Professional Copy Editing

Professional copy editing and formatting at a reasonable price.

What I do for you:StrandBooks

  • The usual spelling and grammar fixes
  • Look for weak words and sentences and suggest alternatives while keeping your “voice”.
  • Note logical problems if I spot them (should have been handled by a good story/plot editor)
  • Note errors in facts if I spot them (contrary to what I tell my friends, I don’t know EVERYTHING)
  • Format for eBook publication by Amazon
  • Anything else that I notice (such as info-dumps, slow starts, etc. that the story editor left unfixed)

Charges:

I’d love to quote a flat, per-word fee, but that would be unfair to authors who bring me a fairly “clean” manuscript. Naturally, I’ll bid a troubled work higher than I will a clean one. If it’s truly a major mess, I’ll suggest you work on it some more, rather than spend a bundle (I know that eBooks rarely sell enough to pay for major work, but I’ll take your money if you insist). See Rates for complete info.

How to get started:

  • Contact me using the contact form to make sure I have a free slot for you.
  • If I do, I’ll ask for your complete manuscript (Not docx! Doc or rtf is fine)
  • I’ll “work” a random section(s) to see how much time it takes
  • I’ll return the marked-up manuscript segment, so you can see how I work, along with an estimate
  • If we’re both happy with the deal, I’ll be sending you pieces and comments as I work your ms so that it’s not all dumped on you at the last minute. And yes, I expect you to respond in a reasonable amount of time to questions and problems we encounter (I realize you may be writing in your spare time before/after work).

Featured Book of the Week

(Books I’ve given 4 or 5 stars)

Spinward Fringe Origins
by Tim LaHay & Jerry B. Jenkins

4 stars

A thoroughly enjoyable story. Rather long, but that’s a plus in this case. A bunch of military and ex-military types, living on a super-sized space station in the middle of nowhere, meet in a war-game simulation. Trouble is, they don’t belong there.

Now, here is one of the two points that kept me from giving it 5 stars:

Point 1: The one of the participants tips off the military and they military is impressed by their performance. Seems this is a simulation used for training, and the team has been beating the sox off their best. Soooo, they draft those that aren’t already in the military and send them off in an old-model ship on a believable mission.

Point 2: One of two of the “rah-rah” speeches the skipper gives the crew were downright embarrassing to read. It sounded like a teenage geek trying to hype up a crew. The average high-school quarterback could do better. In fact, the “hero” seems to be the wish-fulfillment of an author who is a war gaming geek. Everyone who works with or for him worships him. Never mind that he has no previous command experience.

Fortunately, these problems happen early in the book and after that, things get interesting. Lalonde can write a very believable battle scene that had me on the edge of my (mental) seat. The problems the ship and its crew face are “real” to a reader (at least to me). The entire “ride” was one that often had me staying up past my bedtime so I could get to the end of a scene.

Another annoyance (for me): Although the story has an ending of sorts, there’s a huge cliffhanger at the end to ensure you pick up the next book in the series. Some people thrive on that; I don’t. So, it’s a personal thing that may not bother you.

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