ENDORSEMENTS:

• Nancy Lamb’s compassionate insight and astute ability made a Southern boy's long-winded story-telling into something worth reading. – Stuart Howell Miller, author of Prayer Warriors

• If you are serious about becoming a better writer, contact Nancy Lamb. You will learn more from her editing one piece of your work than reading a hundred books on how to write for children—unless that book happens to be Nancy’s own “Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children.” Nancy has edited two of my novels, and each time she did a fantastic job. Her feedback was both constructive and professional. I am a better writer today because of Nancy. –Karen Elizabeth Langford

• Nancy's not just a great editor, she's a story strategist. After reading the first 25 pages of my manuscript, she immediately zeroed in on the novel's strengths and weaknesses. Together, we transformed my protagonist into someone truly memorable. Nancy helped me visualize my protagonist in action, doing things only he could do, and from this, we developed a one-of-a-kind plot. One that I'm excited about finishing!

I am forever grateful that I took the time to consult Nancy's expertise while my novel was still work-in-progress. The path I was going down was a little off track, and I'd rather make a mid-course correction than finish something and scrap it. Nancy calls them like she sees them. She summarized my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and given her direct communications style and enormous credentials, I felt confident I knew where I shined and where I needed to work harder. Today's publishing marketplace for new writers is uber competitive, requiring the entire manuscript to be near-perfect. I plan to use Nancy's editing services again before submitting my manuscript to agents. – Susanne Losch

• Nancy's expert advice helped me find the theme and essence of my story. By asking me questions, she clarified my hero's quest so that I could refine my plot into a outline with a clear beginning middle and end. By doing this, Nancy saved me hours of unfocussed writing time, helping me instead to write scenes that really mattered. Her line editing was amazing too. With her clear direction, I began to recognize needless wordiness and overwriting in my manuscript. I hope to use her services again as I prepare my manuscript for submission. – Linda Galante

• Nancy Lamb is a meticulous, thoughtful and constructive editor who has a special way of coaxing the best out of a writer. Even when you have to kill your darlings, it doesn’t hurt . . . much.

Nancy helped me shape, polish and refine two books in a way that helped me get the attention and help of the literary agent I’d targeted. – Ian Campbell, Managing Director, West Coast, The Abernathy MacGregor Group

EDITING SERVICES


I’ve worked on and off as a freelance editor for years, guiding authors down the convoluted paths of writing both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. I've also ghostwritten a few (nameless) books for a few (anonymous) "authors." In addition, for two years, I was the freelance editor for Alyson Books, during which time I worked on approximately 15 books of fiction and non-fiction.

Coming from a family packed with doctors, I have no problem with discussions of things gross and anatomical. And I'm not at all intimidated by the subject of sex.

My fee is $85 per hour, with a minimum of two hours, paid in advance. And just for the record, I'm a meticulous timekeeper, down to 15 minute increments.

I do substantial line editing (if necessary), make comments and suggestions on the page (from sparse to extensive, depending on need) and also write a separate detailed critique when the story calls for it.

The process depends on the demands of the story and whether the manuscript is a work in progress or if it's complete.

Note: I know from personal experience that pointing out a problem on without suggesting a way to fix it isn’t helpful. As a consequence, I offer practical solutions to complex problems to insure that you are not left holding a literary bag stuffed with discarded ideas.

Caveat Emptor: I tend to be straightforward in my comments. I don’t believe tiptoeing around issues is helpful when honesty is required.