Critique and Editing Services
One of my favorite parts about being a writer is helping other writers,
and with a decade of experience
(as Editor-in-Chief of an online magazine,
freelance editor and writer
for companies, organizations, magazines,
and SCBWI member and critique partner),
I would love to help you
on your path to publication.
We all have stories to tell and stories that need to be read.
I believe that we all benefit when great books are published!
Let's get started...
Have you ever thought of a great idea for a children's book, but have absolutely no idea where to start?
I can help!
Are you unsure if the story would be best suited for a board book (BB), picture book (PB), Middle Grade (MG), or Young Adult (YA) novel?
I can help!
Have you written a draft (or several), but aren't quite sure if the voice, story, character(s), and/or setting are working?
I can help!
Do you have a polished draft and would like someone to proofread your manuscript for grammar and typos and/or overall flow?
I can help!
Do you have a polished manuscript and need help with your query letter to agents or editors?
I can help!
No matter where you are on your writer's journey, it is a privilege to join you. Let's see where you can go...
Please scroll down to read some reviews of my services and feel confident that I will do my best so you can do your best.
Please click here for pricing. If you have a quick question, feel free to email me at (Subject: Author Question). If I don't have an answer, I'll be glad to point you in the right direction.
I’ve had several critiques with Michelle, including critiques for my debut PB. She always gives great feedback that’s honest, thorough, and encouraging. She asks thoughtful questions and gives detailed notes in line edits that are constructive without being negative. Along with comments, she gives concrete examples and suggestions. I always come away with many actionable ideas to make my story better.
-- Beth Charles, PB Author, How To Grow an Apple Pie (Albert Whitman & Company)
Michelle provided very thoughtful and insightful comments that were invaluable in fine-tuning my manuscript before it went out on submission. In particular, she made a suggestion about the style that solved a problem raised by other expert readers. Thank you, Michelle!
-- Katie Furze, Children’s Author
Michelle is an invaluable and keen editor. She sees both the forest and the trees -- always addressing the big picture of a story along with the little details that make a story resonant and unique. I'm impressed by how quickly Michelle can spot an issue and offer myriad solutions for revision. She genuinely cares about every story and every author she meets, treating each one with respect and offering the best critique to suit. I've come to rely on Michelle's feedback so much it is foundational to my revision process.
-- Sarah Kim Choi, PB Author
Michelle and I have been critique partners for several years and I always appreciate the time and thoughtfulness that she gives to considering how I can improve my work. Her comments on anything from a very rough first draft to a final story are always given honestly, thoroughly and in an encouraging way. My stories have definitely improved through my partnership with Michelle and I'm delighted that so many writers will be able to benefit from her insights and experience by using her new critique service.
-- Catherine Friess, aspiring PB author and blogger at Story Snug
Michelle has an exacting eye that can turn humdrum sentences into great sentences. The tone of her critiques is always positive and encouraging. She loves strong images and stories and the challenge of finding just the right word. She is highly professional and a true pleasure to work with.
-- Karen de Foy, aspiring children's author, MG
Michelle Nott is an experienced, reliable, thoughtful editor. On top of that, she’s a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for specific and constructive criticism in order to improve your manuscript and get it ready for submission, I highly recommend her services.
-- Mayra Calvani, YA and PB Author
Over the years, I've worked with Michelle on several projects, and have always found her comments and suggestions invaluable. When she critiqued the manuscript of my historical novel "Rossio Square N.°59" ("Praça do Rossio, N.°59"), her input was crucial as I sought to identify plot holes, pacing and motivation issues, and places where character development sorely needed improvement. On a more micro level, she also pointed out problems of clarity, word choice, description, and chronology. One of her strengths, in my opinion, is her technique of asking questions that guide authors toward revisions that make their stories more complex, more layered, and ultimately more satisfying for the reader.
-- Jeannine Johnson Maia, Author of Rossio Square N.°59
30-minute brainstorm session (via phone) $25
You have an idea but are not quite sure where to go with it.
Quick look $25
To see if your story would be best as a board book, picture book, early reader or chapter book, or as a middle grade or a Young Adult novel.
For BB, PB, ER, please send me the full manuscript. For CB, MG, or YA, please send me a synopsis.
You have a draft (or many), now what?
For a full read of the manuscript with detailed comments and suggestions on voice, plot, character, and setting/world-building.
For a CB, MG, or YA manuscript, please include a synopsis (it doesn’t have to be perfect) with your manuscript.
Word Count Price*
PBs: F or NF, <1,000 $75
Non-Fiction 1,001-2,000 $125
including back matter 2,001-3,000 $150
>3,000 please email me
CB-MG 5,000 -10,000 $300
MG-YA 40,001-55,000 $750
>75,000 please email me
*I would be delighted to critique a revision of the same manuscript, at a 50% discount.
You have a polished manuscript, but is it READY for submission?
For copy editing (checking grammar, spelling, … & typos). Also, if any big issues do jump out at me, I will share them with you. However, for detailed comments on how to improve the manuscript please consider the previous category.
Word Count Price
1,001-10,000 $ .025 /word
10,001-25,000 $ .015 /word
25,001-50,000 $ .012 /word
>50,000 $ .011 /word
The manuscript is ready for submission (Happy Dance!). It’s query time! $50 / $35 as an add-on
For a critique and copy edit of a query or cover letter to agents and/or editors. Please send me your query or cover letter draft in addition to any other information on the editor or agent you’ve chosen. Also, if there is anything else that you’re not sure may or may not be relevant to include, please let me know.
Ready? Please email me with the service you need at (Subject: Critique Service). I will then reply with an available timeline and an Agreement to be signed by both parties. Upon receipt, I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Thank you!
Let's get writing!
* Please remember that publishing is a highly subjective business and that I cannot guarantee your manuscript's success in the current market.