I’m going to be offering a new service to NaNoWriMo participants this year! If you’re writing for National Novel Writing Month, I’m offering to check your manuscript’s saleability.
Let me explain.
There’s no point to copyediting a first draft. The manuscript is going to change too much before it’s a final product ready for submission.
So…what’s helpful for first draft NaNoWriMo manuscripts? A general critique. Maybe a list of stylistic/technical/editorial issues to watch out for while you revise. And an acquisition editor’s perspective on whether your book is on the right track. Is it a publishable concept? What would make it more interesting/viable/sellable?
I’ll be offering this service at a rate of $10 per 10,000 words. I’m happy to look at a chapter, an outline, or an entire novel.
I realize there are communities for peer editing and critiquing, and I fully support the peer effort. But if you want a professional opinion, I’ll be fair, constructive, and honest.
Ten years ago today — September 23, 2006 — was my last day at my last desk job. Ten years ago today, I became a full-time freelance editor.
In the last ten years, I’ve:
- Edited about 80 novels, for at least 5 different publishers, written by new authors, major award winners, and nyt bestsellers
- Read about 800 novel queries and submissions
- Published 6 anthologies
- Read about 3000 short story queries and submissions
- Sold 14 short stories
- Sold 2 novels of my own
- Been a managing editor, a submissions editor, an acquisitions editor, a copyeditor, a proofreader, a special guest, an attending professional, a panelist, a lecturer, an apprentice, and a mentor
- Been interviewed by 14 magazines and podcasts
- Attended 5 workshops and retreats
- Got a wikipedia page
- Served on award juries 7 times
- Acquired the first works of about a dozen great new writers
- Acquired works that have won major awards
- Met my heroes
- Made countless deep and precious friendships and connections
Would I take a “desk job” again? Absolutely. I’d take one tomorrow, for the right desk and the right job. Am I supporting myself financially with writing and editing? No. Not really. But when I feel down about that, I look at that list above. No one goes into publishing to get rich quick. We knew ten years ago that getting established would be a long, long tail. I’m immensely grateful that I have the privilege to follow words rather than money. I promise to continue making the most of it.