New Season, Updated Rates

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It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Given the realities of inflation, I’ve had to update my Rates page. My new rate for 2022 is $40 per 5K words for copyediting or a copyediting/developmental package. However, I now offer 10% copyediting discounts to clients who find me through Kboards or who are members of the Wide for the Win group on Facebook, a group I highly recommend for indie authors who want to take their books wide and make it work financially for them. I try to read the group posts as much as I can, myself! (You’ll find the latest info there on best practices to use Ingram for print, or for uploading work to newer “fiction app” platforms like Radish.)

Proofreading is now back to costing .004 a word, as well. (Just $20 per 5K words!)

I hope everyone is looking forward (or bracing themselves) to getting back out there after this rough pandemic we’ve had, whatever that means to you.

Please feel free to contact me for editorial work. The Rates or Contact page works best for that. Thanks!

Happy Holidays!

In this time of spiraling anxiety, I hope everyone can take a moment to connect, center yourself, enjoy time with family, have some nice food and drink, kick back…

It’s been a brute of a year!

However, I’m grateful to still be working with some great clients, including a print magazine that is still going strong and a prolific writer who sends me a long post-apocalyptic novel to proof every few months. The world has now come to resemble the plot of his books. I find it fascinating. Still, the zombies haven’t shown up yet…

Indie authors: Please let me know if I can help you with proofreading or editing in the new year. As a reminder, I offer 10 percent discounts for members of the Facebook group Wide for the Win. Or for anyone who mentions Kboards, since I had a long-running ad on that site. If you are a new client, feel free to use the discount to get a feel for my services. Plus, I offer a free sample of up to 1,000 words, though there may be time crunches when I won’t be able to get to it right away. Check out my rates and feel free to use the Contact or Rates form to get hold of me.

Thanks, and I look forward to assisting you with your projects in 2022!

In these dark days…

Since I haven’t posted since June (!), I thought I’d reblog this from my writer blog… Season’s Greetings, everybody! I’ll be glad to see the back of 2020. Hang in there.

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In “times of trouble,” as Paul McCartney put it once, we all need a little Beatles reminiscing. Here’s Paul looking back on his friendship with John and George.

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And… Smashwords started its End of Year sale early this time! The ebook sale is on now and runs through January 1. All my novels plus Connecting the Dots are 50% off. You can find them here. Scroll down to see the books.

You’ll also get a sneak peak at my new novel, Once You Are Mine, currently on pre-order, which is releasing on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo January 5! Look for it on Amazon and Google Play around January 4, 2021. Yes, folks, there will be a 2021!

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Pandemic Time—Still Open for Business!

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When I last posted, we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic. Now we indisputably are, and things have changed tremendously. I hope everyone is staying safe, staying solvent, and doing as well as can be expected in this difficult time. I’m grateful for my small pool of clients and will continue to do business, but I realize that most folks have more on their minds than paying for editing.

That being said, I’ve added a great item to my Resources page: the abundantly bearded David Gaughran, who is always full of useful, topical info and guidance on all things indie, came up with a new, updated list of the Best Promo Sites in 2020. Resources change constantly—longtime review site Red City Review has just announced it is closing down, by the way—so it is good to have David’s trimmed-down list going forward rather than the much older link I had posted. Your mileage may vary. For example, I have never had much luck with Freebooksy and Robin Reads, but the BookBub gods have smiled upon me, so far.

Don’t hesitate to get in contact if there is anything regarding editing or proofreading I can do for you, even later in the year.

New Service: a Flat Rate for Developmental Editing!

Silly me… I should have notified folks that I was back from my holiday break.

Well, now I am officially doing so, and I have a new offering for writers who are looking for developmental editing on their manuscripts only—writers new to self-publishing and authors of first books may particularly need this.

So, for developmental editing only you will pay a flat rate of $300 for fiction. Should you need additional copyediting as well, please take advantage of my Hot Combo (see the Rates page).

Fiction only, please!

I will provide suggestions and constructive feedback on issues like style, dialogue, narrative flow, and pacing via the comment feature in Microsoft Word. I’ll suggest cuts if necessary, but more often I’ll point to areas where fleshing out the scene will be helpful.

