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  ProCritique™ Advance Submissions to Professional Editors

Please read the bios carefully to find the best editors who work in your genre before applying.
(There is a reading / consultation fee per submission)
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Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. www.barbaraardinger.com , will read two or three works, 10 to 15 pages each, for 10 to 12 twelve authors in sessions of 15 to 20 minutes each. She will comment on “gooder English” (spelling punctuation, syntax), logical development, dialogue, and overall readability.

As a published author (eight books, plus innumerable blogs and book reviews) herself, she has worked with something like 300 authors like you—really smart people who want to express themselves more successfully in writing. She has edited screenplays, children's books, academic discourse (textbooks and doctoral and master's theses), web site text, and some poetry. Fiction edited includes romance, action-adventure, science fiction, western, mystery, historical, speculative, and horror novels. Nonfiction edited includes philosophy (mostly mainstream metaphysics and New Age), Calvinist theology, holistic health, science and technology, political tracts, business topics, history, and memoirs and biography. Barbara wants to help you produce the best book possible. Apply »


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D.H. Brady will will read up to four manuscript excerpts of apx. 2,500 words. She edits on all levels necessary, including copy, line, stylistic, substantive, and developmental, and will provide commentary in regard to the suggested corrections/changes. She will also comment on such elements as diction, emotional impact, clarity, economy, internal logic, structure, character development, pace, flow, etc. 

She will spend as many as twenty minutes in the consultation. She has special expertise in fiction and nonfiction genres/categories including fantasy, young adult, literary fiction, romance, and creative nonfiction, as well as American Indian and other indigenous cultures, self-help, how-to, ESL projects, ecology, psychology, spirituality, and complementary medicine. If available, please include a brief synopsis or outline in addition to the sample -- which should be the first chapter, or the introduction or prologue and first chapter -- to provide an idea of structure. Apply »


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Marcie Geffner will read up to ten authors' submissions of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages), fiction only, general or in any genre.

Feedback can be frightening for any author—but not when you choose Marcie Geffner as your critique editor. An experienced journalist, book-editor and writer, Marcie offers authors professional and honest insights, guidance, craft notes, writing tips and more. Her comprehensive critiques include a full developmental and line edit of up to 10 pages (2,500 words), a summary of what's working and what needs to be improved, and an individual, private and personalized consultation of up to 30 minutes at the conference. Authors will also receive a copy of their critique via email after the consultation and can ask questions via email about any comments they want clarified after the conference. Authors of all levels writing fiction, memoir and nonfiction are welcome to submit.

Marcie especially enjoys working with aspiring writers, though all levels are welcome. Apply »


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Art Holcomb will read screenplays, novels, short stories. Details coming soon. Apply »


hs Kathy Ide will read up to ten submissions of up to ten double-spaced pages, fiction or nonfiction. Kathy specializes in Christian manuscripts but will critique any material that does not go against Christian principles or a Christian world view.

Her critiques include comments on the overall content, professional writing techniques that can improve the manuscript, and proofreading for typos, inconsistencies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling (according to the industry-standard reference guides). Kathy will spend 15-20 minutes in one-on-one consultation at the conference. Writers of all levels are welcome. Apply »


hs Marla Markman is the editor and project manager at Markman Editorial Services, specializes in guiding authors through the often-daunting self-publishing process, from manuscript to print/e-book. Her clients have gone on to win numerous awards, including a 2012 National Indie Excellence Award, a 2012 Global eBook Award, and a 2011 International Book Award. Marla will read up to six manuscript excerpts of approx. 2,500 words. She edits all levels, including copy, substantive, and developmental, and will consult on such elements as organization, tone, structure, flow, what works and what doesn’t, and suggest ideas for adding valuable features, such as sidebars and worksheets, that attract readers and increase sales.

She will spend as many as 20 minutes in the consultation. She has expertise in many nonfiction genres, including self-help, business, finance, legal, travel, health and wellness, historical, memoir, and cookbooks. Please include a table of contents, a brief synopsis or outline in addition to the sample, which should be the first chapter, or the introduction and first chapter. [ Apply »


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Meghan Pinson of My Two Cents Editing specializes in fantasy, mystery, young adult, chick lit, historical fiction, and literary fiction. She offers a full range of editing services, including comprehensive critiques that help writers work through challenges with point of view, character development, setting and description, flow and pacing, tension and suspense, dialogue, beginnings and endings, and more.

She will meet up to five writers for at least fifteen minutes each to discuss excerpts submitted in advance. Apply »


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Mike Robinson will read up to ten manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages) in the Science Fiction, Thriller, Spiritual / Metaphysical and Literary categories.

He will provide both line editing (language flow, style, grammar, syntax) and developmental editing (plot and character logic, story structure). You won't find any MFA or Embittered Teacher Dogma here: possessing a bit of an experimental streak, he knows there are many, many ways a story can work, and so seeks to fully understand and appreciate the author's intention(s), and to edit within that framework to do justice to the original vision. Apply »


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Christine Van Zandt,Christine Van Zandt, owner of Write for Success, is a published author (fiction and nonfiction) and an experienced editor in Hollywood.  She will conduct a thorough reading, providing thoughtful and practical feedback.  Her areas of expertise include Memoir, Parenting, Fictionalized Memoir, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense, Action, LBGT, Romance, and Erotica.  In addition, she has edited all categories of Children’s from Children’s Picture Books to Young Adult.  A particularly active category recently has been the new genre New Adult that captures the YA audience as they enter their twenties.  Christine also specializes in authors whose first language is not English.

Christine works with self-publishing, agented, and freelancing authors.  For more information and client testimonials, please see www.write-for-success.com.

She will read up to twenty submissions of up to 2,500 words each and will provide an in-person consultation of fifteen minutes, which includes written feedback.  Opening chapters preferred.  Please indicate genre of the piece and total word count.  Submissions other than books are also welcome.  Her feedback will encompass the storyline as well as grammar and style. Apply »


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Dan Watanabe will read up to 10 manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages). Mr. Watanabe was a studio executive who "green lit" movies for 15 years and currently teaches at Los Angeles Valley College.

He will edit screenplays for ProCritiques and provide up to twenty minutes of personal consultation, depending on the need. Apply »


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Robert Yehling is the editor of "The Hummingbird Review" literary journal and "Innovation & Technology Today" magazine. He also has edited more than 130 books, many that were picked up or contracted by major publishers (Warner, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin, St. Martin's Press, Random House, IT Books, etc.).

He works with travel narrative, spiritual subjects, business, leadership, poetry/essays, memoir, sports, topical Nonfiction, biographies, music, self-help and health/wellness/fitness Nonfiction; and mainstream, literary, genre-based, fantasy, mysteries, and crime novels (no horror).


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