Flexible freelancing for hybrid and independent publishers
Expert guidance that improves results and saves time
I meet writers wherever they are.
Some come to me with just a few thousand words about their idea. Some have a full manuscript or collection of stories they want to incorporate into a book. I can identify what they need to move the project forward.
My customized approach saves writers time.
I don't assume that every writer is facing the same issues and struggles. My 1:1 expert editorial guidance helps writers smooth out rough edges during the revision process.
My coaching saves time for publishing partners, too!
I help writers understand how to put their target reader front and center, making sure they're delivering a clear message to their audience. This means that the books we send you are not only polished, but are also well-positioned for the market.
More about me
I'm a book coach and developmental editor. I freelance coach and edit independently for hybrid and independent publishers.
What I bring to my publishing partners is the high-level editorial expertise and professionalism that you expect from an in-house editor, with the flexibility and limited overhead of a contractor.
I provide a high-touch, efficient way to get the client’s story on the page in a way that the client feels supported, seen and successful.
My niche is narrative and prescriptive nonfiction in business leadership.
I also enjoy a broad variety of content in narrative nonfiction, including hybrid self-help, memoir and the occasional fiction based on real-life events.
With narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, even writers with a full manuscript often lack clarity of point, narrative drive, and the opportunity for reader transformation. With memoir, most writers lack a clean and clear arc of change.
To address these deficits, I triage the most urgent issues and take the writer through a series of deliverables that bring clarity and focus to the work.
Marni's real gift is her ability to authentically connect with writers ...
... to hear what they are saying (and not saying), and help them get their expertise on the page in a way that will resonate that with their target readers. Our writers have felt deeply gratified by the outcome of their work with her.
From a publisher’s standpoint Marni has been excellent to partner with. In working with clients in the first phase of our process, her customer-facing delivery and professionalism are paramount.
But so too is her ability to communicate with the team, keeping us current on client progress, meeting deadlines, and making recommendations for moving the client forward.
Marni’s accountability and feel for a project are valuable project-management tools. She is a pleasure to work with and our clients feel connected to her, their work, and our organization as a result.
Christina Henry de Tessan
VP, Strategic Partnerships, Girl Friday Productions
Want to work together?
I offer structured and customizable packages that will fit seamlessly into your author pipeline.