Mandy reads, writes, leads writers’ education groups, and does yoga in the cracks between all that drives life on a tiny , wanna-be homestead in southern Utah. She has a knack for getting to the heart of a manuscript’s needs, drawing on a well-honed approach to character, story, and world development. Whether it’s surface cracks or deep gorges, she’s itching to help you fill them in with developmental edits! This x-ray story vision also makes her a perfect fit for your query and blurb consults.
She is open to all genres with an emphasis in the YA category and a soft spot for fantasy and dystopian.
Her favorite recent read is Rae Carson’s WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER.
Story Development Coaching
Do you have a character or concept in your head, but you’re not sure how to turn it into a story? Or maybe you have a story idea, but there are holes you keep stumbling over before you even get going? Maybe you just want to write a book but aren’t sure where to start. Whether you’re a planner or not, there are key components to any story that, once discovered, allow it to practically tell itself. Mandy has spent years honing the craft of story discovery and planning, utilizing a combination of tried and true approaches. She knows how to ask the right questions about a sprouting story’s character, plot, and world and is ready to coach you through a customizable pre-writing process that will lay the foundation for a smooth first draft.
Character Development Package - $250
- With Mandy’s coaching, nail down specific crucial aspects of your character and watch your story unfold. Whether you’re working with an already-developed character or as little as a story concept that needs a protagonist, Mandy is ready to help you identify the missing pieces and give depth to what she believes is the most important part of story development.
- Includes guided character discovery worksheets with one round of feedback plus one session of thirty-minute live email/video chat.
Character And Plot Development Package - $500
- After completing the character portion of the package, Mandy will guide you through discovery and development of the most important plot points, specifically utilizing the character work already under your belt. With your character nailed down and your plot points solidly in place, your story will be just waiting to be told!
- Includes Character Package as described above plus plot worksheets that build on your character work with an additional round of feedback plus a second session of thirty-minute live email/video chat.
Complete Story Development Package - $750
- This package is ideal for those writing fiction based in worlds that differ, even slightly, from our own. With the necessary foundations of character and plot development, Mandy will guide you through the worldbuilding that will give your story depth and consistency. From social organization and commerce to history and magic, the stage will be perfectly set for your story to play out in a unique and believable way.
- Includes Character and Plot Package as described above plus worldbuilding worksheets with an additional round of feedback plus a third session of thirty-minute live email/video chat.
Sensitivity / Expert
- Death of a spouse, remarriage
- Homesteading (gardening, raising animals, related skills)
- Hunting, survival skills, wildlife
- Performing arts (vocal/choral, piano, string instruments/orchestra, theater, dance)
- Cooking/baking from scratch
- Wellness (health, nutrition, home remedies)
- Physical therapy
- Parenting/family dynamics
Young Adult Fantasy Dystopian Contemporary Romance