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MICHAEL GARRETT should be your book editor of choice:
LOW, AFFORDABLE FEE FOR SUCH IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS -- My fee
is among the lowest of manuscript editors with comparably strong credentials.
Feel free to check the competition and see for yourself.
RESPONSE; I DON'T KEEP YOU GUESSING -- There's none of that
maddening waiting for the results when I'm your manuscript editor. I'll
send interim e-mail progress reports, so you'll receive feedback before
you receive your hard copy. And turn-around time is typically within
IMPROVED MANUSCRIPT IMPROVES YOUR CHANCES OF MAKING A SALE
-- By incorporating my suggestions into a thorough rewrite, your manuscript
will improve dramatically and will compare far more favorably with publisher
standards. You'll make a more positive impression on publishers and
readers alike, even if you self-publish.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE, LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PRIVATE TUTOR -- You'll
gain more knowledge about important characteristics of a marketable
manuscript than from any course or seminar anywhere. How? Because
the focus here is on your manuscript. In the classroom, you're
one of many students. While I'm editing your manuscript, you're my only
client. My focus is entirely on where your manuscript needs
attention. I've been told by many clients that more knowledge was gained
from one of my edits than from years of study.
CREDIBILITY TO MAKE PUBLISHERS AND LITERARY AGENTS TAKE NOTICE
-- When you inform a publisher or literary agent that your manuscript
has been professionally edited, they'll view you from a more positive
perspective. The fact that you were willing to invest in an edit of
your manuscript indicates that you're more serious about your work than
most other writers, and that can only work in your favor.
OF MIND IN KNOWING YOU'VE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE -- My credentials
are easy to verify. There's no guesswork involved in determining my
qualifications. You won't be left wondering if you hired the right person.
Stephen King mentions me by name in his non-fiction
book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Also, a quick search
of www.amazon.com and a review of
this web site will assure you that I've worked with major New
York publishers and with major authors, and that my edited
books have been published around the world. If you can find a verifiably
more qualified manuscript editor who'll work for a lower fee, stop your
search now and send your manuscript to that editor!
HONEST, BUT CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSE -- Some book editors love
the "power trip" of being excessively critical of a manuscript,
essentially ripping it to shreds. My job as your manuscript editor is
to be honest, but not brutal. I want you to succeed as a result of my
edit. I want you to be published so that you'll send me a copy of your
published book. It will hold a special place in my library of other
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fee is only 1.5 cents per word (per software word count) plus $30 for
return shipping. This averages approximately $3.50 per page in a properly
formatted manuscript. (For a 60,000 word manuscript my total fee would
be $930.) An additional charge of $50 applies if your edited manuscript
is to be shipped outside of the United States. I
require no minimum number of pages, but major problems may remain undetected
when a manuscript is edited piecemeal.
EXTENSIVE EDIT AT A LOWER PRICE While my fee is lower than that
of most manuscript editors with comparable editing experience, the scope
of my book edit will be as much or more than theirs. I'll look at your
grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as far more important issues.
You'll receive a marked-up manuscript and an extensive report explaining
your errors and suggesting ways to improve your novel. Why are my fees
lower? I don't have enormous advertising costs that must be recovered
through increasing my fee. Neither do I pay someone else to maintain my
web site. I do it myself. Also, I don't want everyone's business. I'm
selective in what I choose to edit. I'm an honest man who charges what
I feel is a fair price. Feel free to pay someone else more, but you won't
get a better edit.
to expect from my edit--You'll know once and for all where your
manuscript falls short of publisher and reader expectations. As I examine
your book manuscript, I'll clearly mark examples of errors and explain
them in an accompanying report. Rarely does a page get past me without
receiving at least one mark. My straightforward report upon completion
will explain the minor problems, but more important, will expand upon
the major issues. The length of my written evaluation depends
entirely on the number of problems I've detected and their complexity.
