Editing Services

 

Many people really hate to write, or they just feel they don’t have the gift for it. That’s too bad, because many of those same people have something important to say. I love to help less-experienced or less-confident writers make their work the best it can be.

 

How does the process work?

 

You contact me and tell me what you’ve written, where you hope to have it published or how you expect to use it, its word count, and what kind of time constraints you face. I’ll write you back and tell you whether I think this is something I may be able to handle. I don’t accept all types of manuscripts; for example, I don’t feel I’d do justice to something highly technical, I just plain don’t like science- or fan-fiction, and I refuse to do porn, gratuitous violence, or class assignments. (Really, guys. No term papers.) I’m pretty open to most other types of work.

 

Next, you email me the manuscript and send my PayPal account an amount equaling $1 per 1000 words (with a $20 minimum). I’ll write you back within a week and tell you what I think. This won’t just be a sentence or two telling you “it’s very nice but could use some polish”; I will send you a two to three page critique—a breakdown of what works, what doesn’t, and what I think your manuscript needs. I may suggest that you have some more work to do on your end— restructuring, clarifying, etc.—and send you back to the drawing board. During the revision process, I encourage you to contact me as often as you like. You can’t possibly ask me too many questions; my goal is to make you a better writer, not just to produce one good manuscript that comes out sounding like me rather than you. When we’ve gotten the manuscript into good structural shape, I’ll draw up a contract and edit your book.

 

But what happens if your manuscript was in pretty good shape to begin with, but just needs tweaking here and there? Well, I’ll tell you that in your critique, and once you’ve given me the go-ahead, I’ll draw up a contract and begin tweaking immediately. My editing fee will be less in that case, negotiated on an individual basis.

 

If you use Microsoft Word, I will use the “track changes” feature so you can not only see immediately what I changed, but change it back if you don’t agree. I also insert comments in the margins. (Unfortunately, these features aren’t available for users of software other than Microsoft Word.)

 

When I return your job to you, I’ll often send another lengthy note explaining why I changed what I changed, so that when you encounter that problem in your next writing project, you’ll know how to handle it.

 

And after I’ve edited your manuscript, don’t forget about me! I want you to feel free to email me any time (no charge). Should you have your manuscript self-published? I’ll weigh in on that. What if you combine chapters one and two? What if you change the tense or point of view? I can help you there too. I will generally answer within 24 hours, and there is no cost for this type of service, ever. I want you to feel I’m in your corner, always, whether I’m in the middle of editing your work or not.

 

In fact, once we have a working relationship, I’d love for you to stop in for a cup of joe whenever you happen to be in upstate New York. That’s what friends do.

 

What if I don’t have time for all that?

 

The scenario I’ve outlined above assumes I’m editing a book you’ve taken months or years to write. If that’s the case, it’s probably not a problem for you to wait a week for me to read and comment on the manuscript, followed by a few more weeks for you to make any necessary changes, followed by yet another week for me to copyedit your final product. But if you’re a business client who needs your job turned around pronto – or if you’ve got a potential publisher or agent breathing down your neck – let me know your deadlines and I’ll do my best to meet them.

 

How much do you charge for this?

 

My fee schedule is based on the length of your manuscript; it’s generally $5 per 1000 words, half due upon signing the contract and the other half due when I’m done. (The fee would be less, as I mentioned above, if your manuscript only needs slight tweaking.) I’m not out to make a million bucks. I’d much rather help you produce a manuscript that will sell.

 

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to working with a one-person editorial firm. There’s a 50¢ per page surcharge for any document that is not submitted to me in a Microsoft Word-compatible format (in other words, any document submitted on paper or in a word processing program that Microsoft Word or Open Office can’t read). Incompatible formats create upfront grunt work to even get the manuscript into an editable state.

 

There is a $20.00 minimum charge for any job I do. In other words, if your story is six pages long, it’s $20.00; if your story is two pages long, it’s still $20.00. (Obviously, you’d be better off having me edit three two-page stories.)

 

Methods of payments accepted include checks (for US customers), money orders (US and international), and PayPal. When we chat, I’ll give you an email address for PayPal payments.

 

Books I've Edited or Copyedited:

 

Rescue Kitty

 

 

By Brenda Louise Fiorini

Granny Rose Animal Shelter, 2013

    ISBN 978-1620508862

 

 

Rescue Pup

 

 

By Brenda Louise Fiorini

Joyful Journey Books, 2010

ISBN 978-0615392240

 

 

The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium

 

 

by Linda A. Krug

Outskirts Press, 2010

ISBN 1432763393

 

There But For the Grace of God

 

 

by Carol J. Franz

AuthorHouse, 2009

ISBN 1438968698

 

Far Beyond the Falls

 

 

by A.D. Crichton

Network Creative Services, 2008

ISBN 978-0-9805939-0-7

 

Maridée: The Memoirs of María Haydée Corbalán

 

 

by Maria Corbalan

Plain View Press, 2007

ISBN 1891386972

 

The Wisdom Box

 

 

by Jack Gilroy

Global Publications at Binghamton University, 2002

ISBN 158684234X

 

Absolute Flanigan

 

 

by Jack Gilroy

Global Publications at Binghamton University, 2002

ISBN 1586842331

 

Stories from the heart/Cuentos con todo corazon

 

by Gregorio C. Pedroza

Firekeeper Publications, 2001

978-0966143126

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