel: (310) 243-6369

Email: jenna@jennarobbins.com

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Deborah A. Lott, MFA

When “good enough” isn't, let me take your project to excellence.

Over the past twenty years, I've helped clients conceptualize, develop, write, edit, and publish all manner of print and multimedia. My clients include authors, agents, publishers, scholars, physicians, medical centers, universities, corporations, and nonprofits.

Prior to becoming an independent writer and editor, I held staff editorial positions with Prentice-Hall, Little Brown, and Peace Press, and am familiar with both large and small press publishing milieus. For the past eight years, I've served as a product development consultant, writer, and editor for the UCLA/Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. I also teach creative writing, academic writing, and creative nonfiction and memoir courses at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

My book, “In Session: the Bond between Women and Their Therapists,” is a critically acclaimed and influential book about boundary and transference dilemmas in women's relationships with their psychotherapists.

“A wonderfully written, clear, fascinating, and potentially very helpful book . . . an important piece of work.”
—Drew Westen, PhD, Professor, Emory University

My essays and literary memoirs have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, and Puerto del Sol, and have been named three times as Notable Essays of the Year in “Best American Essays,” 2004, 2006, and 2009.

“After more drafts than you can possibly fathom, Deborah A. Lott has helped me take my manuscript to the point where I am fully satisfied with it. That was no small feat. After twenty years, it will be published in September 2010. Deborah found solutions to the flow and whole by helping clarify each chapter, section, paragraph, sentence and word to make it sing loud and true. I unequivocally recommend her services. She's one smart cookie!”
– Jude Bijou, MA, MFT, Author of
Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life.

  • Special interest in childhood, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, mental health
  • Advisory Board member, AdvocateWeb
  • Member, Authors Guild and American Medical Writers Association
  • Former Chair, Healthwriters Caucus, Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)

Contact Information:

Tel: (310) 454-1897
Fax: (310) 454-8536

Email: deborahlott@earthlink.net

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Nomi Isak

Nomi Isak editor writerWherever you are in your writing process, I can help you bring your project to completion.

Now you can get the support you need to:

  • Start that book . . . or finish that book
  • Break through writer's block
  • Make and meet deadlines
  • Write with more joy and ease
  • Complete a publishable manuscript

I’m a writing coach and award-winning book editor, with over 25 years experience and more than 45 published books. I’ve ghostwritten multiple books and have facilitated numerous writing workshops. My specialty is memoir and fiction, as well as creative nonfiction.

“Nomi, you are so professional and have such a big heart. You didn't just write well, or work well, you got inside my head and became me. You were my voice and my witness and told my story better than I could have myself. You are such a great writer, a true artist and a genius. Thank you for working with me, it has been the greatest adventure, a true joy and I didn't want it to end! Bravo!”

— Ellie Laks, Author (with Nomi Isak) of My Gentle Barn (2014, Crown/Random House)

“Nomi is a top-notch developmental editor and copy editor who has worked with me on books of tremendous challenge and complexity for the J. Paul Getty Museum. I can always count on her to get the job done and to do it right. Authors have been consistently grateful for her skilled, insightful improvement of their texts and her cheerful, positive approach. In short, she's a gem.”

—Dinah Berland, Former Senior Editor, J. Paul Getty Museum Publications

“I would recommend Nomi to anyone writing anything. She has the insight and intelligence combined with an innate ability to help you figure out what you want to say and how to get going!”

—T. Frank, Writer

To Those Seeking One-on-One Coaching:

As a writing coach, I sit down with you face to face (or on the phone). Together we work to achieve your creative goals.

I customize each session for you, depending on your needs. I may be helping you find your voice and vision. Or I may be guiding you–step by step–through the process of writing a book. We may focus on the creative process itself or on goal setting and deadlines.

If you feel blocked, we'll use out-of-the-box techniques to get you out of that stuck place and onto the page with power and grace.

