Thursday, September 10, 2015

Open for Editing Clients!

It's that time again, ladies and gentlemen. I have some openings for editing clients available. I am a Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor who has worked with brand new writers all the way up to international bestselling and award-winning authors. So far three of the novels I have edited for Nightscape Press have been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, two of which have gone on to win the award, while another novella took home a This Is Horror award.

I now charge on a sliding scale based on the difficulty of work needed from as little as $5.00 per thousand words on up to $15.00 per thousand words. At those rates, a full length 80,000 word novel could cost you as little as $400. And I do a free sample edit of up to five pages depending on the length of the project.

What that means is, while going over your sample, I apply my edits and notes in track changes and give an overall critique just as I do with a complete manuscript I've been commissioned to work on. If the sample shows that you have a strong understanding of prose and the mechanics of storytelling, my fee will tend toward the lower end of the scale because it will require less work. If the sample shows signs that you need more than that, I provide more than that, including more detailed notes, a more thorough critique, and a separate document of extensive notes specifically on your trouble areas. Because of which, I do, unfortunately, have to charge those clients toward the mid to higher level of my scale.

Most of the authors I've worked with have been in the mid to lower scale, but there's nothing to be ashamed of if your technique needs more work. The hardest thing to learn as a writer is how to swallow your pride and start allowing your stories to be truly and critically taken apart. I do that and I also work hard to walk the author through the process of putting their stories back together in the best shape possible, providing a personally tailored and extensive learning process along the way.

If you're interested in working with me, send me an email at rsweditorialservices@gmail.com and we'll make arrangements for me to get started on your free sample edit right away.