Work With Tara

***Note: As of January 2018, I am no longer accepting new editing and mentoring clients. I will notify everyone when I open up mentoring and editing services again. In the meantime, you can still work with me in one of the writing classes I teach for San Diego Continuing Education. (Did I mention they are FREE???) Keep up to date on my writing classes by following me on Twitter (@taramgilboy), on my Facebook Page, or on the NEWS section of my website****

Do you want to work on your writing? Want feedback on your work in progress? Need deadlines to keep you writing to the end of that novel? Or maybe you already have a completed novel and need help determining a plan for revision? At Narrative Ink Editing, LLC, I offer both six month mentorships and manuscript evaluations in order to best serve your needs. I have extensive experience in writing, teaching, and editing, and I believe writing, like any skill, can be taught and improved with hard work and practice. I absolutely love working with other writers and brainstorming over their stories, and I look forward to working with you!

In a mentorship, I work with writers over the course of six months for a maximum of 30,000 words. Once a month, the writer submits a short story or novel excerpt of up to five thousand words. I then review the submission and send the writer my feedback, which includes a detailed line edit of the submission as well as a letter with “big picture” suggestions about things like character, setting, theme, plot, narrative arc, point of view, etc. During the mentorships, I also often write short “craft lessons” about different aspects of writing and assign writing exercises tailored to the writer’s needs. I offer mentorships in fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for children and young adults. Mentorships are 400 dollars.

A manuscript evaluation is for someone who has already completed a middle grade or young adult novel and would like feedback on the entire novel in order to develop a plan for revision. I provide a close line edit of the novel as well as an extensive editorial letter about big picture things like theme, point of view, character, plot, and setting. I identify the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and will respond to questions you have about the manuscript. Manuscript evaluations are two dollars and fifty cents per page (Times New Roman 12, double spaced), with a discount for first time manuscript evaluations.

If you’re interested in working with me, or if you would like to request more information, you can contact me here at Narrative Ink Editing, LLC.

Here’s what some of my previous clients have said:

Tara Gilboy mentored me through the Booming Ground program at the University of British Columbia. Our focus was writing for children. Tara has so many strengths as a mentor. She frequently provides a list of strengths demonstrated in the writing as well as tangible next steps. Those next steps are always written as suggested action items with clearly delineated strategies to improve the writing. The feedback is always detailed and specific. Expectations are shared with the student (e.g., page count, timelines, roles of student and mentor) and the relationship of mentor and mentee is professional and collaborative. Whenever I read Tara’s feedback both on the manuscript and in the notes, I never felt defeated or crushed. I felt hopeful and energized that I knew what was required to take my writing to the next level. I highly recommend that emerging and even experienced writers consider working with Tara.

— Cindy Matthews

 When I joined Booming Ground’s mentorship program at UBC, I was apprehensive about the personalized critical scrutiny my work would receive. I couldn’t even bring myself to write something new for my first assignment, building instead on a previously written piece. However, my anxiety quickly subsided. I found Tara to be a gentle, but perceptive reviewer. She provided prompt, extensive and constructive feedback that I came to anticipate, because it reinforced my sense of the value of my work, while motivating me to dig deeper and keep learning. The comments I received were both specific enough for me to act upon without confusion, and respectful of my autonomy as a writer. In fact, working with Tara, I came to see myself as a writer and I will always be grateful to her for that.

—Karen Rine


Having Tara work on my manuscript made such a difference to me. I’d published before but was stuck on a novel for middle grade children. I was impressed with her skills. Tara completely understood where I wanted to take the book and sensitively helped me get there by clearly pointing out areas where I was weak and giving me concrete suggestions for re-writing. For example she pointed out where I fell into the trap of telling, not showing, and then she marked places in the manuscript where I’d done just that. Her practical help enabled me to revise and submit the manuscript.

— Beryl Young


Tara Gilboy gave me sharp feedback on everything from character development, plot beats, and even help with grammar. She is a dedicated editor who spent weeks emailing back and forth with me just to get one tough line right. Her encouragement was extremely valuable. Tara picked up on things I’d missed myself, even when I was already into my fourth or fifth draft.

—Ben Beauchemin


I worked with Tara for a period of six months and throughout her feedback on my work was generous and insightful.  Each time she provided extensive notes in addition to marking up my story.  Not only was I able to generate tons of new work, but her feedback also allowed me to revise several pieces into final drafts.  Tara offered insights into problem areas with my writing and now I better know what to look for when revising myself.  The whole experience allowed me to take my writing to a new level and shortly after I ended up with my first publication.  All around Tara is a great mentor – always patient and friendly but offering honest and professional feedback.

—Emily Webber

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