Hi! My name is Nicole Whisler. I help writers craft stories they’re proud of—and reassure them that it’s okay to end a sentence with a preposition.
I’m a developmental editor and book coach who specializes in working with writers of fantasy novels.
Whether you intend to self-publish or publish traditionally, I will work to ensure your story has a “beating heart”—a theme or relevance that draws readers in and resonates deep within them. Many books don’t reach this level of emotional connection. I aim to build honest, lasting relationships with writers who want to write the best books they can. As a fantasy writer myself (I’ve written three novels and am working on my fourth), I understand the challenges that come with preparing your project for publication. I design my specific, constructive comments to help you dig deep and unearth the story you were meant to tell.
Story construction has always fascinated me. After graduating summa cum laude in 2010 with a B.A. in English Education, I taught English and creative writing for six years. Currently, I co-organize a writing critique group and am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association in addition to PEN.
If you’re searching for someone who will nurture your baby, click on the link to my website above to see if we might be a good fit for each other. My service options include the following:
- developmental edit
- book coaching
- alpha read
- line edit
You are welcome to email me directly or get in touch with me through my website. I offer potential clients a free sample edit of up to 1,000 words.
(Although I specialize in speculative fiction, I’m open to other genres. I love family dynamics, elements of mystery, psychological subjects or themes, suspense, and immersive worlds that linger in my mind long after I’ve read the last page.)
“Nicole's first editing and big picture report blew me away. Her talent for reviewing a story goes beyond practice and schooling. There is a level of insightfulness that strikes me as innate.” -Barbara L., Iowa
“Nicole’s suggestions and editorial notes have shaped who I am as a writer.” -Agalo D., Kenya
“I am so grateful for Nicole’s thorough assistance, which was above and beyond what I had anticipated. I’ve never received such a complete report from a book editor. I couldn’t be more pleased.” -Camilla H., Portugal
“Nicole has a knack for seeing where my characters lack the ‘punch’ needed to make my readers like/love them.” -Anne-Marie K., Denmark
“Nicole’s honest feedback and patience made me a better writer. She loves helping writers, and it shows.” -Virginia F., Iowa