“Michael has been the savior that my project needed. He is very professional, extremely intuitive, and an amazing editor that catches every detail and asks the right questions. He has not only provided a great service, but he has also made me a much better writer in the process. I will hire him for every editing and copy editing job I ever have. Period.”
Michael’s great impact on my work is undeniable. His observant comments not only shone a light on my blind spots, but they also helped me push my limits and see the possibility of growth for my stories. Having said that, throughout his work, he always respected my style of writing and tried to improve the quality of my work within the framework of my vision for my book. The final product, which I am very much proud of, couldn't be possible without his help. I feel like our first project is the beginning of an ongoing partnership.
---Mernegar Dorgoly, author of The Buried Secrets of Peonies
“I am a seasoned writer and never considered turning to an editor. Two years of my manuscript being rejected changed that. Thanks to Michael, my debut novel is being published this summer by Alfie Dog Press, a small U.K. publisher. I queried dozens of agents over the last two years. Those queries resulted in a handful of requests to submit material, but in the end I had a pile of rejections. The comments from agents were positive in terms of writing ability, but the story development needed work. I turned to Michael for editing.
I took advantage of his offer for a free sample and sent the first chapter. Right away he was able to pinpoint a problem that affected everything that came later, which was a huge help. Michael quickly identified the areas of weakness, as well as the strengths. He offered concrete suggestions on how to improve the book. His understanding of structure and pacing is what got the work into shape. He knew when to speed up the action, slow down, cut dialogue, add narrative or vice versa, and how to better place that pesky backstory (an area where agents are quick to reject a manuscript). Michael helped with tone and voice, both of which ended up being the strongest aspects of the work. I would hire him again in a second.”
“You can’t go wrong investing your time or money with Michael Mohr’s editorial services. Not only is he personable and understanding, he’s also an overall ROCK STAR EDITOR with your best interests in mind. Send him a manuscript, and if you’re lucky enough to pique his interest, he’ll deploy his X-RAY VISION and find not only where your work is lacking, but also dispense INVALUABLE tips to set you on the right path and PUSH YOU to up your game, often with spectacular results.”
“In an industry that predicates itself on precision, and yet is too often overwhelmed by those who claim to have mastered it, yet are belied by their tendency to ‘dot their T’s and cross their I’s,’ Michael Mohr cuts through, clears the way, and, in the main, raises the bar. A delight to work with, Michael is that rare breed of editor who understands the literary merits of a work while keeping an eye (not the dotted variety; the kind that provides vision) on what the agency circuit looks for. Still, he doesn’t sacrifice those literary merits simply to satisfy the bottom line demands of the prevailing status quo. In practice, he’s actually providing editorial insights that raise the bar for agents as well. No question we will work with him again, or at least until writers run out of words to craft and commit to paper.”
—'Eddie Toro' of EDITORO!, managing editor/partner: EDITORO
“Michael’s edits on my novel HUSTLE were invaluable, to the book and to me as a writer. I came away from the edited manuscript feeling like a better writer. His work was extensive and astute, but the best thing about his style is his constant enthusiasm. He rolled through the story with me, excited at each turn. There was as much encouragement as there was gentle correction. When my next manuscript was done, his was the first door I knocked on.”
—Tom Pitts, author of Piggyback and Hustle. (Represented by Elizabeth Kracht)
“Michael, Invaluable. You pointed out the obvious. Except I couldn’t see it. I’ve gotten feedback from agents at writers’ conferences. You think like they do. You’re exactly who I’m looking for. Do you critique mysteries? I’m doing a major rewrite on my first novel, which I hadn’t touched for almost two years. This is the ninth revision, and it will be the next work needing your services. I also think it has more commercial potential.”
—Gustaf Berger, freelance client
“Michael was very thorough and gave me great ideas on how to make the story more action-packed for the kids. Definitely worth the money!”
—D. Adrian, freelance client
"Michael has been honing his editing skills for years now; he is one of the hardest working editors/writers I have met. His editing advice is effective because it is concise and helps the writer consider their work on creative and structural levels. Michael's editing helps writers get to the heart of their fiction with as little trouble as possible, and I speak from personal experience because my writing has benefited from Michael's help."
“Michael’s editing helped make my writing ready for publication. He showed me how to make my work stronger and made the final revisions much easier. In the process, I’ve learned to be a better writer.”
—Joe Garrett, freelance writer
“For the aspiring novelist, scrolling through the classified ad section in back of Poets & Writers magazine is almost as dispiriting as strolling through the fiction section of a major, inner-city branch of Barnes & Noble; the choice confronting wannabe-famous authors in the former setting being only slightly less bewildering than the choice confronting wannabe-satisfied readers in the latter. I cannot now remember what it was about Michael Mohr’s ad which made me read it all the way through, and then read it again, and then scribble his email address in my notebook. But I’m very glad that I did. Michael’s assessment of the sample chapter I sent him pulled no punches. But in amongst the candid negatives there were enough well-argued positives to make me think that the year I had spent writing my book had not been a complete waste of time, and that I might just be able to turn it into something that other people might just want to read. Two months later, thanks to Michael’s further assistance, I’m quietly confident about that. I just hope Barnes & Noble can give us enough shelf space.”