some words from people I've worked with:
Janna’s loving voice and ability to help bridge the gaps between thoughts and also the freedom to write and find my voice while giving me advice on how to use it more powerfully was the only way the book got written.
I was connected to Janna through Gabby Bernstein, and I knew she was going to be a pivotal part of getting this book out. Because I had never written a book before, I needed someone to hold me accountable and also to critique, in a loving way, the writing that was going through. Janna’s loving voice and ability to help bridge the gaps between thoughts and also the freedom to write and find my voice while giving me advice on how to use it more powerfully was the only way the book got written.
There are definitely moments of challenge beyond what I ever imagined, but she was the voice that reminded me to not give up and to keep writing into it. She is an amazing coach who gave me the freedom I wanted to bring the best in my own writing out while making it more clear and making it pop a bit more.
A Tribe Called Bliss has gone on to be a #1 best seller because of how true the voice stayed during this process. Sometime people want a coach to write the book for them, she won’t do that, she will challenge you to own your process and sit with you through it.
authors on their way
Because I've had this story in my head since 2013, there has been a sense of urgency to complete and submit to publishers and her diligence in processing chapter upon chapter in a timely manner has been so reassuring of her willingness and desire to support my vision.
The level of detail she provided to help me through the editing process has been invaluable for the journey through my first novel. Her gentle nudging towards more information, more dialogue and attention to historic details is helping me bring the story to life in a way I could not have done without her.
I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Janna. You will always have clear expectations & guidelines on what is expected of you and of her. A process that is followed and adhered to, keeping you both on track. Intelligent editing that will take NOTHING away from you as an author and keep the integrity of your work intact. Her amazing sense of humour and compassion has been a treasure since working together... and I could continue the list....but I promise you...you will not be disappointed.
Janna's support while working to complete a manuscript feels more like collaborating with a colleague than contracting editing or proofreading services. She is a published author with great business acumen and the capacity to improve writing in any literary style that comes her way.
I think above all, writers seek - and perhaps fear - a truly talented and critical eye for their work. Janna brings both of these qualities to the process of writing a book and lets you leave the fear behind. She respected the long hours of work that went into my manuscript by providing honest, clear feedback and by diving deep into every thematic and stylistic layer of the story. With the pace at which words and information bounce around today, it can be nearly impossible to solicit writer's feedback that is at once thorough, candid, and technically robust. Janna's input was all that and more: while working with me on my manuscript, she was able to switch gears and meet me at any level while encouraging me to challenge the limits I placed on myself.
Janna's support while working to complete a manuscript feels more like collaborating with a colleague than contracting editing or proofreading services. She is a published author with great business acumen and the capacity to improve writing in any literary style that comes her way. Not only is Janna skilled at unearthing the gems that are hidden in every writer's raw work, she devotes so much energy to helping you visualize and achieve the final form you want your writing to take.
I am old school. I work in MS Word, and I get just about as tech-y as Google Docs.
I will most likely not send you a contract during Mercury Retrograde, which I think works better for us both.
I do not work on the weekends, so it would be extremely rare to get an email from me after 5 PM on Friday or before 6 AM on Monday.
I am not a “copy editor.” In fact, you might actually find “typos” on my website. Not all editors are copy editors, but I can help find you one if you’re in need of pristine, polished grammar edit to get you ready for press. AKA, damn-near perfect. I am here for your story, structure, content, voice, work usage, and big obvious grammar blunders.
Perfectionist copy editor I may not be, but I have a wild respect for grammar. I’m of the camp of oxford comma, among other things.