Welcome to Mr Edit
been said many times that having your manuscript professionally edited makes
it just that little bit less unpublishable.
in that statement.
Up to a point.
every manuscript is, after all, worth editing. Fact is, some are so poor
they ought to be in a workhouse, not a publishing house. Itís no sin, mind.
No shame. Itís just that good writing takes time to develop and generally
wonít be rushed.
You live, you learn.
Other manuscripts, meanwhile, are good, but not
quite good enough. Theyíve got style and substance and are generally sound.
But they need that extra edge.
Which is where guys like myself, Mr Edit, come in.
welcome to my editing desk.
Iím an editor primarily, a ghostwriter
secondly, and a novelist too. I fix failing fiction and ailing articles and
help bail out sinking books. I donít promise anything except my best, and I
offer no guarantees, written or implied, except the promise of a tough road
But if youíre
lost for words, stuck for style, or just need a fresh pair of eyes to perk
up your prose, youíve come to the right place.
all broken manuscripts can be repaired. But if I feel that yours is beyond
economically viable help, I'll tell you and will advise on how and where to
I'm confident enough that my editing services
and skills are second to none. But I make no offers to "work within your
budget"ówhich is usually a euphemism for a cut price and therefore
As with most things in life, you get
what you pay for, and the last thing you want to do before submitting your
hard-wrought manuscript is to saddle it with a cheap edit.
So shop around and see what else is on offer. There are some very good
editors out there, and one or two ... well, less than good.
It's a buyer's market.
Aspiring writers looking for help
and advice might care to check out the links on these pages. My writer's
workshop offers free tips on how to find a literary agent; how to handle
rejection; how to plot a novelóand monographs on many other subjects
pertinent to the business of creative writing.
also some inspiring words on how to maintain your enthusiasm and how to stay
focussed. So check out my
Inspiration for writers page, and see what I have to say on the
contentious subject of
Iíve made a million mistakes in my time.
You can read some of them for yourself on the sample pages from my
novels. But maybe you can learn from my errorsóor at least compare
notes and console yourself that youíre not alone out there.
Everything I do is handled right here by me. I donít sub-out work. I donít
buy editing services. What you see is what you get; one editor with 25 years
at the sharp end. I think I'm pretty good and reasonably priced. So can I
help you with your project?
Whenever you're ready, email
me for a quote. There's always
scope for improvement, and it really can make the difference between
acceptance and rejection. Remember that today's literary agents and
publishers are flooded with hopeful material and will accept only the best.
If you credit it, edit it.
And in the meantime, keep
Never give up.
If you want, you can check out some
more of my writing style by taking a look at my
mystery novel, GIDEON'S BIBLE which is now for sale on Amazon's Kindle.
If you don't have a Kindle reader,
you can download a
Kindle app for your PC, Macintosh, Smartphone or tablet.
It took me a while to make this eBook
jump (or was I pushed?), and it's still early days. But as a reading platform,
Kindle is growing rapidly, and you've got to be "in it to win it". I think
it's worth exploring.
This version of
GIDEON'S BIBLE, take note, is an update of the sample you can read
elsewhere on this site. If you want to get the best from your writing, you
need to edit, wait a while, and re-edit.
The book is priced at around $3.00
US, or whatever that converts to in other currencies. Any and all constructive
feedback is welcome.
Meanwhile, here are some of my You Tube videos that might be of interest to
you. Hope you enjoy them.
Mr Edit. Let's talk about dialogue
Mr Edit. Pitching fiction to a literary agent.
Mr Edit. 5 Minute Fiction Fix.
Mr Edit. Let's talk about tautology.
Links for writers
Preditors & Editors. Here's where you can check out the credentials of
literary agents and publishers. A must for any writer.
Creative Helps. Helpful resource for the creative community. Articles,
links and tips.
Nick Daws' Writing Blog. Lots of useful posts on all aspects of writing,
both for print and online, plus a guest post for anyone who wants to make a
contribution. Check it out.
Plotting a novel
Finding a literary agent
Choosing a literary agent
Agent query letters
Inspiration for writers
5 minute fiction fix
Creative writing school
How to get published
Active & passive voice
Like to read a few examples of my style of
writing? Check out the links below. If you like what you read, and have a
manuscript of your own that needs a little help, email me. I'll do what I
Murder and mayhem following an
industrial pollution cover-up.
A light hearted tale about a
holiday venture, with a difference.
An aviator becomes embroiled in a
terrorist murder plot.
Grace of God
A tale of blackmail following a
A middle-aged man takes a
couple of suitcase bombs onto a London underground train.
Darley Anderson, top UK literary agent, on books,
ZoŽ Sharp, creator of the action-packed Charlie Fox series of books
Jeff Kleinman, New York literary agent, talks shop
CrŤme de la Crime:
An interview with Lynne
Patrick, publisher and managing editor of a smalleróbut
Click the image above
to see more excerpts from
my novels. All
feedback, whether good, bad or indifferent, is welcomed and