Editorial & Self-publishing Services

Words and Graphics Team 

Liz McKague & Justine Lucas

Liz McKague

Editorial Services

Hello authors!

I am available for full editorial services for fiction and non-fiction authors, screenplay writers and poets. I am a college professor and author of eight novels, collections of short stories, essays, plays, poems and one screenplay. I have been writing for forty years and am highly qualified in my field. I can help you write, edit and/or do research for your book, essay, story or poetry. Services include basic grammar, plot, structure, narrative formation, syntax, style, character development, voice, etc. All levels and stages welcome from a complete manuscript to a concept or idea that you'd like to see put into words.


2006 M.F.A., Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

2006 M.A., English, San Francisco State University

2003 B.A., English with an Emphasis on Creative Writing San Francisco State University

2002 Poetics Program, New College of California

Areas of Expertise

International fiction with a focus on 19th & 20th century British, French, German and Russian novels, the Romantic Poets, Homer and classical mythology.

Lectures & Readings

The Historical Novel Society review of "The Paper Boat", "Orpheus, Priest to Apollo"  Lecture for the course "From Myth to Mind", New College of California, 2002

"Thera/Atlantis, Eye. Object, Lens," Classics Forum on the Ancient World, SFSU, 1997

"Looking for St. Loop," (a long poem), Shakespeare & Company Easter Tea Party, Paris, France, 1996

"The Other Shores of Icarus," (poetry), Adobe Bookshop, S.F., CA, 1991

"The Woman in the Middle," (novel excerpt), Upaya Gallery, S.F., CA, 1991

"Warehouse," (novel excerpt), Diluvian Bookshop, S.F., CA, 1990


English (Native)

French (Conversational)

Justine Lucas


Head of Madwoman productions, 35-yr-old Justine Lucas is a Santa Cruz based artist, designer, and filmmaker.

Her design work varies from illustrating children's books to photographing events to designing websites for writers and artists. Her film portfolio includes product videos for large corporations and music videos for independent artists. Whatever your business, big or small, local or international, Justine Lucas's eye for design will help you grow your business and expand your client community. 


2011 B.F.A., Painting, San Francisco State University

Areas of Expertise

Figure drawing, landscape drawing, children's book illustration, painting, commercial graphic design, book formatting, book layout, book cover design.


English (Native)

French (Conversational)

Editorial & Self-publishing Services

Words and Graphics Team 

Testimonials from past clients:

With her thorough eye for detail at the sentence level and visionary creativity around the whole project, Liz McKague's editing services exceeded my expectations. I appreciated the way she balanced a new reader's objectivity with genuine dedication to implement my authorial intention. Her feedback was succinct and well-organized. She worked swiftly. Our meetings in person were a pleasure. It's not an overstatement to say that McKague's input became invaluable to the revision process for my project. Her love for literature shines through. Without giving away too much, let it suffice to say that editors of her caliber must be as rare as the books in her personal collection. I won't hesitate to work with her again in the future."

-James Collector author of FIRST TO THE LAST

 The BEST in every way!!! Empathic, stimulating, energetic, creative, constructive, inspiring, engaging, productive... I cannot say enough! What a professional! What a mentor! What a teammate!!!"

-James Ptak author of THE READ BOOK, a guide to intra and interpersonal relationships

Liz is an absolute gift, her editing skills are on point and she understands (being an incredibly talented writer herself) how to preserve your voice as an author while keeping the integrity of the piece and making sure its air tight.  I truly enjoyed working with Liz, she was efficient, timely and fun to work with.  5 stars!"

- Lexi Ward, author of the novel MODERN DAY GYPSY

I have been writing for over 35 years as a hobby, but when I decided to finally publish, I felt that I needed an editor that really knew their stuff, as I only have a high school education. Further complicating this matter was my low budget and deep poverty. I felt doomed, until I found Liz McKague. Liz was just the editor for me, and she was able to come in under budget while doing about twice the work; she also retained the voice/style of the work, a mean feat in itself. I will definitely use her services again, and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing anything from copy editing to deep analysis."

-Shear Lhearsis, Author of the novel IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE



Get your book ready for publishing!
What’s included
Book Editing
Manuscript Pricing:
$150 per 50 pages, 12 point font, double spaced, one inch margins.


Book Formatting
Manuscript Pricing:
$1000 for a 150 page manuscript, 12 point font, double spaced, one inch margins.


Book Cover Design
Graphic Design:
$200-600 depending on time and visual materials.


Book Bundle
Ready for Publishing!
$1600 for a 150 page manuscript, 12 point font, double spaced, one inch margins.


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