Book Editing & Consulting

What's Your Story imageAs a copywriter and editor, I provide quality blogging, Web copy, marketing collateral, ghostwriting and more. I’ll help you write it or write it for you—copy that is memorable, effective, powerful and productive—on brand and on time.

I love being a co-pilot on your creative journey! 

As an independent book editor/writing coach, I offer book consulting and editing services at all stages: developmental and creative editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I can also assist you with book design and publishing. I will be at your side throughout, offering commentary and suggestions as you need them, not just red ink.

Write Your Way 2.0

Working with Jim was a blessing and a delight. He is impeccable with his word—he does what he says he's going to do on time and within the agreed-upon budget. And he’s an incredible editor. I've used him twice now as my business grows and I want him to continue to make my website as inviting as possible. 

Thank you, Jim, for your responsiveness, your intuitive and extremely helpful insights, and your kindness as a collaborator. I look forward to working with you again soon. 

Anastasia Frank, Relationship Coach at

James has that rare ability to not only be an outstanding writer and editor, but also able to share, teach and inspire others to find their own voice in their writing. His thoughtful, nurturing approach to his students — whether teens or adults — and his rich knowledge of language make him an excellent coach/mentor for anyone who needs guidance and encouragement in his or her writing, whether it’s crafting a college essay or a book manuscript. He’s also a fantastic copy editor. I highly recommend James. 

V Larson, Lifestyles editor and writer, Marin Independent Journal

Jim is a brilliant writer and editor who connects subject with audience intuitively and compellingly. A great mentor and collaborator, he is a rich literary resource, a wonderfully out of the box thinker and a listener with an ear for the music in words.

Alison Park, HS English Teacher, Marin Academy

As a first-time author, I know being guided by Jim Baldwin was one of the best decisions I made. He asked great questions to help me clarify my story. He provided positive feedback, encouraging me that my story was meaningful. Without changing any thought, feeling, or intention of mine, he helped me convey my point clearly and with impact.

Working with Jim, I learned the impact sentence structure had on content and how fewer words were often more powerful and direct.  He was calm, caring, and worked collaboratively with other members of my team. I am eager to work with him on future books. 

Karen Kaplan, Author, On the Yellow Brick Road

Mine was not an easy book to edit. It's a memoir after all, and I was emotionally invested in the contents of every page. What to leave in, what to leave out, how to structure the material, and how to best aim my natural enthusiasm—an excitement that showed itself in my run-on sentences, were all issues I had to deal with. Jim Baldwin's sharp but gentle eye helped immensely. With great respect for my work, he digested it thoroughly before offering suggestions. Then, with delicate precision, he began pointing things out that helped me better organize the material, and cut away just enough to bring the narrative into focus.

Lawrence Furman, Novato
Author, Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic