Coaching and Editing

Memoir Coaching and Editing

During the many years I spent writing my memoir and working with freelance editors to bring it to publication, I learned more about writing and editing a memoir (and about life) than I ever could have by reading a book or taking a class.  And, as an essayist, and columnist for, I have helped hundreds of writers realize their dream of writing a memoir.

c&a1hikingI view an editor or coach as a close collaborator, a companion on your journey to write your story.  I will not only help you shape and polish your narrative but, more fundamentally, I will provide support and insight helping you to discover the story you want to tell.  I will also provide suggestions about where and how to submit your finished memoir for publication.

“Your writing deserves professional eyes on your manuscript. Your story warrants the best. You’ll be amazed how a suggestion here, a nudge there, moving a sentence from the third page to the opening can help your prose sing” – Matilda Butler, founder of womensmemoirs.

I will work with you at any level you need, from identifying your story (what should go in, what should go out), to developmental editing (the overall structure of your book) as well as editing of scenes, chapters, or pages.  I can work with ideas that are just emerging, or finished drafts you would like a fresh eye on.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss my coaching and editing services. Also visit the 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Memoir Writing Coach page.

If you are interested in having me coach you, or critique a memoir manuscript, choose the number of hours you’d like and then click on the Buy Now button.

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Some comments from clients:

“Pamela provided helpful and insightful comments, encouragement and motivation for me to keep working on the manuscript. I appreciate her efforts and professional skills in helping me reach writing goals, and am awed at the insights and suggestions she made!” – Jean Moultrie

“I especially appreciate your line by line critique. I have received many critiques stating that I’m not displaying enough emotion in what is a emotionally charged subject. Your critique helps me see this criticism clearly and shows me how to make the adjustments needed. … Thank you again for coming alongside me to help me see how to better share our story” – E.M.

“Your edit is so helpful. I don’t know how to tell you how much I appreciate your advice. I read through [your comments] and knew right away you are right on point. … I appreciate so much your help with our book!” – J.C.

“I wanted to thank you for your insightful editing comments on the first page of my memoir along with the synopsis. … In terms of the memoir page, your comments actually solved a dilemma for me as I have toyed with the beginning for a while. I like the solution you offered and made the change you recommended in the order of the paragraphs and presto, problem solved! So thanks so much!” – M.G-W

“I want to thank you for your brilliant comments on my manuscript. I know that I am, at times, too close to the story and can lose the perspective of the reader “–C.L.

c&a2nutcrackercoverChildren’s Books Coaching and Editing
As an author of over twenty children’s books and a mentor and Council Member of the Rutger’s University Council of Children’s Literature, I’ve had years of experience coaching and mentoring children’s book authors, some of whom have gone to highly successful careers.  I am available to critique and analyze manuscripts for any age level – board book to young-adult – and to suggest strategies for publishing. Please contact me if you are interested in having me help you write, revise, or submit a children’s manuscript.

“Pamela’s manuscript critique is a combination of inspired enthusiasm and an acute understanding of the fiction writer’s toolbox. Her reading is spot on regarding what in my draft needs fixing and ways to do that. She brings to her commentaries a wealth of experiences with children’s literature, a depth of insight and her unique writerly intuition. I really feel she cares about the success of my work and the importance of getting it right; moreover, she spends the time to make that happen. Finally, she is generous with guidance about the publishing market. A gem of an editor and a pleasure to work with in every way.”—Karen Propp, author

“Pamela Jane focused on what was good in my work, gave me super advice, then actually shared some of her own editor contacts with me. Suffice to say, Pamela knows what she’s doing. My fifteenth book was just published; two more coming out next year.”—Coleen Paratore, author,

“Thank you so much for your in depth critique. You have planted a delicious seed and given me lots to think about…[this] will help me to sharpen up the plot structure as well as pointing me in the direction of where I can expand. I can’t wait to get started on the re-write.”—Sylvia Olson, author