Written, Not Spoken ~ Edit and Design Services ~


Written word becomes part of history. Be sure what they remember is what you meant.

Effective writing is a thought carefully shaped to impact your target. 
Craft your message with exactly what you intend to give the world, not more nor less.
  • Grammar and Spelling - Yes, they matter; that's why I'm here. I help you avoid pratfalls. 
  • Flow and Pacing - Are you guiding your readers toward your point or leaving them to wander around?
  • Poetry and Prose - Your brain hears what your eyes read. Words convey meaning but also lend rhythm and melody to your work. I'll show you how to use devices like alliteration to invoke mood and increase clarity. 
I'm not your housekeeper.  I don't tidy up your manuscript for you; I show you opportunity. You're never obligated to take my advice. This is your baby, from beginning to end.
*fiction
*nonfiction
*homework 
What do you want to do? send me an email outlining your project.
~ Prices start at $2/page. Retainer is due upon acceptance. ~

~NEW: Editor on Retainer - sign up on Patreon for a monthly amount of $5-$40 depending on your needs. A minimum of 6 months may apply~
Let's talk.

deb at debnation.com 
"Deb always keeps me on track. She forces me to think outside my own limited range. Deb does more than take out what you don't need, she helps you find the essence of your writing." - James L. Wilber, author of My Babylon
"I appreciate the way you look at sentence structure. For example, the first paragraph is much tighter with much bigger impact. I prefer to have a real person edit. By 'real' I mean someone who will interact with me and ask questions about the intent and meaning I wish to convey." - Rob Coapman, Carne Asada and  And There Was Light: How MDMA Saved My Life
"Thanks to your editing skills I was able to get a higher grade on my essays. You noticed typos that I missed as well as sentences that didn't make any sense. I will continue to use your skills to proof my essays. Thank you." - Stacy D.

"As a newby memoir writer, I was overwhelmed by the number of responses to my ad for a developmental editor on the Editorial Freelancer’s Association (over 50 responses in like an hour—I had to say pull the ad now!!!) How was I ever going to choose? deb’s response to my ad was pithy and witty and expressed genuine interest in my project (about a cycling trip to Morocco).  It was an easy choice! Her first edit was a long list of questions mixed with her excitement about what I’d written.  She pushed me! I had left so much out, especially myself. Having her input dramatically improved my project.  Her interest in what I was writing was so vivid.  Her comments on each version always came back so quickly, like she could hardly wait to see what I’d come up with next.  I’m a huge fan!"      - Karen Oakley

"Looking forward to working with you ad infinitum." - DT Nuven, Cerberus Wakes
“Even when I don't take your exact suggestions, the result has always been so much better because you know exactly how to make me think critically.” - Melinda Smith, PhD

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ProjectRACE advocates for the inclusion of [ ]Multiracial on standardized forms for the convenience of people who wish to identify as a collective of races, rather than choosing one or more.  Please consider volunteering to gain official recognition of Multiracial Heritage Week in your state: go to http://www.projectrace.com/mhw/.

I participated as co-editor on this project as well as cover design. The cover art is my original, Sagittarians, and prints are available for sale.

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