Manuscript Consultation and Development
Every book has different possibilities; every writer, different needs. I work with a limited number of writers to help them shape their stories, move their readers, and reach their own goals. As a mentor, and reader, I look for the heart of your story, your unique urgency. We will consider the big picture, as well as the details, and do some brainstorming. Together we look for patterns, for clues that you are leaving for yourself, for opportunities to explore. We will tease out the surprises and idiosyncrasies that belong to you alone. Our goal is your vision realized and your voice raised.
I have an affinity for literary fiction and memoir, though I have worked with many different kinds of writers. I am interested in structure; in memory; in language; in risk. I came to prose from science and taught myself to write. I believe in reading, and in learning the rules and conventions so they can be broken with abandon, even turned upside down. I am also very interested in writing from the margins. I believe we all have a story–more than one–and a unique voice, and that our stories are important to the world: expanding our concepts of who we are in society and culture, and who we can be when we allow ourselves to explore the world outside of expectations and find our authentic selves.
My work ranges from coaching to manuscript consultation for writers who have completed a full draft. I can be helpful with regular telephone or video calls, or offer developmental critiques for manuscripts in progress for writers who are serious about their process and their growth.
Flat fees vary according to manuscript length and the kind of feedback that works best for you. A standard consultation includes margin notes on the manuscript, a letter, and/or a conversation. Please contact me for further information. My availability is limited by my own writing schedule.
Working with Reiko
“When offering me feedback on my manuscript, Reiko left no word unturned; she read the work thoroughly and her suggestions came out of that close reading. She is what I want most from an editor, someone who offers ideas to help the work become more of itself. It was without doubt an experience I will repeat with future manuscripts.- Elena Georgiou, author of The Immigrant's Refrigerator and others
“Having Reiko’s eyes and energy on my work has been a relief for my weary writer spirit. She swoops her purple pen across my page in the best of ways, showing me the strengths while pointing and tugging at what might have been a hidden focus of a piece. More than an editor or writing coach I think of Reiko as a trusted intermediary, a magical translator of sorts—consistently connecting me with my work while helping me see where it’s going. She’s a steady compass/GPS with heart, intuition and understanding. In a wise, gentle way, I can count on her to ask the difficult, unexpected questions that lead to the breakthroughs. To both my writing and my process, her caring insight has proven invaluable.”- Regina Tingle
“I worked with Reiko on a memoir about a dark and scary time of my life. She approached my work with a rare combination of loving kindness, insightful and honest feedback, humor, and shrewd suggestions. The manuscript review and thorough cover letter were all I needed to revise and finish my memoir. It was like having her by my side for a wonderful and enlightening experience. Reiko has a gift for seeing where a manuscript is heading and suggesting how to get there. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.”- Fredrika Sprengle