Meghan Pinson is an editor, writing mentor, and consultant who launched My Two Cents Editing in Los Angeles in 2009. She currently lives in St. Louis and teaches workshops in Missouri and California; she belongs to the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Missouri Writers Guild, and Reedsy, among other excellent organizations. For more on her & My Two Cents, read Our Startup Story.
Meghan, this is wonderful! Just looking through the first 20 pages is fascinating and helpful. And it’s great to see discussion between you and Rhonda. It makes very plain the value of “two sets of eyes” as I think you put it sometime in our earlier correspondence.
I won’t do any revisions. I am eager for the whole document. So glad for you two sharp-eyed editors to be on my case.
Many thanks for the preview!
As a first-time author with a historical novel I was keen to publish, I needed an editor I could trust to take my manuscript to the next level. But more than that, it was the first in a series of nine novels I planned to write. Not only was I looking for an editor I could trust, but also a publishing professional with whom I could build an on-going relationship as we worked our way through each book.
When I found Meghan, I was immediately struck by her energy, her enthusiasm, her communication, and her references, so I happily handed over my manuscript. When I got it back, I knew I’d found the right person to guide me through the daunting waters of punctuation, character motivation, grammar, plot structure, tense, point-of-view analysis, and so much more.
Meghan knows my ultimate goal is always to produce a piece of work that’s as professional as any book currently available in the marketplace. She doesn’t hesitate to call me on issues such as artificial plot contrivances and coincidences, sagging character motivation, and repetitive sentence construction—and that’s exactly why I keep coming back to her, book after book. Meghan takes her work seriously, and therefore will take YOUR work seriously. Six novels later, I can’t imagine working with anyone else.
Meghan is fiercely honest when it comes to editing. If your manuscript requires more tweaks, rethinks, and extra levels of her editing prowess, she’ll explain why, without pressure to do any of it. If, on the other hand, your prose doesn’t need as much as you were expecting, she’ll tell you to get an agent/publisher stat! This is what sets her apart – honesty; even if it’s to the determent of further work for herself.
I loved Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo changed my life for the better. I loved how it let us express our individuality and creativity and how we weren’t forced to read it out loud or show it to anyone. Doing this workshop helped me face something I was scared to say out loud. It taught me to face my fears and be nothing but myself. I am so glad I had a chance to go to this. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life because it honestly changed me and made me brave. I seriously cried when I thought of this class last night.
I am a screenwriter new to the book manuscript submission process and was floundering a bit. But then Meghan, who had previously done a great mini critique of my novel, offered me a strategy session of advice toward publication. She asked informed questions, gave informed answers to my questions: “which synopsis form(s) should I write?”, “how many submissions at one time?!”, etc.. And just as importantly, when she didn’t know, asked the right questions to help us both get to an answer. She provided guidance and resources I was not aware of while throwing in some off-kilter jokes one moment and incisive suggestions the next. When we finished our conversation, I had a focused strategy. And a terrific ally. Thanks again.
Knowledgeable professional. Very pleased with her work.
I had a fantastic experience working with Meghan. I had gotten to the point in my manuscript where I had done all I could with it and needed a professional editor to point out places where it could be strengthened. Meghan was the perfect partner to take the manuscript to the next (and final) level. She read my work with a critical and compassionate eye, had excellent notes about characters and plot, and also did a careful copy edit.
Above all, I know she was – and continues to be – invested in me as an author. In addition to the wonderful edit she did on my manuscript, she asked good questions about my publishing plans (traditional vs self-publishing?) and provided excellent advice about next steps. I can’t wait to work with her again!
Before I began to work with Meghan, I believed I had a story and maybe a finished novel. With inspired coaxing and ruthlessly efficient outlining exercises, Meghan showed me how wrong I was while happily leading me to consider alternate endings and story arcs. NOW I have a story. Her editing skills and teaching background were the reasons I wanted to work with Meghan. They have propelled me to pursue and exciting and intimidating next step.
In a nutshell, Meghan re-drew my architectural plans. And I needed that. Her critique provided an aerial, panoramic, zoomed out yet topographic map of my novel and it was such a gift. If you are feeling lost, no doubt in my mind you should call Meghan immediately.