Manuscript Critique

Affordable Book Editing By Stephen King's First Editor

Full-scope book editing for less than other book editors for hire charge for proofreading alone by Stephen King's first editor

Who I Am & Why I Should Be Your Book Editor

Hello, I'm Michael Garrett, an internationally respected book editor and author. You can get to know me here, but if you'd like to learn more about my book editing experience just check out my about page.

As A Book Editor

I was Stephen King's first editor and publisher and an Editorial Associate of the Writer's Digest School. I've worked with such greats as Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, Lawrence Block, and many others as co-editor of the internationally award-winning thirteen volume Hot Blood anthology series which was optioned for television and was a popular Book-of-the-Month Club selection. My book editing credentials are easily verifiable through an search for the Hot Blood books and in Stephen King's book On Writing. I've edited over 2,500 book manuscripts with a 99.5% client satisfaction rate.

As A Professionally Published Author

Since 1979 my works have appeared in periodicals ranging from Twilight Zone magazine to my novel, Keeper, currently available in digital and audio formats. Much of my fiction has been published in England, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Finland, and Russia, as well as in audio and eBook formats. Some have been optioned for film and television. Wouldn't you prefer a book editor who has actually been there and done that?

I'm one of few book editors for hire recommended by the highly reputable Preditors & Editors website. I have verifiable commercial book editing experience with Pocket Books and Kensington Publishing and am listed in The Literary Marketplace, the publishing industry's official directory of proven commercial professionals, as well as

My book editing qualifications are among the best you'll find:

  • Book editing fees among the lowest offered by A-list book editors with comparable experience
  • Comprehensive line edit, including proofreading and correction of punctuation, for what comparable book editors for hire charge for proofreading alone
  • Honest, reliable editorial feedback, explaining complicated issues that, in many cases, eliminates the need for extensive research

I'm currently accepting new clients and would like to serve as your book editor.

CONTACT ME for free advice on self-publishing and commercial publication.

How My Book Editing Process Works


Get In Touch

My book editing process couldn't be easier. No printing your book and sending it to me. No waiting for me to ship the results back to you--it's all done electronically in a simple, fast, straightforward manner.

E-mail a brief description of your book. If it seems we might be a good  book editing fit, I'll get back to you right away and ask for a complete electronic copy.


Submit Your Manuscript

Your electronic file submission should include all chapters within one file. If we still seem to be a good book editing fit, I'll forward a fee quote and the process will begin.


Receive Feedback

You'll receive a marked up electronic manuscript with a detailed written report often as long as thirty single-spaced pages. Be prepared to perform what likely will be an extensive rewrite, but you'll feel far more confident as a writer when you see the dramatic improvement in your work.

What I Edit

What I Edit

While my specialty is fiction, I have also edited many non-fiction books, including self-help and autobiographies. I do not edit children's books, hard science fiction, or highly technical non-fiction.

Client Testimonials

"My agent called to tell me we received an offer for a three-book deal from Penguin. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the knowledge you passed on to me. I learned so much from you."

Cecy Robson

"I can't thank you enough for your hard work on my behalf. Yes, you got paid, but I think you've done a superb job. I thank the Lord that I found you out of the sea of editors."

Martha J. Rigg - Lansing, MI

"I’m happy to report that, after months of trying and much rejection, I have a publisher for my novel. I feel sure that your excellent work editing the ms helped a great deal in convincing the publisher to take on the project."

Greg McCarthy - Arlington, TX

"More than I expected for the money. Your experience shines and I have learned more about the craft from one edit than from the myriad of books that I have read. I will certainly be a repeat customer."

Jeff Alcorn - Milton, FL

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