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Dedicated Professionals Edit and Place Your Novel

       There are no great writers, only great rewriters. We rewrite your novel with you, hand in hand, for as long as it takes to prepare it for submission to agents and publishers.

The Novel Editors specialize in successfully developing, editing, and market-positioning commercial genre and literary novels, concluding the process with query letter supervision and agent consultation. The primary goal for each novel we take on is simple: to get it published by a major house or distinguished press. There are no guarantees, as you know, but the amount of time we will spend on your novel is indefinite--whatever it takes to prepare it for presentation to agents and publishing house editors.

The primary goal for the clients we take on is simple also: to remake and mentor them into successful authors, as well as better writers than they could have imagined.

Our success and expertise in developing and editing the popular genres of mystery, crime, suspense and thriller, SF/F adult and YA, historical and narrative nonfiction of any type, as well as women's fiction in all sub-genres, is the result of many years in the publishing business (both commercial and literary presses) as well as authoring our own fiction and editing fiction for others, not to mention leading workshops at the most successful writer event in the country, the New York Pitch Conference. Many of the writers who attend are mentored by us into successful commercial publication.

More about our credentials, as well as author testimonials, found here, an updated Google search here, and our New York Pitch contracts and success stories here.



The Number One Asked Question

How do I know if my manuscript is ready to be professionally edited? Good question. In response we might ask, when is it not ready? Whether you've completed one draft or five, the manuscript is always ready to be developed and edited in such a manner as to make it commercially viable. If you have a story premise, plot or characters, or any other essential element that isn't working, hampering your novel from becoming publishable, then you need to know immediately so that an intelligent rewrite can begin as soon as possible, rather than many months or even years later. What if, for example, you are not properly executing the novel's plot points in a way that publishers expect, or your opening scenes are way too trope heavy, or your actual writing is not specifically displaying the narrative style and verve expected by publishers in your chosen genre? What if your major story idea itself is flawed in some manner and in need of rethinking? When it comes to writing something as complex as a novel, the potential for problems, wrong detours, and trip wires of all kinds is almost endless.



What Makes Us Genuinely Different?

       In our case, two editors working in tandem equal your single best chance to become published.

What differentiates the TNE approach and faculty credentials from the many academic instructors, former authors, ex-publishing house editors, and others of various stripes who labor daily on hundreds if not thousands of novel and nonfiction manuscripts? In other words, why should you choose TNE over anyone else?

The answers as follows.

Our proven track record of over thirty years experience working on the publishing side of the business as well as on the literary agent side. As a result, we are successfully networked with many literary agents and publishers in New York, and on the west coast. We work with authors to produce books that are either published by major commercial publishers and/or signed by major agencies, and unlike most freelance novel editors out of New York, we are published authors of fiction, nonfiction, and short stories who have also written extensively, and in a professional capacity, on the subject of fiction writing technique and story craft.

Our "first line to final contract" services for any given project are more comprehensive and pragmatic than other novel editing outfits. A three-step editorial process (outline and details here) includes a preliminary story premise and plot review, a core manuscript development review, and finally, significant follow-up review of the manuscript rewrite. Why? Because there is rarely any such thing as one-shot manuscript editing that results directly in commercial publication. Follow-up reviews are mandatory from our standpoint, especially if we plan on moving successfully toward the querying process.

We only take on a small number of clients each month. We do not portion out our services like dim sum, and neither are we a manuscript editing factory dependent on large volume to stay in business.

Dedicated and careful editorial work on your project will be accomplished by not one, but two highly experienced editors working in tandem. In our case, two editors of our caliber working on your novel or non-fiction manuscript equal your single best chance to become published.

Finally, we have many years experience as successful workshop leaders at the New York Pitch Conference. This fact connects us to what the market is looking for in terms of high-concept stories and specific fictional elements (types of characters, settings, etc.).

Overall, this rare combination of aforementioned expertise enables us to provide you with a unique and productive approach to your work.


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