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.

Book Descriptions Matter

As a writer, I have often gone back and revised my Amazon book descriptions. It’s not always easy to give an accurate sense of your own work. Sometimes it seems like boasting, or more often the description becomes too long and rambling or too short and terse.

A client recently asked me for help with his book description. He’s the author of the fine memoir Diary of a Bipolar, which has always had steady sales, but had a rather short and basic blurb. (The author is also a non-native English speaker.) Since I’d edited the book recently and had emotionally connected with the material, I was happy to assist. Here’s what I wrote for him:

In 2001, George Ison was a young, well-educated, middle-class entrepreneur with a lovely girlfriend and a great life. But then, out of the blue, bipolar disorder hit. In honest, intimate, sometimes agonized diary entries over the course of several years, Ison charts the beginnings of his illness, from choosing doctors and med regimens through times when his close relationships foundered and family pulled away, and he was close to suicide.

Immensely relatable, Diary of a Bipolar is a fascinating read told from a male perspective. It will educate both those with the disease and their loved ones, as well as readers who are curious about what having bipolar disease is like—day in, day out.

When I asked the author for feedback on whether the improved book description had improved sales, he confirmed happily that it had: “Sales are up around 15 percent since we improved the description.”

I am glad to be able to offer this as an additional service for clients whose books I work on. After all, when you edit or proofread a book, you become quite intimate with its subject matter and of course you want to see the book do well! You can find more info about book descriptions in the Rates section.