Hi, I'm Stacy Juba.

I teach authors how to simplify the editing process and fit their writing goals into a busy life.


Ready to ditch the overwhelm and transform your writing, editing, and time management strategies?


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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 cheat sheets come from The Energize Your Writing Toolkit, so get a sneak peek and start punching up those trite sentences. 

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Line Editing Made Simple: 5 Days to More Polished Pages

Does the thought of editing your book seem overwhelming? If your manuscript could use trimming and polishing, sign up for this free mini course. It features bite-sized concepts and assignments to help you kick-start your line editing.

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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 . . .

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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 editing process, transform your writing, and manage your time better. Want to get your hands on my tips and tricks? Keep reading!

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Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable

Discover my signature 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.

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Energize Your Writing Toolkit: Cheat Sheets for Character Emotions

Never craft character emotions from scratch again. Get the ultimate shortcut to describing your characters’ behavior with these jam-packed cheat sheets of over 4,000 emotional prompts.

Time Management Blueprint

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. 

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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?

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. 

Read my full story here . . .

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My students and clients get results!

To read more testimonials, visit my Results page.  

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Popular Blog Posts

The Shortcuts for Writers blog gives you the tips, insight, and examples you need to polish your writing and editing skills. Sample some articles below.

Why Journalists Make Great Novelists

Why Journalists Make Great Novelists

As many of you know, I was a journalist before I became a freelance editor and online course creator. Although I had published a YA book before getting into journalism, my job working for a daily newspaper inspired my first adult novel, Twenty-Five Years Ago Today,...

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Take On The Grammar Habit With These Simple Steps

Take On The Grammar Habit With These Simple Steps

If grammar is your nemesis as a writer, then let me introduce you to Ellen Sue Feld, the creator/instructor of online grammar refresher courses at grammar-lion.com and the author of Comma Sense: Your Guide to Grammar Victory. Below, Ellen offers valuable advice on...

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5 Common Mistakes Authors Make When Outlining Novels

5 Common Mistakes Authors Make When Outlining Novels

I'm sure you'll enjoy this guest post on outlining from Rose Atkinson-Carter, a writer with Reedsy. It’s one of the greatest debates in the #amwriting world: should you outline your novel before writing it, or should you pants it? At the end of the day, the answer is...

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