You can email me at Nomi.TheWriteCoach(at)gmail(dot)com

You can learn more about writing by reading my blog: WritingCoachNomi

Contact Information:

Los Angeles, California
Tel: (310) 842-8358

Email: Nomi.theWriteCoach@gmail.com

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Sharon Goldinger

Writer & Editor Sharon GoldingerPeopleSpeak can help ensure that your nonfiction book stands up to the scrutiny of editors, publishers, book reviewers, and book buyers.

PeopleSpeak has been offering professional editing and writing services for more than 15 years, helping individuals and organizations shape and finalize their nonfiction works. We also provide content editing, copyediting, proofreading, production management and book shepherding services.

We pay close attention to every detail. We can eliminate wordiness, review content for accuracy and logic, and ensure proper tone for the intended audience. To maximize the professionalism of your next project, we check punctuation, grammar, spelling, writing transitions, consistency, conformance to style, and subject-verb agreement.

Our book shepherding services include leading clients through the often-complicated publishing process to help produce exceptional and award-winning books. We consult on strategic guidance, marketing plans and author platforms as well as coordinate many facets of marketing (including public relations, advertising, speaking, social media, networking, partnering with organizations).

All our work is thorough and comprehensive—we have an eye for details.

“Your involvement in and support for Berrett-Koehler have been a huge blessing to us. The list of BK projects that PeopleSpeak has edited and proofread is amazing.”
Steve Piersanti, Publisher, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

“I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your incredible sensitivity to and command of the English language. Thank you very much for the wonderful job that you have done, word for word and line for line, editing this book.”
Brian Tracy, author, Eat That Frog and The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success

“Sharon has helped in every area of the creation and marketing of my six books (idea development, organization, editing, proposals, etc.). They would not have happened without her.”
Steve Martin, author, Heavy Hitter Selling and Heavy Hitter Sales Linguistics

“If you need a book shepherd, Sharon Goldinger is the person to see. Her editing was the most thorough, precise, and far reaching I ever encountered in my publishing experience. The people she referred me to for cover design, interior design, and indexing were absolutely top notch. She gave me consistently honest, useful advice at every step of the process, ensuring a really professional product. Once the book was done, she remained available for consultation, advising me on every aspect of post-production: marketing, ebook production, reprints, distribution, you name it. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job for me than she did.”
Jon Frederickson, author, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, and The Lies We Tell Ourselves

“Of all the editors I've had, Sharon is the best.”
William A. Gordon, Publisher, North Ridge Books


For more information about PeopleSpeak's editing, production management and book shepherding services, please visit http://www.detailsplease.com/peoplespeak.

Contact Information:

25401 Alicia Pkwy, #L512
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Tel: (949) 581-6190
Fax: (949) 581-4958

Email: pplspeak@att.net

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Amy Friedman

Amy Friedman, writer and writing instructorIf you're looking for a writer, a collaborator, a developmental editor, a mentor, or a coach, I can help you, offering more than 25 years of experience.

As a writing teacher (in Ontario, Canada, Cleveland, Ohio, New York City and Los Angeles), I've worked with hundreds of writers—helping them to write a book or many books, polish an essay, craft a career.

As a collaborator and ghostwriter, I've shepherded dozens of memoirs to completion and publication. As a coach I've helped writers to overcome writing blocks and to complete projects. As an editor I've polished, clarified and honed books, essays, speeches, newspaper and magazine articles and feature stories and more.

To read more about my work please visit my website www.amyfriedman.net

“Line by line, Amy Friedman is one of the most elegant and insightful writers I know. Her ability to dive into an experience and extract deeper meaning should be a model to writers everywhere.”

— Hope Edelman, author of The Possibility of Everything


“Amy has been a pleasure to work with. She picked up my ‘voice' very early on and has carried it with style and a great deal of hard work, adding excellent structure and planning to the book. She has become a very good friend, what better recommendation could there be!”

— Anne Willan, founder, École de Cuisine La Varenne

“Like an urban gardener, clearing off needles and broken bottles from rich soil, Amy Friedman finds the story behind the story.  As an editor, she has the rare ability to nurture, clarify, and enhance the creative process in others, without letting her experience drown out still burgeoning voices.  Amy is there from bud to blossom.”

