Editing and Writing Coaching

Contact me to discuss your writing project and how I can help.

Do you have a book that you want to bring to publication? Do you have a partially-finished draft but don’t know where to go from here? Do you have an idea that you want to turn into a book but don’t know how to go about getting it written? I CAN HELP!

I work with writers of all experience levels at any stage of the writing process, from outlining to developmental editing to copy editing to coaching.

My editing and coaching services are personalized and tailored to meet your needs. I can help you figure out how to structure your book, how to solve difficulties with plot, pacing, and form, and work with you on making your sentences the best they can be. I also provide coaching to help you set realistic goals and stay on track so that you can finish that book that you are burning to write! I am supportive and positive, but also a discerning critic—always with the goal of making your writing the best it can be.

I have 14 years of experience as a writer, editor, and English teacher. I have worked as a freelance editor on memoirs, novels, and non-fiction books and articles at all stages, from developmental to copy editing. I have experience writing articles, interviews, blog posts and newsletters for businesses and non-profits.

I serve as Fiction Editor at Rivet: the Journal of Writing that Risks, and I’m a founding editor at Red Bridge Press. My fiction and prose poetry have been published in print and online journals, and I received honors for both my undergraduate and graduate theses. I have worked with many writers for whom English is a second or third language.

Take a look at my Resume and my Publications for more details about my experience, and please contact me for work samples, rates, and references.


“Deborah is tremendous. She has shepherded my first novel from the hesitant early baby-steps to the final editing stage. Every correction and suggestion resulted in a dramatic improvement to the entire manuscript. I can honestly say that without her involvement this novel would not even exist as a completed work, let alone be any good. She is a fantastic editor that I can trust to guide my pipe dreams into reality.” — Avery K. Ward

Deborah has an incredible skill. She can read a manuscript and come up with a pragmatic approach to move the process towards completion. After only a few months of working with her, I feel that I can finally finish my novel within the year. I am incredibly grateful to her for her invaluable contribution to this possibility, and look forward to sending her more material. I absolutely trust her work.” — Anne Kroeger

“I thought that was a fine job of editing. That’s really something I rarely say.” — Contributing author, Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream, Red Bridge Press, July, 2013.

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