Book Midwife-Bringing Your Words to Light

Next to breathing (and singing!) I  love to write. But what I enjoy more than anything is cheering for you and breathing along with you, like a midwife helping bring your words to life. How can I help YOU? I’m available for brainstorming your book idea (is this really a book?) and consulting on planning, proposals and marketing, as well as the self-publishing process.  

Developmental Editing/Coaching Services include:

Discovery Phase–

BIG PICTURE VISION–helping you refine and focus on your message, i.e. does the arc of your work match the theme in your heart? Does your voice match who you are? 

  • Drawing out God’s gift in you–what do you REALLY want to write about? 
  • Why are you the one to write it?
  • Is there a market for your big book idea?
  • Have you been published before?
  • How comfortable and connected are you with social media?
  • Is there another way to tell your story (for instance, via website installments?)
  • Is there a memoir, narrative piece or book of poetry simmering under your skin?

Phase I discovery fee includes a questionnaire to determine project feasibility as well as writer’s background and experience. Fee is $150–includes phone and video consulting as well as checklists and information on the writing and publishing process.

Publishing Phase–

  • Fine-tuning Book Proposals or Pitches
  • Editing your rough draft
  • Finding services–interior design, cover art, layout
  • Helping get your work in print

Here is what Past Clients have said:

Jody does an excellent job of making you pause and think about what you are trying to communicate. Her thought provoking questions drew out the heartbeat of my story and helped me really think through what I was trying to convey.  She also guided me through the entire book writing and publishing process, offering countless recommendations and options to the many questions I asked her! As I first time author, I am grateful for her expertise from start to finish. I would highly recommend Jody to new authors who need guidance and are willing to allow themselves to work through the process as Jody encourages you forward. She truly inspired me to become the best author I could become and helped me create a book we both are proud of today!”

Amy Boykin, author of The Way – God’s Call on an Ordinary Family to His Extraordinary Life


Jody Collins offers so much more than simple editing services. My husband and I asked her to help us as we wrote the chapters for our book. While we had an official editor from our publishing company, it was so great to have Jody read through the chapters prior to our editor seeing them. She was able to read and edit with a big-picture perspective, enabling us to see how we could improve our overall flow and increase the reader’s understanding of our material.” Jen Ferguson, co-author of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography


“Jody is so much more than an editor, though she is that, too. She reads carefully and responds thoughtfully. But just as helpful as her ideas for improvement are her encouragement, her excitement, and her I’m-for-you attitude, all of which makes her thoughtful critique a sweet pill to swallow.”

Kimberlee Conway Ireton, author of  Cracking Up: A PostPartum Faith Crisis (Mason/Lewis Press, 2013) and The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year (InterVarsity Press, 2008).  When she’s not wrangling her 4 children or working on her Master’s degree, Kimberlee blogs at KCIreton.

“Jody was great help at editing the first two chapters of my women’s Bible study. Her sharp attention to details, tempered with gentleness, helped me to see and correct errors in my writing. Her suggestions overall expanded the marketability of my project.  Her input left me feeling confident as a writer. My previous experiences with other editors left me feeling beat down and insecure. Jody edits with a clear eye and a loving heart.” 

Laura Smedley, writer and certified Christian Life Coach. Laura blogs at journey girl.   Here’s a link to her book Desert Blooms–Finding God in Seasons of Waiting

“After months of wandering in the labyrinth I had made of my book proposal, I found a way out: Jody Collins. Her thoughtful guidance, critique, and encouragement helped me transform it from a tangled mess into a valuable tool. For that, and for her, I am grateful.”Natalie Ogbourne, writer and blogger at Along This Road.


RATES  vary depending on project. Generally a single fee is charged for consulting and coaching based on our first complimentary discussion. 

 Email me heyjode70 {at} yahoo{dot}com and let’s talk!

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3 thoughts on “Book Midwife-Bringing Your Words to Light

  1. Great skills to offer and the heart to match. Love the way you’ve laid out your page. If you post it, they will come . . .

  2. What a lovely unveiling! Say, would you consider working with a series of novellas? Humor, with a side of mystery?

  3. Congrats Jody! Lord willing, you would be perfect for my works in progress. This is perfect for you and us!

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