Here There be Mentorship: Conquer Your Monsters

kind, consistent editing to get you where you want to be

Holding your book in your hands—are you hungry for that?!

Crowning Your Creativity!

Every time one of my clients receives their book, they call to share that experience with me, “I’m holding it right now—my book!” Many of my female clients say, “I can’t even tell you. I feel like a queen!”

But getting there isn’t always a straight path. My own journey from unpublishable to published took five years and two significant rewrites. It also took a lot of stubbornness, courage & listening to my instincts. I had to learn to leash my monsters & crown my creative efforts! My gift is that I can help you do that too.


I chose some indomitable literary figures to inspire what I can offer you. Depending on your current level of training, your writing experience & what you want to accomplish, there are many writing & publishing related packages here! It’s also worth considering your long term goals. Once published, do you expect to do a book tour & give readings? If so, you may want to consider a package with a Performing Poetry & Prose option or choose a Public Speaking add-on. A non-refundable deposit of 10% is due before we begin working together. Payment plans are available; see my Mandate Rates for Queens, Words Warriors & Worthy Projects!

Don’t just achieve—conquer on your terms. Write you!

Mentorship Packages


My packages are based on page length & desired mentorship. I even have an add-on section & a custom option so that you can create the best mentorship experience for you!


Grendel’s Mother

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.

Audre Lorde

Grendel’s Mother will meet all your needs for writing projects up to 500 pages as well as for intensive, structured writing guidance. Grendel’s Mother will ensure you are presented with a polished professional manuscript & an ebook edition. In addition, you will receive guidance on elevating your work & effective personalized strategies on how to wow an audience when you give a reading. Grendel’s Mother will boost your confidence, your skillset & provide a publishing-ready experience combined with university calibre creative writing coaching.

Best for Poetry Collections, Academic, Novels, Nonfiction, Memoir, Hybrid, Anthology or Co-Authorship texts up to 500 pages.


Grendel’s Mother Package includes:
2 Cover-to-Cover Substantive Edits or
2 Skill Building Edits
1 Final Substantive Proofing Edit
3 hours of One-on-One Mentorship
3 hours of Poetry & Prose Performance or
2 hours of Public Speaking Coaching
1 hour Manuscript Consultation
30 minute Layout Design Consultation
1 Professional Paperback Layout (industry sized)
1 Kindle Ebook Layout (kdp file publishing ready)
Final product = 1 Publisher-Ready MS Word file & PDF
& 1 Kindle Ebook kdp file

Grendel’s Mother = $4000 CAD + tax


Grendel

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can.

Jane Kenyon

Grendel will satisfy your needs in completing an average sized writing project & provide intensive genre elevation. Grendel’s Substantive Edit option will ensure you can present a polished professional manuscript to a publisher. In addition, you will receive detailed feedback on where & how you could elevate your work or wow an audience when you give a reading. If you want the best of both worlds, a polished manuscript & elevated writing, choose Grendel’s Skill Building Edit option to pair with 3 hours of One-on-One Mentorship! Grendel will boost your confidence, your skillset & provide a publishing-ready experience combined with university calibre creative writing coaching.

Best for Poetry Collections, Novels, Nonfiction, Memoir, Hybrid, Anthology or Co-Authorship texts up to 300 pages.


Grendel Package includes:
2 Cover-to-Cover Substantive Edits or
2 Skill Building Edits
1 Final Substantive Proofing Edit
3 hours of One-on-One Mentorship or
2 hours of Poetry & Prose Performance
1 hour Manuscript Consultation
30 minute Layout Design Consultation
1 Professional Paperback Layout (industry sized)
Final product = 1 Publisher-Ready MS Word file & PDF

Grendel = $2500 CAD + tax
Add an official Kindle ebook (kdp) for $250 CAD!


Little Grendel

And though she be but little, she is fierce!

