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writer, publisher :
Marcia Meier
Weeping Willow Books

Manuscript Critique

I provide manuscript review services for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. My critiques include line and/or developmental editing and a comprehensive written critique outlining strengths and weaknesses and specific suggestions for improvement. My fees are project-based and competitive. If you are interested in a manuscript review, send me an email.

Individual Coaching

My coaching - on an individual basis, in person, by phone and online via Skype or email - provides regular review, concrete suggestions for improvement, and encouragement in all aspects of fiction writing, (including story development, narrative arc, concept and structure, plotting, character development and dialogue) and creative nonfiction (including book proposal development for memoir, biography and other nonfiction). Please email me for information about fees for all my services.

years experience: 35

This writer is looking for an agent
Writing, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Line-editing
General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Travel, Memoir
"One of the things I feel most blessed by is my relationship with my editor and writing coach, Marcia Meier. Marcia has been my champion throughout this journey - has seen me through incredible self-doubt and fear; has held my hand and encouraged me when I was ready to walk away. There is no way - and I mean NO WAY - I would have developed into the writer I am today without her support." - Diana M. Wilson

“Always gracious - positive feedback - a wealth of information about publishing, blogging, writing editorials, you name it - Marcia knows her subject inside and out." – Gail G.

“I have been a published writer for several years, but Marcia's techniques helped me tackle some deeply personal stories that had been tugging at me for a very long time. I appreciate the comfortable environment she offers as well as her willingness to be honest with me.” - Lisa S.

"I was thinking the other day how it was about a year ago that I started working with you. I think of the confidence you've given me, the support and encouragement you've shown me, and I'm so grateful for your valuable insights on writing and life!" - Michele W.

"Marcia Meier is a lifeline! She offers excellent counsel, guidance and insider knowledge that is unparalleled. She is quick to respond, timely on deadlines, courteous and professional. As a first-time writer, Marcia's assistance and coaching enabled me to secure agent representation with my first query! I highly recommend her services to both experienced and new writers. I enjoyed working with her and would work with her again!" - Lynne F.

"You have helped me in so many ways. In all my 40 years as a writer, no one has done as much for me and my writing as you." - Patrick F.

Independently Published

Dick Jorgensen - O Tomodachi (Friend), 2015 (memoir)

Michael Scott Hanrahan – The Last Extinction, 2014 (environmental thriller in an enhanced book format, featuring animated illustrations)

Dawn Downey – Stumbling Toward the Buddha, Stories About Tripping Over My Principles on the Road to Transformation, 2014 (memoir, essays)

Kevin Bourke – Make Your Money Last a Lifetime, 2012 (finance, investing)

Joe Cobb and Leigh Anne Taylor – Our Family Outing, A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, 2013 (memoir)

Traditionally Published

R.K. Jackson – The Girl in the Maze, September 2015, Random House (psychological thriller)

Andrea Weir – A Foolish Consistency, Cedar Forge Press, September 2014 (novel)

Michele Wolfe – The Three Graces, 4Word Press, 2014 (novel)

Steve Bassett – Golden Ghetto, How the Americans & French Fell In & Out of Love During the Cold War, Red Hen Press, 2013 (history, collective memoir)

Billy Goodnick – Yards, Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams, St. Lynn’s Press, 2013 (gardening)

Under Contract with an Agent

Lynne Freeman – Masqued (first in a trilogy of young adult fantasies)


Eva Finn – Wise Before 25 (a site devoted to providing advice to young women from a woman who has seen – and lived – it all)

I have a memoir in revision (Face) and an anthology (Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty) for which I am seeking representation. I am the author of the critically acclaimed Navigating the Rough Waters of Today's Publishing World (2010, currently being updated), and Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific (1995). I also am at work on a collection of poetry.
Marcia has been a developmental book editor for the past eight years, after a long career as a newspaper journalist and marketing director for a small college. She has freelanced or written for a host of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Writer magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, Pacific Standard Magazine online and The Huffington Post.

She holds an MFA in creative writing and has taught for various institutions, including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Westmont College, Brooks Institute and Santa Barbara City College Adult Education.

Marcia is a member of the Author's Guild and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.