Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Book Doctors: Yay or Nay?

(I'm blogging twice today since I'm taking tomorrow off!) :)

Ok, so I'm editing my W.I.P and trying to decide if a "book doctor" is necessary. Do I get a critique of my M.S. and/or line-editing? Is that really necessary before querying agents or can I just do the best I can and go with it? Has anyone used a book doctor or editing service before? If so, were you pleased with the results?


Diana Peterfreund said...

Do not get a book doctor. There may be some good ones out there, but a lot of them are scams, and will charge you a lot of money for nothing more than a proofreading session. I've heard many agents say that the line "this manuscript has been professionally edited" is a huge red flag of an amateur. It's totally not necessary.

Better would be to join groups and find a critique partner. That's what I've always done. There are lots of children's writer's groups out there. Good luck!

Jessica Burkhart said...

Thank you, Ms. Peterfreund. I am actually glad to hear that since it seemed like a costly venture with no guarantee of good service. I'm honored that you took the time to comment on my blog! :)