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24 January 2012 @ 06:03 pm
I'm doing manuscript critiques again  
If you are interested, contact me at mette@argonautfilms.com and we can talk specifics. Basically, I charge $1 per 250 words and I prefer to read YA MG and adult genre fiction (sf/f). I usually ask for you to send me a one sentence description of the book before I go forward with it, and I critique the manuscript, query letter, and synopsis all at the same time. I send comments in text in Word and then also write an extensive revision letter like you might receive from an editor.

I have had some people complain that my critiques are harsh. I do try to make sure that I tell you what I think you have going right in addition to things that need to be fixed. Also, for those who are new to the YA field, there may be terminology I use that you don't expect, like the fact that YA is considered "children's." I do know the field well and while I can't guarantee publication, I do think I can give you a good idea of what to work on to move it to the next step and how people are responding to it if you've sent it out. I can also give you some insights into the commercial aspects of the publishing world.

I do need to charge money for this service in order to justify the time away from my own writing, but I honestly do it because I want to help other writers. I remember being in that situation where you feel like you are almost there and you think that if someone would just tell you what was going on while they read the manuscript, it would help you enormously to go from rejection to at least a revision request.
Vonny McKayvmckay on January 25th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're doing this again, Mette.
Charity BradfordCharity Bradford on January 25th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful thing to offer. Now I wish my MS was shorter because I was just wishing to find a free lance editor that specialized in sci fi/fantasy. It's adult, clean, but a bit over 87K. My hubby would kill me.

Maybe it's time to turn in my seminary driving miles for reimbursement. LOL.
metteharrisonmetteharrison on January 25th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Great!
You could try sending me the synopsis and first 50 pages or something for $50. A lot of the time, I think that I can tell what needs to be done in that amount of time. Just a thought.