• Are you a new writer with a brand new manuscript?

  • Are you getting ready to query agents but don't think you're quite there yet?

  • Have you had no luck querying agents and want to take another look at your manuscript?

  • Do you already have an agent but want more feedback before your book goes out on (gulp) submission?

  • Do you just work better when someone's working with you?

Cool news to you if you answered yes to any of these!


I am offering book coaching/editing services. Typically, this would include:

  • Kickoff call (or email, if you'd prefer) about your goals, wants, needs, etc. (up to 60 minutes)

  • Editorial letter on overall themes, arcs, characters, etc.

  • Marked-up manuscript with more specific thoughts and examples

  • Follow-up call to review (up to 60 minutes as well)

I'm open to hearing about other needs you/your project might have, too. So feel free to ask! Reach out to me via my contact form.

"Wait," you wonder, "is my project a good fit for you, Amy?"

Here's what I'm confident with:

  • Young Adult contemporary realistic fiction, particularly romance, friendship books, funny stuff

  • Other YA genres that "read like" contemporary fiction, i.e. I'd love to read your paranormal romance, but I'll be useless with your sci-fi world-building

  • Commercial women's fiction/chicklit, basically the "grown-up" version of the YA I write (I skim over beautiful prose so nothing too literary for me)

Here's what I bring to the party:

  • Eye on character development, growth, consistency, relatability (don't worry, I don't want your heroines to be too likeable either)

  • Similarly, thoughts on voice in your work and how to make it as strong as possible

  • Heightening and highlighting comedic elements in your book

  • Working with you on overall themes and how to bring them out

  • Big focus on real emotional reactions; finding "reality" in heightened narratives

  • Textual analysis to guide you to write intersectionally feminist books, even when they're about kissing cute boys, and avoid inadvertently problematic themes, situations, and representations*

  • Optimistic, encouraging, super reachable, mostly nice!...still honest.

My credentials:

  • Five published contemporary realistic young adult novels (The Reece Malcolm ListInk Is Thicker than WaterKissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys), The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in LA), plus the forthcoming We Used to Be Friends.

  • Wrote with multiple editors at large and small publishing houses.

  • M.A. in Media Studies from The New School with a focus on representation in pop culture/media

  • Graduate of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Improvisation Program

Contact me to discuss your project and needs, and to hear rates, timing, etc.

*I'm happy to sensitivity read on a few specific subjects, but I, a white cis neurotypical woman, am no substitute for the array of sensitivity readers your project may require.

NOTE: I cannot send out ARCs or select who receives them.

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