Editing, coaching, speaking

The world needs your story.

Do you have an essay, book proposal, manuscript or story idea you need a little help making just right?

You’re in the right place.

At the start of any story — whether an article, essay, or book — an attentive coach or editor can help you shape your emerging ideas into language that sings.

I’ve had countless essays, op-eds, features, interviews, plays, and an award-winning book published, and have taught creatives in one-on-one and workshop settings for 30+ years. I love helping writers and change-makers develop their ideas, improve work practices, and finish every kind of writing project from college application essays to book proposals, nonfiction books, and novels.

Rates for Developmental Editing:

College application (essays, personal statements): A thorough edit of up to 1,000 words (4 pp double-spaced, 12-pt font) with written notes + optional 15 minute meeting + email follow-up.

Personal essays, articles, sample chapters: A thorough edit of up to 4,000 words (about 16 pp double-spaced) with written notes + 45 minute meeting to discuss your writing and goals  + optional email follow-up.
$120  (+ .03 per add’l word)

Nonfiction book proposals: Overall analysis and thorough edit of up to 13,000 words (about 52 pp double-spaced) with written notes + one-hour meeting to discuss your work and goals + optional email follow-up  + recommended resources.
$475  (+ .03 per add’l word)

Novels and nonfiction manuscripts: with overall analysis + thorough edit with written notes + 90 minute consultation + optional email support + resource suggestions
$1450.00 for up to 50,000 words (about 200 pages double-spaced)
$1950. for up to 100,000 words (about 400 pp double-spaced)

Longer or shorter projects: please email to customize an editing plan that suits your needs and budget.

Let’s get your stories out to the waiting world!


Are you a parent, activist, teacher struggling to find ways to sustainably advocate for a healthy future?

Let’s develop your ideas and strategies for:

  • Climate-conscious parenting
  • Deepening connections
  • Self-compassion
  • Climate grief
  • Speaking out in various ways for systemic change
  • Talking with and empowering kids about the climate crisis & solutions
  • Amplifying youth voices
  • Creative and/or artistic protest

One hour consultation + resource recommendations + email followup: $65 

Send me an email: Mary DeMocker (at) gmail (dot) com

Public Speaking

I speak with media, parents, educators, eco-justice advocates, faith communities, literary audiences, and students from elementary to grad school with lively talks on how to change our systems– not just our light bulbs. Media samples: Weather Channel; Radio interview KQED

I’m excited to hear about your project. Please email me at Mary DeMocker (at) gmail dot com

mary democker speaking at conference climate change
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