Expert editors for dedicated writers.
Your novel is finished. Or almost finished. You’ve written and revised until you’re out of ideas, or out of your head . . . and you’re thinking that maybe you should have someone other than your partner or your Aunt Lucinda or your best friend look at it. Maybe you should hire an editor.
But that sounds expensive. Are you sure you really need an editor? How do you know what kind of editing to ask for? How do you know you’ve found the right editor?
Well, first things first.
Are you ready to work with an editor?
If you’re submitting to agents or planning to indie publish, your book needs to be clean and compelling and ready to rumble. An editor who reads widely in your genre can tell you whether your writing is on the level. A developmental editor can teach you how to get it there.
You don’t have to know everything about writing, editing, and publishing to be a writer — you just have to write. As Hemingway may or may not have said, “There is nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
But nobody says you have to let people watch you do it. If you worried about every controversial comma and misplaced modifier, you’d bleed yourself dry before you ever finished a paragraph.
Working with a professional editor will help you protect your writing practice so you can develop your craft in peace.
Rule #1: Don’t spend a dime on proofreading until you know your story’s superb.
Too many aspiring authors spend a fortune on copyediting for manuscripts destined to get (at best) lukewarm reviews and generic rejection letters. This is the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. We want nothing to do with it.
When writers don’t have reliable feedback, they have no way of knowing how their work measures up.
We understand the challenges involved in finding, processing, and executing insightful editorial feedback. We’ve been helping authors improve their writing — both style and story — for the past ten years.
We would be honored to help you determine what’s appropriate for you and your current draft. Every author and every project has unique needs, and we delight in helping you find the path that’s perfect for you. We promise we won’t take projects that don’t feel right.
Try out our Introduction to Editing to see our instincts with your work.
When it comes down to it, you don’t want your grammar teacher for an editor. You want the kids who skipped P.E. and Foods to hide out in the library, who may or may not have stolen that copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of the great marginalia and the revelation that it’s totally different from the movie. You want an editor who takes books like medicine and dispenses poetry precisely.
You want us.
You’ll be delighted to learn that we’re available and easy, and very, very good. Drop us a line. Let’s work something out.
Lead Story Editor
Matthew Arkin’s studies in literature, law, and acting bring a wealth of experience to his work as our lead story editor.
Meghan Pinson is managing editor and founder of My Two Cents Editing. She leads our team of expert editors who help passionate writers reach discerning readers with the best possible work.
Rhonda Erb’s discerning eye and dauntless pursuit of correct copy make her an invaluable wingwoman for authors and editors alike.
When I was looking for an editor, I had spent a few years writing a couple of bad novels, sending query letters to agents, getting lots of flat rejections and a few bites from people who asked for the full ms, then rejected me with helpful suggestions. One said to hire a professional editor and recommended a name. I sent her the story, which was reasonably good but very badly written. She tore me apart ruthlessly; taught me a lot, but left me down and bleeding, almost dead for writing purposes. It took me months to recover enough to file that book away and start all over. Elements of that story evolved into The Closing. I thought I had made a leap in quality, but I couldn’t face the knife-in-my-gut editor again. It was too painful. So I searched for someone new, figuring this time if I got killed I would quit writing.
That’s a long way of saying I was looking for someone sensitive, who could take my hand and lead me without jerking my shoulder out of its socket. I found your website by a random search on the internet. It was so open and honest. I came away thinking this is a really nice person, smart, soulful. She can relate to me and my insecurities. I kept searching but I kept going back to your site and reading everything, especially those squibs that showed me who you are. The day I decided to contact you I remember thinking I hope this person is who she says she is because I would like to have her as a friend no matter what. And it worked. You were who the site said you were and you were perfect for me.
I was looking for two dominant traits. Brains were a big factor, but I wanted heart, too. You’re much more experienced now and probably more competent and professional, but you are still that person I turned to for help when I was pretty far down.
– Ken Oder, author of the award-winning Whippoorwill Hollow novels
Are you just getting started?
If you’ve never worked with an editor before,
or if you’d like to start small and explore the possibilities,
our Introduction to Editing service is a great way to begin.
Introduction to Editing
THANK YOU for your critique. I know my script was a mess. First attempt, just literally sat down and typed. My goal is to now really work on it and have it polished by July 2020 to submit to the competition. I love the feedback and I’m looking forward to speaking with you.
– E. S.
Are you ready for a first read?
Is your work ready for the reading public?
What kind of reviews would you get if you published tomorrow?
From beta reader feedback to expert assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, and prospects
of your book or script, we can help.
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Beta Reader Report
After a very long day, I finally had the chance to read Matthew’s critique. I almost cried at the beginning when he wrote the whole premise of the book. I shouted, “He gets it.” There were many parts of the critique where he was very detailed in his thoughts about each part of the manuscript. I like that nothing was confusing for me, and I understand his point of view. There were a lot of points that were dead-on about the book having problems. Seeing all the problems on paper made me realize I really missed some loose ends and I have a lot of work to do. I have a few things to clarify with him, but this was exactly what I needed. I will need to re-read a lot of parts of it just so that I don’t miss anything. Overall, I am so grateful to you both. I can’t wait to start writing.
– J. W.
Are you ready to do the deep work?
Deadlines and detailed feedback, comprehensive critiques and intensive
line editing that strengthens your storytelling and improves your writing.
This is the collaboration between writer and editor that moves you through
those messy middle drafts.
Substantive Story Editing
Collaborative Editing Sessions
Working with Meghan is the best thing I did for myself and my book. She pushed when I needed a kick in the butt and praised when I deserved it. I felt overwhelmed at times, but I survived. One of the best things I learned was how to read my own book honestly. As I told her, “You make me feel like a real writer.” She has always been gracious, even when I threw some crazy idea at her and she needed to bring me back to reality. The best recommendation I can give is that Meghan has treated me like a professional from the very beginning.
– Carol Cairns
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“For most writers, the knowledge they gain from reading and study equals or outweighs experience, especially if that experience goes unexamined. Self-knowledge is the key — life plus deep reflection on our reactions to life.”
– Robert McKee, STORY