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Michael is absolutely amazing! He is a master at his craft and keenly intuitive. His insight and provocative urging have forced me to dig deeper than I thought I could. He has an innate ability to elicit more from a writer with feedback that is truthful and unquestionable. I know my work has vastly improved which has been very satisfying. I give full credit to Michael for his concise guidance and inspiration. Every single comment he's offered, I read it and say to myself, "he's right." I feel so fortunate to have found him.Nov 9, 2017
Michael is an outstanding book editor. I've been working with him on my manuscript for the past two years. He excels in the intangibles, with terrific suggestions about improving a story's pace, character development and plot. So often when Michael suggests something, a lightbulb goes off in my head and I think: Of course! Why didn't I think of that? Beyond his uncanny ability to see where my story should be going, he also detects what's missing. This is a trait any writer wants to have in an editor--an ability to identify what needs to be added or expanded upon. Beyond his professional editing skills, Michael is consistently prompt and turns drafts around well within his promised timeframe. Michael is not only a great editor but he can, if needed, be a coach as well. He knows what his writers are going through, because he's a writer himself. He has been important to me in his coaching role, because he's helped me plow through the rough spots that are inevitable in completing something as complicated as a novel. He becomes a partner in getting the job done, and his words of encouragement and hope make all the difference.Nov 11, 2017
Honest on all issues and accomplishments with my work. I am very grateful for the amazing overview of the project and added insights.May 25, 2018Verified
Michael was amazing. He helped me get my manuscript to a place where I was able to get an agent and a book deal with a major. He was a great copy editor and editor and I will work with him every new book I write. Great guy!!Nov 3, 2017
It doesn't get better than working with Michael Mohr on a project. Passionate, patient, and punctual, expect a one-on-one relationship with a seasoned editor who provides feedback so precise and intuitive he'd have you thinking he's wearing X-Ray specs. In the highly competitive world of modern publishing, agents are looking for any excuse to pass on your manuscript: weak premise, grammar issues, flat characters, et cetera. But with Michael Mohr in your corner, you will not only take your manuscript from excellent to irresistible, you will absolutely walk away with a working knowledge of literary craft and keen insights into the business of books. I know I did.Nov 3, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For developmental editing I charge 3 cents per word. Sure, on a resource like Thumbtack (as a customer) you can pay less for an editor, since they're forced to compete. But if you're a serious writer, you should be thinking about quality over ease and an inexpensive edit. As they say: You get what you pay for. For query letter critique and general writing assistance I charge $50/hour. I am open to price negotiation for blog writing. Ghostwriting is different, usually a flat fee of $30-$40K. This takes 1-2 years.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The customer comes to me with a fully formed book, in whatever stage. We negotiate a standard contract and agreement re time and money (3 cents/word) and then you pay me the first half and I dip into the manuscript. I will hand you back (usually within 1-3 weeks) the marked-up MS with tracked changes comments as well as a detailed editorial letter (usually 6-10 single-spaced pages) giving my feedback on what worked, what didn't, and solutions to your story problems. I am always open to email to answer questions, concerns, etc. (You will pay me the second half of the bill upon receipt of the completed MS.) As for general writing, query letter critique, blog writing, those are hourly (except ghost writing) and are to be discussed by author and editor. My hourly rate is $50/hr. Ghostwriting is a flat fee.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?1. I have a Bachelor's degree in Writing from San Francisco State University 2. I have written about 30 or so published short stories and some nonfiction. One of my stories was recently nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize for Fiction 3. I interned with a literary agent for nine months in 2013 4. I have written 8 novels 5. I have edited dozens of authors' books, both at the agency (many of whom went on to be published) and on my own, including Christian Picciolini's memoir, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH (Hachette Books, Dec 26 2017)