My Author Services

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Editors and astronauts share the same problem.

Those titles are vague and everyone has a different idea of what we do.

Not every astronaut can fly the ship. Some are specialists and the same is true of editors.

 

ed·i·tor

noun    a person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a text.

 

While I am credited as being the editor in a number of books, I am rarely the person who determines the final content. I collaborate with authors and publishers to bring their vision of a quality book to life.

 

Here is what I am experienced in:

First and foremost, I am a proofreader!

I have a keen eye for picking up little booboos like missing words, periods, closing quotation marks etc. as well as formatting issues such as page numbering, spacing, header issues, and other concerns affecting appearance. The industry average rate for this service in US funds is +/-$30/hour. Proofreaders expect to achieve 10 pages/hour when they are supplied with a polished (previously edited and formatted) ready to go to print file. ONLY when these criteria are met should we attempt to price a project on a cost per word basis.

I am a line editor.

Wearing this hat, I will go over each sentence correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, and word usage issues. The industry average rate for this service in US funds is +/-$30/hour and I would expect to achieve 8 pages/hour. Authors can request a “light” line edit to save money. This means I mark all issues and return the file to the writer WITHOUT making all the laborious corrections—leaving the heavy lifting of looking up words, correcting sentences, etc. to them.

I am a copy editor.

The easiest way to explain this title would be to say this service is a comprehensive cover to cover “heavy” line edit which also looks at style, coupled to a formatting check to verify interior completion, overuse of italic, bold, capitals, exclamation marks, and the passive voice. The industry average rate for this service in US funds is +/-$35/hour and I would expect to achieve 8 pages/hour.

I facilitate substantive editing.

Substantive editing a.k.a. comprehensive editing is best understood in the situation where multiple rounds of different types of editing are applied to a rough manuscript. If the manuscript is at all readable, story development editing could occur to sort out issues of setting, plot, characters, continuity, content organization, design, and style. I typically subcontract this portion of the work out to one of the author/editors I know to be capable of telling a great story. The industry average rate for this service in US funds is +/-$55/hour and I would expect them to achieve at least 3 pages/hour. This would then be followed up by copy editing and a final proofread.

I design and format book interiors.

Planning and having a vision are the key requirements to producing a stunning book. What size book? Will it contain images? What font and font size? How much white space? Where to put the half title page, the full title page, table of contents, copyright page, introduction, preface, foreword, dedications, acknowledgements, afterword, index, reference, bibliography, and the about the author page? Sorting facing pages, setting trim size and margins, numbering pages, headers, sub-headers, foot notes, section breaks, page breaks, drop caps, locating images, and wrapping text. Most authors just don’t want to learn how to do all this. The industry average rate for this service in US funds is +/-$65/hour and I would expect to achieve 8 pages/hour.

ALL pricing is negotiable on a by project basis, and is subject to scheduling.

It is best to contact me well ahead of time to talk about your project.

 

Here are the books I have worked on:

Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams by Gerri R. Gray

Editor for HellBound Books Publishing LLC

Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams by [Gray, Gerri R]

The Captivating Flames of Madness by Jeff Parsons

Editor for HellBound Books Publishing LLC

The Captivating Flames of Madness by [Parsons, Jeff]

Insights into Evil Insides by Sadie Whitecoat

Editor for HellBound Books

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Trixie and June by Lee Todd Lacks

Editor for HellBound Books

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The Pleasure Hunt by Jacob Floyd

Editor for HellBound Books

The Pleasure Hunt by [Floyd, Jacob]

The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Volume 3: By Invitation Only

Editor for HellBound Books

The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Volume 3: By Invitation Only by [Longmore, James H, Ketchum, Jack, Lee, Edward, Garton, Ray, Chizmar, Richard, Lutzke, Chad, Tuck, Lance, Hughes, David Owain, Strand, Jeff, Chizmar, Billy ]

Man Eating F*ckers (Man Eating F*cks Book 2)

by David Owain Hughes

Editor for HellBound Books

Man Eating F*ckers (Man Eating F*cks Book 2) by [Hughes, David Owain]

Blood in the Woods by J.P. Willie

Editor for HellBound Books

Blood in the Woods by [Willie, J.P.]

Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell: Volume II

Editor for HellBound Books

Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell: Volume 2 by [Mattern, P, MacKay, Andrew, Morgan, Savannah, Evans, Bill, Palumbo, Sergio, Kelley, Stephanie, Mattern, Marcus, Longmore, James H, Gottes, Feind, Grayson, Gerri R]

Beautiful Tragedies 

Editor and interior for HellBound Books

Beautiful Tragedies by [Marie, Xtina]

Tripping Balls by Gocni Schindler

Editor for HellBound Books

Depraved Desires II

Editor for HellBound Books

Depraved Desires 2 by [Capps, Bonny, Goldman, Ken, Boekestein, J.L, Narron, Becky , Lynne, Jennifer, Bagalot, Marela Aryan, Sutton, MJ, Norfolk, D, Gorshin, Mawr, Mielke, Jacob]

Detours and Dead Ends

Editor for HellBound Books

Detours and Dead Ends by [Lopez, Aurelio Rico]

Love Unbound: Poetry of the Heart

Editor for Linzi Basset

Love Unbound: Poetry of the Heart by [Basset, Linzi, Calderaro, James]

Depraved Desires: Volume I

Editor for HellBound Books

Depraved Desires: Volume 1 by [Marie, Xtina]

The Poet’s Lover (The Sisters of Guthrie Book 1)

Editor for Linzi Basset

The Poet's Lover (The Sisters of Guthrie Book 1) by [Basset, Linzi]

The Odd Ones

Editor for Aurelio Rico Lopez III

The Odd Ones by [Lopez III, Aurelio Rico]

Double Shot Espresso (Book 1) The White Pearl

Proofreader for Isabel James

Double Shot Espresso (The White Pearl Book 1) by [James, Isabel]

The Crow’s Nest (Book 2) The White Pearl

Proofreader for Isabel James

The Crow's Nest (The White Pearl Book 2) by [James, Isabel]

Her Prada Cowboy (The McCulloch County Series Vol. 1)

Proofreader for Linzi Basset

Skeleton Kiss

Editor for Alex S Johnson

Editor of Tiptoe through the Tulips

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

Life With Women: The Long Awaited Instruction Manual.

Proofreader for E. A. Barker

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Two Drinks Away from Chaos

Editor for Aurelio Rico Lopez III

Pretty Wicked Creatures

Editor for PJ Reed

Pretty Wicked Creatures by [Reed, PJ]

 

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