Need An Editor?

Broken Pencil“Scott was a gift I gave my book. He led me on a wild and wonderful expedition, where I was expected to do all the work. By the end of journey, I had discovered that I was no longer satisfied with just scratching the surface. I trusted my guide as he pointed out danger zones and to places he thought I needed to explore further. I dug, and I dug and I dug…and lo and behold, there was my treasure. Right where I’d buried it. Hire this man, your book, will thank you for it.” -Terri Lee, terrileeauthor.com

Ever since I started this blog and began to write my many articles around the art of writing and my experience living and breathing in our literary artform, I have had authors ask about my editing services.

The fact is I have worked professionally as an editor for over 10 years; first for a college program, and currently as a senior editor for a research and evaluation firm.

In the world of fiction, I have worked with fellow authors both experienced and newbie. I have also spoken at colleges, run writing tables, and have even taught courses on writing.

I received my MFA in writing from the University of Southern California and also studied literature at the graduate level at Michigan State University. And I am the book reviewer for my local NPR station, WKAR, and appear every other week on their show Current State (You can hear and read my reviews on this page).

Suffice to say, writing is my passion and editing is one of the skills I have acquired and fine-tuned over those many years.

So what makes working with me different?

While correcting grammar is fine, the number one goal of a fiction editor should be to help the author make a better book. Creating in the end, a novel that truly inspires, captivates,  and moves a reader. A good editor challenges a writer, makes him/her consider their choices, and also praises them when they have made a good decision in their work.

I’ll be very honest with you:  If you go to a professional editing service, especially those around self-publishing companies, you won’t get a hands-on approach like this. They claim to do it, but they don’t. They won’t have the guts to make you return to an earlier point in the book’s creation. They won’t even consider pointing out major flaws in character development, dialogue, story structure, or plot. No, their main goal is to get the book published and out the door. Get you to sign the check!

If you truly, TRULY, want an editor that helps you create a better book, you need to have someone committed to the work as much as you are.

How do you learn more about hiring me to edit your book?

I have recently agreed to work with Rebecca T. Dickson (editor and founder of Write Raw and author of the book The Definitive Guide to Writing on Your Terms) and will be taking on the occasional editing assignment. Which means if you enjoy my writing posts or my novels, and you wish to have me work on your book; all you need to do is contact Rebecca (beckster7219 (at) gmail (dot) com) and ask to work with me. She will arrange everything after that.

How much might this cost?

The fees are based on individual manuscripts (contact Rebecca to learn more). They are generally:

  • $600+ up to 60,000 words
  • $800+ up to 80,000 words
  • $1000+ for 80,000-100,000 words

What would working with me be like?

And, as I have described, if you hire me on you get more than just the grammar review. As Rebecca promises on her site I will be looking at structure, plot, voice, consistency, dialogue, character development, etc.

Editing is completed chapter by chapter, and I will get back to you with the completion of each one, so not only do you get the overall impression of a “reader” but you also get that personal reaction from chapter to chapter!

You can also ask questions back to me (and I am willing to share my advice about working with agents and publishers, adaptations, blogging, Twitter, etc.). For the length of the contract and the review, I am a resource to help you prepare for the next step with your manuscript.

Rebecca T. Dickson, EditorIf you would be interested in learning more about Rebecca T. Dickson’s services, check out her writing services like Write Raw, you can visit her site here.

And if you would like to inquire about my availability to edit your book, you just need to shoot her an e-mail at this address- beckster7219 (at) gmail (dot) com.

I hope to work with you soon!

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