STORY DEVELOPMENT
& EDITING

ABOUT

Marissa is the writer’s secret weapon (shh!). Based in Hollywood, LA, she helps clients all over the world create immersive story experiences and strong narratives. She specializes in science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction, with publishing credits that include award-winning indie novels, Amazon #1 bestsellers and National Geographic hardcovers.

She’s the book editor at Startup Guide, working with a team of international writers to help entrepreneurs navigate startup ecosystems across the globe; a manuscript editor at Evolved Publishing, working at all stages from story development to final polish; and a regular guest on the SFF Audio Podcast where she discusses Philip K Dick stories and other speculative fiction. She also co-hosts a writer’s meetup in East Hollywood. In addition to speculative fiction and popular science, she loves video games and interactive fiction and is currently seeking collaboration with writers in these fields.

TESTIMONIALS

Marissa is a consummate and talented editor, always challenging me to look at my own work with fresh eyes and think again how to make it better. I attribute much of my growth as a writer in the last two years to working with her, and I count it a privilege to have had that opportunity. I cannot recommend her enough.

Ciara Ballintyne

IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD (Pinnacle Award Winner for Best Fantasy)

Marissa is a fantastic editor. … Her line edits are some of the best I’ve seen. I highly recommend her.

Dan Jeffries

THE SCORPION GAME (Quarter Finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

Marissa has reset my bar for creative collaborators. From the firm guiding hand, to the side conversations about literature, to the different points of view she was able to get me to look at my own work, our time together was invaluable.

Alys Arden

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Starred)

It’s kind of creepy, how you get in my head and know what I mean even when I write it badly. Some authors I know resent the edit process, but it felt empowering to share the vision with you. I learned more during these edit sessions about my own weaknesses and how a reader views my words than I have in any other experience.

Ellen Joyce

SHADOW SIDE

Your work is extraordinary. I can’t even begin to enumerate what I like about it. It’s all wonderful.

Bayard West

HARBINGER OF TREASON

Working with Marissa as a developmental editor was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She identified story issues that had escaped both me and my critique partners and made her suggestions with such insight and enthusiasm that I was left energized rather than anxious about the revisions ahead. I have no doubt my book is much stronger thanks to her guidance. Can’t wait to work with her again!

Megan Crewe

A MORTAL SONG (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller 2016)

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