If you want your novel to compete with those on
book store shelves, Manuscript Critique will help you get there.
A critique alone
offers a big-picture bird's eye view of your work, looking closely at
the construction of your novel, including structure, characterization,
exposition, pacing, etc. An edit provides a line-by-line examination of
your formatting, punctuation, and grammar. Manuscript Critique, unlike most other
editing services, gives you both at one low price.
Critique or Edit?
editors. The only
difference is the scope of their approach. Again, an edit is a
more hands-on, under-the-microscope look at the little issues
that, if uncorrected, could reflect a lack of
professionalism, whereas a critique warns of the "big stuff,"
violations of which could lead to automatic rejection by
Even when you self-publish, your book
competes with traditionally published ones, so it's best to make your novel prove that it belongs on book
store shelves with Stephen King and the like.
For simplicity purposes, all further
references to "edit" or "book editing," since Manuscript
Critique provides both critique and
editing services, include
critiquing services as well.
How the Editing Business Has Changed
In recent years
editing has become a big
business, distancing clients from their
Many big-business book editing
represent a large number of editors and randomly assign an
editor to you when you hire them. Some won’t even allow clients to contact their
directly. As a result, it's difficult to have a direct line of
communication with your editor.
Book editing is an unregulated business
that requires no licensing or certification; anyone can legally
claim to be an editor regardless of a lack of relevant
experience, and there is no authority that oversees editorial ethics.
It's easy to get burned by an inexperienced editor.
How Authors Can Be Fooled
editors are not fully qualified to offer the depth of services
that you need. Their flashy websites can be deceiving with
tempting come-ons to hide behind. Beware!
New writers can easily fall for
editors who seem to know what
they're talking about but have a lack of experience to back it
up. Because of their
inexperience, they use come-ons like
“free sample edit,” “the ten best
book editors” and “how to edit
your own manuscript” to attract your attention as if they're
They most assuredly are not.
book editing advice to learn why they're wrong.
resort to such tactics and are selective in their choice of with
whom to work. They typically get more business than they can
handle simply from their websites.
Let Me Set The Record Straight
book editing offered here at
Manuscript Critique will save you from making a costly mistake that could prove
deadly to your career.
No editor is right for everyone.
for you; maybe
not. Whether you
choose me as your editor or not, this website will educate you
on the realities of the editorial process and prepare you for a
more educated future as a writer.
I've seen and experienced just about
everything in this
business, and I'm happy to pass along to you the truth of what