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Book editing for writers
been said many times that having your manuscript professionally
edited makes it just that little bit less un-publishable.
Thereís truth in that statement.
Up to a point.
Not 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.
So it goes.
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.
So 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 to success.
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.
Practically 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 begin again.
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
It's a buyer's market.
Aspiring writers looking for help and advice
might care to check out the links on these pages. There are lots
of free tips on how to find a literary agent; how to handle
rejection; how to plot a novelóplus monographs on many other subjects
pertinent to the tricky business of quality creative writing.
There are also some inspiring words on how to maintain
your enthusiasm and how to stay focussed. So check out my
writers page, and see what I have to say on the contentious
But if and when you need one-to-one advice and
guidance, you might want to consider my
Workshop. It's a telephone service in which we
can talk directly about your work and your problems. So far, the
feedback on this service is very good, and I've had only
Literary agent rejection
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 writing.
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
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
Mr Edit. Let's talk about dialogue
Mr Edit. Pitching fiction to a literary
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.
Helpful resource for the creative community. Articles, links and
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
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 can.
Murder and mayhem following an industrial pollution
A light hearted tale about a holiday venture,
with a difference.
An aviator becomes embroiled in a terrorist murder
Grace of God
A tale of blackmail following a hit-and-run incident.
A middle-aged man takes a couple of suitcase
bombs onto a London underground train.
top UK literary agent, on books,
publishing and success
ZoŽ Sharp, creator
of the action-packed Charlie Fox series of books
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 appreciated.
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