Springtime Check-in with Cartoon

Hope everyone is enjoying spring! The San Francisco weather alternates between beautiful and summery and foggy and windy, so I’m getting a little of everything at the moment.

I came across a cartoon strip in the Fussy Librarian newsletter that cracked me up. Jefferson Smith is a renaissance man (not literally!) who cartoons, writes, and does software-related creative stuff. (Click here to view his strip archive: http://yourwordsworth.ca)

cartoonThe strip seemed to express beautifully what I’m sure a lot of my clients feel when I return their manuscripts with track changes… But since many folks have been appreciative of my catches, I don’t feel too bad.

I do still have some openings in May and beyond, so feel free to let me know if you need copyediting work and I’ll be happy to discuss rates and fit you in.

Cheers from Edit for Indies 🙂

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A New Editing Year Starts…

And so does the Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Horse! I found some beautiful and diverse horse images today on the CBC’s blog and thought I would share them. Looks like we are in for a dynamic and creative year, doesn’t it?

So, what has Edit for Indies been up to? I am currently editing two full-length vampire novels (both over 90K words!) by novelists Donna Flynn (Blood-Red Tear) and Melinda Killen (Tangled in Blood)—quite a change from the last few months, when clients have typically brought me shorter works. (I did just edit Aditi Chopra‘s latest short romance novel, House of Love, though.)

On that note, I will now be charging a flat rate, starting at $99 (my new minimum rate) and going up to $279, for books under 50,000 words (see the Rates page for more detail). I know that my rates are still on the affordable side, and I strive to keep them that way.

ExceptionI wanted to share a nice testimonial that Erika Trevathan, author of several new adult contemporary romances, sent me last year. (I never got a chance to put it on my Testimonials page.) The points Erika highlights are exactly the ways in which I hope my copyediting work helps clients and offers value. I hope and intend to continue doing good work in 2014 for both new clients and old friends.

Gabriella,

Thank you again for working me in on such a short notice. You did a fabulous job and I am so pleased with your work!! It’s amazing how many mistakes I missed when reading through the manuscript on my own. I will definitely be getting with you for my next book. Also, thank you for the suggestions you made in your email. They were very helpful and very much appreciated.

Thanks so much,

Erika T., April 2013

Edit for Indies Gets Interviewed by LLBR

My good friend Shannon Yarbrough over at LL Book Review, a thriving site that reviews authors who publish through Lulu, CreateSpace, and the online platforms, recently posed some very comprehensive questions to Edit for Indies!

If you’d like to learn more about my work style—and what it would be like to have me work on your book, you can read it here.

A thought that came to me later after I’d finished the interview: I don’t do content editing/developmental editing, because it really isn’t my forte. I love polishing what’s already there, but get leery about making big, momentous decisions about an author’s work… where to cut, where to add a particular plot line, what that plot line should be. It just isn’t what I do best.

But for authors looking for a content editor, it can be hard to find them! I would suggest trying either the Bay Area Editors Forum or the Editorial Freelancers Association. I’ve been a member of both of those organizations in the past and know that they are full of skilled people with a lot of integrity. On both of their websites, I believe, you can do a search for particular skills you want your editor to have.

Me, I love copyediting and feel like I should stick with what I do best!

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my services.