How To Write Your Best Story

Editorial Services

My editorial services offer detailed guidance to prepare your work for publication. Your writing needs to draw the reader in from the first lines and, by the end of the work, deliver on your promise to share a story worthy of the reader’s time and attention. The reality is that most emerging writers need help to achieve the necessary quality. My services include:


Diagnostic Manuscript Assessment (Overview Report)

This report offers specific suggestions to improve your manuscript to make it more appealing to agents, publishers, and readers. From your full manuscript, I’ll provide a 3-page report of top-level suggestions. Usually this will highlight 2–3 main issues to address, with any number of minor points to help improve the work.

Detailed Manuscript Analysis (Chapter by Chapter)

I’ll review your manuscript and offer a written summary of suggestions by chapter. Length is usually 1/3- to 1/2-page per chapter. The report will highlight strengths, weaknesses, specific ideas for editorial improvements, and ways to enhance marketability of the work.

Full Editorial / Book Doctor Services

$4 per page
Basic fee is based on a 250-word standard-format page. For this, I’ll go over your complete manuscript (no initial drafts, please) in detail to provide detailed suggestions for editorial excellence and marketability.

Fiction: Focus is on ways to increase tension, stakes, and pay-offs; to address problems of pacing and structure; to hone scene-craft (details of place, character, dialogue, action, etc.); and to build satisfying characters, plot lines, and story development.

Nonfiction: Focus is on issues of clarity, sequencing, what to develop further (or cut) to deliver the information in the most interesting way, and overall reader appeal and good storytelling within your nonfiction structure.



Philip Martin
Great Lakes Literary
3147 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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