8 September 2009
Nicola and I are jazzed to announce the launch of Sterling Editing — editing, mentoring and coaching services for writers. If you want to make your writing better, we can help you.
It’s a joy to help people with their work. I love to mentor and coach, and the most valuable part of that isn’t explaining theory or technique: it’s working with a writer on a piece of text to make it cleaner, deeper, brighter, more true. Seeing the oh! moment when the writer leaps from a specific suggestion to an understanding of how their work can always be better.
Nicola and I have been helping friends and students this way for more than 20 years: and one day this summer, we looked at each other and said Well, let’s expand our horizons. Let’s help anyone who needs it. And from that — its own kind of oh! moment — came Sterling Editing.
We’re here for everyone from new writers to professionals; we’re here for all genres, for stories, novels, essays, collections, and memoir. It’s all exciting, and it’s all a chance to help writers find their place in writing, or find the path to the next place they want to take their work.
Our marvelous website is created by writer and web designer Karina MelÃ©ndez, and on it you’ll find a description of our services, an example of our editing, and an ever-growing list of articles and resources to help writers. We hope you’ll like it.
Good editors don’t just fix text: good editors strengthen writers by giving them skills, understanding, specific examples, and the confidence to keep on trying. That’s what I love. And that’s what Nicola and I plan to do with Sterling Editing.
I’m so excited!