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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thorough, fast, and very affordable editing services :)
« on: November 15, 2020, 08:44:09 am »
Hey, everybody. :-) Just wanted to bump this thread, as I'm back and now taking new authors for a limited time.

Since I am accepting new clients, I'm offering a discount for all manuscripts booked through the rest of 2020, at my original rate of $0.002 per word (that's $2 per 1,000 words). This discount includes existing clients, because I love you guys too. :-)

So if you need fast, cheap, high quality proofreading and copy editing, just drop me an email at [email protected] and I'll book you right in. My slots are wide open for now.

Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Payments not showing on reports dashboard?
« on: November 21, 2019, 01:29:55 pm »
My payments always show up on the dashboard the next day after I get the emails, never at the same time as the emails. I thought that was normal, haha.

I'd give it a day. :)

Thank you, Toni! I'm so glad I got to work with you! :D

I'm a bit puzzled - you can see that info at the foot of your listing?

Unless I am missing something  :-\ <-- Always wanted to use that one!!

Sadly, not anymore. Amazon removed the list of categories from the bottom of product pages quite a while ago. Now you can only see the top three categories the book is in, right beneath the overall rank. Your books are likely in more than three categories, but there's no way to tell which ones from your product page.

Good to know that Amazon will (eventually) tell you all the categories. I didn't think they would, so I never bothered asking -- maybe now I will.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who is the Best?
« on: March 23, 2019, 09:04:34 am »
If I was forced to pick one, it'd be Terry Pratchett.

Thanks so much, Nick! It's always a pleasure working with you. :D

Hi everyone! Now booking for April (and beyond) -- my rates will go up (slightly) soon, but I'll keep the lower rates for anyone who schedules editing before I raise them. You can reach me at [email protected] any time.

Additionally, I'm discontinuing the blurb writing and formatting services in order to focus on editing. People who've currently scheduled these services will still receive them.

Thank you! :D

Thank you so much, Nick! You are awesome to work with. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 1st Person and tense issues.
« on: February 26, 2019, 08:11:24 am »
That was my first instinct. So, I got Paula Hawkin's (Girl on the Train) latest--Into the Water. Argh! It's in every tense and POV. Didn't help. But I'm going to look for another 1st person book from an author less literary. A hack, like me. Thanks.

Loads of psychological thrillers (one of the current trending genres) do this, so it's pretty much expected to find crazy switches when you pick one of them up. The trick is to make sure that both your POV and tense are consistent *within each scene*.

But yeah, if you're looking for an example of a particular POV and tense throughout the whole book, look at pretty much anything except a psychological thriller. :D

By the way, was 'Into the Water' any good? I enjoyed 'Girl on the Train' but didn't even realize Paula Hawkins had a new one out, LOL.

Thank you, Becca! I feel welcomed. :D

Now booking for March! My PMs are behaving strangely at the moment, so please feel free to contact me at [email protected] anytime if you'd like to discuss a project or schedule a service. :)

PMing you!  :D

Edit: I've tried twice to send you a PM, but there seems to be a problem. Please let me know if you received it.

Hi Raquel,

Received and replied! Though I seem to be getting an issue too (maybe it's the same one you're getting? It says 'Forbidden' or something...). Anyway, if you don't receive my reply, please feel free to email me at [email protected] Thank you!

Thank you, Julia! I really enjoyed working with you! :D

Thanks so much, TJ! Glad I could help -- it was great working with you! :D

It's Monday again (yay?). :D I still have a few slots open in February, and plenty of room in March!

Thank you, Nick! It was a pleasure working with you. :)

Happy Monday! I still have some immediate availability, as well as slots in February. You can PM me or email [email protected] :)

2020 RATE SPECIAL: Original rate of $0.002 per word for any manuscript booked through the rest of the year (existing clients also get the discount!). See most recent post for details. :-)

Hi Kboarders,

This year I've decided to hang out my editing shingle. As of April 8, my rates are now $0.003 per word (that's $3 per 1,000 words -- so, for example, a 50,000-word manuscript would be $150).

I'm happy to provide you with a free sample edit of up to 1,500 words so you can get a feel for how I work and decide whether my services are right for you.

The copy editing service covers:

* Spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and tense, including technical consistency
* Inconsistencies and continuity errors
* Fact checking and potential legal liability
* Repeated and/or overused words, confusing passages, and tonal shifts

Because I've worked extensively in various fields of publishing, I offer copy editing for all genres, and in both fiction and non-fiction.

Turnaround times and scheduling

Turnaround time for editing will be approximately 4 to 7 days, depending on the length of the manuscript and the number of projects I have. I typically reply to emails within one to two days. If you don't receive a reply relatively soon, please feel free to resend your message. :)

If you'd like a sample edit or you're ready to book a full edit, you can PM me here on Kboards or send me an email at [email protected] Currently (as of April 8), I am booking appointments for May and beyond.

