I offer the following services:
BOOK COACHING and DISSERTATION GUIDANCE
In Greek mythology, the hero Theseus would never have made it back out of the labyrinth of the Minotaur without the thread Adriadne gave him to guide his steps. I help writers find the thread of the narrative so they can create a story that flows logically, without any gaps or loops that could cause the reader to lose their way.
I review manuscripts for plot, character development, consistency, and narrative arc. I also provide guidance on balancing dialogue, exposition, and description while making sure the book meets the needs of the genre/intended audience. For nonfiction books, I ensure that you are getting across the “big ideas” that make your book unique.
I can also provide advice on how to elevate your writing, from proper use of apostrophes to how to avoid sounding stodgy and write more lyrically. I help authors avoid pitfalls such as authorial intrusion and misuse of adverbs. My goal is not just to make your book the best it can be, but help you become a better writer.
If you have been thinking about writing a book for years, but can’t seem to get started, I offer a one-on-one session that will kickstart your process. In this session you will clarify what kind of book you want to write, your intended audience, how it will be structured, and much more. At the end you will have a plan to follow and a writing ritual that will help keep you on task.
If you are a graduate student, I have been a reader on several dissertation committees and a master’s thesis supervisor. In this capacity, my aim is to make sure your work meets the highest standards of scholarly endeavor.
My C.V. is available upon request. References can be found at the bottom of the “Resume and References” page.
I am available for interviews and public speaking on a variety of topics related to writing, myths and archetypes in the movies and television, heroine/hero journeys, and cultural mythology. See the Public Appearances page for subjects I have spoken on to date.