Writing Doula Services

Editorial coaching

As your writing doula, I can help guide and support you through the process of giving birth to your words.  I’ll be that ear to bounce ideas and provide constructive feedback.  I will assist you with focus, organizing and reaching  your desired goals in a firm but nonjudgmental way.

Writer/Editor

Contact me and let’s discuss the type of writing and editing services that I can help you with. My specialties include news and feature articles, professional bios, press releases, web content, bereavement writing, website content.

Wellness writing consultant

Writing is a powerful form of self-expression and medically-proven catalyst for healing. I have combined my skills as  a  professional writer, and  certified grief recovery specialist to help individuals use writing as therapy and self-care practice. I have worked with youth, seniors, domestic violence victims and survivors, the formerly incarcerated and individuals navigating depression, grief and race-based stress. I can design a wellness-writing regimen that fits your needs. Email me at linda@thewritingdoula.com

Workshop presenter

I am available to speak to your group or conduct a variety of writing workshops or hold writing clinics.  Contact me for details and fees.  Here is a list of the workshops I offer.

Book a Consultation Today

During this consultation, we will unearth what your specific needs are and how I can best address them.

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Satisfied writing doula client

“Linda Jones was an absolute wonder to work with and I was honored to have her help in bringing my manuscript to life. She took the time to provide a detailed review of my work, gave concrete suggestions and examples and made me feel like she was a partner in my success. She was professional and even when providing constructive criticism she knew how to communicate with me in a way that I could receive. I would HIGHLY recommend that you contact her if you are in need of a thorough review of your work. My only regret is that I did not contact her sooner.”

Lurie Daniels Favors, author, Afro State of Mind; General Counsel, Medgar Evers Center for Law & Social Justice, New York


Coaching/consulting plans

I offer three mini-retainer consulting plans to help you with shorter projects.  I also offer editing and writing services at varying fees.  


The ‘Read-Over’


$200/mo


If you’re on a budget and need access to a professional for writing advice or to do a read-through your essay, press release, report, obituary, resume, letter, or other brief document for for accuracy before submitting.


  • Two 30-minute phone sessions per month.
  • Recommendations to meet deadlines and achieve writing goals. 
  • Review and critique two documents (up to 600 words each).



More Time


$300/mo



If you need more time and more professional assistance …


  • Two 45-minute  phone or Zoom coaching sessions per month
  • Advising on scheduling, meeting deadlines and achieving writing goals.
  • Review and critique of documents (i.e. manuscripts, academic and business papers; up to 1,500 words.)
  • 10%  discount for editing            (up to 1,500 words).


Deep-Dive


$400/mo


If you have more involved and lengthier projects …


  • Four 30-minute phone or Zoom coaching sessions per month.

  • Advising on scheduling, meeting deadlines and achieving writing goals.

  • Review and critique of documents (i.e. manuscripts, academic and business papers; up to 1,500 words.)
  • 15% discount for  editing (up to 2,500 words).


If you want to discuss a more customized plan, don’t hesitate to contact mePaypal is my preferred method of payment, but we can discuss options that work best for you. 

Manuscript Review/Critique


(Page equivalency is based on industry standards. One page equals 250 words)

Fees

  • Up to 50 pages plus 30 min. Skype/phone call $250
  • 50 to 100 pages plus 40 min. Skype/phone $300
  • 100-200 pages plus 60 min. Skype phone $400
  • For readings of more than 200 pages contact me for quote.
  • Clients who use the Manuscript Review service will receive a  15 percent discount on editing fees if they use our editing service.


Client Testimonial
“As a musician, my own experience with Linda has specifically centered around her writing on music and musicians in particular. She has an outstanding musical ear and understands the creative process involved in music. I highly recommend her skills in creating meaningful and detailed bios for musicians and other artists.”

Andrew Griffiths, professional drummer, educator, jazz historian, Dallas

Editing

This is a general fee schedule for various editing levels. Rates for other projects will be determined by nature of the job.

(Page equivalency is based on industry standards.  One page equals 250 words)


Copyediting
$8 page

  • Improving style, flow and accuracy
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation
  • Consistency/ Uniformity
  • Parallel Structure
  • Figures of Speech

Line and Content Editing
$10 page

  • Everything in Copyediting, plus:
  • Flagging wordiness, jargon, clichés
  • Word choice/usage
  • Improving transitions
  • Improving headlines

Developmental Editing
$12 page

  • Everything in Copyediting and Content Editing, plus
  • Rewriting passages for clarity
  • Checking for factual errors and discrepancies
  • Review and improvement of beginning and ending.

Proofreading
(Only for already edited manuscripts.)
$6 page

  • Final read-through and check for cosmetic errors. (i.e. punctuation marks, spacing, Table of Contents pagination consistency.)