©Peter Hecker

©Peter Hecker

©Peter Hecker

©Peter Hecker



No matter where you are in your storytelling process, I can help. From manuscript review to ongoing coaching, I will help you make your writing project as compelling as possible. Feel free to contact me if you’re unsure of which service is right for you.

Manuscript Review

There are few things I love more than digging into a fresh manuscript. No matter where you are in the process — from a few loose chapters to a complete draft, I am happy to work with you. I offer several tiers of service for manuscripts:

  • Full developmental edit. This includes an initial conversation (by phone, video or in person) about your project and goals as well as page edits (margin comments and suggestions) and a detailed editorial letter discussing craft elements such as narrative arc, structure, theme and tension. After you review my edits, we’ll have a second conversation to discuss next steps. This option provides writers with a comprehensive road map that will help them complete their projects. Rate: $10 per page/ $150 an hour.

  • Read-Through Evaluation. This cheaper option is for writers who want broader feedback on their manuscript. An evaluation is helpful for beginning writers who want early guidance or experienced writers who seek general input, but who don’t need more detailed analysis. Feedback given by phone, video or in person. Rate: $7 per page/ $100 an hour.

Book Proposal Help

The beauty of nonfiction books is that they can often be sold on the basis of a 40- to 60-page proposal. A proposal is essentially a business plan for your book – a document that outlines your book’s basic premise, provides data indicating that there’s a sizable audience for it, and otherwise convinces a publisher to give you advance money so you can write it. Memoirs, narrative journalism, business books, histories, and biographies can all be sold on proposal. I’ve written successful book proposals, have helped many clients craft their own proposals, and teach proposal writing at Stanford University. Rate: $100 an hour/ $1,500 per project.

Story Consultation

Need to brainstorm your book, essay or article with an expert? I can do that. Rates for phone, video, or in-person consult: $150 an hour. May be booked in 15-minute increments.

Mentorship / Coaching

If you need on-going help, I will set aside time to work with you for a monthly retainer.

  • Plan A: One submission a month of up to 5,000 words + editorial notes and 30-minute phone/video conference: $500 monthly.

  • Plan B: Two submissions a month of up to 5,000 words + editorial notes and 60-minute phone/video conference: $1,000 monthly.

Please note: with the exception of literary historical fiction, I do not offer services for genre fiction, including science fiction, romance, suspense/thrillers, fantasy, horror, crime and mysteries. I also don’t offer services for children’s books, how-tos, self-help, or other forms of non-literary nonfiction. Thank you.


"I had a memoir idea in mind for two years but didn't sit down to write a word of it until I worked with Julia. Her expert feedback and excellent breakdown of the elements needed to craft a coherent story allowed me to piece my story together. I wouldn't have gotten my book off the ground without her." —Robin Rinaldi, author of The Wild Oats Project (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

"Julia is wise and experienced and I am grateful I hired her to edit my book. Julia's feedback was instrumental in polishing my manuscript, and as a result of her help, I found a publisher who loved my book." 
— Karen Lynch, author of  Good Cop, Bad Daughter (Nothing But The Truth Press).

“Julia helped me figure out what the heart of my story was. Her gentle guidance and support allowed me to find my voice and turn my idea into a book that I’m extremely proud of.” Will Lutwick, author of Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji  (Peace Corps Writers)

I was stuck and Julia helped me find a way to forge ahead and turn my book into reality. I can’t say enough good things about her.” — Mark Morewitz, author of The Ponzi Princess (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)