How Can I Help You?

So, you’ve written your first story. It may be a complete novel, or it may be the start of a novel, or it may be a shorter work, but you’ve got words on paper.

Maybe you’ve submitted your story to an agent or publisher and received a rejection (or several). Maybe you’ve shared it with a critique group and gotten some feedback, and now you’ve gotten as far as you can and you’re ready to take your writing to the next level.

You’ve looked into professional editing, and realized that this is serious business. And maybe you’ve realized you’re not quite ready to invest that kind of time and money quite yet. Surely there must be some more you can do to polish your own writing before spending thousands on a professional edit, right? Some sort of in-between, a professional eye to point you in the right direction without committing to a full professional edit?

Good news! You’re in the right place!

In my last post, I introduced myself and shared a bit of my writing journey.

Now, I want to officially welcome you to my page and let you know that if any of the above is true for you, I can help!

As the editor of Havok Magazine, I have plenty of experience in taking a good story and making it great. I also have experience in taking an average story and making it great.

We all start somewhere. Several years ago, I was at a place in my writing journey where I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know where to begin. I knew good grammar and how to write a sentence and express myself on paper, but I didn’t know the difference between showing and telling, I didn’t know what a POV slip was, I didn’t know what made for deep POV or any of the other elements that make for good writing craft, or, for that matter, what writing craft even was.

I knew how to write, but I didn’t know how to tell a story. Worse, since I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, I didn’t know how to fix it. What I really needed was someone to take a look at my writing and show me where I needed improvement. I needed a personal touch to point me in the right direction.

If that’s where you are now, I can be that person for you. I will not only catch grammar and spelling mistakes, but I will be able to decipher your intention and help you express your thoughts with clarity and precision. Mentoring new authors is my passion. I love seeing the potential in new authors and helping them achieve it. I love building a relationship and helping authors learn more about writing craft in general, as well as identify their own specific strengths and weaknesses. I love being the teacher and friend who can build someone up and take them to the next level.

I would love to be your mentor and editor. I would love to help you take your writing to the next level. Please check out my Mentoring and Editing Services page and contact me today for a consultation!


3 thoughts on “How Can I Help You?

  1. Although I am not seeking an editor for my first short story because it’s already indie-published, I do have many other stories in the works. You can see those projects here: on my blog.

    To get a taste of my writing style, my debut spec-fic work, The Visitor, is available today for free (download) on Amazon. If you have the thirty minutes (or less) it takes to read it, I’d love your opinion (and/or review). Perhaps I could use your services in the future if you like what you see in my debut story.

    Thanks for your consideration and I hope you enjoy, The Visitor.

    – J.L. Pattison

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