The Writing Doctor - When you want an experienced editor who goes the extra mile
Book editor and ghostwriterDevelopmental, Content, and Line Book Editor
Business Proofreading
Academic Copyediting

Charol Messenger
                                         The Writing Doctor
                                          Expert in FLOW

“Charol is an outstanding editor. Her work has saved me a lot of money, helped make me a lot of money, and I give her a very strong endorsement. She is part of my 'team' and does terrific work.” … “Charol, I am in London for the next two weeks. Movies moving. One fully funded. A couple meetings over here for another.” 2014 February - Ted Simendinger (aka Ocean Palmer) award-winning author of numerous books (novels, business, self-help), screenwriter, ghostwriter

As a professional book editor and academic editor for twenty years and business editor forty years, as well as a published author myself of many books, I appreciate the creative and technical challenges of being a writer and what it takes to make a manuscript publication-ready.

As a developmental editor and ghostwriter, my main strength is the ability to grasp the larger picture as well as the details and to shape the whole piece start to finish for reading flow.

I immerse myself in the soul of the book. I feel its pulse, its rhythm. A part of my structuring process is short paragraphs, short chapters, sections, and layout. In a book ghostwritten from interviews, the main body is the author's words, to convey your unique voice and vision.

I am honored to be a part of your journey in helping others. 

Charol Messenger, 2011. Professional Book Editing, all genres.I offer two service packages:
  1. Small work as you need it, to fit your monthly budget (consulting, coaching, proofreading; partial editing, development on a work-in-progress). 
  2. Full edit your completed manuscript  draft. Estimated costs are shown at each level of work: overview, analysis, roadmap, final light edit, line-content edit, developmental edit, academic; the larger the word count, the lower the rate. 
  3. Ghostwriting is a base price for (a) partially written draft, (b) write for you based on interviews and research.

Caveat: All of my work is substantive. Please read the details on the pages that fit your editing or writing needs.  Please keep in mind that all manuscripts from unpublished writers I have edited required a typical Line-Content Comprehensive First Edit. Each also was more editing and critiquing than the author expected. My goal is to deliver a publication-ready book.

Editing & Development Packages:



Include one-paragraph description of your project, service needed, project budget, and word count.

Over 1200 connections!
Member: CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association)
303-221-4409(voice mail on when writing) Denver, CO MT


UNIVERSITY WHITE PAPER, COPYEDIT with FLOW. 2014 February-"Charol, I have read this three times and you have done superb work and this paper not only satisfies it is exceptional. I know the instructor will be very pleased, as we incorporated many of his OE concepts and it flows beautifully. I am so pleased. Thanks again, Best, Robin." (fifth paper)

MEMOIR, 1st Place 2012- Opting In! Molly Fiore: "...Charol Messenger! ... found my voice and chipped away the rest.  What was left was amazing.  My expectations were far exceeded and I am beyond thrilled with what we created together." (full developmental edit)
MEMOIR, 4 International Awards 2012-Canal Zone Daughter: An American Childhood in Panama, Judy Haisten: "...Charol... is smart, intuitive, insightful, and honest. She provides tough attention to detail that writer’s crave. Her comments and suggestions were invaluable."
NOVELS, NONFICTION, BUSINESS, SELF-HELP - Business Silver Winner, Nonfiction Self-Help Bronze Winner, and three novels, Ted Simendinger (aka Ocean Palmer): "...a monster talent. She’s a great teacher and I’m lucky and grateful to have her. I work with Charol because I trust her. My work is better because she insists on my very best and settles for nothing less."

TRAVEL ADVENTURE - Best-seller! Amazon 4.5 stars!-3 MPH: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World, Polly Letofsky, memoir: "Charol [gave] my manuscript a solid foundation for successful publication.... Oh, thank the editorial Gods there are people like Charol who know this crap so I can just write and hand it over."
NARRATIVE NONFICTION, 2012 - The Last One: An Orphaned Child Fights to Survive the Killing Fields of Cambodia,Marin R. Yann: “Charol... you brought clarity to my own original voice. The quality of your work shows your strong passion in editing my book...  I love your work! Also, the synopsis ... is powerful, catchy, and sad. But I’m loving it!”

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