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I am interested in paying a professional editor to critique my realistic mg novel--contemporary friendship story--funny, light-hearted.  I know a number of writers who have used pd professionals w/overall positive experiences, but some said their experiences w/this or that editor was a bit spotty.  "The editor was great for my ya romance, but not so much for my historical fiction mg" type of comments. 

I know what's wrong w/my manuscript, what I need is help knowing how to FIX it.  And yes, I belong to multiple critique
groups . . . Suggestions for a good editor for a pd critique?
#1 - September 05, 2015, 07:40 PM

I worked with Catherine when she was with Viking, and she was very good.

http://www.editedbycatherine.com
#2 - September 05, 2015, 08:43 PM

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Marcia Hoehne (our own mrh), Paula Morrow and Chris Eboch come to mind immediately.
Good luck, Vijaya
#3 - September 06, 2015, 06:22 AM
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There's also a list of "manuscript doctors" (basically freelance editors) that the SCBWI provides free to members. I am listed in it, and yes, I do this kind of work, but I'm actually not suggesting myself, as I am booked until the middle of November.
#4 - September 07, 2015, 12:14 PM
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It's in the Resource Library section of the website...
#5 - September 07, 2015, 12:14 PM
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How does it work, Harold? (I mean the manuscript doctors)
#6 - September 08, 2015, 01:39 PM

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Mercedes, "manuscript doctors" are one of the terms used for freelance editors who help writers improve their manuscripts (and, we hope, their skills too). I typically work with people after they have gone as far as they can on their own and with the help of their critique group and/or beta readers, but haven't been able to get the manuscript up to the level needed for submission. Or I may come in to help with particular problems.

Does that answer your question?
#7 - September 09, 2015, 03:48 PM
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You can take a look at the Editorial services provided by Emma Dryden. http://drydenbks.com/about.html
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#8 - September 10, 2015, 03:19 AM
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Thank you, Harold!
Where in the Resource Library is the SCBWI editors list? And how can we book one of the freelance editors in that list?

Sorry for bothering you with all these questions!

Thanks for your time and patience!
#9 - September 10, 2015, 05:41 AM

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I see that they don't seem to have what used to be individual documents in the Resource Library. If you download "The Book," you will find the manuscript doctors list in it.

Emma Dryden, as suggested, is a great editor--and the list has contact information for her, for me, and a bunch of other people. Mine is also on my website.
#10 - September 10, 2015, 04:06 PM
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Thank you very much, Harold! I've found the list on "The Book", just like you said. :)

Happy weekend!
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Tamra Tuller is now doing freelance editing for MGs. Here's info from Kathy Temean's Writing and Illustrating blog today:

Tamra has opened her doors as a freelance editor focusing mainly on middle-grade and young adult novels, but also picture books.
Here is a little bit about Tamra:
Tamra Tuller first got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs. She then moved on to Scholastic’s trade division at Blue Sky Press, followed by Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, and most recently Chronicle Books.
She has a strong interest in reality-based contemporary and historical fiction, but she has fallen in love with books of all genres and will gladly work on a wide variety of titles, including picture books. She has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Beth Kephart, Kathryn Erskine, Leila Sales, Hannah Moskowitz, and K.A. Holt.
Tamra lives in Oakland, California.
Here is some information about her freelance editing business:
Whether you’re on your first draft or your fifth, any manuscript can benefit from an editor’s eye to help you realize you where you are going right, and where you could use some more work. After ten years working for major publishers, I can provide you an unbiased and informed opinion on how to get your work ready for an agent or a publisher.
I offer two levels of service for novels. The first, and a great way to start, is a basic developmental edit. Here I will read your complete manuscript and provide a detailed editorial letter discussing big picture issues such as plot, pacing, voice, characters, perhaps some light line edits, etc. The next level of service is the basic developmental edit with the addition of heavier line editing. I tend to recommend people begin with the basic developmental edit first since large portions may need a rewrite. Once the manuscript is in better shape, then it will benefit from a heavy line edit. I’m happy to speak with you first to determine which service is right for you.
For picture books I can offer a detailed editorial letter along with line edits.
I’m also able to provide support along the way. Writing can be a very solitary process, and it’s easy to become discouraged, blocked, or unsure of yourself. Sometimes it helps to have someone in your corner, rooting you on through the process.
Pricing:
For novels, I’m charging 4 cents per word for a developmental edit, meaning I’ll read the entire manuscript and provide an editorial letter discussing big picture issues such as plot, pacing, voice, characters, perhaps some light line edits, etc. If the author would like that in addition to heavier line editing (which I actually don’t recommend until after they’ve done a basic developmental edit) then the rate goes up to 7 cents per word.
Picture books are $500-750, depending on the level of editing required and length of manuscript. Those rates include allowing the author to contact me along the way to ask question and receive some coaching and encouragement. Many editors charge extra for this level of availability, but I would not.
As you can see Tamra has had an extensive career in the children’s publishing field. I know Tamra from her time at Philomel and hated when she decided to move all the way across the country to the West Coast. We are so lucky to have this opportunity. I can’t wait to read what she has to say about the four first pages that are chosen.
If you are interested in Tamra’s services, she can be reached at Tamra.tuller@gamil.com
#12 - September 11, 2015, 09:59 AM
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