Getting a Book Ready for Submission
Getting a book ready for submission to an agent or a publisher is no small task! When we as authors write, it’s putting a part of ourselves on paper, and we want it to be the best it can be. Sometimes we’re too close to the story and can’t see problems with the plot or pacing. Another set of eyes is just what an author needs before hitting “send” with confidence.
Maybe I Can Be of Help
Over the past 20 years I’ve edited hundreds of papers and dozens of books and partial manuscripts. Through this experience I’ve developed what I call “Reader Response Critique.” This method helps the writer know just what a reader is thinking and how s/he reacts to the story. I believe writers need to know what is working well, and not just what needs work.
Here’s the Deal
Email me a sample (the first 10 pages), and I will send you a bid. My rates will be between $1.50/page for manuscripts that need little work/time, and $2.50/page for heavier edits.
The sample is important. Before I take on your project, I need to determine:
* whether I am the right editor for your needs.
* whether your work is ready for an editor or whether it needs another rewrite before you pay for editing.
* how much time it will take me to complete the edit. (If it needs more work, I need to schedule more time.)
Keep in mind that under no circumstances do I edit erotica or overt sensuality. And I’m probably not the girl to edit your horror novel or book about the occult. No exceptions.
To ask questions or schedule an edit, please contact me at authorjennifergriffith AT gmail.com. Include in your subject line “Schedule an Edit.” Copy and paste into the body of the email the first 10 pages. (Please make the font Times New Roman, 12 point. I’ll like your writing more, I promise.) I’ll evaluate and reply as soon as possible with a bid and an estimated date of completion. I try to do things on a quick turnaround!
*Disclaimer: Working with an editor will make your manuscript stronger, more polished. However, a professionally edited manuscript is no guarantee of publication. I will do my best to help you get your story into its best form, but only publishers know what they will select and what they will not. Expect to be rejected a few times, regardless of the time and effort and polish your manuscript receives. Even great manuscripts get rejected, sometimes multiple times, before finding the right fit.