My completed reports average as many as twenty-five single-spaced pages.
explain various issues in my report and try to help you understand various
concepts. For instance, point of view violations are a common reason for
fiction manuscript rejection. I don't just point out that there's a viewpoint
problem; I offer a 900+ word explanation of the concept and offer easy
to understand examples. As a result, you're not forced to research the
concept as you would if an editor only told you that your manuscript has
viewpoint problems. My edit clearly provides an education in addition
to manuscript mark-up, enabling you to produce a more marketable rewrite.
also forward e-mail progress reports to you as I proceed through the process;
thereby, you don't have to wait until you receive your hard copy to know
what's going on.
me! Let's see if we're a good fit!
your manuscript falls within my area of expertise, I'd like to work with
you. I don't want your money if I feel someone else could be a better
fit for you. Simply send a brief e-mail description of your manuscript
and we'll proceed from there.
send your description, CLICK HERE!
I prefer to work with serious writers whose intent is to make their manuscript
comparable to commercially published works by performing a meticulous
line-by-line rewrite following receipt of their edited manuscript. If
you intend to only make absent-minded corrections from the marked-up manuscript
that I return to you, find someone else to edit your manuscript. I want
clients who wish to succeed; after all, your success is a reflection of
my expertise. You'll not likely succeed if you're unwilling to learn from
this process and condition yourself to spot your own errors, thereby reducing
your future dependency upon editors.
In the editorial process, format determines the available white space
on a sheet of paper where an editor can make markings and notations. If
a potential editor doesn't require a format that maximizes white space,
perhaps he/she doesn't intend to make many notations anyway. I have my
client in mind when I require a specific format because I want to have
space available for markings without squeezing my markings and comments
into a restrictive space, plus I don't want my client to suffer eye strain
deciphering what I've written in a limited area. A double-spaced 12 pt.
Courier or New Courier font extends your page count, but provides ample
available space for editorial notations.
If you plan to submit to commercial
publishers, they will want your manuscript to look a certain way and are
likely to reject it without reading a single word if it doesn't, thereby
branding you as an amateur, their thought being that if you were truly
serious about your craft, you would take the time in advance to learn
what their format specifications actually are. Double-spaced 12 pt. Times
New Roman font is almost universally acceptable to publishers.
your publisher will have specific requirements in terms of margins and
other layout issues, but will usually allow you to choose font and pitch.
A word of caution--don't get cute with fonts! Choose a font that is similar
to other published books of like kind. Readers are accustomed to seeing
standard fonts, and anything dramatically different can make your print
difficult to read.
print your manuscript for you and possibly start your edit sooner!
upon my schedule at the time, I can often begin an edit sooner under the
(1) Send your complete manuscript as an e-mail attachment and I will give
you an exact fee quote.
(2) For an additional ten-cents per page I will format your manuscript
to basic editorial specifications and print it. (Example: For a 300 page
manuscript, this service costs an additional $30, but saves you paper,
printing, and shipping costs and gets your manuscript into my hands faster.)
(3) Process your payment through the PayPal option:
agent called to tell me we received an offer for a three-book deal from
Penguin. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the knowledge you passed
on to me. I learned so much from you."
client endorsements of
Michael Garrett's editorial services :
were very thorough and found some errors
that could have caused my novel to be a disaster!
Thank you so much, and
I will definitely be working with you again."
"More than I expected for the money.
Your experience shines and I have learned more
about the craft from one edit than from
the myriad of books that I have read.
I will certainly be a repeat customer."
can't thank you enough for your hard work on my
behalf. Yes, you got paid, but I think you've
done a superb job. I thank the Lord that I
found you out of the sea of editors."
Martha J. Rigg
learned more from the final report than I learned
in a four month college course. I want to sincerely thank you.
I'm eager to transform your suggestions into skill
and utilize that skill in my manuscript and future writing."
ability to find the perfect word, and to separate
wheat from chaff, makes him a terrific editor.
He has a gift for structure and form that most
editors would kill for."
page went unmarked. To top
it off, he gave an overall summary of his thoughts
on my book which affirmed my belief in my
work and encouraged me to remain steadfast."
"Mike, I want to say a big thank you for the great job on my book.
You have a wonderful eye for detail, catching things I missed after countless
hours of editing."
New York, NY
Garrett's insightful critiques
are skillfully done and completed in record time.
Knowledge of the markets enables him to offer solid
guidance aimed at turning out a salable manuscript."
instruction is worth its weight in gold to me.
I am so glad I hired you."
. . . thank you for all of the great advice and
information you're giving me. I'm so glad I
decided to make the decision to get this
some who solicit on the net,
you are every bit the professional you advertise."
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