Writing Coach

UPDATE: Although I rarely take on “editing” projects outside of my responsibilities as managing publisher/editor for Evolved Publishing (it’s $0.03/word for comprehensive, all-inclusive edit on the rare occasion I do), I do take on clients as a writing coach ($75 per hour). I typically only work with one client at a time, so you might want to do a little forward planning if you’re interested in my services.

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EXCEPTION: I now offer “mini-edits” of up to 500 words. This will include detailed edits, helpful notes, and links to helpful resources, when appropriate. Just select your purchase option from the “Buy Now” button below, and then email me your segment in a Word doc. The point of this is primarily to help you strengthen the power of your prose, and perhaps the strength of your characters and character voices.

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If I push, it’s because I want you to fly.

Look inside yourself.

 

So you have an idea for a novel, and you’ve studied the art and craft of writing a little, and you’ve completed several chapters — maybe even the entire manuscript — but you know there’s still something missing. Maybe you need an objective, trained pair of eyes to help you see where you’ve gone off-track with the plot. Perhaps you need someone with a fresh perspective to help you flesh out your characters. Or, could it be that you just need help with your grammar, and with ramping up the power and efficacy of your prose?

That’s why I’m here. I can help you in a few ways. First, if you’re truly in the early developmental stages, and what you really need is some basic training — a short online writing class, as it were — so you can do some self-editing and revising before your project is ready for a serious edit, I can custom-tailor training to your specific needs. Second, if you’re beyond that point, but still need direction to guide your manuscript revisions and polishing, I can help you streamline your focus to move the project closer to completion. Third, if what you need is essential mentoring as you move your writing career forward, helping you through the many obstacles you encounter, from crafting a great plot and characters, to developing a social media presence, to formatting and uploading your files as a self-publisher, I can help you with each step in the process, including pointing you to the proper resources. I charge $75 per hour for writing coach services, which are done via email and via Skype, when we need to talk.

For more about what a I do as a coach, see this blog post: What does a Writing Coach do? And to see what others have said about working with me, see these testimonials. And then let’s talk. Just email me at Lane@LaneDiamond.com and let me know what you need. We’ll have a preliminary 30-minute conversation at no charge to you, during which I can explain what I do, and you can determine whether I’m the right coach for you.

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Here are some of the pieces I’ve edited (or am currently editing) for Evolved Publishing (more books coming soon). I don’t mind saying that I’m as proud of this as anything I’ve ever done. As of 1 August 2015, the number stands at 99. Ooh… so close to 100; that’ll be a fun moment. Many of the books have gone on to win awards, some multiple awards–you can check those out HERE. And if you click on the covers below, you’ll be taken to the book page at Evolved Publishing, where you can find easy purchase links. Enjoy!

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I also edited these pieces, now published independently by the authors:

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9 responses to “Writing Coach

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  2. Please note that the previous issues with the cover links are now resolved, as I’ve taken an entirely different approach, no longer relying on direct Amazon links. Much better page loading now. Thank you.

  3. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few
    of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a
    linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

    • Thanks, Abbie, but they’re appearing just fine for me, so I’m not sure there’s anything I can do from this end. These are associate links, which do sometimes get a bit squirrelly.

      • And no sooner did I say that and return to this page, than did a few of the covers not appear. A SHIFT-F5 brought most of them on, but the links are, as I said, squirrelly. Might have to rethink the associate links.

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  5. Dear Mr. Diamond,
    I learned of your website from the interiew you did on the podcast, Adventures in SciFi publishing. I am in the middle of my first science-based steampunk western and will be needing an editor (I’m hoping to have it to editing stage by the beginning of June). Do you work with this sub-genre at all and would you be interested in reviewing my book? I am planning to have BookBaby send my book out as an e-book, but do not want it to feel like a self-published book. I hope this will be the start of a series called Steam Herons, with 11 books total. Thank you for considering my manuscript. I researched editors a little, but have not contacted any before you. If I have not provided enough information I will gladly answer any questions you have.

    Sincerely,
    Jennifer Vandenberg

    • Lane Diamond

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for your inquiry. As it happens, my indie Evolved Publishing business is experiencing a rapid growth spurt, and I’m in the process of hiring editors and artists to satisfy our rapid growth in authors. This is in addition to managing the process of bringing on those authors, of course.

      As a result, it seems unlikely that I’ll be able to take on “side” projects for the foreseeable future. As I said, this is a recent development, and I’ll update this page to indicate that.

      Thanks again, and best of luck to you. – Lane Diamond

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