JAM Manuscript Consulting

You cannot open a book without learning something.
— Confucius

Services Offered

JAM Manuscript Consulting offers developmental editing and coaching, copy editing, proofreading and critique for most genre of fiction, short fiction, memoir, personal narrative, essays and other creative non-fiction. We also edit poetry and anthologies. All our work is custom contracted with clients.

  • Coach
  • Content Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editor
  • Proofreader

Contact Ana Manwaring for a free preliminary consultation and sample edit. If we aren’t right for your job, we are happy to help with referrals. References on Request.


Ana Manwaring is the founder of JAM Manuscript Consulting where she is both a writing coach and developmental editor. She also leads creative writing workshops. Active in the writing community, Manwaring sits on the board of Sisters in Crime Northern California. She is past treasurer, membership chair and program chair of Redwood Writers, and past treasurer of Napa Valley Writers. Ana received the Helene S. Barnhardt award for service to the writing community.

Manwaring holds a B.A. in English and Education and an M.A. in Linguistics: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. She has attended the Tomales Bay Writers Conference and several Left Coast Crime conferences.

Three years of traveling and working in Mexico inspired Manwaring’s thrillers: Set Up, The Hydra Effect, Nothing Comes After Z, and Coyote—the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures and Saints and Skeletons, a memoir of her transformative experiences in Mexico blogged at www.saintsandskeletons.com. Find her book reviews, author interviews, and discussions of writing craft at Building a Better Story under Blogs.

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