…Editor

While I am happy to ghostwrite most genres,
I’m currently only taking on contemporary women’s novels
and short stories for editing – details below

For all other genres, please contact Caroline Vincent via: email or website
(this does not affect the 100-WORD COMPETITION prizes)

Some of the books Morgen has edited…

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INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES (up to 20,000 words): charged at £15 (€18 / US$21 / CA$ & AS$24) per 1,000 words. To work out the cost, multiply your word count by 0.015 / 0.018 / 0.021 / 0.024 respectively. Minimum fee: £30 (€36 / US$42 / CA$ & AS$48). Payment via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com) – the entire amount paid in advance. Free sample to new clients up to 500 words.

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CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S NOVELS (anything over 20,000 words):

OPTION 1 – Full editing (content, copy editing & line editing): in-depth ‘firm but fair’ editing with feedback which will include grammar, punctuation, story structure, character depth/dialogue, highlighting potential copyright issues, fact-checking, chapter structure/order, narrative drive… the whole shebang. This comes in the form of the edited manuscript together with a character/items names table, and clean copy of the ‘bloodied’ manuscript.
Suitable for all writers, regardless of experience. Free sample to new clients up to the first 1,000 words.

When you submit your full manuscript, feel free to send me a list of questions and/or areas you’d like particular feedback on. The ‘full’ process (for any novel):

  • Stage 1: I send you a quote for your manuscript with payment breakdown (50% in advance, the balance no more than 14 days after return of final version). If agreed and payment received, I start work on the novel no more than a fortnight later (‘end’ date advised in advance).
  • Stage 2: listen to the novel (on my Kindle) while doing a checklist sweep (any more vs anymore etc). I make a ‘clean’ copy (accepting all the changes, removing any comments) and email that to my Kindle.
  • Stage 3: I go through the manuscript on the screen while listening to the clean copy.
  • Stage 4: I repeat that at least once more while listening to an even cleaner version. The book then comes back to you for your revision. You can obviously take as long as you need for this stage.
  • Stage 5: I receive the book and go through it once more (listening and reviewing on the screen) and inevitably make more changes (suggestions and corrections).

Charged at the rate of £12 (€14.5 / US$16 / CA & AS$21) per 1,000 words. To work out the cost, multiply your word count by 0.012 / 0.0145 / 0.016 / 0.021 respectively (so a 100,000-word novel would be £1,200 / €1,450 / US$1,600 / CA & AUS$2,100 respectively). Payment via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com) – 50% paid in advance to secure the booking then the balance paid no more than two weeks after the return of the manuscript.

OPTION 2 – Proofreading: a human spell and grammar checker, concentrating on individual words rather than the context. This is the option to take if you are confident of your characters, plot, structure and layout etc. but you want someone to go through it before you submit to an agent or publisher, or self-publish. My non-fiction writing is about writing so I concentrate on fiction but have proofread non-fiction manuscripts. This option equates to Stage 5 above. When you submit your full manuscript, feel free to send me a list of questions and/or areas you’d like particular feedback on.

Charged at the rate of £7 (€8.5 / US$9 / CA & AS$12) per 1,000 words. To work out the cost, multiply your word count by 0.007 / 0.0085 / 0.009 / 0.012 respectively (so a 100,000-word novel would be £700 / €850 / US$900 / CA & AUS$1200 respectively). Payment via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com) – 50% paid in advance to secure the booking then the balance paid no more than two weeks after the return of the manuscript.

OPTION 3: General feedback: no proofreading/editing, no changes to the document itself, just a typed summary report. This is useful if you’re not sure whether the story is working, your characters (or plot) are believable or you’ve not edited it yet but have sent it to beta (first-round) readers and the feedback you’ve received makes you wonder whether you want to progress it. I will be honest and tell you, although, for most authors who have taken this option, I have seen promise with their work, they’ve just needed a steer in the right direction. When you submit your full manuscript, feel free to send me a list of questions and/or areas you’d like particular feedback on.

Charged at £5 (€6 / US$7 / CA$ & AS$9) each per 1,000 words. To work out the cost, multiply your word count by 0.005 / 0.006 / 0.007 / 0.009 respectively. Minimum fee: £20 (€24 / US$28 / CA$ & AS$36). Payment via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com).
<20,000 words: the entire amount paid in advance.
>20,000 words: 50% paid in advance to secure the booking then the balance paid no more than two weeks after the return of the manuscript.

OPTION 4: Synopsis/cover letter feedback: I have a standard minimum fee of £30 (€36 / US$40 / CA$ & AS$50), for feedback on your synopsis ((including any ‘spoilers’). Agents/publishers usually prefer one-page synopses) and/or cover letter (four Word pages maximum) with a £15 (€18 / US$20 / CA$ & AS$25) fee for any subsequent reads. Payment via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com). Full fee payable in advance.

NOTES:

  • If we’ve not worked together before, regardless of the option taken, the first 1,000 words* are free – manuscript usually returned within 48 hours. This is sent to you first and there is no obligation thereafter. *ideally the first 1,000 words of the story so I can see whether it ‘hooks’ me. Please send me a 200-word max. summary of the story as this will help me know whether you’re starting in the right place.
  • Any other work would be charged at my hourly rate of £20 (€24 / US$28 / CA$ & AS$36), agreed in advance.
  • These options help you polish your writing. I do not offer a ghostwriting or rewriting facility.
  • I cannot be held responsible for any errors unchecked by the author before submitting to any printers/publishers/editors.

7 thoughts on “…Editor

  1. The characterful writer says:

    Morgen. Thanks so much for such a rapid and helpful edit of my short story. Just the job for tweaking it all into place. Second time I’ve used your services and won’t be the last. Rosalind

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  2. Deborah says:

    Hi Morgen, I just wanted to thank you for editing my novel… you’re fantastic! I’ve learned so much from the notes (and from your writing course) and it reads so much better now. Everything you suggested was spot on. I’m going to use a cliche now, so sorry in advance :o) … but you’re worth every penny! I’ll be sending my next novel as soon as it’s finished.
    Thank you again.
    Deborah x

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