"Margot clarified my writing without stealing my voice."

--Dr. Claudia Welch, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life

Since the early 1990s, I have been working very successfully as a freelance book editor and writing coach for people who have wonderful things to tell the world but are not professional writers. (Note: I do developmental editing and line editing, not copy editing or proofreading.)

I help new writers through the process, rewrite when needed and edit non-fiction manuscripts and book proposals. I also work with established literary agents to polish manuscripts for submission. I have worked on more than 25 manuscripts in the areas of psychology, personal growth, spirituality, memoir, consumer health, diversity and inclusion, and business. Over 95% of my clients have been able to find an agent, if they so desired, and nearly all have had their work published.

"If you ascribe to be a great writer, partner with Margot. Not only is she an expert editor, she is a skilled and caring coach. She will make sure that your writing shows your voice flawlessly. I worked with Margot on my first book and got a lucrative contract with a major NY publisher on the first try out the gate. Every penny I invested in her help was multiplied beyond my wildest imaginable. I don't think there is better person out there."
--Dr. Kathleen DesMaisions, author of Potatoes Not Prozac, The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program,
Your Last Diet!
and Little Sugar Addicts

"When I started working with Margot, she promised that, at the end, I would have an excellent book. It was in the contract. I was both surprised and impressed that someone would have the chutzpah to make such a promise. She delivered, and then some.

"She provided direction when I lost it, clarified my writing without stealing my voice, stayed on task, on deadline, and was available--heart and hands-- to the end. Working with Margot is one of the most fun and rewarding collaborations of which I have ever had the joy of being part."

--Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life

"Margot Silk Forrest is a gifted editor, teacher and coach. When she is done with your manuscript, you sound just like yourself -- only better. She gently but firmly guides you through the labor of delivering your book. Margot does very careful editing, but somehow manages to teach you to be a better writer at the same time."
--Susan Borkin, M.A. author of When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes

"Thanks to my brilliant editor, Margot Silk Forrest. She is truly a pleasure to work with."
--Dr. Margaret Paul, author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by God?

When I work with writers, I coach them on:
  • --The four questions every author needs to answer before starting to write his or her book
     (email me and I'll send them to you)
  • --How to organize a non-fiction book for clarity and ease of use
  • --Why to write the first chapter of your book last
  • --How to create a saleable book proposal
  • --How to polish a final manuscript for submission

If you want to talk about your book or other writing project,
give me a call at (805) 771-9522 or email me.

I am also the author of A Short Course in Kindness and co-author of EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy, The Soul in the Computer: Story of a Corporate Revolutionary and co-author of the craft book Sassy Feet: Paint, Embellish and LOVE Your Shoes (and Bags)!