Manuscript Critique

Book for Critique, Conferences, & Workshops.

Manuscript Critique Service & Line Editing

 

I critique picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, memoir, and adult fiction. My fees are $40 for picture books and $2 per page for fiction and memoir. A critique also includes line edits and page notes. Email me for approximate turn around times. Please note that I only critique projects over 150 pages May-August.

 

If it weren’t for Marjetta, I’d have never completed my manuscript. Not only has she mastered the art of articulating exactly what a draft needs, but she also possesses a generosity of spirit. She talked me back from the ledge multiple times during the writing process and continues to both guide and cheer me on. My great good luck was finding Marjetta as I was just beginning my project.

Donna

Over the past eight years, Marjetta has critiqued my writing as well as many writers I know. Her insightful feedback is consistently spot on as she points out both strengths and weaknesses in our manuscripts. Not only does Marjetta identify an area in need of improvement, she offers solutions to fix it. Marjetta’s expertise makes her able to take a good manuscript and make it a great one. I highly recommend her services.

Debbie Reed Fischerauthor of This Is Not the Abby Show

“Marjetta’s manuscript critiques are always right on the money. I’ve been in her weekly writers’ group for several years now, and her suggestions are unfailingly what I knew in my heart were necessary, but didn’t have the gumption to try. Either that, or I simply lacked the insight to improve the manuscript. She has an uncanny way of knowing what you were trying to say even before you said it. Highly recommended for writers in need of story direction and emotional depth.”

Barbara Dinerman

As an English professor for nearly twenty years, I can attest that Marjetta’s skills are strong and her methods are solid. When you get a critique from Marjetta, you’re not just getting some random person’s opinion. She has an ideal combination of training in literature, training in creative writing, and firsthand experience as a published writer. Plus, working with her is just easy and fun! The question isn’t ‘why should I work with Marjetta?’ but rather, why wouldn’t you?

T.S. Frever

Manuscript Critique Service & Line Editing

 

I critique picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, memoir, and adult fiction. My fees are $40 for picture books and $2 per page for fiction and memoir. A critique also includes line edits and page notes. Email me for approximate turn around times. Please note that I only critique projects over 150 pages May-August.

 

2Custom Designed Writing Workshops

 

I design on-going and short-term workshops for schools, libraries, conferences, and small groups. Past topics have included Getting Out of the Slush Pile: 19 Things Your First Page Must Do, Voice and Character, So You Wanna Be a Writer?, Who’s Really Reading KidLit?, Radical Revision, Story Structure, and Writing for Tweens and Teens.  Please contact me about creating a workshop to meet your group’s needs.

View Past Workshops

2Custom School Programs & Presentations

 

Talking to students about writing and books is always a pleasure for me. I am available for classroom visits, school presentations, writing workshops, or Skype visits. I also train teachers in effective and inspirational writing instruction. Prices vary depending on the time commitment. Please contact me to work out details and logistics.  

Curriculum Vitae

5Writing Conferences with Marjetta Geerling

 

As a panelist, lecturer, or workshop leader, I can talk about young adult literature, writing craft, the writer’s journey, and publishing. I am also available for critique faculty.

Past Conferences