Scribbler Coach


Whether you are trying to start a writing project, looking for help staying on track, need someone to talk through a tricky plot or character arc, or have finished a manuscript and need some advice on what to do next, I can be a sounding board, organizer of thoughts and notes, advice guru, whipcracker, or all of the above. My goal is to give you the tools you need, tailored to your specific project.

I am available for private coaching at the fees listed below. 

  • Initial 15-minute Phone/Skype Consult: Free
  • Regular: $50.00/hour
  • Student/Veteran/HWA Member: $40/hour

Want some coaching or advice, but not quite ready to dive in? Check out my Patreon, where I share advice, resources, and take questions, starting at a buck a month!


When I sit down with your manuscript, I bring more than a decade of experience as a military journalist, short story and novel writer, academic writer, and reader experienced in a vast spectrum of genres. In the past eight years, I have never not been a member of a writing group, honing my skills in giving effective feedback to writers at all levels in their writing journey. I am currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University with a concentration in teaching writing online, in order to ensure I bring the best eye that I can to your work.

I have several options available for writers interested in a developmental edit, designed especially for the indie author. If none of these work for you, feel free to get in touch and let me know what you need!

Three-Chapter Edit. Ideal for the more advanced writer, looking to polish the material typically sent during the query process.

  • Regular: $80.00
  • Student/Veteran/HWA Member: $60

Synopsis Polish.

  • Regular: $30
  • Student/Veteran/HWA Member: $20

Full Manuscript Developmental Edit (80,000 words or less).

  • Regular: $400.00
  • Student/Veteran/HWA Member: $320.00


I am available to teach the following workshops in a conference or library setting, via an online conferencing system, and/or on an individual basis. If you are interested in any of these, please contact me for pricing and details.

Write Better Fights

This workshop gets into the down and dirty of what it’s like when one character introduces their fists to the other’s face. We’ll explore how to write an effective fight, from the aspects of physicality, choreography, influence of “magic” (for our SF/F writers) and even down to the grammar. Included in the workshop is a bibliography of recommended reading for writers who wish to write better fights.

Writing as a Military Veteran

This workshop is designed for veterans who are interested in writing speculative fiction, or who have experience in writing and wish to incorporate their experiences into that genre. We address some common areas of consideration, i.e. myths about veterans, why veterans may choose to write, potential markets and audiences, as well as genre tropes within the various speculative fiction categories.

Writing Military Speculative Fiction

The Military Sci-Fi & Fantasy Workshop presents writers with information designed to help them draft, write, and revise speculative fiction stories with a military theme, component, or context.

Writing Military Characters

What do you do when your story’s hero wears a uniform? Or a badge? In this workshop, we talk about writing protagonists who come from a military background–their training, their journey, the obstacles they may face, and their choices and consequences of such. Whether you are brand new to the military world, or a seasoned veteran, this workshop will have something for you to think about when creating your characters and world.

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Testimonials and references are available as needed. You may contact me at: unfamousscribbler ~at~