September 28, 2015

Lisa Poisso, Book Editor

Craft a Novel You’re Proud Of

Lisa Poisso, Book Editor and Writing Coach

Ready to see your novel with new eyes? Now it’s time to make your book as rewarding to read as it was to write.

If you’re simply looking for someone to help you polish your manuscript for publication, I may not be the right editor for your book. Editing is something I do with you and for you, not to you.

My editing and coaching are designed for authors seeking to nurture their skills, to hone their technique and create a truly well-crafted novel. You’ll finish not only with a better book but a bigger toolbox of authorial skills.



Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.

Pablo Picasso


Developmental Analysis

Is your manuscript ready to send to agents or self-publish? Does the story hold water? Is the point of view optimal for your genre and audience? Does the story structure support the story? Will readers care about and root for your characters? Does the writing use both showing and telling effectively at the right times? A developmental analysis answers these questions and more.

A developmental analysis gives you a deep read of your full manuscript and an editorial report covering your novel’s concept and genre, story and storytelling technique, and writing. Expect to receive an average of twenty to thirty pages of feedback and recommendations. This is not a summary-style manuscript critique.

Follow-up support includes one hour of email follow-up plus a one-hour phone or Skype consultation to discuss the analysis and your next steps.

Looking for something shorter? Partial developmental reports are also available for excerpts of about twenty consecutive manuscript pages.


Manuscript Editing

I will always remember, Lisa told me I had a ‘manuscript-length discussion of theme’ . . . all the icing and decoration but no cake! I needed to crack some more eggs. She has a great sense of humour, too!—J.C. Thomas

My first level of manuscript editing helps you expand and strengthen your storytelling and narrative technique. Feedback covers the effective use of point of view, dialogue tags and action beats, characterization, dramatic tension, exposition and description, theme, balancing scene vs. exposition vs. dialogue, transitions, hooks, scene structure, and more. This type of editing also begins to address the flow and quality of the writing, helping you hone your writing style and authorial voice.

I learned so much during the process, and I am certain I’m a much better writer from having worked with her.—Karen Cimms

The next level of manuscript editing homes in on the writing using Track Changes and comments in Microsoft Word. This paragraph- and sentence-level editing most closely compares to a combination of line editing and copyediting. It’s designed to polish your writing, strengthening your individual voice and style while clarifying grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.

All manuscript edits are supported by a comprehensive editorial report that shows you how to apply effective fiction-writing techniques to your novel. You’ll receive support bundles packed with how-to tools and resources as well as a follow-up consultation via email, phone, or Skype.


Book Coaching

Accelerator coaching is short-term story development coaching designed to accelerate your ideas onto the page. Choose from the Story Accelerator for concept and story development, the Plot Accelerator for translating your creative impulse into story, the Draft Accelerator for getting your story onto the page—or all three for full developmental support.

For long-term coaching and support, choose the Story Incubator, a comprehensive plan of coaching and editing. Begin with accelerators designed to help identify your story and publishing goals and get your concept and story off the ground. Delve into the narrative techniques that help bring the story to life. Learn how to cradle your story in confident, polished writing that reflects your unique authorial voice.

Never again will you feel dropped neck-deep into an expensive edit or level of revision your book isn’t ready for. The Story Incubator helps you organically develop your manuscript in stages. You’ll understand where you need to focus and learn the techniques you need to master at every point.

Learn more about Story Incubator and Accelerator coaching and editing.




Manuscript edits start at $0.03/word. Coaching services begin at $399.

If you’re looking for a collaborative writing and editing experience that stretches your skill set and pushes your book to its full potential, let’s talk.

Contact me for a consultation and personalized quote for your project. We’ll go into more detail about your book, including the development you’ve put into your manuscript so far and your goals for the book.

Please get in touch early. My calendar typically fills four to six months in advance.




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