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!
The birthday cake in the pic marks Edit for Indies‘ first five years in existence! I realized when I looked at my records just now that I did my first real freelance job under the Edit for Indies name in May 2012. I have also recently passed invoice #300, another milestone!
It is true that the self-publishing scene has changed a lot in the last five years. Some wonderful outfits have gone out of business (Self-Publishing Roundtable, for example), while small presses that once flourished have fallen by the wayside, most notably All Romance eBooks but also including Samhain.
To generalize, it seems as if most indie authors at this point are either doing quite well or are feeling discouraged about their prospects. There isn’t very much upward momentum except for people who carefully plan out their series and write to market in a small number of categories. There are also shady promoters out there…a recent lengthy thread on Kboards.com entitled “Box Set Scams” reinforces this point.
I want to thank the loyal clients who have stuck with me this far. Thanks for your trust in my work, and I look forward to working with some old AND new faces in 2017!
Hasn’t this year gone fast? We are definitely in late fall/early winter mode here in the Bay Area. And a long, rainy El Nino winter lies ahead for us.
Edit for Indies has been working on some interesting titles, most notably Croatian writer Goran Visic‘s fast-paced and sinister thriller Blood in Bellavar. This novel will hopefully find a wide audience.
I wanted to share a couple of items that may be of interest to independent authors. First of all, Mark Coker of Smashwords wrote a blog post about Dan Poynter‘s recent death. Poynter was a man who championed self-publishing (particularly nonfiction), back when it was considered odd and not very respectable, with his company ParaPublishing. I met him once, at a conference in the early ’90s, and he was kind in a brusque, no-nonsense sort of way to this young editorial assistant. He definitely had lots of know-how about print and marketing, and wanted to share it. Here’s Mark Coker’s post.
I also wanted to share the latest Fussy Librarian newsletter, which offers not only some hard-earned wisdom about why, and when, you should quit your job, but also contains info about the very intriguing Wishing Shelf Book Awards. I hadn’t heard of this UK-based book award, but it sounds hands-on and genuinely useful to indie writers.
Hi, and welcome to Gabriella West’s editorial site! I offer careful, thorough editing services for independent authors. You can read more about my background on the About page, and check out my rates. Please feel free to contact me at EditforIndies@gmail.com.
Need a testimonial? Here is a recent author’s comment:
I just opened up the manuscript. Wow, what a brilliant editor you are—you make me look polished. I am so pleased. Just had to let you know.
… Again, thank you so much for your hard work and fast turnaround of the manuscript. I so appreciate it. You made me look like I know what I’m doing.
– Kelan O’Connell, author of the YA novel Delta Legend(2011).