Your first chapter is written? Congratulations. Your memoir is under way. But is your opening chapter the best start for your memoir? Does it set the right stage, lay the right foundation and point your narrative in the right direction? This service provides a review and analysis of your memoir’s vital opening chapter. Is your writing voice clear and brave? Your story problem identified? Your tone appealing and relatable? Your writing skill evident? Your theological problem properly suggested or foretold? Your bravery and fear disclosed or addressed? Your story’s anecdotal power fully revealed? Indeed, is your reader hooked? Eager to move on? This review tests your memoir’s opening chapter for these and other critical elements, offered in timely written feedback designed to highlight your chapter’s strengths while identifying problem areas to address before moving on.

My fee for this work is $129. Includes up to 60-minute Skype consulting call, discussion of your memoir concept, a full read of your opening chapter—followed with detailed written feedback of your chapter’s strengths and weaknesses, plus suggestions for effective revisions, refinements and improvements. While not a line edit, this service offers a full content analysis of your opening chapter, including suggestions for key edits and revisions.

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Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author and journalist whose personal essays on faith, family, race and personal healing have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s “Acts of Faith” blog, The High Calling and other faith-related and news blogs, and aired on National Public Radio. Patricia writes top-rated books that dig deep into the intersection of Christian belief and everyday life. She is the award-winning author of My First White Friend, which won the Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine’s annual book competition; a One Year® devotional on Bible virtues entitled God’s Great Blessings; Bound for Glory, a tribute to African American spirituals, co-authored with calligrapher Timothy Botts; and Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, co-authored with daughter Alana Raybon.

A journalist by training, Patricia earned a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a former editor of The Denver Post’s Sunday Contemporary Magazine and a former feature writer at the Scripps Howard newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News. In mid-career, she joined the journalism faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, teaching for 15 years and getting promoted in 2006 to professor emerita. She is now a full-time author who speaks and teaches at writing and diversity/inclusion conferences and retreats nationwide. A member of the Authors’ Guild and JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium), Patricia served recently on the board of the Colorado Authors League and is now a board of trustee member at Denver Seminary. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives with her husband Dan, a retired educator, in her beloved home state of Colorado.


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