Editing & Critique
Morgen welcomes fiction manuscripts for editing at the competitive rate of £4 (€5 / US$6.5 / CA$7 / AS$7) per 1,000 words, so the fee is agreed upfront and more importantly stuck to! She provides in-depth ‘firm but fair’ feedback which will include grammar, punctuation, story structure, character depth, narrative drive… the whole shebang.
To work out the cost, multiply your word count by 0.004 / 0.005 / 0.0065 / 000.7 respectively (so a 100,000-word novel would be £400 / €500 / US$650 / CA$700 / AUS$700 respectively).
** The first 1,000 words are edited free (usually returned within 48 hours).**
Please note: For projects over 20,000 words, Morgen is currently booked until mid-January 2014.
There are two formats:
- Morgen uses Word’s track changes (see picture immediately below as generic example) as it keeps the file size small and the feedback in one place.
- For authors without the facility to use track changes (i.e. if using a different form of software), another option is the form of ‘red pen’ notes (see picture below right) and a typed report explaining these notes with additional comments. The red pen scans are sent as a one-document colour pdf (very large file size so this is not the preferred option) and the report as a Word document (or .pdf if preferred).
** First c.1,000 words offered free as a sample.**
Alternatively, she offers a proofread (£2 (€2.50 / US$3 / CA & AS$3.50) per 1,000 words) or general feedback service (no proofreading / editing) at £1 (€1.25 / US$1.50 / CA & AS$1.75) per 1,000 words. Again the first 1,000 words are free, although Morgen does usually give the ‘full’ service for your free sample, unless you advise otherwise.
If you take up either of these two options and want to upgrade (from feedback to proofread / editing or proofread to editing) you are welcome to do so and just pay the difference for the extra advice / comments.
Fee agreed in advance of any work undertaken (payment options below).
In the first instance…
Take a look at http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101 for Morgen’s writing tips. If this improves your writing, then it makes her job easier to give feedback on it. Then email Morgen your 1,000-word extract (with <250-word synopsis if from a novel) and she’ll get her feedback to you as soon as possible (usually within 48 hours, or she’ll email you to advise).
- First 1,000 words free (usually returned within 48 hours).
- <20,000 words: 50% in advance, 50% within 48-hours of receipt of feedback / critique. Please allow up to two weeks for the return of your edited manuscript.
- Over 20,000 words: edited / critiqued in sections with payment after each section (schedule to be agreed in advance). That way you get to work on the pieces Morgen has worked on without having to wait until she has sent them all and spreads out the payments. Usually 4-5 weeks max.
- Please note: For projects over 20,000 words, Morgen is currently booked until mid-January 2014.
- If you are sending a novel extract, please also send a <250-word synopsis of the whole novel (including any ‘spoilers’).
Morgen has written / published over 400 short stories, from six words to several thousand, in a variety of genres. Her seven novels are chick-lit (a 105,000-worder,originally a 117,540-word first draft), lad-lit, mystery, and various shades of crime. She is currently writing her eighth novel, a departure from the crime genre; its protagonist is Henry, a talking dog with attitude.
Morgen has been critiquing fellow writers’ novels since 2005, covering all mainstream genres, most recently YA dystopian, YA paranormal, action & adventure, contemporary romance / erotica and lad lit. She doesn’t write scripts and very little poetry, so please bear this in mind if sending these formats.
Some of the testimonials (in alphabetic order) received to-date…
- “Morgen’s critiquing service was really valuable to me. Not only was the turnaround time remarkable, but her comments about my work have given me new impetus. In particular, I found her review of my synopsis really helpful. She shares her feedback in a professional yet inclusive style. It almost feels like she is sitting right next to you. She is a great communicator and highly proficient, yet friendly and easy to deal with. I look forward to sharing more of my work with her in the future.” Angela Watt (England)
- “This is exactly what I was looking for. Exceptional communication and professionalism, and turnaround time was much faster than I expected. I can say that this experience has truly rekindled my desire to write, and I know that my works will be in good hands.” Doug J (USA)
- “The feedback was really useful, and I intend to take advantage of your editing service again. Will be submitting the story, with your suggested revisions, so keeping my fingers crossed that the competition judges will like it. Thanks.” Julia Ann Lees (England)
- “I have read over your suggested changes and can only say “WOW”, you are right on target! I loved all the changes. I really love the suggestions to the synopsis. I am excited to have you as my editor!” Lorraine Carey (Grand Cayman)
- “I met Morgen at a writing festival a short while ago and goodness, what a spot of luck. She doesn’t miss a thing. I’ve learnt an awful lot since starting writing some six years ago now, and since meeting her, have learnt even more. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Very professional, very easy to work with, and very good at what she does.” Mark K (England)
- “I discovered Morgen and her writing website while I was trolling for various ways to publicize a friend’s novel. Our relationship grew via guest blogs and author spotlights. When it came time for me to get serious about my own writing and editing, I thought first of Morgen and looked into what she offered – I was not disappointed. Her reasonable rates, free 1000 word trial package, and use of the Track Changes options in MS Word drew me in. Going through each of my edited chapters, I was pleasantly surprised to find side notes and comments in addition to the basic proofreading services I asked for. I loved coming across a comment where she was particularly pleased with my phrasing or story ideas. These little gems of thought created a bond between us – Morgen not only edited my work but she engaged herself with me as writer along the way. In this day and age that kind of thoughtful attention is rare. I looked forward to seeing her notes with every chapter, and her personal attention revitalized my own connection with the novel. Morgen is a master of her craft and has a great pair of editing eyes – don’t overlook her honest simplicity and attention to detail, she’s a treasure.” M.J. Moores, Teacher. Author. Mother. (Canada)
- “Very efficient and to the point. Highly recommended.” and “I’ve used Morgen for a short story. She’s rapid, responsive and very reasonably priced. My subsequent rewrite satisfied even me.” Rosalind Minett (England)
- “I wish everyone I was dealing with were as efficient and user friendly as you! Once again, thank you for exceeding my expectations.” Tony Klinger (England)
Listed below are some examples of the free sample critiques Morgen has given…
- The first ‘red pen’ session episode was released on Monday 8th August 2011 featuring a 325-word flash fiction entitled ‘Green’ by San Francisco-based writer and musician J D Mader and the podcast is available via the links at the top of this page (and in the ‘Where to find me’ side menu) with a summary here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Sunday 2nd December 2012.
