Editing Services – At Your Service

In the past, I’ve given readers and writers tools they need to start editing on their own, and prepare themselves for the world of self-publishing or for the process of traditional publishing submissions.

I’ve heard some positive feedback on it, and some cries for help. “Anne, I’m just not sure if my work is ready,” or “Anne, I can’t afford these professional editing services and I’m totally lost.”

I get it. I really do. That’s why I’m here to help. Because I’ve been where you are now, and there was almost no one out there to help me when I needed it. So I’m here for you and your creative endeavors.

I’m offering copy editing and developmental/structural feedback for an affordable price–just $10 per 1000 words. That means if you give me a short story of 10,000 words, I will return to you line-by-line copy edits and a great deal of feedback on how your piece’s structure can change to become more powerful.

If you want full edits and proofreading, the price is only $12 per 1000 words. For your money on either service, you will get my undivided attention when it comes to your work and enough help to present a polished manuscript to the world, whether you choose self-publishing or decide to submit it for traditional publishers and/or agents to consider.

How do you get started? This is the easy part:

  • Contact me via this simple Google Form.
  • Get a welcoming email from me.
  • Submit your manuscript as a Word document, and payment via PayPal once you receive the pricing.
  • Once the payment is received, I’ll give you your manuscript with all the suggested corrections and an email report on the structure of your work and potential changes that may improve it. This typically takes 30 days to get your work back, depending on length and work needed.
  • Take your edited work and run off with it. OR, make your corrections and submit it back to me for a final once-over and proofreading (if you’ve chosen the full service).

That’s it! All there is to it. I have no minimum word count for submissions, unlike other services. This means that if you can only afford to have part of your work edited, you can still use my services. You’ll get copy edits and proofreading at one-cent per word ($10 per 1000 words).

If you’re at a stuck point, I can help you with it. Whatever editing stage you’re at–whether it’s minor tweaks, or in need of a total overhaul, I’m happy to offer my services.

Are you ready to take your work to the next level?


On Getting An Agent

Okay, for a while now, I’ve extolled the virtues of self-publishing. But I know some of you out there are looking for advice on going the traditional route, playing by the rules, and doing it the old-fashioned way.

Get ready for a lot of rejection and taking shots in the dark.

If you’re still convinced that finding an agent is the way to go, then by all means, go for it. But take this advice from an actual agent, and avoid making an ass out of yourself.

Joyce Holland writes: What Not To Do: An Agent’s Perspective. It’s good advice for anyone searching for an agent, written by a real-live, bona fide agent. Good luck!

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Join a Bookclub – In Vivo or Online

Ruth O’Niel, via » Why Every Writer Should Belong to a Book Club, makes a great point. Your best feedback as a writer comes from readers, and you can learn a lot from how they feel about certain books. It’s a valuable resource that can help you grow as a writer.

If you can’t find a book club locally, don’t like the genres your local groups are reading, or are too introverted to be a joiner (yes, that happens, and it’s okay), join one online. Start with Goodreads. There are loads of groups there that will fit your niche and favored genres. It’s another great way to get feedback on books from voracious readers and will help you grow as a writer.

The Self-Published Guide to Editing

Last month, I did a guest post for Author’s Publish called Five Free & Cheap Editing Options for your Manuscript. (By the way, if you haven’t signed up for their guides and newsletters, do it. They’re a great resource.)

When you’re going the route of self-publishing, you have to rely on yourself to do everything. These days, that’s not all that different from working with a publishing house.

The main difference is that your publisher will handle editing for you. When you’re on your own, that’s up to you. But even if you don’t have a lot of walking-around money, you can still get decent editing done for your own manuscript.

Take a look at the article, and happy editing!

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

While I was looking through my ProWritingAid newsletter, I found something they shared via 20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb and had a blast reading it.

As some of you know, I offer freelance editing services as well as being a writer. The only thing is the use of irony has far more than just one definition, but arguing over irony itself can be quite ironic.

The only time you can really break these rules is in dialog when you want your character to sound realistic and prone to making silly mistakes. It also helps if you want a character to correct the other person and show off what a smart-ass they are.

How about following me around on Twitter or Facebook? I’m pretty entertaining when I’m not busy hiding from the Great Old Ones. Oh and by the way, if you’re looking to edit your book, contact me on Facebook or via Twitter. I charge reasonable rates and give your manuscript the attention it deserves to get ready for publishing.