Welcome to your Book Editor!

My Career as a Book Editor (Nutshell Version)…

I started out as an academic editor, editing Ph.D. dissertations and peer-reviewed studies. Before long, however, book manuscripts began to weasel their way into the mix. In 1999, my fiction writing earned me a free ride to a prestigious Master’s program in creative writing at Boston University. It was a dream come true. I still thrive on developing my fiction, but what I find most satisfying now is to stretch my creative muscles on behalf of individuals in order to help make their own publishing dreams come true. I work long hours, I love my work, and I’m extremely grateful for all I have. I live with my two children in Austin, Texas.

“After working with Karl and seeing what he did with my work, I got excited all over again. It was like reading my story for the first time. I highly recommend hiring him. Your book and your readers will thank you.”
–John Callas, author of Secrets, producer of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s The Compleat Al, and assistant director of The Hills Have Eyes 2 and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood

I offer a FREE SAMPLE EDIT of your writing.

A Book Editing Philosophy-of-Sorts…

I work from the core belief that a book’s best chance of success comes only through self-conscious creative effort. This includes the honing of writing and story through state-of-the-art editorial oversight. My knowledge of popular trends in television, fiction, and film supports a fresh awareness of the marketability of story projects. Books I’ve edited have been singled out by the Chicago Review Press, the Independent Press Awards, ForeWord magazine, Kirkus reviews, and Independent Publishers Group. And they have been praised by a wide array of prominent writers, artists, and producers. 

“Karl Monger is the best in the business. The publishing industry is highly competitive, and if you wish to succeed, you must have an edge. You need a book editor. And if you need an editor, why not hire the best?”
–Stephen Yanoff, author of Turbulent Times and The Second Mourning, winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award 

Did I mention that I offer a FREE SAMPLE EDIT of your writing?

Should You Hire Me as Your Book Editor…

My editing fee starts at 4 cents per word (for example, $3,200. for an 80,000-word manuscript). Once hired, I undertake a head-to-toe edit of your book manuscript. This entails developmental editing (if necessary), line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I’ve had the privilege of working on behalf of writers of all experience and skill levels, from first-time authors to Nobel Prize recipients (Yes, that Nobel Prize… see below). I cannot promise that your book will win awards or be a bestseller (although dozens of the books I’ve edited have done exactly that), but I can guarantee you this: As your book editor, I will devote the same artful diligence and committed focus to your project as I do to every book project.

“I appreciated working with Karl [on Traveling On One Leg] not only for his prompt help but also for his expertise in scholarly writing.”
–Valentina Glajar, translator of Traveling On One Leg by Herta Müller, awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

I offer a FREE SAMPLE EDIT of your writing. (Is there an echo in here?)