What are the benefits of working with a book doctor?

If you’re writing your first book, working with a book doctor will give you an invaluable edge over other first-time authors. I will ensure that your manuscript is up to industry standards, demystify the process of finding an agent, and offer marketing support if you plan to self-publish.

For authors who already have an agent or in-house editor, The Book Don provides continuous, one-on-one attention. In many ways, altering a book from one draft to another is more challenging than writing the first draft. Authors feel directionless and overwhelmed by the necessity to reorganize or sometimes even rewrite their manuscript. With The Book Don as your personal editor, you won’t be alone during the rewarding yet laborious process of perfecting your work.

What if I want a single reading of my manuscript instead of ongoing editorial support?

No problem! If you’re seeking an independent opinion on the merit of your manuscript or a single reading with edits and notes, contact me for rates.

What genre of books does The Book Don doctor?

The Book Don works primarily with literary fiction and upmarket nonfiction books, although she is open to working in all genres and is familiar with most. Contact me to discuss your project. Preferred genres of nonfiction include books of journalism, social and cultural criticism, essay collections, and memoir. The Book Don also has experience with screenplays, academic work, and the YA and middle grade genres.

Why do you call yourself “The Book Don”?

Because good puns are hard to come by and must be given their due.

How much do you charge?

Fees vary significantly depending on the type of project. Some projects, such as book proposals, manuscript critiques, cover letters, and telephone consultations are completed on a flat rate basis. Contact me for a quote. Other projects are completed on a per hour basis. Initial telephone and email consultations are free of charge.

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

Vladimir Nabakov
Lecture, 1942

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.

Mark Twain
Notebook, 1902