Bio/Book Doctor

Terena Scott

Terena Scott

Terena is a Book Doctor, Playwright, and the publishing “queen bee” behind Medusa’s Muse, an independent press located in Mendocino County, California. When not publishing, she writes plays, essays, and books supporting independent artists. Currently she is writing the fully updated, 2nd edition of “What You Need to Know to Be a Pro.” Terena also teaches workshops on self-publishing and creativity.

Playwright, publisher, editor, mother, teacher, advocate… is there anything this woman can’t do? “Yes, as a matter of fact: I can’t cook. And after two years of dedicated practice to cooking I can say I cook about as well as I spell.”

(yes, that is a glass of wine in her hand. if you live in gorgeous Northern California, you too will become a wino)

Contact:  terenaATmedusasmuseDOTcom (you humans know how to write this)

What is a book doctor?

Having trouble finishing your novel, or wondering why it just doesn’t feel right? Discovered your book has a big problem but you don’t know how to solve it? Feel like your characters aren’t compelling enough? Then it’s time to call Doctor Terena. A book doctor, otherwise known as a Development Editor, helps you see the “big picture” of your book so you can unravel the plot, pacing and character problems keeping you from creating your best work.

However, Terena is not a copy-editor. “I have zero knack for spelling or grammar, something I’ve proved on my blog too many times.” Luckily, Terena works with an excellent copy editor at Medusa’s Muse, named Jane Mackay.

Terena charges $1 per page for developmental editing, plus $25.00 an hour for consultation and feedback (1 hour minimum for written, editing feedback). She edits both fiction and non-fiction, but cautions “If you’ve paid me for editing services, I cannot publish your work. That would turn Medusa’s Muse into a vanity press. Since I only publish non-fiction, and mostly edit fiction, I’ve rarely run into this problem.”

Below is Terena’s standard editing agreement. If you have further questions, contact Terena via  or submit a comment to this blog.

Book Development/Editorial Agreement

This agreement is between Terena Scott (“Editor”) and  (“Client”) and concerns the following manuscript:
Working title:

Length and description of manuscript:


The Editor agrees to do the following on the manuscript: Editor will read and evaluate the manuscript and offer suggestions to make the manuscript stronger. Editor will evaluate writing technique, pacing, prose, character, plot, and mechanics. Editor will not make corrections and will not provide copy-editing. Editor will provide written feedback within the manuscript and a separate report with the manuscript.


The manuscript is to be delivered to the Editor by the Client on or before (date).

The projected schedule for completion of the Editor’s work is as follows: two weeks of delivery from Client if less than 75 pages. Four weeks if greater than 75 pages.


The agreed-upon editorial fee of $1.00 per page plus $25.00 is to be paid by the Client to the Editor in the following manner: PayPal link will be sent to Client upon completion of work. Editor will return manuscript and provide analysis of manuscript once Client has paid. Client must pay Editor within 2 weeks of completion.

Signature of Editor:


Signature of Client:


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