M earned a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College. She went on to work for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before leaving to focus on her family and her own writing.
M will look at the first chapter of a manuscript for free to determine whether she feels she can be of any help to the author. Note that she does not read anything explicitly sexual or gory.
Q: Why are you so inexpensive?
A: Because editing isn’t what pays my bills. I just believe in being paid for my time, effort, and skill. I’m also not a member of any guild, union, or official organization. I’m flattered when people trust me with their work—and usually my clients come via referral from people I already know—but I think other editors who devote their full time to the work are worth more. I have no desire to take any of their jobs away, which is one of the reasons I accept so few. (That and the fact that I have my own projects and deadlines.) I have a degree in writing, and I worked in publishing as an editor, so it’s not lack of ability that causes my rates to be low. I just don’t rely on freelance work for my livelihood.
Q: How can I reach you?
The best way to reach me is via social media. I’m @sh8kspeare on Twitter (X), Amanda_Innes on TikTok, and MPL Books on YouTube and Threads.