LAURIE DOVE, editor, instructor
and writing coach

Have you started writing a book…and then stopped? Do you have a book idea but aren’t sure how to execute it? Have you written a manuscript but don’t know how to navigate the complicated agenting or publishing process?

I get it.

Writing is often a solitary endeavor but succeeding at it isn’t. So let’s talk.

When you need a coach to guide the writing process, an editor to make your work shine or an instructor to offer a deep-dive into your craft, get in touch.

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Scroll down to learn more about editing, coaching and classes.

Update: Because of high demand, appointments for new clients are limited. Review the options below and contact me to inquire about scheduling

What My Clients Say

Working with Laurie L. Dove has been an absolutely wonderful experience. Laurie’s readings and commentary pinpointed my stories’ high points, flaws, and themes. Her coaching, delivered with kindness and compassion, is a magnificent blend of inspiration and practical writing advice. Our critique sessions left me encouraged and excited to re-work my stories to elevate key themes, highlight strong points, and firm up weak spots. Forgive me for reaching for the cliche, but I can’t recommend Laurie highly enough, and my only regret is that I didn’t start working with her sooner.”

Jim Latham, author


Manuscript Appraisal

Truth is, you need a professional’s evaluation of your manuscript and not one from your family or friends, or even your writers’ group. This review, either in whole or in part, of a manuscript considers the structural strengths and weaknesses. This high-level overview and analysis gauges the effectiveness of the narrative and mechanics, as well as essential craft elements. This review includes a detailed manuscript evaluation multi-page letter and light markup of salient, relevant points within the manuscript, including the rationale behind various suggestions. A manuscript appraisal can be invaluable in preparing your project for publishing success

(Price dependent on length of manuscript)

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is far more comprehensive than a manuscript evaluation; it is an in-depth editing process that takes significantly more time. If you have a book in progress or have completed a first draft and don’t yet have the cohesive story you intended, then a developmental edit is right for you. I will review what is, and what is not working in your story and ask questions as to intent and efficacy.

I will highlight writing that may be improved and make suggestions of how to accomplish these and other “big picture” improvements, all the while ensuring the story arc, narrative logic, flow, pace, character development, dialogue, setting and environmental description are in their best form. At the end of the developmental editing process, you will have an editorial report that details areas of success and improvement. You also will have detailed notes within the manuscript.

 (Price dependent on length of manuscript)

Copy Editing

This level of editing is for manuscripts that have been completed. These books are structurally sound but could benefit from continuity and detailed editing. This process ensures the manuscript adheres to the established publishing and genre style, and takes a detailed approach at editing for errors in sentence structure, spelling and punctuation.

(Price dependent on length of manuscript)

Important: You must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions below before purchasing. Purchase indicates your agreement.


One Hour Coaching

This is for a single one-hour of one-on-one coaching via Zoom. This session is ideal for a writer who could benefit from discussing a focused problem or concern.

  • Writing career success
  • Platform or marketing advice
  • Submission approach
  • Industry direction
  • Fiction or nonfiction manuscript next steps

4 Hour Coaching

Package includes: Four one-hour one-on-one coaching calls via Zoom, option of scheduling calls weekly or biweekly, and email support.

Ideal for the writer ready to apply techniques and get feedback to adjust and improve:

  • Input on fiction book concept
  • Input on nonfiction book proposal
  • Short story conceptualization, analysis and editing
  • Social media strategy
  • Writing career steps
  • Platform and marketing strategy and advice
  • Submission approach
  • Preparing a pitch to agent/publisher
  • Understanding the publishing process
  • Concrete steps to move to next level

Premium Coaching

Package includes: ten one-hour one-on-one coaching calls via Zoom and email support between calls. Calls scheduled no less than once/month and expire one year after initial purchase (Let's get going on your goals!)

Ideal for the writer ready to dig into a project and get it done with regular guidance, for:

  • Nonfiction book proposals
  • Starting or finishing a fiction manuscript
  • Short story conceptualization, analysis and editing
  • Marketing strategy with analysis and recommendations
  • Social media strategy with analysis and recommendations
  • Launching a writing career
  • Achieving writing career goals
  • Includes a one-page Author website starter pack

Register for Coaching!

Important: You must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions below before purchasing. Purchase indicates your agreement.

* Though I often share editorial advice during coaching, this is not official developmental editing nor a copyedit and cannot replace that expertise. However, this will offer solid input and recommendations related to your writing, whether you want to discuss concept, content, style or grammar struggles.

Terms & Conditions

Please carefully read the following terms and conditions relating to your purchase of one-on-one coaching  with Laurie L. Dove. By registering for services, you agree to the terms and conditions below. If you do not consent to these terms and conditions, you should not purchase services.

General Terms & Conditions

You understand that I have made every opportunity to adequately represent the services offered and the potential outcomes. Services are designed to provide insight of the writing process and coach writers in achieving their writing goals. However,  individual results and success may vary depending upon many factors, including—but not limited to—writing skill, command of grammar and language, competency, knowledge, ability, commitment, and goals. I cannot and do not make any guarantees, representations, or warranties regarding any results or outcomes from your participation in services. By registering for  the services, you agree that, I shall not be held liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages, or any other economic loss arising directly or indirectly from services.

Any content review provided does not replace professional editing.


Payment in full will be received by Laurie L. Dove  no later than three (3) business days before date of commencement of services. Any scheduled services will be postponed until funds clear and payment is made in full. In the case of payments made in installments, services will be scheduled after each installment is received.

You understand that, by registering for services, you are claiming one of a limited number of spaces available. Any and all payments made in connection with services secure your space to the exclusion of another, said payments are therefore, considered non-refundable.

Should the situation so warrant, as in cases of unforeseen travel or illness, a full or partial refund of fees is solely at my discretion, should cancelled calls not be rescheduled and the coaching package cannot be completed.

Scheduling of services will be done through a digital calendar and is booked based on the mutual availability of the parties. At times, illness or travel may require a call to be cancelled or rescheduled. Rescheduled calls will not incur additional fees.


You understand and agree that the tools, materials, and information presented within my services are my confidential, copyrighted, and the proprietary information, and that you will not record, duplicate, distribute, teach or train from the materials without my express written permission. Any unauthorized use or distribution of this Intellectual Property is prohibited and may result in further legal action.

Relationship Between Parties

I am an independent contractor and nothing in these terms will be construed as establishing an employment or agency relationship between us.

Acknowledgment of Terms & Conditions

Payment of fees for services will be considered Acknowledgment of Terms and Conditions described above.