Get Feedback on Your Book

Writing coach services

Maybe you’ve already written a book and just need someone to tell you whether it’s ready to be released into the great wide world — or at least ready to be seen by a literary agent. If it’s not yet ready? I can tell you why, and some steps you can take to take your novel or memoir to the next level.

I offer manuscript reviews on three different levels, including detailed reviews. But I often find that the first 20 pages are enough to give a solid diagnosis and some tips for moving forward.

If you’ve already got a potential Pulitzer-winning title on hand, I can assist with a query letter and agent search. There are thousands of agents in the world, and many of them are great, but even more are not (there is no certificate required, anyone can self-identify as a literary agent).

If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to write short stories or essays or books, or wonder how to get better at writing, set up an coaching session. Or maybe you’re stuck after writing the first half of your book, and have no idea where the second half is. My coaching package deals provide consistent encouragement and feedback.

If you’re hoping to sell your short fiction or nonfiction to literary journals or other magazines, hope to win writing contests or creative fiction fellowships, or apply to writing workshops, I can suggest strategies for success.

If you have a fascinating personal story or memoir to tell but want someone to help you shape and write your piece, I offer ghostwriting services and legacy memoir assistance.

Teaching and Speaking about writing

If you learn best alongside others, check out my teaching schedule at Hugo House in Seattle, where I offer classroom and online courses in short fiction, essay, finishing your book and more (I usually have at least one Hugo House class per quarter, and I offer yearlong classes in the fall. I’ve also taught online courses through Creative Nonfiction.

If you’re interested in pursuing an MFA in creative writing, I currently teach at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA at Lake Tahoe, which is a wonderful program, and I’m more than happy to talk about what SNC’s MFA can offer you.

You might also catch one of my lectures in a local venue—or hire me to speak to your audience. I’ve given writing craft talks at the Tin House Summer Workshop, The Seattle Public Library, and at Bread Loaf Summer Workshop, where I was a 2015 fellow in fiction.

At the University of Washington I taught undergrad prose classes at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.

“When I first started working with Peter, I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I couldn’t have told you anything about structure, voice, or story tension. I repeatedly came back to Peter as a teacher and later as an editor not only because I love his work, but because he isn’t scared to say the hard truths about what a story needs. He is always on the side of the reader, as every writer should be, and my work is better for it.

As a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, I
consider Peter a mentor and a favorite editor.”
— Paulette Perhatch, Author of "Welcome to the Writer's Life"

Your questions, answered (MayBe)

  • How should I send my work?

    I prefer Microsoft Word documents. If we're meeting in person, please bring two copies of between 10-20 pages per hour of meeting (Times New Roman, double spaced, 12 point font).

  • Can you connect me with an agent?

    I can ensure that you have the best list of agents to contact, and I can get you their real contact information (not a generic email address that will be only read by interns). In some cases, I do recommend a client to an agent, but this is uncommon.

  • How much do you charge per hour?

    I charge $120/hour. Regular clients can choose to book seven hours and get the eighth hour free.

  • Do you work with genre fiction writers? If so, which genres?

    I do. I have worked extensively with authors who are writing YA and middle grade (contemporary and within various genres), and I have worked with writers on thrillers, crime/mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

  • What type of fiction/poetry/nonfiction?

    There are very few limits. I do find that with some extremely experimental work, I simply can't understand what the author is attempting to achieve, and am unable to help them. If that is the case with you, we'll know it before we start.

  • Can you offer references?

    Yep. Just ask.