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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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On the Prowl

On the Prowl - Sunny, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs Briggs rocks. The rest? Meh.

love anthologies. They give me a little taste of writers I may not have read before, and a glance into my possibilities for new story lines. This anthology was a jewel for showing me more of the good, and the just plain terrible!

Briggs is awesome as usual. I am a long time fan, and always enjoy everything she writes. I am glad her husband posted what he did - it makes sense that the story wasn't originally planned as a series. She writes so well, it is not surprising that her editors (and readers) are going to love her work enough to push a short story into a full series.

The Wilks story landed Eileen smack into my list of 'writers I haven't read before but are now on my must read list". Her Lily Yu character deals with being a tiny little lady cop of the Oriental variety (believe me, it is HARD being female cop, much less clicking off ALL the boxes in the "I'm not a white Anglo Saxon male" list). She does it with guts, panache, and a great sense of humour. She is a great pleasure to read about. The other characters are well written, believable (within the purview of who and what they are) and likable. Overall, another good reason to like the anthology.

I first read Chance in "Inked" Inked and enjoyed her story there. I liked the humour, and have Chance down for what I call my "library list" - books I will pick up first at the library to read, and make my decisions from there. If I like her writing in a full novel form, then I will add her to my list of "must reads." Don't know what makes her writing push me towards the library list for now? Will update under one of her novels when I get one read. I have very high hopes.

And then, finally, there is Sunny. Pardon me while I do something truly childish (crosses eyes, sticks finger down throat and gags.) OK, there, got it out of my system. Let's do this - I am not even going to try with this one. I was nauseous within the first page or so, and never finished it - and will NEVER EVER EVER buy anything by her - and will be highly disappointed if she shows up in another anthology of such excellent writers. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, EDITORS?!?!?!

If not for Sunny, this would be a five-star read.