Don’t take my word for it

With the proliferation of places to self-publish your stories, there’s a lot more reading material out there to choose from. Some authors might say marketing is their secret. They know what their readers like and they know where they go to find reading material, and they buy ads to reach them. But a lot ofContinue reading “Don’t take my word for it”

Holiday (stories) editing sale

Today is the beginning of summer in the U.S. and it is the perfect time to write a winter holiday novel for publishing in December. It is also the perfect time to secure a space with your editor. I have a deal for you… LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: Theme: The story should have a holiday settingContinue reading “Holiday (stories) editing sale”

More authors books now available

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I am a reader as well as an editor, and I do not get involved in editing stories I can’t see myself getting behind wholeheartedly. That said, many clients have published the books which I edited for them since I last updated a couple months ago. SoContinue reading “More authors books now available”

2021 Year in Review

My year of editing full time was a blast! An absolute joy. Every day. Stats From January through December 2021, I edited: short stories (under 15k) = 6 collection of shorts = 1 novellas (15k=45k) = 4 novels (50k+) = 13 This list represents more than 1.3 million words. I also helped writers one-on-one withContinue reading “2021 Year in Review”

Do you need a Copy Editor?

You think you’ve got a pretty tight story, and just need it “cleaned up” before you start thinking about submitting it to a publisher or publishing it yourself. Most people will say you need a copy editor. Copy Editors A copy editor is focused at the language structure level of reviewing your manuscript. So theyContinue reading “Do you need a Copy Editor?”

How does a consultation work?

A consultation at the most basic level is a conversation. We can focus on: your writing your goals as a writer what you want to do with either a current or future story A consultation can be a live, interactive manuscript evaluation. If you send the manuscript to me and ask for a consultation aboutContinue reading “How does a consultation work?”

What’s my manuscript evaluated for?

When you request a manuscript evaluation, you are asking me to answer the following questions: Is my idea saleable in the market and genre I’m aiming for? Is my story complete? Do you see problems with the characters? Do you see problems with the setting? Do you see problems with the plot or conflicts? AnotherContinue reading “What’s my manuscript evaluated for?”

Do you need a Developmental Editor?

This post explores what questions to ask of yourself and your manuscript to determine if you’re ready for editing. First, all editing is not the same. There are multiple ways that an editor can prepare your manuscript for publication. Developmental Editors Developmental editors look at the “big picture” of your story. Whether your story isContinue reading “Do you need a Developmental Editor?”

Do you need a Proofreader?

A proofreader is all about catching the last errors and checking the layout of the book on the page(s). They find and fix: overlooked punctuation problems transposed letters in words widow and orphan situations where a word or words is just left “hanging” at the top of a page. strange line spacing when text isContinue reading “Do you need a Proofreader?”