Manuscript Critique: Book Editing Services
Advice You Can Trust!
Finding the right
book editor can be
tremendously frustrating, and it's easy to get burned.
How Book Editing Has Changed
In recent years
book editing has become a big
business, distancing clients from their
editors. Many prominent 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
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. Again,
it's so 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 services 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.
Perhaps I'm the
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.
So What Qualifies Me To Give You The Truth?
can learn more about my impressive background on my
bio page, so I'll offer a condensed response here.
Michael Garrett, know what I'm talking about because I've
been in this business for over forty years and was an Editorial
Associate of the
Writer's Digest School. I've been a
professional editor for almost thirty-five years and have worked
with numerous best-selling-authors and thousands of unpublished
authors like yourself. I'm also an internationally published author
with two successful novels of my own, one of which was optioned
for a movie.
I've seen and experienced just about
everything in this
business, and I'm happy to pass along to you the truth of what
I will now answer a few questions that are seldom asked.
You'll find more specific information on my
book editing services,
book editing advice, and
This site is listed on
Michael Garrett's writing advice is right on!
— Kirk Polking, former director, Writer's Digest School
Will multiple edits
be necessary before my
Manuscript is ready for
submission to literary agents?
That's completely up to you. The editorial process typically works
this way with any legitimate
(1) Your first edit will bombard you with
suggested changes to make your manuscript meet commercial
(2) You will then perform a substantial
revision to your manuscript incorporating what you've
(3) If you followed instructions well and
feel confident in your results, there may be no need for
further edits. If you still have misgivings, however,
another edit at this point could prove worthwhile.
Some editorial clients may be satisfied
with their work after only one or two edits. Others,
however, may need as many as four or five more. It's all
dependent on how much you've absorbed and how effectively
you apply it.
I had the good fortune of your wisdom and assistance for my first manuscript. Your help in so many areas was like a four-year college crash course and your directness was exactly what I had hoped for and count on again.
agents and publishers
Previously Edited Submissions?
Yes, they prefer professionally edited
manuscripts for several reasons. First, having invested in your
work by paying for an
edit gives you more credibility. If you're
both serious and confident enough about your manuscript to pay
for an edit, perhaps it's at least a cut above average. Also, a
previously edited manuscript shouldn't have as many problems as
an unedited one, which can save the publisher time and money if
your submission is accepted.
The key factor that you must
relay to agents and publishers, however, is that you've
also given the manuscript a thorough rewrite following
the edit. A professional edit without a rewrite
Hire an editor who has edited international books!
Must I write like Shakespeare
To be traditionally published?
Absolutely not. You can be
a successfully published author with only average writing
skills. EXAMPLE: The Shades of Grey
Great writing? No. Generates enormous sales? Absolutely!
Some best-selling authors are only average
writers. As a result, average quality manuscripts
sometimes meet overall publisher expectations more so than better
Publishers are more
interested in the effectiveness of the writing than its
quality. How quickly do you engage the reader's interest? How
effectively do you maintain that level of interest throughout
the manuscript? How focused is your storyline?
Change your focus from writing better
to writing smarter.
editing so Expensive?
Editing fees are typically
set by what the market will bear. Many
rate-setting in terms of "what is the most I can charge
without pricing myself out of business?"
prefer to charge what I feel is fair for both myself
and my client. I strive for a win-win situation and
make the editing process pleasant. I know that a lot
of other editors make far more money than I do, but
I don't care. I run an honest business and enjoy my
The best edit
doesn't have to be the most expensive. For instance, a prominent
book editing service charges $13 per page to only
line edit and proofread your book. My fee for an
average page, including developmental editing,
is only about $5! I've edited over 2,600 books and
earned a 9.8/10 satisfaction rate.
Check out my
pricing now to get the total cost for me to edit your
book. My price is guaranteed. I have never, and will
never, ask for more than my quoted fee, which is often
less than what many
book editors charge for proofreading alone.
I also strive to get the results back to you as quickly
Is there a secret to getting published?
Not really, but the most
successful authors write what publishers want to buy.
You envision your novel one way whereas agents and
publishers view it from another perspective. They're
looking for issues that you're unaware of, and
successful authors have learned what these issues are.
Basic standards of novel construction must be reflected in your
manuscript, and the right
book editor will point out where they're lacking in your
manuscript. The only way for you to learn what you're
doing wrong is through an industry professional.
Even when self-publishing you must be
aware of the demands of traditional publishing. Doing things
"your way" can be dangerous without the knowledge of how it
could negatively impact your chances for success.
Learn the truth about book
I encourage you now to explore the rest of this site.
book editing services page will you give you the specifics of my
editorial services--what they are and how to obtain them.
editing advice answers more questions and helps you understand
how deceptive some editing services can be.
bio page will tell you more about my background and editing
philosophy, and my
self-publishing page will warn you about common costly mistakes
when selecting the self-publication option.
Thanks for stopping by!
My first novel,
Keeper, sold out its initial printing
optioned for a movie!