— Lauren Marks, author, A Stitch of Time: Portrait of a Mind in Construction and PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow 2011

“Like the best editors and teachers, Amy's ability to understand both writing and people is astounding.”

— Linda Folsom, Disney Imagineer

Contact Information:


Email: kellsmom@gmail.com

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Monica Faulkner

Monica Faulkner, editor and writer

  • Do you want to write a book but don't know where to start?
  • Have you started writing a book but feel you could use some help and feedback?
  • Have you finished your book but aren't sure what to do next?
  • Would you like to find out how you can become a successful published author?

As a Los Angeles–based book editor, writing coach, and publishing consultant, my goal is to help you become the best writer you can be – so your books reach their full potential.

In today's competitive and fast-changing marketplace, it isn't just about “the book.” It's also about you and building your career. That's why, in addition to working with clients on their books, I offer customized publishing strategies for successful career planning – including actively contacting agents and publishers for you when your books are ready to be sold.

Among the publishing services I offer are:

  • Expert guidance and support in every phase of writing and editing, from initial analyses or evaluations of your manuscripts through developmental editing, one-on-one coaching if necessary, copyediting and proofreading
  • Strategic planning about the best ways for you to publish or get published
  • Submission of your books to agents and established traditional publishers
  • Project management, from editorial through design and production of your book, if you want to independently publish, market, and promote your books using the ever-expanding resources of the Internet
  • Assistance with turning your expertise and knowledge as an author into a rewarding and profitable complementary career as a speaker or consultant

If you feel that any of these services may meet your needs, give me a call. I'd love to hear about you, your books, and what you want to have happen in your life as an author.

My publishing and creative clients include:

  • Fiction writers (mainstream, literary, popular fiction)
  • Nonfiction writers (proposals and full manuscripts in health, medicine, current events, psychology, memoirs, spirituality, other areas)
  • Screenwriters
  • Publishers (all levels of editing)
  • Agents who feel a book needs fine-tuning before they can sell it
  • Writers who want to publish independently (manuscript development, editing, production and printing, marketing and promotion)

I also consult with corporate and business clients on sales and marketing materials (such as sales letters and books for back-of-the-room sales and promotional purposes), Web content (especially cost-effective, profitable, creative and inviting “sticky site” content that turns visitors into customers), and developing speaking and consulting careers.

Here's what some of my recent clients have said about our work together:

Monica brought this book to life. She put her heart and soul into making my memoir much more than I ever expected. She checked facts and details for accuracy and made so many insightful suggestions that before long I realized I could trust and accept every change she recommended. Besides shaping the book, she oversaw the process of bringing it into physical form with patience and expertise. I am so impressed with her dedication that I feel as if she almost cowrote it with me.
– Ramon Resa MD, author of the award-winning memoir, Out of the Fields:
My Journey from Farmworker Boy to Pediatrician (The Carlsbad Press)

I know about the hand, but without Monica's help I would not have been able to pass this knowledge on to my readers.
– Steven J. McCabe MD, author of 101 Questions and Answers about
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (McGraw-Hill)

As good an editor as any writer could hope for.
– Stephen Altschuler, author of The Mindful Hiker: On the Trail to Find
the Path (DeVorss); named a best biography/self-help and book by the
– Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR)

And here are some details about my background:

  • Coauthor of The Ideal Entrepreneurial Business for You (Wiley)
  • Published author with a national and international background in journalism and editing
  • Former executive editor of Writers Lifeline, a division of Los Angeles–based literary management firm AEI
  • Speaker and presenter at writers' groups and conferences including the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, the International Women Writers Guild (IWWG), the Pasadena City College Writers Forum, the SouthWest Writers Conference, the LA Writers Conference, and Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)
  • Consultant and chief copywriter, www.unlockthegame.com
  • Member of these professional associations in addition to LAEWG: Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA), PEN USA, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), the Freelancers Union, and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Contact Information:

Los Angeles, California
Tel: (310) 391-3705

Please call or e-mail me for copies of these useful resources:
* How to Avoid Publishing Scams
* The 10-Second Pitch

Email: faulkner.editorial.com@gmail.com

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