You can email or PM me with questions anytime, or post them here in this thread. Thanks for reading my post!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 19, 2018, 06:37:51 pm »
1 word today just to keep my streak going.

In light of recent developments in the TOS thread, I'm going to have to change my previous answer to the question of whether I'll keep this thing going here or plan to move it.

Here's the deal. I'm going to leave this thread here, but I'll be posting a daily writing game thread on Timothy's forum, and I doubt I'll update here anymore after the end of this month.

Anyone in here that wants to keep going can keep going here or come join me there instead. Although I won't check in after the end of the month here, I don't believe, I'm not going to delete my posts in this thread. If you come over to the other forum, feel free to bring your streak with you!

(The thread isn't there yet. I'll do it later today probably.)

I just can't stomach staying here after "Helene"'s posts in the TOS thread.


Yeah. I think I'm going with you ... just yikes.

But 4 words mean you got back up and chased after the wagon!

LOL that darn wagon just keeps speeding up. :P Congrats on keeping up your streak!


ETA: Still giving away a $5 Amazon card here, by the way. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:57:53 pm »
4 words. I fell off the wagon and it kept going... :P

Tomorrow I will do better!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:11:28 pm »
48 words, and probably no more today. But hey ... they're words! :P

Nice work, everybody! :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:18:53 am »
Thank you Shelley, Meredith, and David! :D :D

Maybe someday I can work up to a bigger daily average word count instead of starting out slow and picking up steam... writing lots more per day toward the end of the book does work, but it's exhausting, LOL. I end up doing that with almost every book for some reason (just not with quite that many words on the last day!)

Two books before this one I did 25K or so in a weekend to finish it, but the 17.5 K is now officially my record for one day. :P

Must get to today's writing!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:17:02 pm »
127 words on Brand New Book. :D Don't know if I'll keep going any more today, but I wanted to post that I wrote. (And after an intense session like yesterday, I'd normally take at least a few days off, so woo!)

This thread is awesome. Best motivation ever. :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:44:52 pm »
That is amazing!

Pre-orders always seem like a good idea - lets your readers know there's another book coming, and so on - but then you see that three day lock in and, if you're foolish like me, you set your release day up for a Monday so you don't even have the weekend to pull all the stops out.  Not fun at all while working full time and writing on the side.  Never doing a Monday pre-order again.  Thursdays or Fridays for me from now on! 

And I had one of those fun writing days yesterday where I wrote something like 3,000 words but because I also deleted a couple of scenes that were not working, my total word count for that session was, like, 150 words.

Back on track today - 600 plus words so far (Sunday morning, UK time).

Thank you! LOL I think I just need to be a teensy bit more organized if I'm going to do preorders ... I try to schedule books, but I don't quite have a grip on how long they'll actually take. Congrats on your great writing day! Even if you deleted stuff, the words you actually wrote still count. :D

First off OH MY!!!!! 17k words in a day is amazing!!!!!!!!
Congrats on finishing and with a bang.

On a side note where can i get one of those editors that live with me. I want one. Pretty please  ;D

Thank you! :D Phew, that was a close one, LOL.

I found my editor in high school like 25 years ago, so ... time machine, maybe? LOL

Sonya, way to go! That is awesome. You certainly deserve your break now.

But don't forget that all you need to keep your streak alive is a few words of fiction a day. ;)

This is where I always fall down. Right after I finish a book I don't want to do anything else and then... six weeks months later I'm wondering what happened to all the time!

Thank you! Yep, this is exactly where I lose it too -- like I'm done now, no more steps, take a break. I probably would stop now for way too long if it wasn't for this challenge, but I'm in it, so I have a new book I'll be starting today. So thank you for having this challenge! :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: The daily writing game: a little friendly competition
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:18:53 pm »
Okay, nobody's going to believe this, but I swear it's true...

I wrote 17,479 words today.

And I'm done.

I started at 7 this morning and wrote almost straight through until now (it's 1 AM here on the east coast) and my preorder timer still has 23 hours left (woo!). Just enough time for final edits, formatting, all that stuff -- luckily my editor works as I write, and lives in my house, and works for free because he's my husband. :P

Woohoo, and I'm never doing a preorder again! (Even though I said I'd never do one again the last time, LOL).

Today was another wonderful day for me I wrote 2983 words.
I need 38999 by the end of the month.

This thread is helping me so much so thanks to all for keeping it up.

Sonya did you finish?????

Yup. :D Congrats to you on another awesome day!!

I'm going to go die now. :P

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