In the world of publishing, we can count on two things:
- Literary agents receive thousands of manuscripts every month and are known for their cool, even heartless, judgement of all the work that comes across their desks. They can’t fool around with writers who do not take their work seriously and who exhibit this carelessness by submitting unedited work, manuscripts in the wrong format, or improperly written query letters.
- Even the self-published writer must seek objective editing of her manuscript before publishing. She might be able to sell an exciting plot to a small group of people (like family, friends, and the occasional stranger), but if her first book is rife with mistakes, she’ll be black-balled in the “reviews” area of every online bookstore out there, and she won’t sell her next book to anybody!
Don’t worry–yours is a great story! But every writer will miss errors, clumsy sentences, even switches between tenses here and there. Spell-check programs can make mistakes too, seeing improperly used words as correct just because they are spelled correctly.
This is where I come in. As an editor, I check your work, reading line-by-line—just as I would read any novel or short story. While enjoying your story
- *I search for spelling and grammatical mistakes
- *I look for improperly used passive voice
- *I notice dialogue that doesn’t ring true
- *I ferret out information glut; this is a condition wherein the writer crams a lot of information into long rambling passages of text or dialogue, and little or no action occurs. Information glut stops action and bores your audience—and believe me, you don’t want to bore an agent because he’ll just put your manuscript down and pick up the next manuscript in his ever-growing pile of YOUR competition.
- *I make a LOT of comments as I edit. I not only help you to fix the problems in your story, I also make comments throughout your manuscript to help you understand the changes made.
- *I offer praise where praise is warranted. No, not flattery—but true and honest praise of your work. Sure, you need to get a handle on the weakest parts of your writing, but you should always be able to count on hearing about the best parts too!
The Proof is in the Pudding
You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but I would like to give you every opportunity to feel confident in a relationship between us. Go to my Contact Me page and upload the first 5 (five) pages of your manuscript. I’ll read your work carefully, then write back to you with ideas on how I think we could tighten it up and really make it sing. This exercise will do two things: it will give me the chance to see if you’re the kind of writer I’d like to work with, and it will give you the chance to see if I’m the kind of editor you’d like to work with. If it seems like we’re a good fit, we can talk about the next steps.
You have nothing to lose, and there is no fee for this service, so why not go over to my Contact Me page now and upload your writing sample? Please see formatting guidelines below.
FEES, FORMATTING and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
A). Writing samples as well as submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced, and formatted in 12 pt. Times New Roman font; this is the standard format for editing, as well as for manuscript submission to literary agents. Please check your formatting before sending your work.
**If we decide to work together and your submitted MANUSCRIPT is not formatted correctly, I will format it properly and charge the appropriate fee for any additional pages (if needed) before beginning work. **
B). I charge $2 per page.
C). You may send the full manuscript with full payment
One-half the manuscript with one-half the payment now/second-half the manuscript with balance of payment later.
I do not accept any other combinations. After we have agreed to work together, please let me know whether you will be sending your entire manuscript with the full fee, or one half of your manuscript with half the fee. In the latter case, I will let you know when I’m nearing completion of the first half of your manuscript so you can prepare to send the second half of your manuscript with the payment balance. I’m sorry, but I do not accept 2 or 3 chapters at a time, a quarter of the manuscript at a time, or any other combination other than the two options described above. Thanks for your understanding!
D). I do NOT edit erotica or manuscripts containing explicit sex scenes. No Exceptions.