Coach Helen


In addition to writing, I am a freelance editor and enjoy helping authors shape their words into a manuscript that’s ready to send to an agent or editor. I love holding a client’s published book and know that I helped to make their dream a reality.

When I work on your book, I consider:

Line edits


Character development

POV switches

Passive writing





Stereotyped characters




$2 to $3 per page, depending on the amount of work involved – double spaced, Courier New or Times New Roman, 1-inch margins

You can send me the first 10 pages of your manuscript ($15) as a trial to see if we will work well together (do not send without contacting me first). If we decide to work together on the full manuscript, you can include those reworked 10 pages for free.

Critiquing a full manuscript can take anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on how many times I read the work. I have been known to work faster, but I would need to know upfront if, for example, your agent is in a rush and wants one more set of eyes to look at it before it goes to the publisher.

You can contact me at: coach AT helenginger DOT com


Volunteer Chair, Texas Book Festival, 2005 – Present

Owner/Partner and Women’s Marketing, Legends In Our Own Minds®, 1997 – Present

Freelance Editor and Book Consultant

Executive Director, Writers’ League of Texas, 2003-2005

Writer/Publisher, Doing It Write weekly e-newsletter for writers, 2000- Present

President, Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas chapter, 1996-1997

Former teacher at San Antonio College and Incarnate Word College: Public Speaking, Diction, Supervisor of Student Teachers

M.A. Southwest Texas State University, Speech Communication, specialization in Oral Interpretation, Thesis in Business Communication

B.A., Southwest Texas State University, Double Major in English and Speech Communication, graduated Summa Cum Laude


* Brown Foundation Fellowship
Brown Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center (Writing Residency)

* Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas, “Great Beginnings”

* Johnson County Creative Writers, Mystery Novel

* Writers League of Texas, A Volunteer of the Year

* Best Hook

* Johnson County Creative Writers, Short Story Finalist

* Johnson County Creative Writers, Mystery Novel


* “The Synopsis: Four Steps to the Ultimate SALES Tool,”
North Texas Professional Writers Association Conference and The Brazos Writers Conference

* “Marketing Your Book: Charting the Promotional Universe,”
Story Circle Network, Stories from the Heart III, Third National Women’s Memoir Conference

* “E-Zines are E-Z,”
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Windhover/New Texas Writers’ Festival

* Heart to Heart coaching
Story Circle Network National Conference 2010


If you'd like to find out more about me, fee free to explore my website, visit my blog, subscribe to the free ezine, Doing It Write, take a look at my Bio page, read some of my articles on my Resources for Writers page, or follow me on Twitter or at LinkedIn and the co-op blog, The Blood Red Pencil.
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