Every editor sees more than his share of sloppily written, carelessly proofread manuscripts—manuscripts loaded with clumsily constructed and/or grammatically incorrect sentences, as well as numerous spelling and punctuation errors. Because of such authorial sloppiness, many a submission is rejected without being read in its entirety.

As First Senior Editor of Mysterical-E, and as a former Fiction Editor and then Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, I've acquired a fair amount of experience proofreading and copy-editing written material, particularly fiction. If you have a manuscript in need of proofing for spelling, punctuation, grammatical errors and awkward constructions, send it to me before you submit it. (I can also edit fiction for plot, structure, characterization and so forth, depending upon how comprehensive an edit you require.) I'll go through it and point out corrections that need to be made, and make suggestions as to how you can repair the clumsy passages.

E-mail me at barry_ergang@comcast.net with a brief description of the type of material, the word count and page count, letting me know precisely what you want done, and I'll get back to you with a quote. I accept payment via Paypal.

I can't promise you'll sell your work, but I can assure you it will look professional when you submit it to editors.


"Barry Ergang is a top-of-the line editor. He's thorough, meticulous, and accurate, and he gets my highest recommendation."—Bill Crider, multi-award-winning author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series, among many other novels and short stories.

"Barry Ergang is a first-class proofreader whose skills have been highly beneficial to my translations of French mystery writers and whose general editorial suggestions have been extremely helpful. I thoroughly recommend him."—John Pugmire, translator of Paul Halter's The Lord of Misrule and Night of the Wolf.

"Over the years, I’ve worked with many editors, and I don’t know of any I would recommend more highly than Barry Ergang. He’s a skilled, polished professional with many years of experience, and the go-to guy as far as I’m concerned. I’d have full confidence placing my work in his editing hands."Earl Staggs, Derringer Award-winning author of Memory of a Murder and Short Stories of Earl Staggs (also available at Smashwords).

"Barry's help with Julius Katz and Archie was invaluable. I can highly recommend him."—Dave Zeltserman, multi-award-winning author of traditional detective, noir, and horror fiction.


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