I am officially open for manuscript editing. All the details you need are below and I appreciate your interest in my services!
What I’ll Edit: YA (all genres), Adult Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Literary Fiction, Synopses, Blurbs, A Select Number of Chapters
Turn around: 2-3 weeks depending on length of manuscript. Less than a week for synopses, blurbs, and chapters.
Things I look out for: Content, Grammar, Structure, Character Development, Consistency, Plot Development.
Experience: I work as an Assistant Editor for an academic publishing house in New York. I’ve interned at two small fiction houses prior to this job and also co-run a critique service called The Inkwell Council.
Feedback: For a full manuscript edit, I will send you back two documents. The first will be an annotated version of your story with comments I’ve made as I’ve read. These comments can range from grammar problems, to plot inconsistencies, to my reactions. The second document will be an analysis highlighting the good aspects of your manuscript, what needs work, and any major plot holes or issues I found.
How often I take on projects: Case by Case. I have a lot of work I do on my own time, especially with wrapping up my current YA manuscript. I’m always willing to work something out or I’ll be honest if I don’t have the proper time to give to the project.
Price: Rates are determined based on the length of the manuscript or set of chapters and the extent of the edit you would like. I charge roughly $.008 per word.
For synopses and blurbs, they go for a flat rate of $20.
How To Pay: I accept 50% of the full payment prior to starting the project and the other 50% once the project has been completed. Payment via PayPal is preferred.
Any other questions? Feel free to send me an email too!
“I am very pleased with the critique provided to me by Megan Manzano. In my 90,000-word manuscript Bubblegum, Megan presented precise edits that greatly improved the flow and logic of my story. I was particularly impressed by her eye for continuity – catching even small details in later pages and chapters! All notes were given in a concise and patient matter, and I never felt like I was being chastised for my mistakes. She is punctual with communication and provides her services in a professional manner. She also provided me with much needed assistance on my back cover, author bio, and dedication. Megan is a joy to work with, and I hope to utilize her skills again in the future.” – Sari Taurez
“Working with Megan was a fantastic experience. I was starting my first major revision on my manuscript and her insights and suggestions helped me to see beyond my words to some underlying issues that needed to be ironed out. Turning over your work to an editor can be intimidating, but not with Megan. Her comments and suggestions were always positive and she took the time to explain the reasoning behind why she felt something might need to be tweaked. Her experience as both an editor and a reader allows her to make suggestions that appeal to both audiences. She was so approachable throughout the project–communications were friendly and professional and she was more than willing to clarify or discuss a comment when needed. I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience.” – Katie Passerotti
“After spending months or years working on your precious book baby it’s daunting to finally let someone read it. Megan was the very first person to read through my entire manuscript and I am so thankful for that. Her comments were insightful, helpful, and encouraging. Megan pointed out which elements needed more development and when my metaphors ran amok, but she was just as quick to highlight the aspects of the story that were working well. I truly enjoyed working with her and I’ve been singing her praises to my writer friends ever since. Not only did she help me with this story, but I learned a lot from her feedback that I can apply to future projects too. I couldn’t have asked for a better critique experience!” – Emily Thiede