Editing for Authenticity and Story
I’m Chris. I’m a former communications exec who has always been an author and freelance writer even when my business card had a different job title (I’ve heard it called a “shadow career” when you’re doing a job that’s almost the perfect one for you. Maybe you can relate?).
What I do
I’m a cross-genre author with three books in the works (historical fiction, paranormal fiction, and middle grade fiction). I like to help other writers be better at their craft through coaching, line editing, developmental editing, and story/manuscript evaluations. When you work with me, your authentic voice is the priority for the final product. Whether you have content that needs to be written or revised to sound more like you, edited for grammar and clarity, or overhauled after years of languishing in your Google drive, I can help.
A little about me…
I defend the Oxford comma irrationally. I truly believe stories can change the world. My favorite thing to do is write. I love 500 Mile Chai tea, coffee, finding new recipes, and making things in my Ooni pizza oven (I’m not a paid promoter. Their ovens and customer service are superb!). In between working on my fiction projects, I have spots for new clients, new coffee partners, and workshop participants.
How can I help you?
With thirty years in communications, writing, and editing, I know a thing or two about helping others get the right words out of their head and onto a page in a way that’s authentic to their own voice. Here’s how I can help you:
- Manuscript evaluations and critiques (partial or full manuscripts)
- Ghost writing
- Line editing
- Developmental editing
- Acting as your company’s fractional communications officer (great for entrepreneurs!)
Have you read anything I’ve written?
In 2023, I contributed a non-fiction piece to The Elpis Letters: A Collective, edited by Kayla King, and I have a short story that will be published in the forthcoming Meet Me at Midnight collection by The Writer’s Sanctuary. Last year, I had two essays published in Found Voices on Medium.com that were a result of studying Jack Grapes Method Writing© with Carolyn Ziel — Pencils and Gratitude. And as a personal challenge this year, I posted 28 stories in 28 days, which I’ve posted to my blog. My first publishing credit was a non-fiction story “No Damn Funeral” appearing in “Angel Bumps: Hello from Heaven” by Anne Bardsley.
I’m an eager participant in the writing business after capping a successful 28-year career in corporate communications and education. I’ve taken classes through The Writers Sanctuary, Gotham Writers Workshop, Andy Couturier, Carolyn Ziel, and Susan DeFreitas.