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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 Last Twilight (Dirk & Steele, Book 7)

The Last Twilight - Marjorie M. Liu I am not really a romance reader, but given the storyline, I was willing to give it a try. I am more than happy that I did. A Virus Hunter for the CDC, posted in Africa sounded right up my alley.

The story was slightly confusing to me, as it appears that this is one of those series that is very much interactive when it comes to the characters. The characters have their own stories, which seem to have been put forth in earlier books. As a series, the stories of these characters seem highly interesting. However, looking at the others, I am not sure that I will go there. They seem a bit more 'romance' than action/adventure, but we will see. If I can get my hands on one or two of the others, especially the first one, to see if the story line grabs me as much as this one did, I will take the time to try it out. The conceptualization is interesting - the covers put me off most of the stories, to tell the truth. That whole "rippling biceps' 'swanning female' thing. Of course, from what I can tell, Liu writes romances more than action adventure, but reading this volume tells me that she apparently has a strong hand for it. Africa and virus hunting really tripped my trigger with this one. I hope the others are strong also (even if the covers are really bad. . . but I guess they are working for a certain type of reader, so I don't imagine they care what an action reader like me thinks!)