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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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The Passage: A Novel

The Passage - Justin Cronin It is a shame that Cronin had such a great book going in the first 200 pages - then simply killed off his character and started a whole new book 100 years in the future. Maybe he should have written a 200 page book, and left it at that?

I am calling this "The Age of Publisher's Betrayal of the Reader". It is apparently more important to the publishing houses to make buckets of money by overhyping than it is to produce readable books. They put forward huge marketing campaigns, get the word out there with paid reviewers, phony blog posts, etc. and start selling the books quickly enough that, by the time we discover what crap they are, it is already too late - the books are sold, the publishers have their money, and the rest of us are sitting here feeling used, abused, and not even kissed.

Something needs to be done to shake up the publishing houses, that is for sure. Maybe if everyone took all the books that are real stinkers, that came out with huge publishing campaigns, and sent them back to the publishers with demands for refunds, something would happen? LOL. As if. This is why I wait a considerable amount of time before I purchase "hot" books. There are WAY too many phony reviews out there for me to be comfortable spending my admittedly minimal 'entertainment' funds on a book that is going to disappoint. I would rather go back and read The Stand again than be disappointed by this book. After reading the reviews? I am glad I saved my two credits with Audible.com. Though I think Scott Brick could read the phone book to me and be worth listening to, i am sick of putting out my money to back marketing campaigns that support weak works of literature.