Need help with your creative writing?
I’ve worked on a variety of projects including short fiction, novels, a cookbook, a book on cancer recovery, and poetry. I can help you with everything from character development to the structure of your novel. I can also tackle marketing issues such as query letters and the dreaded novel synopsis.
For small jobs I charge $50USD per hour, but will price larger projects according to word count. I offer a variety of editing services including: narrative assessment (starting at $0.01USD/word), developmental editing (starting at $0.015USD/word), line editing (starting at $0.022USD/word), and proofreading (starting at $0.01USD/word).
I have also joined the wonderful editorial team at Darling Axe. Check out our website and the many services we offer.
For writers who want to work with me on a regular basis, I offer six-month mentorships. Once a month, you can submit up to 5,000 words (for a total of 30,000 words over the six months). In my feedback, I will point out specific issues on the manuscript, as well as including a letter outlining big picture issues (plot, characterization, structure, etc). I am open to short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction. Mentorships are $450USD.
Please use the contact page to get hold of me.
Keen and Insightful Feedback
“I don’t know what I would do without Michelle’s keen and insightful feedback. Michelle both offers support and asks the tough questions that will push you to make your manuscript better. Before working with Michelle, I had completed an MFA and had an agent, but I still hadn’t sold a book. After receiving Michelle’s helpful feedback, I was able to successfully revise the manuscript that finally led to an offer and publication of my debut novel. I will be turning to Michelle again when I’ve completed the draft of my new novel!”
Helpful, Astute Comments
“Michelle Barker first took on a short story of mine five years ago when I was just a novice writer. Since that time, and due in part to her editorial expertise, I have had several stories published in on-line quarterlies and literary magazines.
Michelle’s the best: a keen eye (without being harshly critical); helpful, astute comments; prompt returns of edited manuscripts. For these reasons, I continue to solicit her skills.”
Heartwarming Counsel and Unwavering Support
“Michelle Barker was my writing mentor for my cookbook. From book contract to final manuscript, Michelle was with me every step of the way, providing critical feedback, thoughtful suggestions and grammatical editing. When an instruction or anecdote didn’t translate well, Michelle helped me work through alternative phrases and concepts. When I faltered, her swift wit often had me laughing at my computer. Creative and tenacious, Michelle coaxed the very best from me. I can’t imagine writing another book without her heartwarming counsel and unwavering support.”
Helped my Prose “Sing”
“I believe that Michelle Barker’s editing of my non-fiction book proposal as well as my book – Picking Up the Pieces, Moving Forward After Cancer – were major contributing factors to the book being chosen for publication by both a Canadian and US publisher! Michelle is a delight to work with. She is keenly aware of the reader’s perspective and the need for clear writing. On many occasions, her editions helped my prose “sing”. It is my pleasure to recommend her as an editor.”