Your book is finished!

And you’re thinking maybe you should let someone other than your spouse or your Aunt Lucinda look at it. Maybe you should hire an editor.

But that sounds expensive. And you’re a writer, and you don’t have a trust fund. And, you know, the recession and all that. Who can afford an editor?

You can. You must. Whether you’re indie publishing or submitting to agents, your book needs to be clean and compelling and ready to rumble. Your readers are going to pick it up because they love to read, not because they love to edit.

You don’t have to know everything to be a writer — you just have to write. As Hemingway may or may not have said to the editors at, “There is nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” If you worried about every controversial comma and misplaced modifier, you’d bleed yourself dry before you ever finished a paragraph. Enter the freelance editor.

You don’t want your English teacher for an editor. You want your English teacher’s pet, the one who skipped P.E. and Foods to hide out in the library, who may or may not have stolen that copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of the great marginalia. You want an editor to take books like medicine and dispense poetry precisely.

You want me.

You’ll be delighted to learn that I’m affordable and easy, and very, very good. Call me. Let’s work something out.

Meghan Pinson is a freelance editor who works primarily on novels and nonfiction books. She offers comprehensive manuscript critiques and a full range of editing services: copyediting, line editing, substantive editing, content editing, developmental editing, and post-editing cleanup.¬†She’s quite friendly and will help your books become amazing, so if you’re into that sort of thing, you should get in touch with her soon.