There is no shame in needing help to do something big. And writing a book is a pretty massive project. It can be hard to find the time, set your own deadlines, and assess your work. Many a writer has gotten lost and given up.
If you’re struggling to start the book you’ve had in your head for years, or stay on track and finish a book you’ve started, consider working with me. I offer accountability, comprehensive feedback, and a kind and compassionate voice on the other end of an email or on the phone.
Together, we come up with a monthly schedule that works best for you and I help you meet both deadlines and word counts. I am your engaged reader, focused on how your book is unfolding and using all of my professional experience (and what some have called “uncanny intuition”) to assist you in producing your best work.
If your dream is to write a book, I would be honoured to be your companion on one of the most important journeys of your life.
I love working one-on-one with other writers and delight in being able to offer a thorough, thoughtful, and sensitive review of completed manuscripts. Memoirs, novels, short story collections, and self-improvement/inspiration are my areas of expertise. I pour a lot of energy and time into these reviews and only work with a handful of people every year.
During the review process, I highlight the strengths and potential of your manuscript, in addition to identifying any structural weaknesses or other issues that interfere with readability.
Some of my specific suggestions will include comments about:
- your writer’s voice
- narrative flow
- story arc and trajectory
- point of view (perspective)
- lingering unanswered questions
If you’re ready for a discerning reader to take you one step closer to publication and you feel like we might be a good fit, please reach out!
“Renée is a passionate and incredibly talented writer and writing mentor. When I began working with her, I didn’t know I was a writer, I just knew I had a book in me. Renée intuitively sees the writer within the individual and she skillfully and lovingly brings it out to be revealed. It was her passion for the writing process, her clear feedback, and her faith in me that allowed me to confidently find my unique voice and successfully get a book deal with a publisher. Renée is offering a great gift to the world: she is shepherding authentic voices that deserve to be heard and shared; voices that will then inspire others.”
Anne Bérubé, Author of Be Feel Think Do: A Memoir
“I sought out Renée’s support for my book because I wanted to work with someone who got me. Renée was a caring, yet discerning, set of eyes on my work, but perhaps even more meaningfully, Renee believed in my work. She helped me find the courage to continue forward with pitching and publishing my book. It’s a courage I still carry with me as I experience the vulnerability of releasing my heartfelt words into the world. Working from a place of soul and heart, Renée gently nudges writers into their fullest expression with nurturance and love.”
—Jessie Harrold, Author of Project Body Love: my quest to love my body and the surprising truth I learned instead
“When I completed the first draft of my new book I sent it off to Renée thinking she would help sharpen the focus, identify some inconsistencies, and find a few typos. I was pleasantly surprised when she returned the manuscript with some of the most detailed and insightful comments I could imagine. She was particularly great at identifying plot problems. By the time I read through all of her observations, I realized that if I paid close attention she would help take my story to a whole new level. Renée is honest and forthright but guides with an intelligent and gentle touch. When I reach that final point where I believe my manuscript is complete, it will be Renée who I’ll trust to give it that one last look before sending it to a publisher. I highly recommend her to anyone needing one-on-one mentoring/coaching or professional editing.”
Bette Cahill, Author of Butterbox Babies, News Producer/Journalist
“I first became aware of Renée’s writing talent through her blog and learned later of her expert mentorship of other writers. When the time came to find an editor for my book manuscript, I had no doubt about who I could trust with it. Thanks to her wise guidance, a clear structure and direction has emerged from a piecemeal first draft. Renée offers compassionate support to writers via timely feedback, and thought-provoking suggestions for how to engage future readers in a way that is true to our own writerly instincts. Her skills have been invaluable to me.”
—Elizabeth Peirce, Author of Grow Organic: A Simple Guide to Nova Scotia Vegetable Gardening
“I would not describe myself as a ‘natural’ novelist – but then that’s the point, really. There’s no such thing. Renée has been the kindly voice encouraging me to pick myself up when I think I can’t do it. At the points where I feel blocked, she unlocks the places I won’t or can’t go, allowing the flow of the writing take on new swirls and eddies that I can’t reach alone. Renée has been willing to walk alongside my journey with the characters even when they haven’t fully revealed themselves to me. She is aware both of the intense spirituality and the intense pragmatics of writing, which is such a strange alchemy of faith and commitment. She has helped me to remember this.”
—Jenny Chamarette, Writer and Film Studies Professor, London, UK
“I came to Renée with a big idea for a book. I asked her if she would hold me accountable while I went into seclusion to put my ideas into words. A little while later I handed the pages to Renée. She read them and then lovingly, fearlessly, pointed out what was truest and best, where the gaps and bumps were, and what stood in the way of my pages becoming a meaningful whole. She asked questions and made radical suggestions that left me breathless and inspired. As a result, I’m able to reach deeper, stretch further, and let go of my desire to be comfortable so I can write the book that wants to be written. Renée is a highly skilled mentor with a passion for truth. Her intuitive intelligence makes her unique style of mentorship/editing profound.”
Linda McLean, Writer, Singer/Songwriter, Facilitator Women Music’s Weekend
I wish that every writer—aspiring, emerging, or established—had access to a mentor, a guide as gifted as Renée Hartleib. Ever patient, knowing, spacious (and yet uncannily present), she will come to know the fullness of your voice before you do. And she will shine the light on the dark path you will walk to reclaim it. If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be under her writerly watch, run, don’t walk, toward it.