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Empowering Edits, Storytelling

I use my storytelling skills to assist memoir authors, non-fiction book and magazine publishers, and other clients with achieving communication goals. I am an experienced editor 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 social justice issues and sustainable landscape approaches.


Editing 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

  • Manuscript review, with optional book map

  • Developmental edit options to improve overall structure, clarity, pacing, and other elements

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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​

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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. 



Are you unsure of how to consider a family member's take on your revealing memoir, or seek guidance on how to flesh out scenes or develop an outline for chapters with an incomplete work? 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 non-fiction content for clarity and energy. I also offer book proposal editing, writing and/or reviews.


My coaching is informed by 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.

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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