Books & Editorial Coaching

Is it time to finally start (and finish!) that book you always wanted to write? Have you deserted your dissertation? Is your website kinda lame?

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Writers often find a big gap between the idea of a book or other major writing project and the actual process of making their idea powerfully come alive on paper.

I can help you begin from the very first blank page. Or maybe you have an old, neglected project that just needs new energy and more ideas on how approach it.

I’m a formidable project manager, eagle-eyed editor, as well as a warm writing coach who can keep you moving forward, meeting milestones, all the way to the final word.

And I’ll be offering plenty of words in my editorial/copywriting mode along the way.
We’ll get your book* done! (And you can write that down.)

*I can also help you complete your dissertation, essay, article, website, and any other projects that are important to you. I’m an expert at getting you to a finished piece that you can be proud of, and, since process makes the product, we’ll have fun along the way.

What clients have said about my work:

“Gillian provided insightful editing and copywriting for a book-length webinar-lecture series developed for a well-educated, international audience. With exceptional skill and sensitivity, she condensed, expanded, and rewrote sections, offering fresh ideas and approaches tailored for our readers. She took our good ideas and made them better!” –Heidrun Koppl, Ph.D.,

“Gillian offered thoughtful feedback on my manuscript for SUNY Press. She has a fine ear for language and a keen eye for points to clarify and develop. The book was improved by her questions and suggestions.” –Douglas S. Duckworth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at East Tennessee State University. Author of Mipham on Buddha-Nature and translator of Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: Illuminating Emptiness.

Pennies for my thoughts

If you are wondering about rates, I work within the mid-range of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s recommendations, listed here.

But each project is unique, and I adjust my rates accordingly, so instead of a fee chart, I offer price quotes tailored to your projects.

I don’t separate out copyediting, substantive, and developmental editing as many editors do. This frees me to be unstintingly engaged with improving your work.

How to Contact Me

Feel free to send me a note below. I look forward to hearing about what you are working on!