I don't think I
to have my entire manuscript edited at one
time. Is it possible to send
it in pieces?
we can work with you on this. Some clients
send a chapter a month, some
a chapter a week, some simply break it
into two or more parts. Whatever
works for you, we can accommodate.
long does it take before I'll get my
depends upon the current backlog and the
length of your manuscript.
Email for a current estimate.
you accept all clients?
We only accept clients we feel we can work
with. We do not accept
clients whose work disagrees with our
values, nor do we accept clients
with whom we don't feel compatible or we
don't believe we can help.
do I know if we will be compatible?
best way is to send a sample. This lets
each of us know what to expect
before any money changes hands. We are
also available to discuss your
situation by telephone. You are welcome to
call Sandy at 304-428-1218
between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern time,
Monday through Friday. She can
also be available during evening hours and
on Saturdays, but please
email first for an appointment. Please, no
phone calls on Sundays.
you have past clients who are willing to
talk to me about your work?
We can give you names and email addresses
(or telephone numbers) upon
my manuscript retain my voice? Will it still
sound like my writing, or
will it sound like yours?
strongly believe that a manuscript should
retain the author's unique
voice. This is why we won't edit a word
until we've read enough of your
work to understand your author's voice,
and we will take great care not
to trample upon that.
you help me become a better writer?
of the first questions we ask potential
clients is: "What are your
writing/publishing goals?" Some writers
simply want to publish their
memoirs for future generations, and that's
fine. We'll do all we can to
make that memoir the absolute best it can
be. Others want to establish
a career as a writer. For those, we offer
extensive explanations of why
we make the edits we make. The edit serves
as the ultimate teaching
tool. Some clients have said that working
with Inspiration for Writers
taught them more about writing than they
learned while seeking an MFA
in Creative Writing.
I want to get a
literary agent. Do you have
any "ins" to help me get an agent?
guarantee that my
work will be published after you've edited
We also offer many
free writing tips and techniques through
our website, our
newsletters, and through the Inspiration
for Writers Tips and
Techniques Workbook, which is available as
both an ebook and in
yes. If you want to become a better
writer, you’ve come to the right
place. We will do everything we can to
help you. Doing so is one of the
greatest joys we have.
We are independent editors and do not work
for nor receive kick-backs
from any agents or publishers. We can
guide you toward finding
legitimate agents and publishers who may
be interested in your work,
and we can help you put together a query
package, but we have no "pull"
with any agents or publishers. (And it
should be noted that liaisons
between editors and agents or publishers
is considered unethical.)
I retain all rights to my manuscript, even
if you do substantive
you edit children's books?
you edit poetry or chap books?
although we do accept poetry that is part
of a larger piece of work.
you edit screen plays or stage plays?
plays, yes. Stage plays, no.
I be able to ask questions about your edits
We believe that open communication is one
of the key factors to a
successful writer/editor relationship. We
encourage questions not only
about our edits and critiques, but also
about any other concerns you
may have about the writing or publishing
industries. We think it is
imperative that you feel comfortable
talking to us—and we will do
everything we can to not only reply to
your questions, but to make sure
you are comfortable asking them. We are
available for follow-ups by
email or by telephone. No matter what, we
will always treat you with