Here is still another instance of an entity’s hooking up with an editorial outfit as a means to provide writers with “that special edge.” A heavily followed writers blog on LinkedIn, “Aspiring Writers Group,” has now affiliated with Michael Lownes at PML Media in the U.K. And, yes, scrape away all the veneer and what’s left is an editing service to “help” those souls whose material might need just a little nudge in the right direction.
I’m convinced, based on my personal experiences and nothing else, that when a writer hires a company billed as a “media facilitator, this author fully expects that the funds spent will guarantee a publishing deal–with that company or one it’s closely aligned with. And the fees can very easily double the $8,000 a fellow I recently alluded to spent with Kirkus Media. It’s human nature, and no one I know is immune. And when I began writing seriously in the days of the covered wagon, I almost got roped into one of the “deals” myself. Escaped by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin.
I can’t say it loudly enough–the business doesn’t work this way. No editing concern can guarantee a previously unpublished writer a publishing deal with a mainstream house. In today’s market, it’s hard enough for the published writers to have future works signed, especially if a prior project didn’t sell well.