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Empowering Feedback, Storytelling

I use my storytelling skills to assist authors of memoir, self-help, historical fiction, and other genres, as well as publishers and other clients, with achieving communication goals. I am an experienced editor, coach, and ghostwriter with a special interest in fostering all things healthy living, bolstered by decades of covering everything from conservation, diversity, and life science topics, to mindfulness and sustainable landscape approaches.


Editing, Coaching Services

As a certified editor, my thorough approach is tailored to client needs, whether you have a book proposal under development, a rough manuscript or a near-final product. Offerings to consider investing in include: 

A Big Picture Overview

  • Coaching (see Book Coaching column too)

  • Manuscript review

  • Developmental edit options to improve structure, clarity, pacing, and more

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Line-By-Line Edits

  • Copy edit (or proofread) for grammar, spelling, word choices, punctuation, and more

  • Line edit for voice, dialogue and style

          Click for prices & process​

Juniper Plant

Writing Services

I am an award-winning writer with decades of experience who has covered a broad topic range that includes diversity issues, sustainability approaches, computer modeling, conservation and health and lifestyle subjects. I use my talent for crafting compelling content and big picture know-how to translate someone's passions to the page while ghostwriting book proposals and books. I also develop conference reports and select feature articles. 


Visit Mission & Me for writing and CV details. And learn the traits of a great ghostwriter. 


Book Coaching

Are you unsure whether you have a solid book idea, if a completed draft has weak sections, or how to weave in personal anecdotes? As a book coach, I can make the early writing process more efficient--and help your voice shine through--by pinpointing foundational story elements that could use more care and other factors that enhance clarity, energy, and reader appeal. I also offer book proposal editing, writing and/or reviews.


My guidance for nonfiction and historical fiction is informed by extensive book coach training, editing work for publishers such as Norton, non-profits and self-published authors, and from prior experience coaching hundreds of university faculty for a decade-plus about engaging ways to present their work in print and digitally.

Services: Testimonials

I truly enjoyed working with Barbra. Her attention to detail and suggestions exceeded my expectations. Initially she started by copyediting and proofreading my memoir, but after working through my initial manuscript and seeing its potential, she gave me some recommendations on where we could improve the project. We decided to continue the work and through additional developmental editing we created a new manuscript that vastly improved the book. All I can say is that I’m grateful for her suggestions, enthusiasm and willingness to immerse herself in the subject of my book.

Roman Castilleja, Rowing Home memoir

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