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Growing up in a home without a television but bookcases full of books meant hours of reading a day (an excellent chore-avoidance strategy if I do say so myself). I should have known early on that it would lead to a career when in my pre-teen years, I began to write my first (and last) novel. Three chapters in, I realized that it was derivative at best and plagiarized at worst. In that moment, an editor was born, and I abandoned the book project.

My voracious appetite for reading continued, but I focused my artistic efforts on my budding career as a ballerina. Although I was cast for all the male roles (because I was the tallest and strongest), as you've no doubt guessed, puberty put an end to that.

What was a word-loving performer to do?

Become a nonfiction writer, ghostwriter, developmental editor, and speaker that's what.

Straightforward. Results-oriented.

Amazing insight. Really appreciate the transparent, no-holds-barred presentation. Tremendous help!” -Jake Levya
  The Power of Language: Choosing Words for Impact and Effectiveness   Idaho Professional Writers and Editors Association

The Power of Language: Choosing Words for Impact and Effectiveness

Idaho Professional Writers and Editors Association

I can help you and event participants by:

  • Leading workshops
  • Participating in panel discussions
  • Delivering keynote addresses and speeches
  • Providing clear, constructive manuscript feedback
  • Offering encouragement and mirth to help event attendees relax and fully benefit from your event
Cristen Iris is an excellent speaker who is known for her editing skill and professionalism. She clearly expresses relevant material that I can immediately apply in my business. I appreciate Cristen’s ability to readily handle questions and offer well-researched methods and ideas. -Kim Foster, freelance book editor

I speak about:

  • How to think like and work with a developmental editor
  • How to write a competitive book proposal
  • How to pitch to agents at conferences
  • Power networking and developing strategic partnerships
  • How to vet editors, ghostwriters, literary agents, and publishers
  • The cost of doing business (from the perspectives of freelancer and author)
  • How a well-developed ideal reader profile will help you write a better book and make marketing easier
  • Personal and professional branding
  • Work-life integration
Cristen’s engagement with the audience was phenomenal. The information was well presented. She is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging speaker. I highly recommend her as a presenter.” -Renee Settle, National Chapter Director for the Nonfiction Authors Association
 Idaho Writers' Corner Author and Editor Panel

Idaho Writers' Corner Author and Editor Panel

Who are my clients, and what results do we get?

Click here for more info: Clients

The handout is great and a good resource for later—excellent talk. You’re my role model. I want to be as informed and professional as you are.” -CS Kjar
 Serious about what I do but not too serious

Serious about what I do but not too serious

Cristen is an authority and gives a well-structured workshop. I really liked the comparison of nonfiction and fiction and what’s at stake for the reader.” -Pamela Thompson, journalist

For the downloadable version of my speaker one-sheet, please email me at