writing critique editing services

Submit a sample for a free edit!

We understand hiring an editor is a big decision. That’s why we start with a 100%, free sample edit to all aspiring authors. You’ll get quick feedback on the state of your manuscript, whether you need copyediting or proofreading, and we’ll help match you with our most appropriate editor for YOUR book.

Just visit our homepage to upload your sample… we’ll take over from there and contact you as soon as possible.

Is your book ready for editing?

Do you have a manuscript that you think is finished, but aren’t sure if it’s ready to publish? Are you worried about whether anybody else will think it’s any good? Are you putting together a book proposal or query to attract an agent or publisher, or preparing to self-publish for the first time? How about just starting a book, but want to make sure it’s marketable before you invest more time in it?

Make sure you have a strong start and a killer opening before you waste extra time and money. We know editing can be a big commitment, so we recommend getting started with a powerful review of your first 5000 words.

This in-depth structural critique will help you figure out who your audience is and how to captivate them from the get-go; we’ll look every everything that could be improved in your first few chapters (the most important part!) and most of these lessons you could apply to the rest of the book yourself to really clean it up before hiring a professional editor.

Order your first chapter critique now for 497 $297!

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“I have started a book several times over the past few years but the main problem has been just how do I do this and achieve a professional outcome? I have looked at several options but none have seemed right for me and many were over complicated to grasp. Your way of explaining is absolutely brilliant and within a couple of days I have learnt more than I have in years. I have been a frustrated author for a few decades and the main problem was how to get started and you have 100% solved this for me. Anyway, mega thanks again, really appreciated.” – Annie JumeauAuthor


“I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do a developmental edit on this. It was above and beyond and is greatly appreciated. It was exactly the guidance I needed to hear, and I would have waited three weeks for that, let alone a few days. Your insights will go a long way towards making this the best novel it can be.” – Mikael CarlsonThriller Author


“Your suggestions have been wonderful! There was a lot of input you provided that I had not even considered, and will definitely help overall! Looking forward to going through the remainder of your suggestions tomorrow! Thank you again for your time!” – JackyPersonal Memoir


“Finally, someone with the skills for analyzing a novice writer. Before meeting Derek Murphy, the “agents” I met in the publishing industry did nothing but side-step my requests for evaluation. It is now evident to me that the rubric which measures whether your book is sell-able or dead in the water, is literary experience. Your analysis combined honest evaluation with the goal being to produce a better book. I believe, this type of feed-back is essential to ANYONE who is writing.” – Dr. George A. MungerPhD


“This is EXACTLY the kind of feedback I was hoping for. Most appreciated. I have been continuing to tweak the story, but your feedback has really given me things I can sink my teeth into!” – P. J. ViscioHorror Author



PS. This service is personally provided by Derek Murphy (the founder of Book Butchers, who holds a PhD in Literature. His plotting and writing tips and videos have had over 2 million views on YouTube).

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Click here for more info on our “First Chapter Critique” editing service – or checkout securely right now with the big red button; you should see a form to contact us right after Paypal, but just in case you don’t see that you can contact Derek @ bookbutchers.com