"She needed help. I needed the dough. I said, "Baby,
let's cut a deal."
Book editing for writers
It’s been said many times that having your manuscript or novel professionally
edited makes it just that little bit less un-publishable.
There’s 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.
It’s no sin, mind. No shame. It’s just that good writing takes time to develop
and generally won’t be rushed.
You live, you learn.
So it goes.
Other manuscripts, meanwhile, are good, but not quite
good enough. They’ve got style and substance and are generally sound. But
they need that extra edge.
Which is where guys like myself come in.
So welcome to my editing desk.
I’m an editor primarily, a ghostwriter
secondly, and a novelist too. I fix failing fiction and ailing articles
and help bail out sinking books. I don’t promise anything except my best,
and I offer no guarantees, written or implied, except the promise of a tough
road to success.
But if you’re lost for words, stuck for style, or just
need a fresh pair of eyes to perk up your prose, you’ve come to the right
Practically all broken manuscripts can be repaired. All
shaky novels can be salvaged, at a price. 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"—which
is usually a euphemism for a cut price and therefore inadequate service.
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 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 workshop pages. There are lots of free tips here on how
to find a literary agent; how to handle rejection; how to submit a query
letter, how to plot a novel—plus 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
for writers page, and see what I have to say on the contentious
subject of Writer's
But if and when you need one-to-one advice and guidance,
you might want to consider my
Writer's 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 positive, and I've had
only satisfied customers.
Literary agent rejection
Everything I do is handled right here by myself. I don’t sub-out work.
I don’t buy editing services. What you see is what you get; one editor with
25-plus years at the sharp end. I think my services are second to none and
reasonably priced. So can I help you with your project?
Having spoken to dozens of literary agents, and having
interviewed many of them at length, it's become clearer and clearer about
what makes them tick and what makes them reject manuscripts. There's a definite
art and skill in writing compelling literary agent query letters query letters.
There are tricks and ploys and subtle literary mechanisms. There are writing
If you can crack the code for yourself, then good luck
to you. But if you need support, you're in the right place at the right
So whenever you're ready, email for a
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 absolute best.
If you credit it, edit it.
And in the meantime, keep writing.
Never give up.
Want to check out my own novels?
▲ The Valhalla Quantum. You can buy this eNovel now for just £2.50
from Amazon Kindle.
The Valhalla Quantum is an adventure/mystery romp about a highly
unusual paranormal investigator and his sidekick exploring some odd things
happening at a remote airbase in Norfolk. It was previously called Gideon's
Bible, but as much as I like that title, it just wasn't working well enough.
So there's a warning there about getting the right title for your own novel.
Click the link above, or click on the book cover. Feedback is welcome. If
you've learned anything from my website, you can see from my books how I've
put my own advice into practice.
▲ Groundspeed. This eNovel is available for just £1.99 from Amazon
Groundspeed is a race-against-time novel about a couple of young
aviators who get involved in an aerial rescue that lands them in a lot of
murderous trouble. It's brutal, fast, high-flying, exciting, and very dangerous.
It's also a tale of betrayal, loyalty and brotherly love. Click the link
above, or click on the book cover.
Mr Edit YouTube videos
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.