MICHAEL MOHR: BOOK EDITOR & PROFESSIONAL WRITER
Hired 1 time
8 years in business
Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and value.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
For developmental editing I charge 4 cents per word. Sure, on a resource like Thumbtack (as a customer) you can pay less for an editor, since we'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.
- 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 (4 cents/word) and then you pay me the first half up front and I dip into the manuscript. I will hand you back (usually within 1-3 weeks) the marked-up MS with tracked changes/side-bar comments as well as a detailed editorial letter (usually 5-7 single-spaced pages) giving my feedback on what worked, what didn't, and solutions to your story problems. I am always open a la 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 nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize for Fiction; several have been semi-finalists in competitions; and one was recently a finalist in a big international contest and will be published in fall, 2020. 3. I interned with a literary agent for nine months in 2013 4. I have written 9 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)