• Turning Off the Editor Brain

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    One of the biggest challenges in being an author and an editor is turning off the editor brain. After spending all day proofreading and editing, it’s hard to come home and write or settle in with a book. Especially when I’m writing a first draft, it’s crucial to turn off my inner editor.

    Lately, that’s been much easier said than done. And it’s not limited to my work. I read at least a chapter before I go to bed, and most of the time, I can’t help skimming the pages for grammatical errors. 

    In some ways, this is good. It allows me to analyze literature, dissect a piece to figure out what works, and emulate it in my own writing. But it also detracts from my enjoyment of the piece.

    The same goes for my writing. How am I supposed to finish a draft if I edit it to death? Instead of moving forward, I’m trapped in a hell of my own making (the road to which is paved with adverbs—thank you, Stephen King). Falling into this never-ending editing nightmare is a good way to guarantee I never finish a book.

    As writers, it’s normal to want to edit your fiction. You may even enjoy editing someone else’s work. Even if you’re a writer and a freelance editor, you should do your best to keep the two realms separate. Let your writing time be writing time, sacred and non-negotiable. The same goes for your editing time.

    For me, I’ve found that it’s best to stick to one project at a time (I’m only just now getting that!) unless I’m first-drafting one and editing another. It’s too much stress on my brain, and I’m trying to be kinder to it. I suggest you do the same—we need our brains for building books!

    I’ve learned to turn off my editor brain easier than I used to, but I still have some way to go. What about you? Do you struggle to keep from editing when you’re supposed to be writing? Tell me about it in the comments below! I’ll see you all back here next week.

  • Updated Editing and Formatting Services

    Updated Editing and Formatting Services
    I’ve been working as a full-time editor for six months now (officially). In that time, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the editing process and have learned a great deal about formatting, too. I’m also an editor for Moran Publishing, and it feels amazing to finally be working with a publishing house!

    With all of that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to update the list of services I’m offering to writers. I’m also announcing some changes to some of my rates for these services.

    Editing Services

    I’m continuing to offer both substantive and copy editing services at the same prices previously listed on my site ($3 per page and $1.50 per page, respectively). Although the industry average for these services is higher than the cost I’ve listed, I want to do whatever I can to provide high-quality services at affordable prices.

    My turnaround time is a month, and I’m booking 2-3 clients per month, so if you’re interested in editing, book me as soon as possible to secure your spot! If you’d like to get some testimonials on my work, please feel free to ask.

    Formatting Services

    These offerings mark the biggest change in my repertoire. When I first made my Services page, I knew next to nothing about formatting. As an indie author, formatting was the bane of my existence—as I’m sure is the case for many other writers. Through working on my own books and formatting books for some clients, I’ve learned enough to feel comfortable offering these services to you as well. Right now, I’m charging a flat rate of $50 for ebook formatting and $100 for paperback formatting.

    Now, this charge will be tacked on to any editing costs, UNLESS you choose my $3 per page substantive edit option—in that case, you’ll be getting my formatting services FREE. Again, I’d like to reiterate that you only get free formatting if you choose my substantive edit package. Otherwise, you’ll pay a fee of $50 for ebook and $100 for paperback.

    Now that April’s almost over, I’m already booking clients for May and June. For more information about the services I’m offering, my rates and turnaround time, references, or to secure a spot for the coming months, please contact me here ASAP!

    What’s your least favorite part of the publishing process? What services, besides these, would you like to see offered next?

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  • Why You Need an Editor

    I’m an editor. I don’t think that’s a secret. I thoroughly enjoy going through my work and the work of others, pointing out what could be improved, and strategizing how to fix it. I enjoy the process so much that I even edited Blood and Water myself (with the help of some talented betas!). With that being said, I don’t recommend editing your own work. If possible, you should hire someone else to help you fix it. Everyone needs an editor.

    Although I edited my novel myself, it took a great deal longer than I would have liked. I kept missing little things because I had gone through the book so many times. That’s one of the biggest issues with editing your own work—you end up missing a lot of mistakes because your mind fills in the blanks and tries to tell you that you know what your novel says… when truth be told, you might not.

    Here are a few more reasons why you need an editor:

    • They’ll save you time. Like I already mentioned, you can get your finished product out a lot quicker if you’re not spending time going over the same errors every revision.
    • They’ll allow you to invest in yourself. You might be worried about the money, but editors are definitely worth the expense. You can rest assured you’re getting the best bang for your buck,  and spending money to improve your work might make you feel more professional.
    • They’ll make you a better writer. A good editor will not only point out areas of your writing that need improvement, but will also give you ideas for how to improve. If you’re paying for a full edit, chances are the editor will even advise you on craft and technique. The more you work with an editor, the better your writing will be.
    • They’ll support and encourage you. Because an editor invests a lot of time in your work, it’s only natural for them to want you to succeed. Think of an editor as a built-in cheerleader who wants to do everything in his or her power to help you publish your best work.

    If you’re still not convinced you should hire an editor, ask anyone who’s ever worked with one. They know what they’re talking about. You should also read this post by the wonderful Ksenia Anske, who explains why editing can be so difficult sometimes. Editors work hard, and they’re good at what they do. Hug an editor today, or even better—hire one! 😉

    Why do you think it’s important to have an editor?

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