William Shakespeare

Little Grendel will meet all your needs for smaller projects or light writing guidance. This is an active form of mentorship where we use your own writing to refine or produce a manuscript (or the beginnings of one) up to 150 pages. Even if you are not preparing for publication, Little Grendel will give you confidence, courage & a publishing-ready experience combined with university calibre creative writing coaching.

Best for Poetry Collections, Chapbooks, Novella, Nonfiction, Memoir, Hybrid, Anthology or Co-Authorship texts up to 150 pages.


Little Grendel Package includes:
1 Cover-to-Cover Substantive Edit or
1 Skill Building Edit
1 Final Substantive Proofing Edit
2 hours of One-on-One Mentorship or
Manuscript Consultation
30 minute Layout Design Consultation
1 Professional Paperback Layout (industry sized)
Final product = 1 Publisher-Ready MS Word file & PDF

$1500 CAD + tax
Add an official Kindle e-book (kdp file) for $150 CAD!


Grendel’s Arm

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes we wander off in search of an extra limb or two to assist us in climbing to our greatest heights. All of Grendel’s arms are priced to pair with your chosen package. Make your monster serve you!


Skill Building Editing = $50/hr
Extra Round of Editing = $250 per package
Kindle Ebook = $250 for Grendel; $150 for Little Grendel
One-on-One Mentorship = $50 CAD/hr for Grendel’s Mother & Grendel; $70 CAD/hr for Little Grendel
Performing Poetry & Prose = $50 CAD/hr for Grendel’s Mother & Grendel; $70 CAD/hr for Little Grendel
Public Speaking Mentorship = $50 CAD/hr for Grendel’s Mother & Grendel; $70 CAD/hr for Little Grendel
Transcription (handwritten sheets to Word/pdf) = $50 CAD/hr
Ghostwriting (for anthology/co-author projects) = $50 CAD/hr
Field Expert Facilitation (your expertise into layman’s terms) = $100 CAD/hr
Project Illuminating (I am committed to honouring your voice, which may mean I need more time to making your work shine) = $250 CAD/per chapter for Grendel’s Mother & Grendel; $250 CAD total for Little Grendel


Master Your Own Monster Custom Package

Beware; I am Fearless and therefore, Powerful.

Mary Shelley

What are you looking to achieve with your writing or skill set? If you’ve had a look at all I have to offer but none of it quite fits what you know will get you to your goals, contact me! I would love to make something just for you!


Mandate Rates for Queens, Word Warriors & Worthy Projects

Are you courageously pursuing your path, dedicated to bringing your project into the world, but money is tight & you think, I can’t afford Kayla. Not true. Reach out to me & we can discuss NOT-FOR-PROFIT PRICING. Do you work in the Arts? Are you a single parent, an immigrant, identify as BIPOC or 2SLGBTQPIA? Do you live with disability? If you have a dream that involves writing, know that my business mandate includes RATE REDUCTIONS & PAYMENT PLANS! Please feel free to discuss your project & budget with me. I want to see you achieving your dreams!

Your thoughts & ideas are valuable. Your perspectives & manners of expression have the power to uplift, inform & validate. When you bravely write about YOU—your experiences & your identity—when you share what’s true to you, you may find your writing helps not only YOU to be you, but someone you may never meet. Especially if you boldly & bravely write your own truth.

Kayla Geitzler – Editor & Writing Consultant

Mentorship
Services


Mentorship is collaborative: we work together to achieve your goals. That includes customized packages & services! Make sure you tell me about you & ask for a free sample edit!


One-on-One Creative Writing Mentorship

Everyone’s different, which means we have learning preferences or just learn differently. Direct one-on-one mentorship sessions, either in-person or over zoom, are usually preferred by extroverts, aural & visual learners & often by individuals with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD & executive dysfunction.
Inspired by Margery Kempe, a medieval mystic from King’s Lynn in England, Margery was a mother of 14 children & was believed to have suffered from postpartum depression. She didn’t let that keep her from accomplishing her dream of writing a book. As was common with many women of that period, she was illiterate, so she did get some help. In honour of Margery’s dedication to boldly writing her truth & overcoming the patriarchy in her lifetime, my standard hourly rate has been reduced by $25 an hour & the Margery Kempe package has been reduced by $100.


