Empowering Edits, Storytelling

I use my storytelling skills to assist authors, publishers, and other clients with achieving communication goals. I am an experienced editor with a special interest in fostering all things healthy living, bolstered by decades of writing about everything from conservation, to life science breakthroughs, to sustainable landscape approaches.


Editing Services

As a certified editor, my approach is tailored to client preferences, whether you have a rough manuscript or are ready for in-depth review. Service options include: 

  • Manuscript reviews, including book maps

  • Big picture (developmental) editing to smooth overall flow and storytelling structure

  • Copy editing for grammar, spelling, word choices, punctuation and more

  • Line editing for voice, dialogue and style

  • Proofreading final content for grammar, formatting consistency, etc.

Review my post on editing options for details. 

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. When I am not developing news summaries, features, and conference reports, 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.


Visit Mission & Me for writing and editing details.


Are you unsure if you've created a clear picture for readers, or seek guidance on how to flesh out scenes and develop an outline? I can provide early manuscript help such as a basic critique or an in-depth version that includes more specific comments about what is working and how you could tweak other content for clarity and energy. I also offer book proposal editing and/or advice.


My coaching is informed by the editing work for publishers such as MIT Press, 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 on the web.


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