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Coaching & Editing 

by Kath Nyborg

 Readying you and your (SciFi, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Mystery, Thriller, Dystopian) fiction

& RPGs for publication

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Kath Nyborg 

I'm a genre story junkie.  I thank Nancy Drew, a curly-haired hobbit, and a planet called Dune for that.


Through the magic of WHAT IF?  genre fiction offers a respite from the turbulent seas of daily living.  Whether it's interactive fiction--such as RPGs or video games--or traditional novels, shorts, plays and movies, genre fiction not only entertains but allow us to live a thousand lives. 


The best genre stories change us and our world.

As a coach, it's all about your goals for your career and your evolution as a writer. 


As an editor, I want to see your best story come to light.  Together, we'll review your manuscript with an eye toward achieving your vision for the work.  Then I'll develop maps for its further development and revision.  When we're done, you'll send your fiction into the world with confidence.

How far or wide we travel is up to you. We can brainstorm glimmers of an idea into a full-blown plot, or deep dive into character arcs and narrative voice. Or perhaps you simply need another set of eyes to spy out where the plot holes lurk, or a friend in the wilds to point out what is marvelous in your fiction.  Whatever the need, I'll serve it up honestly and with fierce support for your creative endeavors. 

It is my pleasure to be a squire on your writing journey.  Drop me a line to begin.

My bona fides: I am a long-time member of Sisters In Crime and the International Thriller Writers.  I am also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Northwest Editors Guild. My BA is in Victorian Lit (Hello, dark and brooding!), and Theater Arts from Seattle Pacific University. For a decade, I was lead writer/editor for the first mystery MMORPG on the web. My free time is spent writing spec-fic, creating and playing RPGs, cooking, and taking pictures of my four-feets.




Every writer needs more than an editor now and then. Sometimes you want insight and encouragement, someone in your corner, someone who will cheer your career on, and help you achieve your writing goals.  This service is author coaching toward publication, pure and simple. 

Learn more about my coaching services.


When you've finished your novel's first/rough draft it's time to see how the story hangs together, if the characters have staying power, and where the plot holes dwell.  This service will not only give you an editorial letter pinpointing strengths and areas for improvement, but an in-depth chapter-by-chapter breakdown that will serve as a road map for revisions.  This service is also available specifically for character arcs and series arcs.  Learn more about my developmental services.


Do you want an editor in your back pocket while you develop or revise your novel?  This six-month to one-year package gives you multiple full read-throughs, monthly coaching calls, and weekly check-ins to keep your progress rolling.  You'll not only reach THE END of your novel but reach your audience, too.  

Learn more about The Process.

ROLE PLAYING GAMES - Systems & Stories

RPGs need a different kind of development and edit.  A cross between a technical manual and a short story, the best of rule books seamlessly mesh the crunchy bits with the illustrative heart that keeps your player--new or old--hooked.  We work together to ensure the whole package is ready for publication.

Learn more about RPG-Systems & Stories


From query letters to synopses, brainstorming plots or crafting openings that hook readers, I make sure you're covered!  Learn more about my other services.


Clients Say

If you're serious about getting your story ready for publication, Kath is the editor for you. 


No excuses, no coddling, just making my work solid.  She was vested in helping me become a better writer, and that's what it's all about.

Sally McDougall,

Kath is an exceptional editor.


Creative yet analytical, a coach and collaborator, Kath acts as a bridge between your manuscript and its readers. She works diligently to guide you in the right direction as she helps to create, develop and refine your story, its language and structure.


Positive and diplomatic, Kath has an uncanny ability to see the Big Picture of your work--to understand the story as it is written and to envision the manuscript it can become. With Kath as your editor, your work will be transformed into something you both can be proud of.

Kath meets the unique needs of her clients. With that comes her creative insights and her grammatical expertise.  I value and trust her suggestions implicitly.  Highly recommended.

Philip Cosand,

Lisa McClarron,


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