Book Doctor ~ Editor
Anita D. McClellan
From concept into print since 1988

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"Good writing has two characteristics: It's alive on the page and the reader is persuaded that the writer is on a voyage of discovery." -- Vivian Gornick


"there are so many good memoirs (and quite a few bad ones). In a good memoir, the author is able to go deeper, be more open, more vulnerable. The reader is able to connect with the character exposed and learn from the character's flaws, relating to the flaws in the reader's own life. ... the label [of memoir or of fiction] is meaningless. The standards of literature are all that matter. It is intense, lyrical, moving and ultimately enlightening." --Stephen Elliot

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Think of your writing self as a pole vaulter: clear high bars in a single jump, fall, get up, jump again.


Visit Services page about coaching once, weekly, monthly, on demand to gain
• insights into your writing process and work in progress
• collaboration with a publishing-industry insider
• accountability on your writing goals and deadlines
• focus on your writing with inspiration, challenge, viable next steps


Work with me from anywhere using Microsoft Word's, OpenOffice.org Writer's, or Apple's iWorkPages' Track Changes--or in web-based docs.google.com. No lost packages or shipping charges; no incompatibility issues; no hard drive crashes.

Q.: "What do you look for in authors beyond the quality of their manuscripts?"

A.: "Isn't that enough?" --J. Galassi, publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux


I am creative, insightful, a quick study, deadline driven, and market savvy.
• I shorten your priority list by delivering what you need on time and on budget.
• I ask the right questions at the outset to grasp it the first time.
• I absorb your materials and do any required research to produce it.
• I am a nimble thinker who can shift gears easily based on your needs.
• I focus on what your audience needs to hear.
• I craft a product that meets your expectations and that pleases you.

All projects are guaranteed and held in strict confidentiality.

• I require prepaid deposit from all new clients. Project fees include research, thinking time, hands-on time; expenses include formatting electronic documents as required, courier, printouts, copies, postage, toll calls, on-site work, travel, lodging. Jobs assigned within 48 hours or less from deadline incur rush fee at least 30% of total project cost, including jobs assigned Thursday or Friday for delivery Monday or Tuesday.
• If job is reconfigured after I start work, written project agreement and fee will be renegotiated.
• If job is cancelled mid-project, I am entitled to full payment at prevailing rate for all time spent up to my receipt of notice of cancellation. On a prepaid or discounted fee, hours will be prorated at full prevailing rate and any refund will be issued promptly.
• If project is killed any time following completion of my work, I am entitled to full payment of my project fee.
• Hereby be notified and advised that acceptance of any check in partial payment marked "final" or with any restrictive endorsement is merely deposited as a partial payment on account; such acceptance does not constitute an accord and satisfaction or our waiver of the right to balance in full for any account due and owing.
• All writing assignments include two rounds of minor revisions; additional revisions charged at prevailing hourly rate.
• Final balance in hand on delivery of completed project.

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• industry-savvy contract vetting via email, fax, or courier at less than intellectual-property attorney's fees

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• help to deconstruct publishers' or agents' editorial and market judgments