Hi, I'm Stacy Juba.I teach authors how to simplify the writing and editing process, fit their goals into a busy life, and maintain a positive mindset.
Ready to ditch the overwhelm and transform your writing, editing, and time management strategies?
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Book Blurbs Made Simple: How to Write Back Cover Copy That Stands Out and Hooks Readers
Learn the secrets to hooking readers in seconds. This $9 mini course helps fiction and nonfiction authors to master their blurbs so they can draw in readers and sell more books. The course includes videos, a 50-page workbook, cheat sheets, and more tools.
How to Create Your Editing Game Plan Masterclass
Inside this free masterclass recording, you’ll learn the: 4 stages of editing, types of editors and what they do, and the average costs of publishing a book. You’ll also walk away knowing why hiring an editor too early can be a costly mistake, the differences between high-level and low-level edits so that you can aim high, and the basics of the self-editing framework I’ve taught to hundreds of authors.
The Looks and Gazes Quickstart Guide
Do a search and I’ll bet you find more “looks” than you expected in your manuscript. Download The Looks and Gazes Quickstart Guide and discover more than 100 ways to describe your characters’ looks and gazes. These free cheat sheets come from The Energize Your Writing Toolkit, so get a sneak peek and start punching up those trite sentences.
Hey, there! I’m an author of 10 books, a freelance developmental editor, online course creator, freelance journalist, mom of two, cat owner, yoga enthusiast . . .
Whew! I’m busy, just like you are. I caught the writing bug in third grade and it has stuck with me ever since. If you’re reading this, then I’m going to hazard a guess that you have the writing bug, too.
A passion for telling stories is a wonderful thing, but we call it the writing bug for a reason.
Just like a medical ailment, it comes with some unpleasant symptoms:
😟 Overwhelm when you stare at a blank page as you’re not sure what to write next.
😟 Overwhelm when you stare at a filled page, wondering how you’re going to pull off a rewrite.
😟 Confusion about what to fix first. Plot holes? Characters? Body language? Description? Voice? Pacing? Word choice? The list seems endless.
😟 A nagging urge to write your story while you’re working, making dinner, watching TV, taking a shower, or marketing your published book.
😟 Guilt that you’re too tired to write when you finally have time.
Can you relate to any of these? I’ve grappled with ALL of these “symptoms” over the years, and I’ve also watched my editing clients struggle with them.
That’s why I’ve developed proven systems to help you streamline the self-editing process, transform your writing, and manage your time better. Want to get your hands on my tips and tricks? Keep reading!
Explore a few of my programs for authors
Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable
Discover my signature self-editing framework, a complete step-by-step system that teaches you how to spot the flaws in your novel and fix them so that you can ditch the overwhelm, save time and money, and better your chances of impressing readers, agents, and publishers.
Time Management Blueprint for Writers: Transform Your Life and Finish Your Book
Do you ever feel as if you’re juggling too many balls and your writing career is always the one that gets dropped? Using a 4-part framework, this self-paced course geared specifically toward writers will guide you through the process of organizing your life one step at a time so that you can become healthier and happier while boosting your creativity and productivity.
Developmental & Line Editing Services
Are you ready to have your entire manuscript developmentally edited? Or maybe you’d just like to have a few chapters evaluated to see if you’re on the right track. Visit my editing service page to discover how I blend a thorough manuscript evaluation with line editing magic to help you get your book closer to publication.
What's my story?
I published my first book at age 18, back in the early 1990s. Over the years, I’ve published 10 books including chick lit, mystery and suspense, young adult, and children’s books. I’ve had novels ranked as #5 and #11 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List, have made lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers, GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers, and Best Books for Young Teen Readers Grades 7-10, and won over a dozen writing awards.
To date, I’ve written more than 3,000 articles for newspapers, magazines, and blogs and have been interviewed on over 30 podcasts. As a freelance editor, I’ve helped hundreds of authors with their projects, from beginners to those under contract at publishing companies.
IT MAKES EVERYTHING I WRITE BETTER
“Though I submitted my essay ‘A Blur in the Field’ to a few literary journals without publication, I tried again with Cutleaf, but only AFTER I ran it through Stacy Juba’s Line Editing Cheat Sheet. The essay was immediately accepted for publication and I was paid more for it than for any other piece I’ve published! I recommend Stacy’s smart and helpful list. It makes everything I write better. (Of course I’m still using it!)” Lori Brack