Michael Carr

Michael Carr - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

Senior literary agent with 15 years of industry experience offering developmental editing, editorial assessment, and query workshopping.

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I am a literary agent with over 15 years of industry experience. I have worked on numerous bestselling novels as an agent or developmental editor, and specialize in all forms of fiction, as well as biography, history, and science. I regularly teach at conferences for aspiring writers in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. My style is warm and open, but I am always realistic and firm, ready with praise, but never willing to let flaws and weaknesses slide. The industry is too competitive for second best.


“My collaboration with Michael Carr exceeded my expectations. His feedback was encouraging, challenging, and extremely insightful.”

— Tad Vogels

“Michael gives a perspective that pulls from an editor/writer/agent. That combination alone is golden. The ability to sum up strengths and weaknesses is bar none.”

— Logan Payne

English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Literary Agent

Veritas Literary
October, 2010 – Present (over 12 years)

• Representing numerous writers across multiple genres, including several bestsellers
• Hands-on editing and writing services in preparation for submission to traditional publishers

Freelance Book Doctor and Dev Editor

August, 2008 – Present (over 14 years)

• Over 80 traditionally and indie published books
• Experience with foreign rights, translations, audio, and other subsidiary rights

How to Mars

Ebenbach, David


Moyer, Jaime Lee

The Lights of Prague

Jarvis, Nicole

And By Fire: A Novel

Hawtrey, Evie

Sing for Us

Wise, Steven

Wrath of Lions (The Breaking World Book 2)

Dalglish, David, Duperre, Robert J.

Michael has 21 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Mariel Dowling
Michael's work was outstanding. His edits were dead-on. I can't wait to make the changes he suggested because my work will be so much better as a result!

Mariel Dowling, December 2022

Katy Schroeder
Michael proved invaluable feedback and helpful advice. He has a great grasp of industry trends and writing styles. I would recommend him for anyone wanting solid conductive feedback.

Katy Schroeder, December 2022

Tova Dian Reyes
Michael will give you very specific observation and suggestions. His honesty was the encouragement I was looking for.

Tova Dian Reyes, December 2022

Allen Saslaw
Michael is great to work with!

Allen Saslaw, November 2022

Clint Clark
A very quick turnaround for the query letter and great help. Thanks again!

Clint Clark, November 2022

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