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Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from SoCal :)
« on: July 26, 2019, 07:30:50 pm »
When I lived in Seal Beach I was a member of the Southern California Writers Association (SCWA). It is a great group that meets every month. Over the years, their speakers have included Ray Bradbury, and others of his stature. They were extremely helpful to this fledgling self-publisher as I struggled to complete my first book. This link is for their web site.:
You will find them friendly and welcoming. I wish I could make their meetings, but can't handle the 7 hour drive.

A.G. Kimbrough

I will bookmark that -- thanks, Andy! It's a little bit of a drive, but some beach time could always make it worth the while to drive down.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from SoCal :)
« on: July 24, 2019, 05:23:52 pm »
Thanks Nina!

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: July 22, 2019, 10:07:12 pm »
Sounds like the Lady Julia books might be the entry point I'll take first then! Always a little nice to start a series that's already completed--no need to wait for the next one to come out  :)

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: July 20, 2019, 06:11:24 pm »
I have started the latest of the "Speedwell" series by Deanna Rayborn. Its the 4th

How are you liking/did you like this series? It caught my eye but I've held off on checking it out in favor of some titles in my backlog. I've proofed some of Deanna's books in the past from another series but had to move too quickly to read them closely, so I may have to revisit those as well.

I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. I just read it all the way through for the third time last year and it was still as immersive as the first time I read it in high school. The world was the perfect level of vivid and the tie-ins with classic literature were a nice little addition -- I remember memorizing the entirety of "The Lady of Shalott" for class once because of one of the books.

Crime and Punishment is another -- it was the first "classic" that I really enjoyed and I keep revisiting it every five years or so when I'm fuzzing on the details.

Writers' Cafe / Bookworm Proofreader looking to expand ~ All Genres ~
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:43:21 am »

My availability has been really limited lately, so I'm going to hide this for now and un-spoiler it when my free time opens up.

Hello everyone!

As someone who is starting to learn about the process of self-publishing, I wanted to offer up my services in case I can be of use for anyone here.

I currently work as a proofreader and copy editor for three publishers. I also do some quality control/QA work with e-book files to ensure that conversion went smoothly and no new problems were introduced in the process. In the past, my work has also involved working with writers in a development capacity, providing feedback and notes on drafts.

As someone who comes from a creative writing and fiction background, I would love the opportunity to work more directly with authors and to get a chance to work on a wider variety of material. All genres are welcome!

My rate for is $3/1,000 words for a close read, though I am open to discussing rates for more fast-paced passes for specific projects.

If anyone is in need of a proofreader, you can contact me here or through my email: [email protected]

Since most of my work has come through word-of-mouth or in-person connections, this kind of advertisement is not something I've ever written before--if I left something out that would be helpful, please let me know!

The Book Corner / Re: So What Are YOU reading in 2019?
« on: July 18, 2019, 09:00:55 pm »
Currently finishing this trilogy up, before switching over to some of the Night Vale releases  :)

Introductions & Welcomes / Hello from SoCal :)
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:44:36 pm »
Hi there!  :)  After lurking here for a while, I've decided to finally take the plunge and be social.

My name is Brooke and I moved to the Los Angeles area for grad school after finishing my film and creative writing degrees back in North Carolina. I've always been an avid reader and am just now starting to come out of a bit of a writing hibernation now that I'm finally getting settled professionally. I currently work as a proofreader and copy editor for three publishers, while also trying to get my own projects off the ground in my spare time.

Looking forward to learning a lot from the people here!

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