Sperry Editorial provides editing, writing, and research services for a variety of individual, nonprofit, and business clients. Shelley Sperry is a Certified Story Grid Editor, specializing in narrative nonfiction and historical fiction.
I'm Shelley Sperry, and I run a one-woman writing, editing, and research shop called Sperry Editorial. I'm a Story Grid Certified Editor, specializing in nonfiction and historical fiction—but I like helping writers tell stories in any genre. I provide developmental editing services to beginning and mid-career writers using the Story Grid method created by Shawn Coyne. Download my short guide to different types of editing here.
And if you're particularly interested in writing nonfiction, please take a look at my article, "Think Big: Tackling a Big Idea Nonfiction Story." You might also find the downloadable Core Questions Worksheet for Big Idea Books helpful as a starting point. I’m working with several clients right now who are combining memoir and “big idea” stories, which is a particularly exciting challenge. If you’re looking for a great book on the art of memoir, take a look at Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project and her website, which is full of helpful blog posts and inspiration.
I also work with nonprofit and business clients as a writer, editor, and researcher. Some recent projects include educational posters about the geological wonders of Yellowstone National Park; blog posts about alternative schools; and white papers about employing military veterans, strengthening voting rights, and expanding workers' rights on the job.
I offer a range of services to help clients tell better stories, including:
developmental editing based on Story Grid principles
researching, writing, and editing white papers, press releases, and web content
reporting and writing on current events related to education, labor, voting rights, and the environment
line editing of completed manuscripts
The Story Grid is a practical storytellers' toolkit developed by Shawn Coyne, an editor with more than 25 years experience helping writers craft stories that really work. Using Story Grid tools, I'll help you take a look at your book—or initial ideas for a book— to identify the type of story you're telling and to make sure the beginning, middle, and end will satisfy you and your readers. Then we'll dig deeper to analyze individual scenes using the same tools.
To learn more about the Story Grid approach, take a look at some of the most popular articles from Shawn's blog, or listen to the Story Grid podcast. If you enjoy dissecting plots and analyzing themes in films, then definitely subscribe to the Story Grid Roundtable podcast, a weekly deep dive into cinematic storytelling.
In 2019, I'll be launching a blog about reading and writing nonfiction. Until then, take a look at my post on the Story Grid site about Tackling a Big Idea Nonfiction Story.