"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.

Or polish.

Which is where guys like myself come in.

So welcome to my editing desk.


Editing services

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.

Or failure.

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 place.

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.

Buy carefully.

Writer's workshop

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 Inspiration for writers page, and see what I have to say on the contentious subject of Writer's block.

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 techniques.

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 time.

So whenever you're ready, email 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 absolute best.

If you credit it, edit it.

And in the meantime, keep writing.

Never give up.


Mike O'Neill

Links for writers

Preditors & Editors. Here's where you can check out the credentials of literary agents and publishers. A must for any writer.


or MikeMrEdit@AOL.com