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rooferwriter

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editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 5:41 AM
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I'm going to need an editor for my new novel and I would like him/her to give my first novel a thorough content and line edit.

I know this should have been done before being published, and it was. I was disappointed by the quality of this edit. I trusted the person and believed I was good to go.

I want to put out a quality book, and believe these editing issues are the reason I cannot break the 20,000 ranking. I've been hovering between 20,000 and 60,000 which for the benefit of another thread is an average of 4-5 sales per day. This edit may also allow me to raise my price point on the second novel that is a sequel which should be ready for Christmas this year.

Does anyone want to refer a editor they have been happy with, and might have time to take on one more client?
louisewise

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:08 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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I have been so let down with editors lately. I've gone through four now and I've not been happy.

I'm using a proof-reader at the moment (although the editors I've used claimed to check for errors, typos etc as well as other issues), and the proofer seems to be catching mistakes so far. But I'm not holding my breath. My betting is once the book is published I'll get "needs an editor" reviews. Grrrrr

Hope I'm proved wrong.
projecthobo

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:08 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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hi rooferwriter. please email me on ebookeditor (at) gmx.com (with an @ in the appropriate place).

i think i have identified your novel by looking at your post history. if i'm not mistaken, i believe i offered you some advice on grammatical problems in your product description at some point in the past. the blurb definitely looks familiar (as do the problems!)
joshlanyon

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:41 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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Basically, if you're a new author you need to invest in two editors. One will be a content editor. One will be a copyeditor. They will NOT be the same person. The skillset (and the educational and experience background) of these two people will prove to be vastly different.
76year2

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:53 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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I had one book edited by a fellow that was an english teacher, when I posted it I got "you need to edit it" worst edit they had ever seen. So I sent it to three more, sample edits this time. None of them passed my read, they all wanted to change my book too much, making it something I wouldn't read. Like I said. "not much life on the planet." The editor changed it to "no life on the planet" That's just one of the things I didn't want, so read the edit careful, you may get back a new book. Then you can publish both. My edit is on Kindle and Smashwords, "premium".

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vikingwriter

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 8:07 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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I provide editing services and my rates are reasonable. In addition to having a novel available on Kindle & Nook, I have four years' experience as a newspaper reporter, and for the last 12 years, I've been the head writer and director of content for a national, business-to-business trade publication.

Let me know if you're interested.

John P. Ribner
http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Bear-Book-Berserkers-ebook/dp/B007TQEMTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1339859229&sr=1-1&keywords=john+ribner
rooferwriter

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:03 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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Thanks for the help guys. I actually did have two edits, but after the first edit, I read through and decided I'd missed a few opportunities.Long story short, I changed a bit of the storyline and added depth to some of my characters. After this, I needed a second edit.

The reviewers have spoken, and I am listening. I hope the third is a charm.
bibliophile67

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 10:32 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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I'm an experienced freelance editor (copyediting/proofing, not content). My site is http://editforindies.com.

I've had some very good feedback from satisfied clients and can generally offer a week's turnaround.

Gabriella West
kelpollard

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:09 AM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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I'm going to need an editor for my new novel and I
would like him/her to give my first novel a thorough
content and line edit.

I know this should have been done before being
published, and it was. I was disappointed by the
quality of this edit. I trusted the person and
believed I was good to go.

I want to put out a quality book, and believe these
editing issues are the reason I cannot break the
20,000 ranking. I've been hovering between 20,000
and 60,000 which for the benefit of another thread
is an average of 4-5 sales per day. This edit may
also allow me to raise my price point on the second
novel that is a sequel which should be ready for
Christmas this year.

Does anyone want to refer a editor they have been
happy with, and might have time to take on one more
client?

I was in the exact same boat as you! So trust me when I say I know how you feel. I can't vouch for the other editors in this thread, but I can vouch for projecthobo. He edited my book, and now it's a million times better. You want an editor that will work with you and ask questions about your story and he does that.

digilady

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:16 PM   in response to: rooferwriter in response to: rooferwriter
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As a matter of fact - my KDP pro page happens to list an editor who MANY people here have used, and loved. Not to mention his prices are decent. Go to

http://catledevic.blogspot.com/

and look for the Editor heading. At present I only have the one (just started this project days ago) but. One is all you need. And THIS one allows you to send him a sample: he'll edit it FREE and send it back. If you like his work, hire him.

Any GOOD editor should do the same: edit a sample piece of your work.

The one I listed will also let you know what type of editor you require: if you're unsure of types, there's a list/description on that page.

Best of luck, and very smart move, to have it edited before putting it up for sale.
digilady

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:20 PM   in response to: kelpollard in response to: kelpollard
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a-ha! One to add to the page. ProjectHobo? Did he allow you to send a sample? What type edit did you need (line, etc?)

Thanks so much for the info.

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http://catledevic.blogspot.com/2012/06/kindle-indie-publishing-kdp-forums-who.html

kelpollard

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:06 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
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Yes, he did do a sample edit for me, and in the end he did a comprehensive edit on my book. It turned out amazing. I'm releasing my novel on June 27, and the preorder for iBooks starts this coming week.

So far the feedback from beta readers has been amazing. So he comes highly recommended.
digilady

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:38 PM   in response to: kelpollard in response to: kelpollard
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You mind if I quote you on the blog?
kelpollard

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 4:05 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
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Of course not, quote away!
projecthobo

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Re: editing
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 4:24 PM   in response to: kelpollard in response to: kelpollard
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thanks for your kind words, kel. the title page in the photo you sent looks really stylish! :)
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