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Connect with KC Writers this month & Client Spotlight on Paula Gleeson

Connect with KC Writers this month & Client Spotlight on Paula Gleeson

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in Client Spotlight, KC Creates, KC Writes

Places to Connect with Kansas City Writers this August Monday, August 5th 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Story Center Critique Group. MCPL’s Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Anyone can show up.  You’re encouraged to bring five copies of your piece. (I believe up to 2,000 words.) The group is […]

First Draft Words & Writers United

First Draft Words & Writers United

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in KC Creates, KC Writes, Promotions

What are your first draft words? Every time I start a first draft I want to die, because its bad… really, really bad. It is full of lazy verbs, vague descriptions, and brimming with first draft words. First draft words are crutch words–the words I use to get me into a scene or get two […]

Stealth Edits at Writers United

Stealth Edits at Writers United

Posted on Jun 4, 2019 in KC Writes, Promotions

If you would like the chance to get five pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy 4) Write the secret code word: BREATHER on your submission. (Hand write it, […]

About working with me...

“Jessica gave me just the right feedback I needed on my contemporary middle grade novel manuscript. Before her edit, I felt stuck and overwhelmed with all I knew needed work. At times I considered giving up or doubted whether my novel was workable. Jessica provided encouragement and professional eyes to get me back on track. I now have a roadmap. She maintained my vision and gave feedback that strengthens my novel by giving an overall view of themes, characters, voice, world building, and plotting. Thanks so much Jessica.”

Lisa Daly, Author

- Lisa Daly – Comprehensive Critique Client

“A very perceptive editor whose feedback is spot-on, insightful, and acutely intelligent. Jessica helped me improve my work in a way that I could not have done by myself.”

Paul Dorrell, President and Author, Leopold Gallery

- Paul Dorrell – Mini Critique Client

“Jessica has amazing editorial intuition. She not only helped me with mechanical and format issues, she gave insightful direction about plot, character POV, and general flow. She challenged me to make my manuscript better. Now I’m confident to start shopping it to agents. “

- Jim C.-Comprehensive Critique Client