Start with a Critique
A critique does not mean criticism! The idea is to find someone you trust -- with experience in writing, teaching, editing, and publishing -- to read your work for a reasonable fee and provide you with an honest but kind assessment of strengths and weaknesses with practical suggestions for both.
Each individual, need, and project differs, so it's important to ask, "What do I hope to get out of a critique?" For example, do you want someone to pat you on the back? Fine, but a loved one can do that for free!
If you want to improve your writing, a professional critique will help you to see how. Then, you can use that information as you write, revise, or work on future projects.
To find out what to expect and how much your critique will cost (between $1 and $5 per page depending on time involved), Contact Mary.
Study, Read, Practice
To learn more about your chosen genre, study it! Read classical and contemporary works. Notice what's effective and what just does not work at all. Then practice what you learn. Write. Read your work aloud, then revise as needed.
In her blog, Living a Christian Writer's Life, Mary Sayler offers writing tips, publishing insights, prayers, and biblical counsel in hopes of helping you. She also discusses the many aspects of poetry writing - and writing poetically - in her blog, the Poetry Editor and Poetry.
In addition to those helps, you'll find her e-books for poets and writers and other books as well on Amazon.
Get Editorial Help
After you've studied and practiced your craft....
After you've done your research....
After you've given thought to each word of your manuscript....
After you've finished your revisions and/or received feedback in a critique and have improved your work as much as you know how....
Then you're ready for an edit!
But why wait? An editor cannot edit an unfinished manuscript. Also, an editor cannot write or research or revise for you. However, an editor can check your manuscript for accuracy in grammar and punctuation. An editor can spot mistakes or problems before you self-publish, so you can make your work as flawless, focused, and reader-friendly as possible.
Contact Mary with a brief description of your work, its length, and your publishing plans to get the exact fee. The more time needed to edit your work, the higher the cost, but you can expect no less than $1 per page and no more than $5.