Editorial Services

I’m a bilingual writer and editor with over two decades of experience.

Writing Coach

From your book’s outline to the finished manuscript, I offer you weekly support and feedback to get you writing consistently and well.

Developmental Editor

Get detailed comments to improve your finished manuscript: clarify your themes, review the structure, develop your characters, and burnish your style.

Ghostwriter

You have a unique story. I can help you write it in an engaging way. I ghostwrite memoirs, narrative non-fiction books, articles, and blog posts.

Writing Coach

Tell Your Story

Many writers face daily struggles that derail their creative process. Perhaps you have a hard time keeping up a writing schedule or you got stuck in the middle of a manuscript. Or maybe you fear your book doesn’t have a clear theme and the story rambles. You don’t need to face these challenges alone.

 

As a writing coach, I’ll help you take your manuscript to the finish line with confidence. I’m committed to supporting you and challenging you to do your best work.

 

This is how we will collaborate:

  • I will help you clarify the main theme(s) of your book and create an outline.
  • You will submit 10-20 pages a week and I will provide feedback in writing. The main focus will be developmental editing (plot, style, themes, characters, and so on), although I may suggest some line edits. I will also point out your main strengths and suggest how to leverage them.
  • We will have a ½ hour phone call every other week for guidance and support.
  • Enjoy unlimited email access to me between phone calls.
  • Minimum commitment of four months.

 

Contact me for information about pricing. Each package includes a complimentary half an hour phone call to discuss your project.

Developmental Editor

Strengthen Your Voice

A writer writes alone, but every great book is the result of a collaboration. As a developmental editor I can help you answer the many questions swirling through your mind: Is the structure of my book the best one for the story? Are the characters well developed? Is the plot engaging? Does it flow well? Will the first ten pages of my manuscript grab the attention of a literary agent, a publisher, and ultimately, the reader? Is the end impactful?

 

I will help you make your manuscript the best that it can be, by analyzing structure, plot, narrative arc, characters, style, and themes.

 

This is how we will collaborate:

 

  • We will have an initial phone or video conversation to talk about your project.
  • I will read your manuscript at least two times: the first one is a read trough to get a general impression of the story. The second time I will make detailed comments on the margin and use track changes for suggested edits (these are developmental edits, not copy editing, as the manuscript can still change a lot at this point.)
  • I will send you the manuscript with my comments and tracked changes, and a 2 to 3 pages editorial letter detailing my main recommendations to improve the book.
  • We will have a second phone conversation to review my suggestions, answer any questions you may have, and discuss next steps.

 

Contact me for information about pricing. Each package includes a complimentary half an hour phone call to discuss your project.

Ghostwriter

Build Your Legacy

I believe that the most precious gift you can leave your loved ones is getting to know the TRUE you. That’s why, as a ghostwriter, I specialize in legacy memoirs. Each person has a unique story, but maybe you don’t know where to start or how to tell it. I can help you write your story in an engaging way, so your memoir becomes a beautiful extension of you that will live forever, and a beloved heirloom for generations to come.

 

Here is how we will collaborate:

 

  • We will have an initial call to discuss your project and draw a general outline of your life’s milestones. We will tease out not only major chronological events, but also the dreams, struggles, and learnings that shaped your life.
  • We will meet for a series of 2-hour interviews (in person or by phone/video). Our conversation will include questions designed to elicit your memories. I will record your answers. (Nothing you tell me will be published in the memoir without your permission. All the recordings are your property and will be given to you at the end of the process.)
  • I will transcribe the recordings and use them as the foundation to write your story, so it will be told in your own voice.
  • You will review the manuscript and provide feedback three times: 1) Each chapter individually in a Word document. 2) The whole book in a Word document. 3) The whole book in its final designed layout. Additional reviews are available for an extra fee.
  • I offer trade book or illustrated/luxury book formats (coffee table book). For the luxury format, I will help you select images, and I’ll optimize them for display. Each luxury book offers a unique design suited to your story and your personality.

 

 

Contact me for information about pricing. Each package includes a complimentary half an hour phone call to discuss your project.

My Credentials

I have over twenty years of experience as a writer and editor. I have worked with C-Level executives and people without a high school education to make their dreams of publishing a book come true. I am fully bilingual English/Spanish.

