My overall objective is to help you achieve your writing goals and to help your writing say what you want it to say in a clear, understandable and appealing way. My services include corrections in grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation. I may also have suggestions for formatting, moving or deleting sentences, paragraphs or whole sections to increase clarity and readability.
I’ll also be happy to pass on my knowledge of the book-publishing industry, how to write a query letter that will get attention (and of course, I’ll help you edit it!), and how to find an agent.
For poetry, I’ll comment on the overall content, as well as rhyme, meter, metaphor, line breaks, and other poetic concerns. Rather than “editing” your poetry, I see myself as a poetry coach, pointing out the best qualities of your work and indicating where I think you might improve things. As your poetry coach, I will make suggestions about how to strengthen and hone your natural gifts. I will also share my knowledge of appropriate markets for poetry submissions.
For nonfiction projects (memoir, self-help and how-to, personal essays, creative nonfiction, business writing), my editing includes the services listed above, as well as comments on content, structure, pacing, maintaining a high level of engagement and interest to assure reader satisfaction, and other conventions of nonfiction writing, depending on the project.
For fiction projects, I'll look at all of the above as well as pay attention to point of view, character, plot development, pacing and other fiction concerns.
"Maril was invaluable with her editing advice - she was clear and direct and zeroed in on the changes I needed to consider while at the same time offering support and encouragement. She has the remarkable ability of all good editors to access a writer's strengths and writing style and build on them without overpowering. I recommend her highly."
-- Janet Sunderland, poet and writing instructor, author of At the Boundary
"Maril Crabtree is really great to work with -- her encouragement, even as she was editing my poems, kept the project moving forward. "I Knee-ded It" would not be in print without Maril's assistance. "
Peg Nichols, author of The Mediation Survivor's Handbook and I Knee-ded It.