Your Book Starts Here — Create, Craft and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book. Published author and long-time writing coach Mary Carroll Moore gives you the tools you need to get your book in print. Now available as audio book. Learn More
You opened up for me a whole new realm of possibility that I couldn't seem to figure out!
I found your comments truly eye-opening.
A remarkable experience.
Everything is coming together in a much better way since we started this coaching experience. Thank you for the excellent suggestions.
--past coaching clients
Mary’s edit of Turn Here Sweet Corn taught me how to make the written word vulnerable and life changing on the page. She showed me how to create containers of emotions and to structure a story line that pulls the reader in. She has acuity for what to keep, to cut, or to shape, and how. Mary is a gem of a teacher, editor, and human being. I would not have published an award-winning book without her.
Author, Turn Here Sweet Corn, Minnesota Book Award winner
Mary edited my first novel, Dead Blow Hammer. She caught the little typos and grammatical errors but, more importantly, she flagged places where the plot was confusing or the characters acted out of character. Best of all, she praised the book with specific examples of what she valued. Mary was the first person to read the book (outside of family) and her positive feedback was a huge relief. I will be relying on her expert guidance for the books that follow in the Handy Mann series.
Author, Dead Blow Hammer
Mary Carroll Moore: Writing Coach
Do you have a dream book you want to write? A writing project you're longing to finish? A book proposal or a sample chapter that's due?
A natural part of the writing process is partnership with an experienced editor and coach. As a writing teacher at the Loft Literary Center, Grub Street, and other schools, I've worked with hundreds of writers on both nonfiction and fiction projects. My clients have gone on to secure publication with major publishing houses and small presses, as well as successfully self-publishing their books.
My goal as a coach is to allow the unique voice in your writing to emerge, and help you become more conscious of both the strengths and weaknesses in your writing. My expertise is in structure--the "make or break" of great books. Without good structure, even the best wordsmith cannot create a publishable book.
I learned more from Mary’s classes, coaching, and book than I did in my entire MFA program. I was struggling with plodding prose and narratives going nowhere, and Mary helped me find the dreams lurking beneath the surface, then find form for them in a book that people can’t put down.
Katherine Flannery Dering
Author, Shot in the Head: a Sister’s Memoir, a Brother’s Struggle
Hiring Me as Your Writing Coach or Editor
Having worked as a professional editor for fifteen years, I know how to evaluate a work-in-progress and give suggestions for fine-tuning. I enjoy watching the process of a piece of writing unfold, and I value the help a kind and thoughtful editor can bring to a work. I've helped writers develop and finish their book proposals and manuscripts.I work by project or on retainer (if you have short pieces or chapters that need feedback prior to completing a book).
What I offer (all are individual options; choose one or many. whatever suits your project best):
* Retainer program (two months' of weekly checkins with me via email, customized exercises and feedback, and evaluation of up to 250 d/s pages of your writing)--renewable as needed Email Mary for more details: mary(at)marycarrollmoore.com
"My work has grown exponentially. Your comments were right on point." "A really good experience. Thank you for all your help!" --past retainer clients
* Full-manuscript review and evaluation at any stage--from rough draft to revision before submitting for publication--includes analysis of strengths and weaknesses, plus content, structure, and language review where applicable, Manuscripts need different help at different stages--early drafts may only need structural help and developmental suggestions, while revisions require in-depth margin notes and commentary. Line-editing (word by word edits) are most useful at the final stages.
* Proposal packet development for fiction, memoir, and nonfiction manuscript submissions (query letter, chapter synopsis, bio, and sample chapters)
Mary Carroll Moore brought to my first book her unique combination of expert editing and patient teaching. Now, years later, I still use many of the specific, valuable skills she taught me, and I still seek her expert editorial advice.
Author, The Self Behind the Symptom
My feedback includes:
- how you can build on your natural strengths via positive assessment of what's working in your writing, plus innovative next steps (when appropriate, customized writing exercises to keep you going forward and/or books to help you get there)
- character development--tips to find and develop any real or imagined characters who need a boost
- plot and structure analysis for manuscripts--is enough at stake? is the narrative arc strong? where does the story droop?