Past Meetup

Working with a Writing Coach or Developmental Editor

This Meetup is past

40 people went

Next Door Cafe

659 W Diversey Parkway · Chicago, IL

How to find us

We'll be in the open area just outside the conference rooms at the back of the at the back of the cafe.

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One of the best things an author can do is work with a writing coach or developmental editor to ensure the book’s content is as solid and marketable as possible. With the ultimate goal of helping the author create a compelling book that appeals to the target audience, a good editor or writing coach is invisible in the end product.

Join us to hear writing coach and developmental editor Jill Welsh ( discuss:

· Why working with a coach or editor is so important to a book’s quality

· Writing the manuscript with no assistance vs. writing it with the help of a writing coach

· Working with a writing coach vs. working with a developmental editor

· Finding and working with a good coach or editor

After the meeting, we'll walk down to Dunlay's on Clark (2600 N Clark Street) for self-pay food and drinks to continue the discussion. All are welcome to join us.

Please RSVP here on AND register at .

NOTE: You must be registered as a Next Door Community Member to attend this event. Joining the Next Door Community is totally free and will give you access to register for any of Next Door’s classes or financial coaching, which are also free of charge. Please register at ( Once registered as a Community Member, you will receive a monthly email highlighting Next Door’s calendar of class and events. No additional solicitation or emails will be sent to you, and your information will not be shared. When checking in at the event, if you are not signed up as a Community Member, the check-in team will ask you to sign up onsite.

Speaker bio:

Jill Welsh is an experienced manuscript editor and writing coach who works closely with authors to help them create the most professional and marketable books possible. She specializes in manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, and copy editing for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Jill has a background in traditional publishing and owns JWelsh Editorial ( She is also the president of Chicago Women in Publishing (, and you can contact her at [masked] .