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Editing Fees and Guidelines


As my editing jobs have become more numerous, I have updated my Editing Fees and Guidelines. My editing and proofreading includes checking for grammar, sentence structure, misspellings, and pointing out plot inconsistencies, etc. At this time, my base charge is $0.008/word, with a minimum of $50payable via PayPal. Editing jobs I am currently working on, received before May 1, 2014, will continue to be edited at the old rate.


 If your manuscript is less than 5,000 words please let me know and we can work out pricing. I prefer to set up appointments for your manuscript, but please, send your manuscripts to me as early as possible.  I can often work them in sooner than they are scheduled, but advance notice is much easier.


 I use Microsoft Word 2013.  I use the Track Changes application while I edit and leave the decision as to whether or not to accept those changes to you.  I also tend to leave extensive notes outlining the reason for specific changes, noting uneven or awkward sentence or paragraph flow, or even if I noticed something that just doesn’t feel right.


 Full editing is completed in one of two ways.  The first choice is that I completely edit the book and provide you with a corrected copy, highlighting changes and corrections and making when appropriate extensive notes. Your second choice is full editing. I take the book in hand, do all corrections and changes and provide you with print ready copy. The charge for print ready copy is $0.010/word.


Please note:  Books from authors who speak English as a second language, hence requiring a great deal more correction for grammar, or books with extensive re-write may be significantly more.  You may send me your book for pricing if you feel there may be extensive work needed on the book. Pricing available upon request.


After I have edited a manuscript, I will send it back to you. Once you have made changes, you can always send it back to me for a second pass at no charge. Please note: If second-pass changes are truly extensive, I will reserve the right to bill a second payment for the second pass. I want to be fair to you, but I also want to be fair to myself. Just as writing is difficult, though rewarding, editing a book in a manner that will make you proud of your final product is a lot of work.


For available books on which I have worked, please see my “i-edited” shelf on Goodreads. You may contact any of the authors with whom I’ve worked for a reference. I am also very willing to provide you a sample of my work to see if we are a comfortable fit. I can be easily contacted through Goodreads or by e-mail at soireadthisbooktoday@centurylink.net


I look forward to working with you!


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Louisiana Hotshot: A Talba Wallis Novel

Louisiana Hotshot - Julie Smith Ah, New Orleans. The drug that is the heat and scents, the music and moans, life and death and destiny. The heart of a world both magical and profane. Where “church ladies” still wear hats and movements in the dark often presage the advent of violence and death.

Julie Smith knows New Orleans. She knows it beauty and it’s darkness. The sound of a young girls voice, raised in a pure gospel song. The poverty, the loss, the scent of fresh blood and death. Julie first caught my attention with “New Orleans Mourning” and that attention has never wavered. Her words paint the soul of New Orleans and it’s people, a painting by Diane Millsap rendered into nouns and verbs, vibrant and thrumming with life.

Julie’s newest character, The Baroness de Pontalba, also known as PI Eddie Valentino’s humble assistant Talba Wallis, is one of those characters I find myself instantly liking. A smart, sassy computer geek with potential to spare – if only she could drag herself out of New Orleans and find a real job. Living with mamma, Miz Clara, is fine and dandy with the Baroness, but she really has to get a job. When she does, with the erstwhile Eddie Valentino, what happens is by turn exciting, terrifying, funny and fascinating. It is, all-in-all, exactly what I would expect from the amazing Julie Smith.

When I have gone looking for new books by Julie, I have always searched for “Skip Langdon” by name, her famous New Orleans policewoman character. Therefore, I have missed the Talba Wallis series, a situation I have every intention of rectifying immediately. Talba is smart and accomplished, but she is also deeply damaged by a past she cannot remember and that no one seems to want to fill her in on. As she begins to have flashes of memory regarding her early life, the seemingly simple case she is working on with Eddie heats up to something that quickly spins out of control. The story is by turns heartbreaking and uplifting and I look forward with great eagerness to read the next installment and the next.[bc:Louisiana Hotshot|835857|Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)|Julie Smith|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1312062962s/835857.jpg|2832207]