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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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Pandemic

Pandemic - Daniel Kalla Dr. Kalla has written an exceptionally thoughtful first novel. The historical background is correct, and the medical information is solid and well written for a lay audience to be able to understand. Although this is not a novel to be immediately understood by someone totally without a science background, the fascinating concept of the book should keep a layperson interested enough in the beginning to lead them to greater and greater understanding of the science involved. The concept of the book is deeply frightening in the utter reality of its possibilities. The world is, in my knowledge, deeply incapable, at this point in time, of meeting a true flu pandemic - which Dr. Kalla goes out of his way to prove is greatly overdue.

Another point which deserves great admiration is Dr. Kalla's insight of, and introduction to, the Muslim religion in all of its diversity of thought. While giving deep insight into the vitriolic mindset of the terrorist, his portrayal of the Muslim people stops not with the twisted Kabaal and Sabri, nor with the mindless obedience of their followers. Dr. Kalla also draws a thoughtful picture of the other side of the Muslim religion in his portrayal of Inspector Eleish and his family. Eleish and others like him are the quiet side of the faith, those who have studied their religion, only to find in it the deep, abiding spirituality from which they gather strength in their day-to-day lives. It is not my point here, in any way, to delve into a discussion of religion. It is, however, refreshing to read an author who is not only willing, but capable of, showing both sides of the issue in a clear and understandable manner. Especially to a person who, like myself, is not a religious person and never has been. It is, however, interesting to me that we tend to paint all Muslims with the same brush, as terrorists and monsters. That is, in my estimation, like saying that all Americans are members of the Klan or the White Supremest movement, or practice Christian Religious Fundamentalism. An awfully wide brush for an extremely diverse population.

Pick it up for the solid science, or the rollicking storyline, or just for a bit of excitement. But do pick up this book - I doubt you will regret it. However, it probably isn't such a good idea to read it on an overcrowded jetliner, as I did, for several hours when your seatmate has a cold - - it made me rather jumpy, it did! :-)
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