Welcome to Collective Self Editorial and Community Story Wrangling Services! Are you looking for an editor for your project? Someone to help gather and share your stories? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 206-805-9978. If I can’t help you, I likely know someone who can. Hours: Every day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. Select the tabs below for detailed service descriptions and costs.
My job is to help you be as amazing in writing as you are in person: to help you become more visible and better understood. As an editor and writing coach, I ensure that you create language and written work that reflect your true self. As a community story wrangler, I work with organizations, communities, and families to gather and share the stories you’re living: to help bring people and communities closer.
Crafting the amazing—whether that’s written content, learning experiences, stories, selves, businesses, or communities—in a chronically too busy and stress-generating world starts with remembering that we’re amazing. We are amazing! We have it in us to insist on thriving together as people and with each small step and misstep we take. We have teamwork, humor, flexibility, and a willingness to support each other as people (not just as coworkers, clients, or customers) within us too. We have it in us to grow curious about what matters most to those present with us and to let go of what doesn’t matter anymore. What matters most to me is our innate ability to find laughter, connection, and wisdom wherever we go. I look forward to learning what matters most to you!
- Copy editing & dev editing
- Community story wrangling
- Technical editing
- Writing coaching
- ID consulting
Description: Checking written content for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors, typos such as missed or duplicate words, and grammatical correctness, such as proper and consistent verb tense and sentence structure. Cost: $5 per page (assumes an industry average 250-word page).
Description: Depending on the project, this often involves improving the flow, identifying written content that could be cut, and checking content for internal factual errors, inconsistencies, and contradictions. Developmental (dev) editors can serve as a second set of writer eyes for authors by helping identify places where you lose readers and by suggesting ways to improve reader interest, clarity, character development, or plot (depending on the genre). We’re also used by organizations for important or widely-used documentation and web content. We may be brought in early to help create or improve the overall structure of the work or near the end to improve and reduce content prior to copyediting, to save money on copyediting. Note: Depending on the field, this type of editing may also be called content editing or substantive editing. Cost: $8 per page (assumes an industry average 250-word page).
Description: Gathering stories within your community, organization, or family and helping you figure out how to best share them with others. This work often involves getting to know people via in-person and Skype visits; individual and group interviews; helping people feel safe sharing their feelings and experiences; having fun together co-creating stories; writing stories and sharing them via websites, books, brochures, flyers, handouts, postcards, magazines, newsletters, letters, book jackets, songs (the sky’s the limit); and pulling in others as needed: for example, photographers, illustrators, videographers, etc. depending on how you decide to share your story. Cost: $50 an hour or on a per project basis (if project is well scoped).
Description: Editing written copy (details specified in contract) in a highly specialized, highly regulated, or cutting-edge field. In addition to standard editing tasks, technical editing may include researching (or helping create) correct product names and acronyms; ensuring content meets legal requirements and uses correct trademarking; proper use of organization-, association-, industry-, nation-, localization-, and/or globalization-specific language; working with other editors and writers to ensure consistency across products and projects; working to understand target audiences and then working with highly specialized subject matter experts to ensure that target audiences will understand what they are saying; creating project- or product-specific style guides for writers and other editors to use; working with localization experts to ensure that content and intent will be understood (or tweaked to work) in other places; working with accessibility experts (or serving as the accessibility expert) to ensure that content can be accessed by a wide variety of people with different needs; and updating existing trademark and legal lists, fictitious names lists, and organization-specific style guides with new product and project names, terms, and usage guidelines. Cost: $50 an hour or per project basis (if project is well scoped).
Description: This service is for those who want to invest in themselves as writers. Coaching may be for you if you like one-on-one help and are 1) a new or struggling author, 2) someone who has mastered their work (any field) and wants to take it to the next level via writing and storytelling, 3) struggling with writing but need to do more of it in your work life, or 4) someone whose first language isn’t English and who aspires to write more in English. We work together to recognize and tap into your strengths, improve your writing, and meet your writing goals. Typically, we start with an initial session in which you talk about your history and goals as a writer, I tell you about my background as it relates to your goals, and then I go home and review sample of your writing and send you some feedback. After that, we can have as many sessions as needed depending on your goals (examples: meeting monthly, meeting weekly for several months, or meeting just one or two more times). Cost: $55 per 1-hour in-person or Skype session. Receive a 10% discount if you book 3 or more sessions up front.
Description: As an instructional design (ID) consultant, I work with you to create more valuable learning experiences for those you serve. What we create together can vary widely: some examples include classroom-based course content, slide decks, instructor notes, online courses, better assessments, skills domains, objectives, learning-centered events/pop-ups/meetups, and accompanying job aids and other memory aids. I typically work hand-in-hand with subject matter experts (SMEs) to do my work: either 1) co-imagining or creating materials with SMEs or 2) offering SMEs suggestions and ideas to improve accessibility, engagement, learning outcomes, and/or retention for what they have planned or created. I come equipped with years of experience as a learning solutions consultant and instructional- and curriculum-designer within Microsoft, a masters degree in Adult Education & Training, a practice-centered doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, and my own research focusing on informal learning within self-organizing groups, work groups, and communities. I’ve studied more than 40 self-organizing groups and communities centered primarily on the U.S. West coast. Cost: $95 an hour or per project (if project is well scoped).
Description: For neighbors and friends I also provide:
- Coworking space creation advice, hosting, and host support
- Workshop and classroom support
- New writer, blogger, author, and poet support
- Caregiver respite and support
- New parent and pet parent support
- Home canning advice, teaching, products, support
- Avid home gardener advice, plants, and support
- Backyard barter event advice, products, and support
- Neighborhood-spanning event planning advice and support, including large-scale hopscotch-path creation advice and support
- Get away weekends here at the beach on Whidbey
- Pet sitting
- Sad, sick, or stranded neighbor support
Benefit: For the joy and privilege of living and sharing in this amazing world. No cost.
Dear Lori, thank you for the wonderful coworking day on Whidbey! We had an incredible time! Thank you for opening up your home and kitchen for us to play, create, enjoy, cook, and relax. It was so lovely. – Nicole
Lori, thanks again for letting us stay with you for the weekend. We had such a great time, as usual. I’m so happy we were able to spend some one on one time together. I always deeply enjoy the time I get to spend with you. I find you both to be wonderful role models. – Jane and Ryan
Fuck, man. Thank you. You are the smart big sister I always wanted. – Tabitha
Fantastic thoughts. Thanks so much Lori, your input has really lead to an improved book! I appreciate all the suggestions here to improve the book and help me as a writer.
I just wanted to let you know how important it was for me to hear the interview with Lori Kane, and say thank you. I have felt immobilized since the election and could not understand it. I have experienced the range of emotions as described by Lori Kane and just could not make the connection between all that and my creativity and ability to get out and shoot or even process photos. And have not had one single person in my life able to help me understand it and make some connection. Hearing this episode was life changing. Had no idea others have felt the same! So healing! Thanks much.