The Novel Editors - Manuscripts to Market


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Manuscripts to Market - The Novel Editors and Scruples

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From experience, we know that the vast majority of writers who seek editorial services for their novel or nonfiction manuscript are going about it long before they should--the resulting effect being tens of thousands of manuscripts ill-prepared for publication of any kind regardless of edits. IF the editing process is not rushed and accomplished by reasonably knowledgeable people, the writer will be inevitably faced with a heckuvalot of work, both in terms of narrative polish and story development. IF the editing process is slipshod and more focused on proofing and line editing than actual development, the writer will simply lipstick the pig when all is said and done (and sometimes pay over $2500.00 for the privilege). That is harsh, yes, but you see this circumstance all the time. Matter of fact, most manuscripts shuffled off to transcend their mortal coil and be reborn as homeless novels don't contain a commercially viable premise in the first place.

Utilizing an innovative three-step manuscript review invented by Michael Neff and author-agent Paula Munier, our Manuscripts to Market service avoids by default the kind of problem noted above. For starters, the editors never take on projects that have no chance whatsoever at becoming commercially published (they don't tell the writer what they want to hear just for the purpose of picking their wallet). Second, their first level of review is designed to correct all the core issues that plague most novel manuscripts right from the start. Therefore, the next two levels of review are more precise, evolving the novel to the point of publication far more efficiently.

Regardless, if you're going to spend your money on a novel editing service, you need to ask a couple of questions first:
  • Do you get to review the credentials of the individual who will be working on your ms?
  • Do the person's credentials include any real-time experience working in tandem with the New York publishing business, or at least with mid-sized or quality independent presses?
  • Is there a demonstrable track record of commercial or literary publication of any kind associated with past clients of this person? Is the record relatively recent or ancient history?
  • Is the proposed editor person an actual writer of fiction, narrative nonfiction or novels? Has the work been self-published or published?
  • Are accolades or testimonials about the business itself focused rather on buzz phrasing than pointers to actual results, i.e., contracts with major houses or agencies?
Are the above questions unreasonable? We don't think so, but your goals will ultimately determine the answer.

- New York Pitch Authors and Books -

It began with "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2021, the New York Pitch has assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and commercial publishing contracts. More information and commentary on this subject can be found on our NYC news page. 


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