Red Pen for Rent

editor. writing coach. book scribe.

You are a serious artist dedicated to your craft.

The growth of indie publishing has created an exciting new world of possibility for authorpreneurs like you who want to maintain full control of their careers. You’re passionate about producing a professional-quality literary product. And you know that well-edited text with unobtrusive formatting is essential to setting yourself apart from the overabundance of self-published trash out there.

Everything else—from cover design and back cover synopsis to your social media strategy and author website—exists to promote your product. Remember: a killer marketing campaign is actually a detriment if readers discover that the book doesn’t live up to their expectations. And once that trust is broken, you’ve lost the chance at future sales.

Enter My Red Pen.

The right editor is the most valuable tool a writer can have. I provide the professional support and critical eye you need to become the best writer you can be. And because I only accept projects I can support wholeheartedly, you get a partner who is deeply invested in you and your work.

But I am no mere editor; I’m a wordsmith, a chameleon, an alchemist—slipping seamlessly into your voice and invisibly polishing your work to gold. You and I are a team in service to your book; it’s my job to take make sure your vision is effectively translated to your readers. And I’m really fucking amazing at it. But don’t take my word for it; just ask my clients!


The First Date

ready to give this partnership a whirl?

After you’ve written your manuscript, shared it with trusted beta readers, and self-edited to the best of your ability, the next step is to critically evaluate your product. That’s why we always start with The First Date: mini manuscript critique, sample edits, a chance to get to know each other—it’s the literary equivalent of dinner and a movie!

Meet the Editor

Experienced. Passionate. Dedicated to your success.

Alissa McGowan

Owner + Editrix Extraordinaire


I take pride in your words and My work

Contact Me

I can't wait to hear from you!

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