The Ready Writer is someone who has some writing skill. For non-fiction writers, the challenge is pulling together and structuring their content in a way that is relevant to both the book’s subject, and the intended audience. They might have a basic understanding of the self-publishing business, but need guidance to make sure their book is produced, published, and as polished as is professionally possible. For the fiction writer, the challenge can be one of objectivity. It’s so easy to fall in love with the words you’ve written – so hard to accept the reality that they don’t really work, or that there’s something inherently wrong with a character, or the story's structure. An editor can help both non-fiction and fiction authors restructure, rewrite, and reorganize their book so it flows from cover to cover.
The Working Writer is someone who does a fair amount of “short” writing. They write articles, website copy, blog posts, white papers, or write as part of their job. They know how to write. They just need guidance making the transition from writing short pieces to writing and structuring something book length that is informative and/or entertaining, and flows from cover to cover.
$$$$$$ Everybody wants to know how much it’s going to cost to work with an editor. I generally charge by the hour, simply because it’s very hard to know how much time and/or work a specific book/project is going to take. A blanket quote is like calling a mechanic and describing a noise your car is making, and then asking him to give you an estimate on how much it’s going to cost to fix. Until he’s able to open the hood and get a good look, he’s not going to be able to quote with confidence.
Some writers are concerned about sharing their content with someone they don’t know. If that’s the case, I’m happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to any discussion of your project.
If, after we’ve had a conversation, you’d like to see an example of my editing skills, I would have you send me a sample of your writing (it doesn't have to be from the book or project you’re considering) so I can produce a sample edit.
Needless to say, you can ask me any questions you have about a book you’ve been thinking about, are currently writing, or about the self-publishing process in general.