• 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, for a completed manuscript, this would include:

  • Kickoff Zoom or 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 Zoom or call to review (up to 60 minutes as well)

I'm open to hearing about other needs you/your project might have, too. Advice on your partial! Advice on your query letter! So feel free to ask! Reach out to me via my contact form. I'd love to hear from you and figure out a great solution for your work!

"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

  • Adult romcoms/contemporary romance

  • Commercial women's fiction (I skim over beautiful prose so nothing too literary for me)

  • While I have less experience with, I am a huge reader in the Middle Grade and memoir (of any age group) categories, and would be happy to hear from writers of these genres.

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*

    • I can include sensitivity read(s) on: fat representataion and bisexual/queer representation​

  • Optimistic, encouraging, super reachable, mostly nice!...still honest. I am your biggest cheerleader but I'll also call out anything I think could be stronger.

My credentials:

  • Six published contemporary realistic young adult novels 

    • We Used to Be Friends​

    • The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

    • The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

    • Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)

    • Ink Is Thicker than Water

    • The Reece Malcolm List

  • 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.

Get In Touch

© 2021 by Amy Spalding

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon