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As ever my weekly plea for more work in the upcoming months :) I do have a couple of small slots left in June if you have short editing jobs to slot in, and spaces in July and August for bigger jobs or ghostwriting.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:40:56 PM »
if you don't know the difference, don't try to write a book.
...or use an editor that does

That's my bias talking there :)

Like many, should of, could of, would of is a peeve although as I tend to see it rather more often than one would hope, I'm becoming less peevish and more resigned to seeing it, although of course it still gets changed every time, with a comment.

The Road is an interesting read. No quote marks, anywhere, where people are speaking.
It is the only one of McCarthy's books I've read and I have to say it will probably be the only one I ever do. Maybe it's the traditionalist in me but I found the lack of standard punctuation really distracting and it made the book extremely tedious for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free tool to create 3D book covers
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:46:33 AM »
Have to say that is awesomely easy to do. :)
Can't see it making a cover designers life more profitable though which is a shame.

A Fading Street have done beta reading (for two books) and a dialogue review (for one book) for me so far - more to come. 

I've found Graham really helpful and responsive to queries.  The service is excellent and at a good price (which is great for a newbie like me). On the beta reads, a reader's perspective was incredibly useful and he had good plot queries, and a keen eye for repeated words on both books which really helped with my own editing.  And on both the beta reading and dialogue review, I really appreciate that Graham works with my writing style and takes a light touch, focusing on what really needs to change - apparently I've been making up a lot of my own dialogue "rules"!  ;D

Off to get to work on those dialogue edits ...

Thanks again

Thanks Vanessa. It's been fun working on the books :)

Slots available still through July and August is starting to fill up for both editing and ghostwriting so drop me a line if you want to book or would like samples doing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: De Montfort Literature
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:57:45 AM »
Highlights from the FAQs:

The big red flag:

Have to say that one rang alarm bells for me too BUT if it means you've still been paid 24K whether or not the book ever makes that much then it still seems a reasonable deal. Let's face it so many books are around that will never make 24K.

It certainly seems like a different approach to publishing compared to the Trad or Vanity route though. One thing I couldn't see anywhere was 'you need to pay an upfront cost of XYZ' which I would hope would send everyone running for the hills. Maybe it's just well hidden. I don't know. As I say it looked interesting but of no benefit to me personally.
If anyone does apply it might be good if they could add notes on this thread so we all can see if it is what it seems to be.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Good and Affordable Editor
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:53:25 PM »
I'll throw my hat in the ring, having edited a lot of thriller/suspense books.
Proofread only would be $80 to $100
Copy/Line Edit $200 to $250 or
Comb o deal Copy Edit plus  final proofread would be $220 to 275
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any one on here from U.K.?
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:36:01 AM »
Welcome to the mad world of self-publishing and this forum specifically. I'm UK based and my experience, for what it's worth, is that UK-centric books probably (not all but mostly) don't do as well in the US as similar books that are set there and written in US English. The market is just so much bigger. Having said that, in certain genres, UK based books do pretty well in the US. As for the writing, just keep plugging away at it and before you now it, one day, you'll type The End and your first book will be part way to being finished.
Good luck with it all.

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Because of the their resilience in WW2

My usual weekly bump up. Spots available right across the summer for both editing and ghostwriting.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ultimate Author Insult!
« on: June 03, 2018, 03:56:55 AM »
On the streets of downtown Seattle, my husband and I came across a man selling his memoirs. He stopped us to chat and try to sell his book to us. I eagerly shared with him that I, too, am an author. But when I told him that I wrote historical romance he answered with, "Oh, books for housewives." In a tone that was almost as if those books were beneath him.

Whatever yo. The best part was that my husband caught that this hurt my feelings and he patted me on the back, telling me it was okay and that I worked hard. Sigh. It bothers me that people out there believe romance to be a stupid genre when they have no idea how freaking hard it is to not only write a romance novel, do it over and over again, but SELL THEM because romance writers are intelligent and very picky. They are also lovely and loyal readers. It's insulting them as well as all authors of romance when people poo-poo the genre.

Hindsight is great, but maybe you could have pointed out that you had time to spare to go out with your husband because of your books, while he was flogging his dead horse memoirs on a street corner. :)
It's the sort of thing I only ever think of after the event though so I would probably have just told him to go forth and multiply. :)

Just a quick boost up. June slots are filling, so if you need to slot something in over the next couple of months drop me a line.

