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Work with Me

While my experience includes editing at various levels — structural, line, and copy editing, as well as proofreading — currently I focus primarily on structural editing of novels and memoirs.

Much of the work I do is for major Canadian publishers and literary agents, but I also coach individual writers (with or without agents) struggling with one or more aspects of a work-in-progress. Depending on your needs, I may suggest one of the following:

  • a one-on-one consult in person or by phone (two-hour minimum)
  • an editorial report with recommendations
  • a full structural and stylistic edit

Be aware that before accepting a project, I’ll request supporting material in order to better understand your story and assess the status of your manuscript and your editorial needs. The following items (drafts are fine) should be based on the most current version of your manuscript:

  • 1- to 2-page synopsis
  • chapter outline
  • 2 sample chapters
  • point-form list via email of issues you’d like to discuss and resolve

It’s not unusual for me to be booked up two to three months in advance, but occasionally schedules shift and create openings. It never hurts to inquire.

If you’d like to find out more about my services, availability, and fees, please contact me at lattamemoirs [at] gmail.com

For comments from private author clients, see Praise on the homepage.

 

“I developed a system: I would read the first page and the last paragraph of each submission. Sometimes there would be 750 words of throat-clearing before the essay even started. And so I would send it back to the writer and say, 'Start with your last paragraph and see where it goes.'”– Moira Dann, former Facts & Arguments editor for the Globe and Mail