You’ve come to the right place.
Morgan’s a freelance editor providing a number of different services, and can be found both here and on Holly Lisle’s Self-Publisher’s Resource Board.
What she accepts:
“I work in fiction of 25,000 words or more, any genre but especially fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal-type stories.”
“Although I work well with plot, setting, pacing, and all other crucial elements of a good novel, I specialize in crafting characters that breathe and speak, as well as the dialogue that brings them to life.”
She also emphasizes forming a relationship with the client beyond just the cut-and-dry editing you’ll get from most publishing houses. While she may present some tough suggestions to swallow, she’ll also be right there with you to help you put the suggestions into play as painlessly as possible. Once you’ve got Morgan on your side, she’s willing to both work you through fixing the chapters you keep and help you brainstorm your options for chapters you don’t.
Services She Offers:
- Morgan will read through your manuscript and send you a thorough written critique of the overall work.
- This written critique will cover all of the pieces you’ll need to craft good fiction: characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, pacing, flow, the list goes on. It will be approximately five pages (although she won’t stop herself there if she has more to say), and it will identify both the strengths and the weaknesses of the manuscript.
- She’ll then be willing to discuss the critique, to make sure you understand why she said what she did, and to give you a better idea of how to improve on some of the weaknesses she found.
- She’ll also be willing to answer five specific questions you might have.
- “Specific” here means a question related to an individual piece of the manuscript, like a specific chapter or a character. (e.g. “How does this fight scene flow in chapter 8, and how can I make it better?”, or even, “How could I improve Jane Doe as a character?”)
Reading the manuscript + >5 page written critique:
$20 for 200 pages or less, after that it’s $10 dollars per 100 pages
Content Editor —
- Morgan will read through the manuscript once and provide an overview of the work she feels needs to be done.
- (e.g. “I feel the weakest parts of the manuscript are the characterization of the antagonist and the integration of setting, so we’ll be paying extra attention to those as we work through this.”)
- Then, the two of you will begin again and work through the manuscript in more detail, making multiple passes to target different areas such as character and objectives, plot, setting, description/narration, action, logic (cause and effect, timeline consistency, etc.).
- Once all of the large problems are solved, Morgan will start again from the beginning and line-edit the chapter for such things as spelling/grammar/punctuation of course, but also sentence flow, redundancies, and using word choice to get the most bang for your buck.
- Morgan would like to keep in communication, via something more immediate than e-mail (by phone, or by one of the many instant-messaging programs out there) and address your thoughts, questions, and concerns all through the process. She’s looking to forge the sort of working relationship that lasts beyond this one project, but into the future of your work. And when you succeed, be it publication or just the satisfaction of a manuscript well done, she’ll be the loudest voice in the cheering crowd.
Flat rate: $2.00 per page ($8 per 1,000 words)
(Note that Morgan accepts no works of less than 25,000 words. She isn’t comfortable critiquing or editing shorter fiction without further study in works of that type.)
‘Damage Control’ Editor —
- This service is specifically for when you know what you need to fix but don’t know how to do it. Let’s say your publisher will only accept your story if you add a romance angle, or cut your five main characters to three. Or you’ve gotten one too many critiques suggesting the book is just altogether too long, and you want to know how to cut off the beginning without losing all of that character development.
- Morgan will read your manuscript and read/listen to the critiques or demands you’re looking to integrate, and will work with you to make the changes as painlessly as possible.
‘Damage Control’ editing:
Flat rate: $.75 per page ($3 per 1000 words)
“Writing a novel is your own personal battle, but Morgan will be with you every step of the way with encouragement and unique advice that will pack a stronger punch in your storytelling. Having someone to bounce ideas off of has been extremely helpful for me. Her insight is very strong on what works, what doesn’t, and how to seize every opportunity for fleshing out my characters and raising the tension in my storyline. I couldn’t have gotten this far without Morgan’s one-on-one help, and when my next project is ready, I’ll definitely be working with her again.” – CN Sundeen, screenwriter and voice actor.
“Over the years, I’ve seen Morgan work with writer after writer here on campus, and when the results were graded, not one of them has gotten anything below 100%. She’s been an asset, to myself and to all of my students, some of whom have even been inspired by her encouragement and their successes to pursue writing professionally and to reach for something more than they ever thought they could accomplish. Were I still writing fiction, I couldn’t think of any better person to trust with my work.” – Patricia Monroe, former English teacher at Peninsula College in Washington state.
Extras, Specials, and Discounts:
- Want a little more depth? If a Reader client would like a specific chapter more thoroughly critiqued than the Reader package offers, it’s $1 per page (of no more than 20 pages or 2 chapters, whichever comes first.)
- Want a lot more depth? If a Reader client receives the written critique and would like Morgan to content-edit their entire piece, they’ll receive a discount of $.50 per page, bringing the cost down to $1.50 per page.
- Coming back for more? If a client of any of the three services returns to Morgan with a second work, they’ll receive 15% off. (approximately $60 saved on a 200 page manuscript, for content editing.)
- Still on the fence? The next five clients get part of their manuscript free! For Reader clients, this takes $5 off of your total price. For Content Editing and Damage Control clients, this gives you the first 20 pages for free, a value of $40 saved!
If You’re Interested:
Morgan can be reached via e-mail at write.bishop[at]gmail[dot]com. Please include in your e-mail the following:
- Your name, or what you’d like her to call you.
- Which service you’re interested in. (Reader, content editor, damage control editor.)
- A short description of what your novel’s about (2-3 sentences).
- Your novel’s genre and word count.
- Your goals with this novel, if you have any.
- (For example, if you have a specific publishing house in mind whose standards you’d like to meet, or if you plan to self-publish.)
- Anything else you’d like to say, or any questions you might have. (Optional, of course.)
Expect a response within 48 hours at the latest, although Morgan tends to be pretty ‘on top of things’, so you might very well get a response right away.
If you’re still on the fence, you’re more than welcome to ask a few questions in the comments of this page.
Morgan’s looking forward to hearing from you!