Need a writing coach? Want an editor? Hire me.

Why should you hire me? It’s a good question, and here’s the answer:

Because I’ve traveled the journey from idea to prose to sale. Because I’ve been writing professionally for two decades and have a number of awards testifying that I’m pretty good at it. Because I’ve done everything from rewriting poor press releases to interviewing the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to slogging my way through the first-draft of a nearly 300-page novel and using the NaNoWriMo competition to produce 50,000 words of a second. And because, most importantly, I’m interested in you finding both your voice and success.

I can facilitate development or fine-tuning of the following: personal essays, op-eds, feature articles, blog posts, memoirs, non-fiction books, novels, dissertations, even letters to the editor. I also offer consulting to help you go from idea to first sentence, and I’m open to ghostwriting. My rates are directly below, and testimonials below the rates.

Copy-editing of polished, final-draft submissions: $25/hour (6-10 manuscript pages/hour)

Consulting (how-to, brainstorming, possible sources, reference leads, etc.): $30/hour

Copy-writing, all information supplied: $35/hour

Copy-writing, reporting required: $50/hour

Detailed line editing (grammar, syntax, spelling, word usage): $50/hour (1-5 ms pages/hour)

Developmental editing (a combination of consulting, above, and rewriting, below): $60-70/hour, depending on needs of client/manuscript

Rewriting: $75/hour

Ghostwriting: variable, depending on topic, length of project, information provided, genre, etc. Minimum charge is $125/hour

Long-term coaching: Hour-long mentoring sessions for up to three months, $100/hour, two session minimum. I read what you’ve written and pages you are working on, we discuss them together, I give feedback, you go back and rewrite, then we rinse and repeat per what your needs are. This coaching only works if you are actually writing pages, however; we can’t work unless there is work produced.

Testimonials

When I started working with Renee Schafer Horton, I was an experienced journalist about to venture into the realm of column writing, and Renee was a seasoned columnist whose regular venues had included the Dallas Morning News. When I asked for her help, she stepped into the role of my mentor. Renee didn’t fall all over herself to speak gently when she saw something that wasn’t working in my writing. She was dependably straightforward. Yet our editing sessions almost always boosted my self-esteem. It felt as if she knew the path ahead of me and admired the writer I was sure to become. (It didn’t hurt that she’s very funny. When you’re being edited, comic relief can be such a … relief.)

- Laura Marble, freelance writer, former Northwest Explorer columnist

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, I was in the midst of editing several memoirs for a group of senior citizens. Having no power or access to my studio for several weeks, I reached out to my colleague Renee Schafer Horton for emergency editorial assistance. Renee jumped right in, tackling a particularly dense and rambling piece of writing. She restructured and polished the text, cut extraneous words without losing the main narrative, corrected grammar and punctuation, and made many other thoughtful suggestions that greatly improved the story. Her editorial services were a Godsend! I heartily recommend Renee for your next book project.

– Judith Dupré, judithdupre.com

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Having worked on stories with Renee, I’ve benefitted from her careful sentence crafting and precise choice of details. Her empathy leads her to the resonating questions, whether directed at a journalistic source or at another writer. Her doggedness leads her to answers and beautifully polished prose. I’m grateful to have had the chance to learn from her and would recommend it without pause.

- Carli Brosseau,  Arizona Daily Star