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Janine Noel, Editor

For nearly ten years, I have been working-one-to-one with talented writers in all stages of their writing lives. I find it thrilling to watch both fiction and nonfiction work become more vibrant and focused, speaking to universal themes, and leaving a lasting impression on readers. I particularly love helping writers in all genres create unforgettable characters, cinematic scenes, and stories that shine through fresh prose.

Developmental Editing

I offer developmental editing, a collaborative process to help you build a stronger story. I read deeply and analyze each work for craft elements (point of view, narration, character development, plot, subtext, structure & more) and I suggest targeted ways to strengthen your work. With new craft knowledge and a sharpened eye for revision, you become the writer you are meant to be.
I offer tailored services as well as guidance, support, and accountability along the way. I meet writers where they are in their projects, coming in as an editor at various stages in their work. Some writers may have a few opening chapters of a book while others may be polishing a later draft. We meet via Zoom for reviews.

If you live in the Bay Area, we can meet in person for reviews. Local clients often meet via Zoom & in person.

I provide editing services in the following genres:

  • Fiction: novel - literary as well as genre specific, such as women's fiction, sci-fi etc.

  • Nonfiction: memoir, essays/essay collections, genre specific, such as self-help, parenting.

Through Diablo Writers' Workshop we are offering two introductory packages:
  • Review of 10 page (2500 word) package 
  • Review of 20 page (5000 word) package
Learn more about all DWW editing services Here.
Additional services include:
  • Application consultation for those considering an MFA Program in Creative Writing.
  • Select Family History /Memoirs.

  • Select Middle Grade / young reader projects.

Hourly rate: $95 Contact:

What Clients are Saying

What clients are saying
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"Surviving the Unimaginable would not have come into existence as smoothly as it did without Janine Noel’s expert assistance. She understood my vision and gave my project laser-like focus and edits. Her extensive knowledge of the craft of writing made my words as clear as possible. Not only did I appreciate her skill and wisdom, but also her warmth and understanding of this topic which I am so passionate about. Janine really moved me."

Pascale Vermont

Surviving the Unimaginable

Nonfiction/Parenting & Self-Help

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