“Editing is a dialogue, not a monologue.”
–Susan Bell, The Artful Edit
Starting a memoir? A children’s picture book? Stuck in an essay, a short story, a novel? Polishing for publication? Whether you’re a novice or an expert, I can help.
With over fifteen years of experience, I’ve worked with a wide range of writers from development to line editing. All my projects are different, but I feel privileged to work on them all.
As a writer myself, I know how vulnerable you may feel. I treat my writers as I like to be treated — with honesty, respect, and compassion. Whatever your manuscript requires, I’ll help you get to the heart of what you need to say.
So let’s get a dialogue started.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about rates and availability.
“I was introduced to Monica while in the process of writing my own memoir. I had already worked with a content editor for several years, but was looking for someone to help put the finishing touches on my story. She did that and so much more. Monica’s own personal experience with loss and grief spoke to me and we immediately fell into a comfortable working groove. She very quickly drew the story behind my story out with subtle urging and more direct questions and reflections when required. She pared my pages and pages of words down into the slim, hard hitting, emotional confession I had never imagined. I would recommend Monica, not just to memoirists, but to anyone wanting to convert words into a beautiful art.” — Darin Dixon
"Monica Wesolowska is a gifted and compassionate editor and writing coach. She has worked with me on several short stories both in a group setting and one-on-one, and on every occasion she has pushed, prodded and inspired me. Under her tutelage I was successful in getting work published, much to my delight. She is a wonderful teacher, rigorous and thorough while maintaining a supportive and friendly atmosphere. I heartily recommend her." — Larry Hendel
"Monica's writing workshops and editing services are superb. Her one-on-one writing sessions offer a space of clarity where the ideas behind my essays are refined. Working with her, I have learned the mechanics of writing well, as well as the beauty of revision, and how the revision process casts our essays in a new light. I've gone on to publish several essays. I highly recommend her services." — Juli Fraga
"Monica has been reading and editing my work for 14 years. She has read my stories, essays, and novel. I trust her more than I trust most readers, if not all. Her capacity to perceive the writer's intent; to identify with precision where a piece succeeds and where it fails,; to suggest cuts and expansions that elevate prose and its concepts; and to express not only her understanding of complex emotional territory but also the fine points of craft make her one of the best editors I know. She is big-hearted and compassionate. She is unafraid of truth. She speaks eloquently about craft. She is a broad reader and a writer's writer, and she tells it to you straight. That's what I want, in an editor, a fellow writer, and a friend." — Jenny Prichett