Margaret Kingsbury is a freelance writer, editor, and book coach with a passion for helping people. She gushes about books monthly at Book Riot, Think Inclusive, Baby Librarians, BuzzFeed Books and more, but she still can’t stop talking about books. You’ve been warned. Her experience teaching first-year university English classes has taught her that a good editor needs to help a writer recognize their strengths. Too often she saw students obsess over their failings instead of seeing the many wonderful things they’d accomplished with their writing. Thus, she makes sure she treats every writer and every piece of writing with respect and aims to highlight the strengths of a piece, and then to show how those strengths can be better realized. Whether it’s tightening up the prose or adding more sensory details or letting characters speak, she loves helping writers fully realize their stories and communicate them effectively to an audience. 

Margaret’s favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and fabulism, but she also enjoys a good mystery, nonfiction, or character-driven books in any genre. 

When she’s not writing, editing, or helping other writers, Margaret is probably reading to her equally bookish toddler. She also enjoys hiking, obsessing over birds, and watching all the SFF shows.

 

  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Disabled
  • Invisible Disability (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
  • Chronic Health Issues
  • Postpartum Depression Cesarean Section, High Risk Pregnancy
  • Father with Bipolar Disorder
  • Southern (Tennessee)

 Preferred Genres

Anything!

 Avoided Genres

None!


What Clients Say

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This is the first time I have ever showed my fiction writing to someone, and Salt and Sage made it just such a positive experience, while also helping me improve. Looking forward to using your services again. I feel very fortunate to have someone so thoughtful and considered as Margaret read my draft. Her feedback has me feeling so much more confident about the path that I am on for finishing the rest of the draft. I am excited to start integrating her comments, which are already helping me move past some writer’s block in areas I knew were weak.

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Margaret was a great sensitivity/expert reader and provided tons of useful and thoughtful feedback. She provided copious notes on many things: from the accuracy of the portrayal from a medical perspective, highlighting lines that might be ableist, noting what things rang true and what didn’t, and ways to solidify and clarify the themes of the story from a disability perspective. She and the coordinator were both very professional, thoughtful, and kind throughout this process. They made the whole experience of getting a sensitivity/expert read much less daunting than I thought it would be, and were very clear and straightforward with the process, which was so helpful to me using this service for the first time. It is definitely well worth the price!