Same goes for ghostwriting. Any genre, happy to produce a sample to a specific scenario so you know everything is original.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:09:14 AM »
I'd opt for iced tea when editing although Merriam has a nice little article

Writers' Cafe / Re: Weird editing problem
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:22:30 PM »
If you'd like a fresh set of eyes on it, I'd be happy to give it a once over for you Free of Charge as long as it isn't a 50K word chunk of chapter :) if that is of interest


Writers' Cafe / Re: Your opinion
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:30:15 AM »
My suggestion would be to write the book as it is flowing and not worry about word count just yet. You might find as the action picks up in later stages, that chapters/scene counts start to shorten naturally. Once you've got it all down on paper (so to speak), then is the time to decide whether to split or run with it as is. The other thing to bear in mind, if you do decide to split, is that you might be well-advised to add some more to build it into a trilogy as that gives you more of a chance of selling more. Either way you won't really know until you have it all down.

Just a quick note to say that I have a few slots available through June and July for editing work. I have space to do more Beta Reads through those months too. Ghostwriting, drop me a line if you are looking for say August onwards and I'll be happy to write a sample and talk schedules.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Concept Feedback Requested
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:55:34 AM »
It's certainly an interesting concept. I like the image and the typography but I would genuinely have no clue as to the genre

To all concerned:

The MS is done.  The final invoice paid.  It would be difficult for me to express my delight with this entire editing process without flinging in a lot of adverbs and adjectives.  Let's just say that I'm well pleased with the result.

Fast, friendly, fair, and honest editing.  What more could you ask for?

Thanks, Graham.


A belated thank you to Flee. It was a pleasure working on the book :)

Some (not many) slots available for editing in May/June and  booking slots for ghostwriting for the second half of the year, right through to the end of the year now. If you have a ghostwriting need give me a shout, as always happy to provide samples and to write a personal sample based on a scenario you suggest, so you know what you're getting is real :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Title Feedback
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:28:25 AM »
How about
A Body on the Bridge
Bridge of Death
Bridge of Blood
Bridge of Fear
Bridge of (choose your own death related word)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:31:54 AM »
Sadly, given the mainstream consumption of books listed on Amazon, I believe that few people actually read entire reviews, perhaps the title. The overall average rating prompts folks to look closer or to move on to another book almost instantly. This person has done immeasurable damage to at least 40 books, prob. more if I looked longer. I'm not insulted or certainly not hurt, and this is not a complaint.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca
I have no idea if I'm typical or not but I do read reviews but only the critical ones on a book I might find interesting. I can't see the point in toiling through a great wad of bland 4* and 5* comments but any that give a proper critical appreciation or otherwise, I read in full. Having said that, and with the proviso that I can't see the review in question, if it is as you say a rant against other reviewers, then I would ignore it anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does a career as a writer lead to divorce?
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:12:09 AM »
I can go into long discussions of philosophy of marriage in various cultures, but I think western culture in general places too much emphasis on "having in common with" and not enough on "building a strong family unit within which each person is free to develop their strengths" and working towards a common goal, which would be: making sure that the next generation can get a leg up to survive.
I so wanted to be able to upvote this comment but as I cant, I'll just say **THIS**

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help with a head
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:47:29 PM »
Traditionally, preserving something was done with either salt or sugar so maybe if the head was kept in a box or bag of salt on the journey it would probably arrive minty (or salty) fresh :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help out Diane Duane, author in trouble
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:52:00 AM »
Reading a story like hers makes you realise that there are a heck of a lot of awesome people out there in the big bad world. I'm glad she managed to get what she needed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Big series decision
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:05:01 AM »
If it sells in decent numbers, then my initial inclination would be to stick with it but as someone else suggested maybe try wrapping it up with one last book.
All of these types of thing are useful learning experiences but you need to weigh up now whether you invest significantly more time in a series that, while it sells, will take substantial time and energy to bring back into line with your intentions, or whether to put the learning lesson into effect on a new project which could, assuming you are sticking to genre and what have you, possibly sell better and give you the opportunity to cross promote between the series.
Alternatively you could kill off all of the excess characters in an explosion :) and stick with the main characters you want to take forward.

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