 

I have a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Contemporary literature from UC Berkeley, where I also taught literature and creative writing for 12 years. My personal essays have been published in prestigious literary magazines like the Chicago Quarterly Review and Front Porch Journal, and my story “My Books and I” was listed as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays anthology (October 2019). I have also published in general interest outlets like the Huffington Post and Better After Fifty, and I managed a blog that reached over a million monthly readers in less than a year (El Blog de BabyCenter).

 

I respect each client’s specific strengths and goals, and I offer a fully individualized approach to each project and passionate support throughout the process.

Testimonials

“Isidra got my voice throughout and wrote my story in a masterful way. I found great pleasure in working with Isidra during sessions that focused on getting to my most intimate memories. She knows how to ask, how to inspire trust, and how to tell an engaging story.”

— Celia Tejada

Isidra had the patience and dedication to listen to my story and the creativity and skills to help me bring it to paper for my son. She has become a true friend and the person that knows me best in the world, and for that, I’m honored.”

— Marc Stoll

“Isidra Mencos escuchó mi historia con atención, la entendió, y me ayudó a escribirla, empujándome a ir hondo para extraer su sentido. Escribir con ella fue una experiencia maravillosa, porque además de ser una gran profesional, es una gran persona.”

— Carmen Cambil Maleno

“Isidra is the consummate professional. I am grateful for her expertise and direction during the editing of the Spanish version of my book. As an author, I couldn’t have worked with a more efficient and thorough editor. I highly recommend her work!”

— Mari Bellas

“It was a real pleasure to work with Isidra. Since our first introduction, Isidra has been nothing but friendly, professional, and courteous. She provided great insight about my story, told me where I needed transitions, and story adjustments. I look forward to working with her again soon and would recommend her to anyone looking for an editor.”

— Mari Rodriguez

“Admittedly, I came to Isidra for help, as a new writer, with absolutely no author experience other than papers I wrote on select subjects for university assignments. And I came with a very ambitious project, a biographical novel about my father, Daniel Santos, a Latin American musical icon who led a controversial and unmatched life and career due to his political ideals, his multiple marriages, and thousands of recordings.

The research and writing style required an impeccable novel in order to pass the scrutiny of his thousands of fans, many of whom are actual academics of his life and music. Isidra was instrumental in the writing of my novel through her developmental coaching. Thanks to her candid, easy-to-follow suggestions, I was able to quickly catch on and work independently after a short period of time under her tutelage. I am grateful that my first book-writing lessons came from such a skilled author as Isidra Mencos.”

— Danilu Santos-Price

“Isidra Mencos delivers the highest quality of work on time. Her collaboration and creation of content for MITS has been unparalleled. It’s very easy to work with her as she quickly understands what you need. Her writing is succinct, engaging, and delightful. Her knowledge of SEO principles and strong research skills makes her an asset to our company.”

— David McCoy-Galicia, Founder and President.

“You’re a pro. These articles look fantastic. They are truly relatable. Your article suggestions and your output are great! Keep them coming!”

— Erin Merani, Editor.

“I am beyond grateful to you for the expertise, skills, professionalism, and energy that you brought to the branded content work. On top of the excellent work you did, you gave me peace of mind as I went out on maternity leave – a huge gift! 🙂 Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.”

— Jenny DesJarlais, Managing Editor.

“Isidra is terrific at doctoring content that hasn’t shaped up correctly. She’s thoughtful, creative,  energetic, and delivers the best.”

— Bruce Raskin, Former Executive Editor of Time Inc.

“I hired Isidra as an editor to bring my writing to the next level. I had already written three books and been published in a number of business publications. But I wanted to elevate my style and place my articles in major publications. She provided invaluable feedback about my ideas and storytelling techniques, which included several rounds of developmental editing. As a result of her assistance, I felt much more comfortable submitting my essays to major publications. Many thanks Isidra!”

— Joe Kutchera, Writer, Author and Speaker.

“I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Isidra on a book for parents to help their young kids become eager readers. Isidra was a good listener and asked insightful probing questions. She is well organized, and systematic. After each session together she would deliver a revised section with efficiency and clarity. What a delight! I highly recommend her ghostwriting and editing services.”

— Judy Kranzler, Founder and Director of Pedagogy of “Reading Revolution”.

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