- The second ‘red pen’ session episode was released on Monday 22nd August featuring a 1,591-word short story from Aneesa – the summary was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback to be blogged t.b.a. (awaiting permission from the author).
- The third ‘red pen’ session episode was released on Monday 5th September and featured a novel extract from crime writer and spotlightee Lae Monie. A summary of the podcast episode was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Tuesday 4th December 2012.
- The fourth ‘red pen’ session episode was released on Saturday 17th September and featured a 883-word short story entitled The Sow’s Ear by J D Mader. A summary of the podcast was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Wednesday 5th December 2012.
- Aneesa returned for episode no.5 which was released on Monday 10th October and featured a short story called ‘You are my reasons’ -– the summary was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback to be blogged t.b.a. (awaiting permission from the author).
- Episode no.6, released on Monday 24th October, was an extract from forthcoming novel ‘Firebound’ provided by teacher and writer Kathryn Wild – the summary of which was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Friday 7th December 2012.
- Episode no.7, released on Sunday 6th November, featured a short story by Aaron entitled ‘On the edge’ – the summary was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Saturday 8th December 2012.
- Episode no.8, released Sunday 27th November, was another novel extract by crime writer Lae Monie – the summary was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Sunday 9th December 2012.
- Episode no.9, released Wednesday 28th December – was Morgen’s critique of a novel extract from The Desolate Garden by Danny Kemp – the summary was posted here and you can listen to the episode here. Full feedback was blogged – Monday 10th December 2012.
Then the red pen sessions transferred from audio podcast to blog text:
- Red Pen no.10, critique of Circles, a short story from Aaron (see episode no.7) – Sunday 16th December 2012.
- Red Pen no.11, critique of an extract (with synopsis) from Lianne Simon’s novel Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite – Sunday 23rd December 2012.
- Red Pen no.12, critique of the short story Shooting Stars by crime novelist, short story author and interviewee Graham Smith – Sunday 30th December 2012.
- Red Pen no.13, critique of a novel extract from YA, romance and suspense thriller novelist Erica Miner‘s Murder in the Pit – Sunday 6th January 2013.
- Red Pen no.14, critique of Agoraphobia, a short story by non-fiction and short story author Kerry Dwyer – Sunday 13th January 2013.
- Red Pen no.15, critique of Betrayal, a short story by short story author and poet Charlie Kane – Sunday 20th January 2013.
- Short Stories Submitted For Critique
- Poems Submitted For Critique
- Script Extracts Submitted For Critique
- Novel Extracts Submitted For Critique
- Non-fiction Pieces Submitted For Critique
- £1 per 1,000 words for single-read general feedback on the story
- £2 per 1,000 words for single-read proofread only
- £4 per 1,000 words for a full critique (red pen scans & typed report)
- Fee agreed in advance, but based on the above and no more than £4 per 1,000 words.
Note: Morgen is English so will edit based on UK English rather than US English although US spellings will remain unaltered. Fee agreed in advance so there are no further costs unless agreed, and payment to be made via PayPal. The editorial fee (£4 per 1,000 words) includes another read-through of the manuscript once changes have been made. The proofread or general feedback fees are for one read-through only.
It is stressed that Morgen is not responsible for the accuracy of the content of the authors’ works before or after publication and any factual mistakes not pointed out shall inccur no liability on Morgen’s part.
She also transcribes manuscripts from audio files or handwritten formats (rate by agreement but based on the same hourly rate).
Although she is unable to undertake book reviews, there is a list of some reviewers who do.
Whatever your requirement, you can email Morgen at firstname.lastname@example.org.