Typically, I can turn around a job like this in a week. Let me know when you query what your preferred turnaround time is.

mytraeNew book alert: Author, therapist, and spiritual healer Mytrae Meliana used Edit for Indies for copyediting and proofreading on her powerful, transformative memoir Brown Skin Girl: An Indian-American Woman’s Magical Journey from Broken to Beautiful.

I’m very pleased to see that the book is flourishing in its Amazon categories, and is available through Kindle Unlimited. Any woman who has struggled with abuse and control issues in their family of origin will resonate with this story of healing.

Happy Holidays!

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Karen Mead’s epic urban fantasy novel was one of a number of eclectic books I edited this year!

It’s been a busy year for editing. I realize that I have copyedited or proofread at least 35 books, as well as stepping up my work for a bi-monthly local magazine, which continues. It hasn’t been a great year for my own writing, but that’s OK. Last year was. We can all use a break.

On the subject of breaks, I won’t be taking any more manuscripts till January. I hope to use the time off to clean and organize my home office, listen to scads of old voicemails, and think about the year ahead! 2020 is the Year of the Rat in Chinese astrology, not traditionally an auspicious one for me. But who knows, right?

Rates continue to be .003 per word for proofreading ($30 per 10,000 words); .006 per word for copyediting ($60 per 10,000 words)—and my NEW developmental-editing/copyediting combo is only .008 per word.

Edit for Indies appreciates our loyal clients and is always open to queries from new ones. I’ll end by wishing everyone a happy holiday season.

UPDATE: Good news — my Edit for Indies account on Twitter is back in business! Find the Twitter button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to follow me @editforindies.

 

Rate Drop!

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I wanted to make sure my rates were in line with other editing services out there and so, starting today, I decided to lower copyediting rates across the board to a very affordable .006 per word as we head into the fall. Check out my Rates page for more details.

Note: Proofreading rates stay the same. And listed flat rates for smaller editing jobs stay the same as well.

I also have a new service that combines developmental editing and copyediting of your manuscript… that’s .008 per word.

I look forward to helping you with your editing/proofreading needs!

 

Too Darned Hot :) New 10% Off Deal All Summer Starts Now!

We’ve had VERY unusual weather for the Bay Area this week — it was 97 degrees in San Francisco yesterday, and a similar temperature today. I’m wishing I was at the seaside with a bucket and spade!

My spring sale was good. A new client called B.W. McKay had me copyedit two of his long books. He writes African American fiction, concentrating on young black male “professional” protagonists who are outwardly successful but inwardly stressed, taking the reader back to their tough adolescences to see the roots of their issues. I really liked both of his novels and have put the link to his novel Digging Deep Within on my Indie Author Showcase page.

To encourage business in these sultry summer months, I’m offering a 10 percent discount across the board on both copyediting and proofreading, whether you are a new client or not, starting now. Just mention the summer sale when you query me! Ends August 31, 2019.

 

Happy National Grammar Day!

3cc08655-081f-4fa1-b3b1-2501ee701ac9_NGD.crop_333x250_47,0.previewMarch 4 is National Grammar Day in the U.S.  To celebrate, in the midst of this endless winter, I’m offering a sweet, limited-time deal for new clients: Take 30 percent off my regular editing rates! This applies to short jobs as well as long ones, but does not apply to proofreading. New clients only, please. (Update: now extended through May!)

So, check out my Rates page and contact me for a quote. I’ve also updated my Testimonials page as well. And for the increasing number of writers who are looking for both developmental editing and copyediting, no problem: I offer a Hot Combo of both services for .008 per word! (My 30% off deal applies here as well.)

Season’s Greetings!

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I want to wish all my clients and blog readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Edit for Indies will be taking time off between Christmas and New Year’s. Back again in January to take your proofreading or editing projects!

In the meantime, do feel free to query me at the Contact or Rates link above, as I will be checking email.

Here’s hoping we all get some downtime to relax and recharge before 2019 hits us full force.