Margery Kempe Package includes:
10 hours of In-Person or Zoom Consultation
(or 5 hours of In-Person or Zoom Consultation & 5 hours of Skill Building Editing)
Writing Exercises to strengthen your practice
1.5 hours of Poetry & Prose Performance or a free workshop!

$75 ($100) CAD per hour
$700 CAD for 10 hours
Margery Kempe Package = $900 ($1000) CAD + tax


Performing Poetry & Prose

They’re amazing, aren’t they? Those writers who own the room. They’re experts at what they do & creating an experience. They take their time, set up at the mic & as they address the room, the audience slips into spelled silence or rises up to callback to the reader. That comes naturally to only a few writers. Most of us, regardless of our genre, have to learn that skill. A few key things, like bravely being yourself, connecting with your audience & commanding your writing in oral form make for a memorable reading, but more than that you become unforgettable. In honour of a skill that serves in nearly every facet of everyday life, I am offering packages that celebrate you & your voice & how you can influence the world around you.
One-on-one Performing Poetry & Prose coaching is centred in rhetoric & recitation—how to do more than effectively engage with & perform your work. If you are interested in exploring a wider range of creative self-expression, I offer two packages!


Creatives Conquering Package includes:
3 hours of Rhetoric & Recitation Coaching
2 hours of Public Speaking Coaching
1 hour of Rad Rebuttals & Flyée Fierceness

Awe Your Audience Package includes:
4 hours of Rhetoric & Recitation Coaching
3 hours of Public Speaking Coaching
2 hours of Rad Rebuttals & Flyée Fierceness
1 hour of workshop co-hosting or spotlight at the Attic Owl Reading Series

$100 CAD per hour
Creatives Conquering = $500 CAD + tax
Reaching the Room = $1000 CAD + tax


Public Speaking Mentorship

Does speaking to a large group or presenting with your team scare the bejeezus out of you? Perhaps you’re an introvert or want to finesse your skills. Whether claiming your seat at the table or standing behind a mic, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Instead, crown yourself with confidence & capability! My One-on-One Public Speaking coaching is centred in rhetoric, confidence-building & presentation—how to effectively engage with your audience & exploit your topic & yourself to your best advantage. When you get on stage or take that mic, you will know that the audience will hear you! These packages build on formal & informal presenting skills, methods of engaging & persuading your audience as well as how to handle objections or unwanted feedback. I create a customized program just for you!


Presenting Perfection Package includes:
3 hours of Public Speaking Coaching
2 hours of Rhetoric Coaching
1 hour of Rad Rebuttals

Ruling the Room Package includes:
4 hours of Public Speaking Coaching
3 hours of Rhetoric Coaching
1 hour of Rad Rebuttals
1 hour of Working Within My Words

$100 CAD per hour
Presenting Perfection = $500 CAD + tax
Ruling the Room = $1000 CAD + tax


Business Writing Mentorship

As an entrepreneur* & professional writer, I know the stress of writing & communicating within your business. How do I communicate clearly & effectively with other businesses? How do I say this properly? Is this the right tone & phrasing for my target audience? That’s why I’m here to help. This service is a combination of One-on-One Mentoring & my incredible Skill Building Edit customized to your needs! Reach out to me to discuss how I can help you succeed.


$125 CAD an hour + tax
$500 CAD for 5 hours + tax
*See my Mandate Rates for Queens, Words Warriors & Worthy Projects (above) if you are an entrepreneur, woman in business, identify as BIPOC or 2SLGBTQPIA, or are a not-for-profit organization.

Schedule a time to chat with me about your project!

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