About Gabriella West

Author of LGBT historical fiction and contemporary queer romance.

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.

Gabriella West

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!

Back to school background with school supplies.View from above. Flat layThe Dow is not the only thing that’s dropping…

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.

Some Recent Books I’ve Edited

I’m lucky to have great clients find me for copy editing or proofreading. I wanted to briefly mention a couple of books that I really enjoyed working on recently.

51U+oPZN+aL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_East Coast writer Lucy J. Madison is a new author to me, but she has published several lesbian romances, including Personal Foul, a sports romance. I was lucky enough to edit her latest, A Recipe for Love, which is currently on pre-order. Set in upstate New York, this book tells the tale of Danika Russo, a woman in middle-age who has worked for thirty years as a mail carrier and just retired, having taken care of her partner while she died of cancer and her father as well. Now she has inherited an ugly house, filled with reminders of her unhappy childhood.

Books which show characters gradually becoming unstuck are particularly appealing to me. This slow, simmering burn of a book shows Danika taking steps outside of her comfort zone, including daring to start a relationship with a younger woman, Finn, who seems attracted but strangely elusive. The Italian cooking class Danika attends, which could have been a cliché, brought a great zest to the book. And there are recipes at the end! I love an unconventional romance, so this book is recommended.

Frank Tayell is an author whom I wouldn’t personally have discovered if it were not for my work with him. He has a long-running series of post-apocalyptic novels called Surviving the Evacuation. (He reached out to me halfway through this series.) Since Tayell is UK-based, the novels are sometimes a challenge to proofread because part of my job is to preserve the British-English spelling (while flagging anything that seems too untranslatable).

51d76U6RTdLWorking on a book at my level of focus means entering another author’s mind and world, to a certain extent. I rather like Tayell’s world, where the cerebral characters are pushing to survive, looking forward to the tenuous future, and striving to preserve social order and human decency as best they can while they move restlessly around the English (and now French) countryside in search of a stable refuge. And yes, there’s plenty of zombie-killing, but I doubt anyone really reads these books solely for this particular feature. It doesn’t surprise me that Tayell has loyal fans who have followed the series through all fourteen books!

Love, sex, and violence appeal to readers, but a really well-written book can transcend genre. My job is to help each independent author achieve their vision, making sure that jarring inconsistencies are smoothed away. It can be as easy as changing mandolin, a musical instrument, to mandoline, a grater (in a cooking context) or filling in missing words, usually pronouns, that the author has dropped in his or her haste. The trick is to stay attentive to the language and never approach the editing of the book in a purely mechanical way.

Let me know if I can help with your editing or proofreading needs in the next few months!

 

A Fiery Summer

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imagesWe are having a fiery summer here in Northern California. Although I’m personally safe, because I’m in a fog zone in the city of San Francisco, I’m very worried for the future of the state. And it’s not just California, or Oregon… there are terrible fires all over the world.

It’s climate change. It’s powerful and deadly. And we must try not to be in denial about it, despite our nincompoop-in-chief and his corrupt administration.

And now, an update from Edit for Indies! As always, I welcome new clients and have a few slots open in August. I also want to add that although Edit for Indies started off as a strict copyediting service, I now provide useful comments and feedback in the text as well as grammar and punctuation fixes. And remember, I have an ongoing special of $499 for manuscripts up to 100,000 words!

If you ever have trouble reaching me and have not heard back, please drop me a line at gwest1967 at aol dot com. I do answer queries promptly, so not hearing back means your message has gone astray.