Writing is like breathing for me. If you're anything like me, then you know how important it is to get the right help. You've toiled over your novel for years and now you're ready to send it out into the world. As such, it's only natural you want it to be in the best possible shape.
I can help you. Not just because I’m an editor and writing coach (with over ten years experience in the publishing industry), but also because I’m an author myself. I know how it feels to edit until your eyes bleed, I know how it feels to be waist deep in the querying trenches (I spent many years querying before I got an agent myself). Hence, I wouldn't just help you with editing, I'll also support you in your writing journey.
So if you're interested in an editor (who's reasonably priced) and who can possibly be a friend as well, contact me.
MENU OF SERVICES
1) WRITING COACH
If you're interested in a writing coach, someone who can help you with your writing life (developing a writing habit, providing motivation, creating a writing schedule, overcoming writer's block, submitting to agents/publishers and more) please contact me. I can assist you not just with your publishing journey but also provide feedback on your manuscript, working with you to develop your voice, story, plot, characters, world building, and more. I can do:
One off sessions (I hour sessions)
Packages (1, 3, 6 and 12 months)
These sessions include one hour of mentoring as well as 10,000 words of manuscript critique and developmental edits per month.
If you're interested in more in-depth feedback on your manuscript which looks at different components of it on a detailed basis then Developmental Editing will be for you.
If you're going to print and would like someone to check your manuscript for consistency, language and more, then copy editing is the way to go.
In both instances, I can help you. This means I will go through your entire manuscript, providing line by line edits where necessary. I will also provide a report capturing my editorial notes on your voice, story, plot, characters, world building, and more.
3) MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT
If you're looking at feedback on manuscript without the detail edits involved, I will assess your novel, providing feedback on your voice, story, plot, characters, world building, and more. You will receive a report and I will also provide samples within your manuscript where you can improve.
4) SUBMISSIONS PACKAGE ASSESSMENT
I will provide feedback on your submissions package - query letter, synopsis and first chapter (max 3,000 words).
Anything else you may need eg. feedback on your first chapter, query letter, or manuscript outline.
6) BOOK COVERS AND TRAILERS
I can also help you design and create book covers and trailers/videos.
Please contact me for details and pricing. I may need to see a sample of your work first as I will only take on clients that I am confident I can support.
YA Fantasy author, USA
I'm always hesitant to spend money on someone I haven't met. I've had bad experiences and I tend to think I know better than others. But after an unsuccessful round of queries, I decided to look for an editor. I saw Michele comment on a writer's tweet. Her comment offered editing services, but didn't do so in a salesperson pitch. I liked this and took a shot.
My experience with Michele has been fantastic. Her feedback was thorough and extremely helpful. What I really love about the experience is that I felt like Michele was truly invested in my work. I knew by the end that she read every word in my book and tried to understand every character and the plot. She still checks in to see how revisions and querying are coming along, something she certainly doesn't have to do. But she wants to. That is the person I have come to see in Michele. She's professional and personal. She offers constructive feedback and cares. I know that she wants to see my book published because she knows that work I've put into it.
I have nothing but great things to say about Michele. She's also helped build my social media following by tagging me in tweets--another thing she certainly doesn't have to do.
Simply put, Michele is great and I truly appreciate her.
Literary Fiction author, UK
I recently came across Michele Sagan's website on twitter offering editorial services to writers. I was looking for a critique of the first three chapters of my novel, which I had been working on following my recent writers retreat.
Michele was enthusiastic from the start after emailing her a pitch of my novel and after further emails I found her easygoing approach to my work and the cost of her editorial service matched my requirements perfectly. Michele also offered a very in depth report on the first three chapters of my novel which I found to be both encouraging and constructive in the way forward for my manuscript.
I look forward to working with Michele again once I have completed my manuscript with the confidence that her enthusiasm for my novel will offer me the incentive I need to pursue my writing further.
Fantasy author, USA
Michele gave her time putting much thought and effort into editing my book. Her comments were rational, justified and helpful. Michele also commented on parts of the book that excited her, which adds to her book/nerd human side. Very thorough in her analysis of the quality of writing, and developed an overall opinion in her editor's notes.
Michele is worth every second of time spent writing on my manuscript and I will look forward to continuing her service with future books. I recommend Michele Sagan to anyone who needs an editor, and her price is fair. I am happy with my edits and I know you will feel the same. Thank you, Michele!
YA Fantasy author, USA
To Whom It May Concern,
Michele Sagan did an amazing job with editing the sample of Broken I provided. She was clear and precise with great examples. She even commented on why she made the suggestions she did.When I first decided to have Broken edited I was uncertain what to expect. This was a great experience and I look forward to utilizing Michele's services with future novels (and some past novels).
I highly recommend Michele Sagan for all your editing needs! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions.
Fantasy author, India
I would like to thank Michele for being so gracious enough to look at my WIP. From day one, the one thing it has lacked is the experienced eye of a good editor. One particular Beta reader remarked, "Overall the bones of a good story are here, but it needs a seasoned story editor to really come together." And Michele was able to fill in that gap nicely.
As a writer, I've struggled with making my work more refined. Simply put, I didn't know how to edit. Had no clue what to look out for. Plus, I wasn't sure who was a good editor. I mean, everybody can say they edit books. I was really worried about making a wrong choice. Thankfully, Michele provided a sample edit of my manuscript for the first few pages. A service she provides to all her clients free of charge. I was able to evaluate with my own eyes her authenticity and asked if she was willing to be my editor. The next thing was the cost. She provided an affordable price to my surprise, another bonus.
During the course of her editing, she didn't just stick to working on the document but gave me valuable advice about my areas of improvement. Plus, knowledge in the form of useful articles which I wouldn't have found myself. Overall, it has been a pleasure working with her and I hope to have the chance to do so again in the near future.
Crime author, UK
II was lucky enough to come first place in Michele's 'win an editor' competition, and it was such an amazing experience for a new writer like me.
Michele was really patient as I worked through my own edits before sending her my manuscript, and she gave me such in-depth comments. There were really useful notes dotted throughout my whole manuscript, ranging from tiny errors, to bigger plot holes, plus a whole load of positive and encouraging comments along the way. I also received a detailed report with recommendations and it was all so helpful.
Michele is so lovely and kind, I couldn't have asked for a better editor to help mould my novel into something great!
Thriller author, USA
Michele has offered some invaluable feedback that has improved my story immeasurably.
Specifically, she's given me great advice with regard to overwriting and point of view. I write this review on the very day that I've spent hour after hour implementing her suggestions. I'm exhausted, but for very good reason. What she offered was definitely the most detailed assessment I've ever received.
Thank you VERY much, Michele!