Editing Services

I have been an editor for decades. I love to do it. I get very absorbed in it. Each work is personal and receives my undivided attention. In my earliest days at Random House I copy edited some New York Times best sellers and other high-selling, high-profile books, such as Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels.

Below is a list of various levels of editing you can choose from.  

  • manuscript evaluation and consultation
  • developmental editing
  • light line editing
  • copy editing

Once you contact me, I'll take a look at a few chapters and give you a tailor-made accessment of how much editing I think the book needs and what the fee will be.

Developmental editing is the most extensive. In that, I work with you while you are writing. Do you need input on the concept and structure (nonfiction) or the plot and characterization (fiction)? Then you may want developmental editing.

If your manuscript is already finished, it can go straight into copy editing if the writing is fairly polished. This is  where I look at  grammar, punctuation, inconsistencies, light line editing. If the writing still needs a lot of polishing, then I may suggest the option "line editing."

Prices are reasonable and typically involve a flat project rate, so that you pay less than my hourly rate of $50. Each fee is custom set on the basis of manuscript length and readiness for publication.

POST EDITING OPTION: After the editing is done, I'll offer you some free tips on indie publishing if that's your route. If you want to search for an agent, I can give you some tips on the Query Letter and Proposal. Or you can hire me to help you write them.


In the Works: A book on his cab-driving experiences by Brother Dege (Dege Legg), who has a song in the rave-reviewed Broadway hit Hands to God. Final work on the book has to wait in line for another European tour. Dege's song "Too Old to Die Young" was hand-picked by Quentin Tarantino for inclusion in the movie and official soundtrack to Django Unchained. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=UU_PF34-Ff7Qu_4xy3N2XgIw[/embedyt]

Avoiding traditional career paths, he has spent as much time exploring the backwoods weirdness of his home state (LA) as he has forging his own brand of incendiary, "psyouthern" roots music. The journeys are parallel. Since the late 90s, Dege has pushed slide, resonators, and the deep south, kicking and screaming into the 21st century, melding elements of folk, Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas, and outlaw county into one blasted, raw whole.

Also in the works a new Jonette Crowley book: a Mark spirituality road map. Jonette is known for sacred tours around the planet and also for international 8th-dimensional quantum-consciousness teachings. Look for how she puts this together in her next book.

It is not only what you produce in your life, but how your greater life produces a greater YOU . . . that in turn produces a greater world,

-‘MARK” as Channeled by Jonette Crowley

Testimonials & Reviews of Recently Edited Books

Testimonial:# 1 

My professional and loving editor, Margaret Harrell,  was always there when I needed her. She made the solo job of a writer become a partnership.

- Jonette Crowley, Acknowledgments

Author of Soul Body Fusion: The Missing Piece for Healing and Beyond

translated into many European languages

Soul Body Fusion® is a simple, safe, and quick process you can do on yourself and others that re-aligns the body at a cellular level with the highest possible light it can hold. The changes are permanent and never-ending.


This is fact that reads like fiction. Jonette Crowley has made an amazing discovery, which she documents in Soul Body Fusion with her own unique experiences. I was mesmerized and transformed with Ms. Crowley's energy that permeated the pages of instructions and results adults and children alike experienced when they participated in Soul Body Fusion classes.


Testimonial # 2

A very special acknowledgment to my editor, Margaret Harrell, with an expertise and unique talent, no doubt burgeoning through her fascinating life experiences and working with truly notable writers, goes beyond the call of duty. Fate brought her to my assistance.

- Patrick Andendall, copyright page


Breaking News: 2015 Award Winner, National Indie Excellence Book Award (Politics)


It is possibly the funnest book with an agenda ever published.

- Breeni Books

A brilliant book, complete with clickable details to verify the author's veracity.

-Thom Hartmann, New York Times best-selling author of The Crash of 2016, and nationally syndicated radio show host

Website: Explore Patrick's amazing marketing skills while you browse his book site.

A return author, Patrick has a new, successful political book out in 2016: Who is Jeb!!!: John Ellis “Jeb” Bush and his Horrendously Horrible Histories. This project, like the first one, involved "developmental editing"; in the latter case when he initially showed me the manuscript, it covered only about half the content of the final book.

Testimonial # 3

Seems you always check in when I need the extra encouragement. . . . I cannot thank you enough for working with me.

- Venus Soileau

Though Venus has 24 (86%) 5-star reviews, I've chosen one of my own:


Venus captures my attention and interest right from the Foreword and the opening line of the first chapter. She is charming, frank, and full of stories - stories that were not easy at times. A little girl who perkily figured out a lot of what was going on around her, with a mother selling drugs and some unsavory characters dropping by or hanging around. But Venus is not unsavory. She figured out her role in life and how to get by and stay whole, almost from the start, which didn't prevent her from witnessing some painful and colorful things - which she shows us in a storyteller's eye for detail. I hope she writes a novel. Not many children see up close what she witnessed, and if they do, not many would have the observation powers and sanity and humor that we find in This Is Not for You.

Excerpt here

Recently Edited Novels

Testimonial #4:

Vesa M. Lumielle: "fiction inspired by true events"

Thank you so much for this lovely voyage! Feeling a bit depleted yet completed! 🙂 I learned so much . . .

A link to a fascinating guest blog by  Vesa on Phenomena and Encounters: some of his magical experiences in true life


"After all, we live the illusion of reality" is the sentence that I would say sums the book up best. Reads very well, and poetry is magnificent. The story of this book is an inspiration to question our own path and journey!

Testimonial # 5

I'd like to thank two individuals who helped Essie's House to life. Susan DiLallo - for her support and guidance that allowed me to find my voice. And Margaret Harrell - whose enthusiasm, insights and suggestions helped tighten the story and smooth the rough edges.

- Robert Meyerson, Acknowledgments


Essie's House is riveting with excitement. To me, it was an unexpected journey through the histories of many tortured souls. The more I read, the more I couldn't stop. RM has a talent for description that made me feel and envision most every word....like a participant...in real moments and actual places! It may be fiction, but could definitely reflect "real life"' and the "hells" we are capable of  making for ourselves. Looking forward to a sequel!!


Testimonial # 6

You've been such a big help and I appreciate it so much.

Miguel Lasala, with my permission, included in his novel an "Editor's Note" by me (he wrote), to add to the Hunter Thompson/Fear and Loathing-like flavor.


Rodeo of Doom will grip you and pull you into the wild ride of a different reality. This is a consciously fast paced journey into the future. Author Miguel Lasala reveals his craft by intricately weaving in fine details for his readers and keeps you anxiously anticipating what will happen next. Do not wait to read this book, there will surely be more to come from this author.

Stories by Miguel Lasala here

Testimonial # 7

This is an early book I worked on, now reissued.

Acknowledgments: Charles (CY) Rembar, The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer, and Fanny Hill by the Lawyer Who Defended Them 

To: Margaret Ann Harrell, a gifted book-tuner - a lass with a delicate ear

Now a classic, The End of Obscenity was the winner of the George Polk Memorial Book of the Year Award.


Rembar's book deals not with the why of obscenity laws but with the how, and as a result often has a freshness that little recent writing on this subject can match.

Rembar's is still the best book on that kind of censorship.

I am also glad to help you navigate through the publication process.