LET ME HELP.
I’ve published twelve books of memoir and essays myself. Many of them have won awards.
I write a weekly column on arts and culture, also award-winning, and a monthly column on unsung saints.
I’ve written and recorded over 30 slice-of-life commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered.
I believe books, art, and music have the power literally to save people’s lives, because they saved mine.
So I’m passionate about helping you get your own story, essay, column, podcast or post down on paper. I’m happy as well to share my experience, strength and hope vis-a-vis agent-seeking, publishing, and self-promotion.
I can shape personal essays, short stories, novels, and screenplays. I’m open to ghostwriting. And I’m way into memoir. We can go about your project in one, or a combination of, the below ways.
1. SIMPLE TWO-PAGE WRITTEN EVALUATION OF PROPOSAL:
For tips on writing a great sample proposal (i.e. pitch letter, 1-2 page synopsis, list of chapters, and sample chapter, click here. Fee: $1500.
2. SIMPLE MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION:
The evaluation comprises 3-5 pages of notes on content structure, flow, chapter breaks, point-of-view, tone, voice, and dialogue. Up to 200 pages double-spaced, 12-pt., $2000.
3. FULL MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION:
The evaluation comprises: 7-9 pages of notes, including: Overall feedback, questions, and notes on story, theme, character, structure, dialogue, point-of-view, tone, and marketability.
Line editing: grammar, syntax, spelling, usage.
Rewrite: After taking my notes into consideration and re-writing, you may re-submit for a quick read and 1-2 pages of notes.
Phone conference to discuss notes if desired.
Fee: $4000 for a maximum 200 pages double-spaced, 12-pt. (rate for longer work negotiable).
4. GENERAL OVERVIEW/FEEDBACK:
Say you want to submit 30 or 40 pages of a manuscript for general observations about tone and authenticity, or to get my expert take as you start your own blog, or to discuss how to find an agent, or any other smallish project: $375 per hour with a four-hour minimum.
FIRST HALF OF FEE PAYABLE UPON ORDER; SECOND HALF PAYABLE UPON DELIVERY.
And of course we’ll talk first, to get a feel for each other, so you can tell me what you need, want, and expect.
Heather is one of the country’s premier writing coaches. Just when I was ready to give up on my project and myself, she rescued me. It’s amazing to sit back and listen to her brilliant mind spill forth as she shapes my rambling thoughts and pulls out all the good stuff. Heather can look at a piece of my writing and give me more insight into what it’s really about than I even knew was there. My fear, anguish, and head-banging (so to speak) have turned to confidence. I’m eternally grateful.
–Karin Esterhammer, author of the 2017 memoir So Happiness to Meet You, based on an L.A. Times Travel section article about her two years in Vietnam that received the most hits of any piece that year.
Heather King is queen of encouragement for new writers. She has helped me to be consistent and confident in my work.She is a writer’s companion.
–Rita A. Simmonds, Winner of numerous Catholic Press Association Awards for Best Original Poetry
Heather King is an incredibly honest and insightful critic. She helped me see the issues in my new poetry manuscript and suggested ways to correct the problems in tone, image, and even at the level of the word. Heather is an astute and generous reader. She is also very responsive and clear. I’m so glad I asked for her help!
— Leslie Williams, author of the award-winning poetry collections Even the Dark and Success of the Seed Plants
Thanks to the editing and the mentoring skills of Heather King, my book, The Oxygen Mask Rule – How My Struggle With Anorexia Taught me How to Survive, is a finalist in the International Book Awards and was given Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival awards in 2012.
–Martha L. Thompson