Writing Coaching & Editing

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Novel Organization Workshop

novel organization workshop light bulbs groupIn order to write the best version of your novel, you’ll need to get your stellar insights out of your head and into the real world. But how can you keep all your thoughts straight without confusing your reader—or yourself? The answer sounds simple: Collect your thoughts in the real world first!

But it gets complex quickly: How to begin? Where to start?

Welcome to the eight-week Novel Organization Workshop, where you’ll join forces with a small group of other writers. Through 90-minute weekly calls, group brainstorming in a private chat group, and worksheets that whip your ideas into shape, we’ll get our collective shiz together for writing novels. Outlining, character development, world-building, flap copy writing, and more will be tackled and wrestled into submission. And you’ll receive personalized guidance, insider tips, and more from Lynsey G—your resident publishing expert.

Over the course of eight weeks, we’ll build the skeleton that you’ll be build to shape your book around, giving you the best possible start to your -writing, editing, and publishing process!

Skill Level:

Beginner to intermediate. Seasoned novelists may prefer the flexibility of heart-to-heart coaching (see below). This course is most suited to full-length novel projects, but can be adapted to shorter projects or series.

Dates:

June 4 - July 23, 2019Meets every Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time (that’s 8:00 - 9:30 Eastern, 5:00 - 6:30 Pacific).

Features:

  • One 90-minute group call per week, which includes:
    • Oversight and lectures from Lynsey G,
    • Group brainstorming and discussion of individual projects and assignments in a safe and nurturing environment,
    • Q&As with Lynsey G and other group members.
  • Membership in a secret Discord group for discussion between calls,
  • Weekly worksheet-based assignments from Lynsey G,
  • Once-weekly original e-mails with further resources and ideas from Lynsey G,
  • One-on-one feedback from Lynsey G.

Cost:

$150 per student per 8-week workshop

Heart-to-Heart Writing Coaching

heart-to-heart writing coaching lynsey g two light bulbsWriting a book can be overwhelming. Each author, and each book, faces a unique set of challenges—writer’s block, information overload, plot holes, and even FOGS (Fear of Getting Started). Having a shoulder to lean on can be helpful. Now, imagine that shoulder is attached to a seasoned publishing professional with years of experience as a writer, editor, and publisher in both mainstream trade and indie self-publishing across diverse genres. Combine that experience with compassion, professionalism, and the willingness to meet you at whatever point on your journey you happen to be at...and you’ve got Lynsey G’s heart-to-heart coaching.

Let me be your accountability buddy, editorial resource, creative partner, and heart-to-heart adviser. Together, we'll develop strategies that combine your unique superpowers with my experience in publishing!

Skill Level:

Beginner to intermediate writers of book-length works are most suited to heart-to-heart coaching, but our work together is tailored to each student’s particular needs, so every level is welcomed!

Dates:

Once-weekly calls on Tuesdays. Time TBD between Lynsey G and student.

Features:

  • Once-weekly, hour-long phone calls with Lynsey G,
  • Personal feedback on all parts of the planning, writing, and editing processes from Lynsey G,
  • Proprietary supplemental materials and e-mails used in coursework,
  • Access to a decade and a half of writing, editing, and publishing experience.

Cost:

$300 for a 6-week commitment (at $50 per session). Longer packages available upon request.

Editing Services

lightbulbs on floor on string lynsey g editorial servicesFinished your draft? Now's the time to get serious about your manuscript with the help of an editing professional. With years of experience working with private clients along with the biggest trade publishers in the world, I can offer an experienced, highly skilled eye along with competitive, industry-standard rates. From first drafts to finished proofs, I can polish your book until it sparkles!! A partial list of titles I've worked on can be found at Reedsy.

I offer:

  • Targeted beta reading,
  • Developmental editing,
  • Copyediting,
  • Proofreading. 

Skill Level:

Intermediate to experienced writers.

Cost:

Rates vary by service provided. Please inquire below for a quote.

About Me

I’m a writer, editor, and publisher with a decade and a half of experience working in multiple parts of the publishing industry.

After earning my bachelor’s degree in English literature with a focus on creative writing from Fordham University, where I sat on the student literary magazine’s board and earned the college's highest award for poetry, I moved on to writing criticism, op-eds, short fiction, poetry, and journalism—earning publications in each genre. Next, I began my own online magazine, where I learned the ropes of overseeing a group of writers, helping them develop ideas and articles while editing everything. During that time, I picked up a certificate in publishing from the City College of New York, where I learned from professionals from New York’s most prestigious publishing houses. I next went to work for Penguin (later Penguin Random House), where I was an assistant production editor for a romance imprint.

Then, I left mainstream trade publishing to become a freelance journalist (bylines can be viewed here) and editorial professional (most editing credits listed here), all while writing my award-winning memoir, which was published in 2017 by The Overlook Press in New York. Now, I am the co-founder and editor in chief of Oneshi Press, an independent publisher of graphic novels, comics, and illustrated books in Missoula, Montana, as well as the author of a graphic novel and comic book series.

My comprehensive experience across a wide range of writing, editing, and publishing arenas gives me a unique insight into the writer’s experience, all the way from inspiration to publication. Let's find out if my insights and experience are a good fit with your ideas and plans!

What They're Saying

"I could drone on and on. But the simple truth is that Lynsey is excellent! I highly recommend her!"

—Matt Bass, author of the Ancient Purge series

"Lynsey is efficient and effective and provided more to me than simply a copy edit. She vastly improved the final product."

—Omar Luqmaan-Harris, author of Leader Board: The DNA of High-Performance Teams

"Lynsey exceeded my expectations. She gave me very detailed feedback and suggestions to make my book flow well. The end product was clean, polished, and professional. I'm grateful for the part she played in my journey to becoming an author." 

—Karen Kamenwa, author of Stay-At-Home Moms Making Money: 7 Steps to Starting Your Own Virtual Assistant Business

"Lynsey is an amazing editor. She goes the extra mile when it comes to your writing project, and I received much more from this process than just an edited manuscript. Working with a true professional such as Lynsey has been very rewarding, and I hope to work with her on a future project."

—Garrett McCorkle, author of Lost Sunrise