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Put my experience to work for you!

With four decades of experience in every facet of the publishing industry—writing, editing, layout, design, finished product—I can assist you in making your current project the best it can be. If you need coaching, proofreading, detailed editing, ghostwriting, layout and design, or publication of your project, contact me to see how I can help.


Available Services

  • Writer coaching
  • Fiction and nonfiction manuscript editing
  • Book editing
  • Dissertation editing
  • Thesis editing
  • Essay editing
  • Academic editing
  • Business document editing
  • ESL editing
  • Cover creation
  • Manuscript formatting
  • eBook layout, design, formatting (Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc.)
  • Print book layout, design, formatting
  • Ready-to-submit electronic and print file creation
  • Indie author vendor accounts setup

Basic Services

Writer Coaching ($30-50 per hour)

  • Determine clear objective and goals
  • Define remedy and plan of action to overcome obstacles
  • Assist in organization, defining timeline for completion (research, first draft, revisions, completed manuscript)
  • Assist in developing clear plot, voice, tone, etc., for intended audience
  • Assist in adapting personal experience into creative process

Basic Manuscript Evaluation ($200-$300)

The basic evaluation will assess a manuscript’s overall readability, addressing:

  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Characterization
  • Plot structure
  • Voice
  • Dialogue
  • Action/pacing
  • Point of view
  • Overall grammatical structure

Proofreading and Editing

Proofreading (1.5 to 2.5 cents per word)

  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation

Line editing (2.5 to 3.5 cents per word)

  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Mechanics of style
  • Consistency
  • Basic manuscript formatting

In-depth book editing ($10 to $15 per 1,000 words; with optional research service, $20 per 1,000 words)

  • Grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Mechanics of style
  • Consistency and logic (plot and characterization)
  • Dialogue
  • Manuscript standard submission formatting
  • Basic reorganization and/or rewriting of content
  • Narrative clarification  
  • Elimination of jargon and/or cliché language/phrases
  • Other non-mechanical editing as needed
  • Research (optional), writing original material, checking or correcting reading level, and/or creating/reformatting tables and figures

Rewrite editing ($20 to $25 per 1,000 words)

  • Create new manuscript from client’s rough draft, utilizing client’s research and content

Ghostwriting ($8,000 and up)

  • Develop client’s idea into marketable manuscript, utilizing client’s research

Manuscript Evaluation

Basic Manuscript Evaluation ($200-$300)

The basic evaluation will assess a manuscript’s overall readability, addressing:

  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Characterization
  • Plot structure
  • Voice
  • Dialogue
  • Action/pacing
  • Point of view
  • Overall grammatical structure

Detailed Fiction Manuscript Critique ($20 per 1,000 words)

Evaluate and offer specific critique on strong and weak areas, with suggestions for improvement regarding:

  • Plot
  • Subplots
  • Conflict
  • Characterization and character development
  • Dialogue
  • Point of view
  • Setting
  • Mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation)

Detailed Nonfiction Manuscript Critique ($20 per 1,000 words)

Evaluate and offer specific critique on strong and weak areas, with suggestions for improvement regarding:

  • Organization
  • Topic development
  • Fact-checking
  • Voice
  • Indexing (optional cost at $10 per 1,000 words with manuscript evaluation, $30 per 1,000 words without evaluation)

Formatting

eBook Formatting & File Creation ($300-$1,000)

  • Formats include Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc. (price dependent upon length of book and use of tables and/or illustrations; query for specific price quote for your project)
  • Audio iBooks creation (optional cost dependent on scope, audio source, and length)
  • Cover creation
  • Vendor account setup and publication through Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and partnered distributors (optional service, cost dependent upon selected vendors)

Print Book Formatting & Creation

  • Cover creation
  • Full formatting (price dependent upon use of tables, illustrations, and other specialty design requirements)
  • Printer-ready formatted file
  • Optional publication and distribution through CreateSpace/Amazon (channels for worldwide distribution to online and brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries)

Cover Design/Creation ($150-$300)

  • Full cover design specific and unique to your book, using graphic or photographic background

Miscellaneous Services

  • Résumés: 1 page, $35
  • High school and college class essay editing: $15 per 1,000 words (I will not research or write a class essay. That would be cheating. I will only edit to improve a paper’s appearance and readability. In some cases, I will make suggestions for further research and expansion to improve content.)
  • Public relations and other business writing, cost dependent upon project
  • Advertising pamphlets, booklets, and flyers, cost dependent upon project scope; includes printer-ready formatted file
  • Other services: Have a need? Let me know, and we’ll discuss possibilities.

Payment

  • Small projects, payment accepted at beginning of assignment.
  • Major projects/services, 50 percent down payment, 50 percent upon completion (payment plans available)
  • Payment via conventional check, PayPal, or (preferred) Dwolla 

Background & Qualifications

I began writing professionally in 1979 while still in college, freelancing for magazines. In 1980, I became a newspaper journalist and later moved into magazine staff writing and editing. In the late 1980s, I turned to full-time freelancing, publishing nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in regional, national, and international publications. Please click here for a publishing bibliography. Click here to open and download my press kit.

  • Nearly two dozen books published by traditional large and small publishers, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction collections, and nonfiction books 
  • Poetry and short fiction in hundreds of literary and genre magazines 
  • BA in journalism/communications, University of West Florida
  • TEFL/TESOL certification, UCLA
  • Freelance line editor, Mundania Press, 2011-2013
  • Freelance editor, Awe-Struck Books, Inc., 2005-2009
  • Freelance copyeditor, Mahogany magazine, 2000-2009
  • Private ESL tutor and editor, 1998-2004
  • Writing tutor/coach, Smarthinking Inc., 2002-2003
  • Creative writing instructor, 1993-2000, Writer’s Digest School
  • Contract writer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 1990
  • Writer/co-editor/photographer, Hawaii Remodeling and Foodservice News, 1983-1986
  • Public Relations Director, United Way of Escambia County Florida, 1982
  • Newspaper staff reporter/photographer, Atmore Advance, Gosport News, and Playground Daily, 1980-1982
  • Freelance writing, editing, production, 1979-present

Ready to take the first step? 

Contact me to discuss your needs and how I may help.

Put my experience to work for you.


 

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