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Writers' Cafe / Re: Average cost of a good comprehensive edit
« Last post by MN_Arzu on Today at 07:42:15 PM »
For my first book I paid $700 for a copy-edit service. That included the usual grammar, typo corrections, but also re-structuring sentences and pointing out confusion in dialogues and the such. Plus a second revision after I accepted her corrections. I did ask the editor at the end for some plot points and she gave me an honest answer.

Now, she said she was charging me that because my writing was already clean (and she made over a thousand corrections, easy) on a 107k word novel. So, if your writing needs more work, they could charge you accordingly.

Is it worth it? I've got a couple of reviews complaining about "the poor editing", and that "upmost" is not a word (which it is), so people are going to complain no matter what  :P

That said, if your book has a ton of mistakes, it will turn a lot of readers off, because you're correcting someone's grammar as you go along. It's plain annoying and unprofessional.

I'm now going to publish my second novel in the series, and although I looked for a less expensive editor, I'm still paying $500 for a 75k word novel. I do believe it's worth it, because at the end of the day, it's your name that is on the cover. It better be the best book you can sell ;)

A word of advice, though: there are cheap and expensive editors who plain suck. Ask for an editing proof (they usually offer the first 1k for free) and see if their corrections make sense, and if they respect your style. Not everyone is a good match.

Thanks for posting, I'd never heard of headtalkers.

I'm going to be launching a book 3 next Friday, using promos for it where allowed, and for book 1 where it is not.  All three will be on sale.
Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Author Rank?
« Last post by EvanPickering on Today at 07:34:09 PM »
Currently #8,409
Highest ever #1,434

Highest ever in Science Fiction #61
For a change it would be nice if instead of trashing bestselling authors for grammatical issues, if we actually had a constructive discussion about what they did so amazingly well, that their books went viral and sold millions regardless.
Thanks for posting!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb help for an epic fantasy
« Last post by D A Bale on Today at 07:24:00 PM »
How about a slight modification of the first line.  Something like:

Sometimes a hero is less than heroic.  That's when Destiny calls your name.
I've heard people talk about Stephenie Meyer, what are other glaring examples?
Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the #1 rule of self publishing?
« Last post by D A Bale on Today at 07:17:31 PM »
Be professional. You are a business owner. Don't sit on public forums talking about 1 star reviews. Don't sit on forums or in the comment section of Goodreads arguing with readers.

Amen, Bella James!
On the Kindle Voyage which I read on I just highlight the mistake and a window pops up which says report content error. I then have the choice of reporting it as a typo or formatting or other error, and this report gets sent to Amazon next time my Voyage syncs. I report ALL content errors while I'm reading and I've found they get taken notice of.
The Book Bazaar / Re: Cairo Jim in Search of Martenarten
« Last post by 9 Diamonds on Today at 07:07:33 PM »
Thank you, Betsy and Ann  :)
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