Writing Coach, First Class

If you have a manuscript and are looking for someone to help you polish it for either publication or submission, I’m your girl. I love coaching writers to develop their story to be the best it can be. Rates are dependent on what the manuscript requires and manuscript length. Submit a sample (about 3,000 words or one chapter) for a free edit to get an assessment and quote. (Get an idea of what to expect on the Editorial Freelance Association’s Rates page.)

I am familiar with a variety of genres, but I do best in fantasy and speculative fiction, young adult, suspense, romance, women’s fiction, inspirational, and literary fiction. I will not edit horror and erotica.

All of my comments are suggestions only. The final decision is always up to you.


Manuscript Assessment (Full or Partial)

Developmental evaluation of either the first twenty pages OR your entire manuscript with a written assessment report. Comments will address stylistic, structural, and copy editing concerns. This does NOT include in-manuscript comments and notes (which are included in a full developmental edit).


Full Developmental Edit

This can include two or three rounds of editing.

The first pass will focus mostly on Structural and Stylistic issues, editing for flow, voice, point of view, pacing, consistency, and the intended audience. Some fact checking is included, but the author is responsible for the accuracy of all facts in the manuscript.

The second pass will focus mostly on Copy Editing, with additional stylistic comments in edited sections. If a great deal of editing is done on this pass, a third pass for copy editing and proofreading is recommended.

Comments will be given within the manuscript, and an overview report will also be included.


Copy Editing

This includes editing for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and consistency of style. I am comfortable editing in either American or Canadian style.



This is the final work-over for a manuscript before it goes to print. This focuses on grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors in a formatted proof. I will check that your fonts and headings match, and check for errors or consistency in any other visual elements.


Website Proofreading

This is the same as for a manuscript proofreading, except I will go over every page of your website to check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and to check for stylistic consistency.


Other Services

Blurb Writing or Development

Many writers think of the blurb as the most difficult part of the entire book, but a well-done blurb can make or break your sales. Through consultation with you, I can write your blurb for you, or coach you to polish what you’ve got.


Story Development or Brainstorming

You’ve got the beginnings of a book, but you don’t know where to go from here. If you have a great character or story problem that you want to develop into a story, book a phone call with me to get the juices flowing. I’ll help you either develop characters to go with your problem or a log line/basic story problem that will carry you for the length of your story. $50 CAD/hour, in half hour blocks.

Working with Talena has been an absolute pleasure. As a new author, approaching an editor with your first manuscript can be daunting. Talena immediately put me at ease. With wit and humour sprinkled throughout her constructive critique and advice, it felt like I had a coach on the sideline cheering me on. I have learned so much about the craft of writing and storytelling through her services. She didn’t just help my story become stronger, but the improvements in my writing skills have been significant. The Book of Chaos would not be what it is today without her. I highly recommend Talena Winters for editing your next project.

If you are interested in working with me, please fill out the form below. If the project looks like a good fit for me, I will reply within one business day and request your sample. I look forward to hearing from you!

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